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NIAR engineer creates way to protect wind turbines against lightning strikes

Damage to wind turbines can easily cost hundreds of thousands in repairs, but a prototype developed at Wichita State’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) will help protect them from multiple lightning strikes. Billy Martin, director and research scientist at the NIAR Environmental Test Lab, invented the prototype, which is currently patent pending.

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WSU Ventures seeking alum with successful patents

WSU Ventures is in the early stages of developing an interactive patent wall display to be installed between WSU Ventures and Youth Entrepreneurs inside the Experiential Engineering Building on campus.In addition to featuring patents held by Wichita State University faculty and staff, we’re exploring the concept of featuring WSU alumni who have secured patents.

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Shocker Innovation Corps provides funding, training for 29 teams in its first year

At the conclusion of its first year, The Shocker Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program has provided seed funding, customer validation training, mentoring and other valuable resources to a total of 29 Wichita State University student teams, many of which have won additional awards and funding.  Read More..


Wichita State student biomedical engineering team advances to InnovateHer semi-finals

Three Wichita State University biomedical engineering students will advance to the semi-final round of the national InnovateHer: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

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Wichita Welcoming UAS Leaders for Annual Tech Forum

Entrepreneurs, investment professionals and other industry leaders involved or interested in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will converge in Wichita, Kansas, August 30-31, for the 2017 UAS Tech Forum. The event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wichita Airport. Read More..


Wichita State teams take home award money in K-State entrepreneurship competition

Wichita State University was well represented at the fourth annual Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge held at Kansas State University on Monday, with three Wichita State teams receiving a portion of the $75,000 in awards money.

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WSU Ventures adds IP and grant expertise to staff

February 28, 2017
WSU Ventures has added two new members to its team, aimed at strengthening technology transfer services available to Wichita State University faculty, staff, students and partners. Gael Tisack has joined as director of technology evaluation and industry engagement, and Lauren Beastall has joined as commercialization coordinator.
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Kansas startups win $60K from WSU Jumpstart competition

February 17, 2017
The winners of the Wichita State University Jumpstart Kansas Entrepreneurs competition were announced Friday to a full house in the Experiential Engineering Building on campus.

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Wichita State Jumpstart competition will award $60K for high-potential technology

The Jumpstart Kansas Entrepreneurs competition through Wichita State University opens today (Wednesday, Jan. 4), giving six businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs a chance to earn $10,000 each.

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Kansas Engineering Excellence Project concludes, exceeds goals

December 20, 2016

The Kansas Engineering Excellence Project (KEEP) concluded last month, ending a five-year term and closing the program with awards of more than $5 million in the form of scholarships internships to students for engineering education. The program was administered through WSU Ventures at Wichita State University.

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Graduate student develops tool to identify signs of mental illness


December 12, 2016

Johnna Crawford, a Wichita State University graduate student, has developed an expressive writing software system called Professors of PEACE that serves as an emotional therapy to analyze and provide suggestions on how to improve mental health.
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WSU Ventures honors innovation university contributors

December 9, 2016

Wichita State University faculty, staff, students, partners and supports gathered for a joyous celebration of innovation in the Rhatigan Student Center last week for the second annual WSU Ventures Innovation Awards. The event, which filled the Harvest Room with more than 120 attendees, was held to recognize the outstanding performance and achievement of individuals and projects that have advanced the university’s vision, mission and goals. The event was emceed by Mark Torline, director of WSU Ventures and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

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WSU receives renewed Department of Commerce 'manufacturing community' designation


September 27, 2016

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that south Kansas was redesignated as a ‘manufacturing community,’ which allows the region to continue to receive elevated consideration for funding available from the department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP).

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Student entrepreneurs create Uber-like lawn care service, win $17,000 for startup


September 19, 2016

Steve Werner, an entrepreneurship major at Wichita State University recently won the first Cox Business Get Started Wichita competition for his startup, Lawn Buddy, and received a prize of $17,000 in cash and services.

Werner describes Lawn Buddy as a sort of Uber for lawn care. Clients of the service download an app and can request lawn service with the touch of a finger. The service relies on a network of lawn care professionals linked to the app.
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Professors' research helping Kansas ranchers with invasive weeds


August 16, 2016


Two Wichita State University professors are conducting research on an invasive plant species to assist Kansas ranchers in their practices. Read More..


WSU engineers develop improved tracking tool for animal clinic


July 26, 2016

Wichita State University is collaborating with Spay Neuter Kansas City (SNKC) to research, evaluate and improve a technology used by the clinic to track animals.

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SBIR Road Tour at WSU draws a diverse entrepreneurial crowd

July 19, 2016

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour, hosted at Wichita State University by WSU Ventures last month was attended by 175 people, including 94 attendees from small businesses, 35 high school students and 21 federal representatives.

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WSU receives another round of SBA funding

July 19, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded Wichita State University $125,000 to assist science- and technology-driven businesses interested in applying for government seed funding.

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Medical professionals use WSU expertise for surgical tool development


June 14, 2016

With help from WSU Ventures at Wichita State University, obstetrician-gynecologist resident Rachel Wykes hopes to improve the efficiency of a common gynecologic surgery through the development of a new cautery tool. Read More..