To promote entrepreneurial engagement and education ASCEND will host a number of entrepreneurial events and promote other events of interest.

Call for ASCEND's 2020 Business Advising and Technology Pitch Cohort

Deadline: April 15, 2020 at 5PM PDT

ASCEND is looking for company nominations from each Hub academic institution! All nominations will go through technology review and receive feedback through a due diligence sheet. Companies will be selected based on innovation, stage of development and need. Companies that participate in the 2020 cohort will be eligible for ASCEND microgrants, ranging from $5,000-$10,000 for consultants, SBIR writers, travel to support pitching/meeting with investors and other tools needed to take the next steps. 

The Business Advising cohort is designed to help early-stage biomedical companies take the next step towards commercialization. We will select 5 companies to participate in the 4-5 week cohort. Each company will have the opportunity to attend 4-5 one-on-one sessions with the ASCEND Business Advising team and industry mentors. The cohort will run from May 4th to May 29th. 

Nominations are only open to companies associated with one of our partner academic institutions. Use the nomination form here: to apply by the deadline on April 15th, 2020 at 5 PM PDT.  


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Arrowhead Center SBIR Accelerator (ACSA) Application - NIH 2020 September 5th Submission

Arrowhead Center’s NM FAST program and the ASCEND Hub invite you to apply to the 2020 Arrowhead Center SBIR Accelerator (ACSA), designed to help you identify and apply for an NIH SBIR/STTR grant for the September 2020 deadline. Throughout the multi-week program, you will receive guidance on areas such as selecting the most relevant topic area, preparing an accurate budget, navigating the forms required for submission, and creating a complete proposal package. Each week focuses on a different aspect of proposal preparation and creation, with the end-goal of submitting a complete proposal package prior to the September 2020 deadline. 

Apply here: or contact Dana Catron for more information.


 April 28-30, 2020

21st Annual HHS Small Business Program Conference

Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Office of Economic Development will host the 21st Annual HHS Small Business Program Conference, April 28 - 30, 2020 at the Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas. This conference helps small businesses learn more about the approximate $1.1 billion dollars of annual HHS funding that is available to forge academic partnerships and build new businesses. For additional information, or to register for this conference, please visit


June 14-19, 2020

UVM I-Trep Biomedical Entrepreneurship Summer Course

This intensive biomedical entrepreneurship course is designed to bridge the gap between biomedical researchers and the mainstream customer by providing a practical understanding of what is required to bring products to the marketplace and the roadmap to get there. Enrollment for our 2020 Course (June 14-19) is now open. This course is free for selected applicants. Travel and housing are covered for out-of-state participants. Visit for more information and to apply.