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

Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Grand Rounds

A collaboration among University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Kentucky, University of New Mexico, University of Utah (all Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program institutions), and University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center will be hosting a webinar, "EnRICH Program Inaugural Year - Looking for Champions and Collaborators," on September 22, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT/1:00 p.m. CDT/2:00 p.m. MDT. 

Zoom link to access webinar:


ASCEND October Commercialization Course

Learn the basics of biomedical commercialization! The ASCEND Hub is hosting the Bridging the Gap: Commercialization virtual short course in October for faculty, staff, and students at academic institutions in the Western IDeA States. This four-week course covers overviews of these topics:

  • Commercialization Path
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Innovation Funding
  • Pitch Deck Preparation

We’ll meet one hour a week to discuss what you’ve learned on your own through ASCEND Hub webinars and suggested readings. Please contact Kathy Foster at with questions. Register here for the October Session running each Wednesday from 3-4PM MDT:


NIH Small Business Success Stories

The NIH SEED office has created a new website that highlights the products and services small businesses have developed with NIH support. The website works as a new interactive mapping tool to highlight the amazing stories of success that have come out of NIH small business investments. Now it’s easy to find stories from different parts of the country. You can look up stories by disease area, or even by the type of technology or product development stage! NIH funding and support helps create a solid foundation for small businesses, allowing them to pivot to address emerging public health needs like the coronavirus pandemic.

Click here to learn more!