The inaugural UNCF HBCU Innovation Summit brought together leaders and faculty from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country from October 29 through November 1 at Stanford University. The Summit was hosted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the NSF Epicenter, and the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

During four days packed with sessions and events, participants shared ideas on how to encourage students, especially underrepresented minorities, to pursue careers in STEM fields. The event also focused on identifying best practices for university-based innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship; aligning research and development on HBCU campuses with industry; and connecting HBCUs to local and regional innovation ecosystems. Read the full story »

Below are presentations and resources that the Epicenter team shared at the summit. Please visit our Get Involved page for the latest ways to engage with Epicenter, including conferences and student engagement programs.


University Innovation Fellows
Deadline for spring training: February 10, 2014

Nominated by their deans and faculty, University Innovation Fellows are engineering student leaders who catalyze innovation on their home campuses by holding events and creating networks that inspire and foster student entrepreneurship.

We would like all 17 campuses who were at the UNCF HBCU Innovation Summit to have a University Innovation Fellow candidate in the Spring cohort, so the student can begin training and join us for the Open 2014 Conference in March.

Visit to read about how to select the ideal student, read about the current Fellows' activities, or email Humera Fasihuddin for more information at

"How the Silicon Valley Innovation Ecosystem Works: Stanford University's Contributions"
Tom Byers, Director and Co-Principal Investigaor, Epicenter
“Taking It Home – Resources and Programs to Teach and Learn Entrepreneurship”
Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, Deputy Director, Epicenter


“Entrepreneurial Students as Change Agents on Campus”
Humera Fasihuddin, Manager of Student Programs, Epicenter and National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), with Epicenter’s University Innovation Fellows
“Can Creativity, Innovation or Entrepreneurship Be Taught?” (Video: similar presentation via Stanford TEDx)
Tina Seelig, Epicenter, and Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

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