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University Proof of Concept Funds (SIG Report)

The Mind the Gap Proof of Concept Fund Special Interest Group (SIG) took place on February 24th, 2015 from 11-12:30 PM EST and was attended by ~55 professionals interested in the role of proof of concept funds at research institutions. This group was composed of current and aspiring fund managers and stakeholders. The following report

 
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy begins seed fund for researchers

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has created a seed fund to support multidisciplinary research at the private university. Jonathon Dordick, vice president of research, says his office pledged up to $100,000 each to four research projects last month. The funding is part of a new initiative, the knowledge and innovation program, that aims to broaden the multidisciplinary

 
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University of Oxford Isis Fund II reaches funding target of £2m, closes — Medical Sciences Division, Oxford

The fund achieved its initial target in less than four weeks and will close at almost twice that level. Isis Innovation executive director Linda Naylor said: “In 2014, Isis Innovation oversaw a record £2.6m in proof-of-concept funding flow into over twenty new Oxford technologies and ventures. The first University of Oxford Isis Fund was a

 
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Purdue startups seek millions in cash this semester

Purdue University researcher Michael Zenter is familiar with the valley of funding death. It’s the gap in available capital that exists between research-level funding and business loans offered to viable companies, and it’s spelled catastrophe for many startups. But if you have a good enough idea, that valley seems to narrow with resources available from

 
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Business Oregon launches innovation grant program

Business Oregon has launched a one-time grant program for state businesses to support research and innovation. The economic development agency will make available a total of $400,000 in grant money to help businesses apply for federal research grants and match any major grants awarded. “The federal government makes available $2.5 billion each year for small

 
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Province of Ontario invests in Ryerson University through Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund

Premier Kathleen Wynne today announced that the Province of Ontario is investing in Ryerson University through the Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund (SEDF). The university will receive $500,000 to create and deliver an accelerator program to support Greater Toronto Area social entrepreneurs and their early-stage social ventures. The 11 organizations receiving funding by the SEDF will

 
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The Rebel Venture Capital Fund Seeks Student Entrepreneurs

The Rebel Venture Capital Fund is seeking University of Mississippi students that harbor the entrepreneurial spirit and are interested in a grant to get their business started. The RVCF is an independent, alumni-supported investment group that works as a non-profit entity. They’re separate from the university but exist solely to fund businesses started by Ole

 
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UW Extension seed fund supports tech innovators in Milwaukee

When Scott Vanderbeck started Organic Research Corp., he was focusing on developing technology that would teach computers to identify fatty liver disease from liver biopsies more efficiently and accurately than doctors could. Now, he’s finding there’s application in the technology for a whole lot more. “We learned there’s a lot of people who would use the

 
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Monash University and BGU to Launch Joint Seed Fund and Entrepreneurship Course

BGU and Monash University (Australia) have partnered to increase their impact in the areas of Sustainability, Social Inclusion and Entrepreneurship. The Monash Ben-Gurion Seed Fund has been established to support joint research and education programs within these areas. The partnership will launch with the “Technological Entrepreneurship” course, an academic course integrating theoretical knowledge with practical

 
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Student venture fund sees early returns at University of Akron

AKRON, Ohio — After investing in a handful of early-stage companies, a student startup booster at the University of Akron is seeing the first fruits of due diligence. On Wednesday, the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund accepted a check for $25,000 from Wastebits, an Akron company that designs software for the waste management industry. The

 
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