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U Virginia Launches Crowdfunding Initiative

By | May 28th, 2013|Crowdfunding, Virginia|

The University of Virginia (and an increasing number of research universities) is leveraging crowd-sourced funding to support and highlight ongoing research projects.

“We hear from a lot of stakeholders and a lot of others that they would like to know more [about projects] and understand how to better engage with us,” said Mark Crowell, executive director of UVa Innovation and UVa’s associate vice president for research.

Crowdfunding, said Crowell, is “strategically a very important step, but more importantly […]

U Houston GEAR Program Supports Researchers At $30K An Idea

By | May 28th, 2013|*Fund Types, Texas, Translational Research|

Ask any professor: A good idea alone isn’t likely to receive serious research funding. Big awards almost always have some data that supports the project, that shows the researcher’s idea should work.

In a classic catch-22, though, getting this data itself takes money. Materials for experiments, graduate student time, lab space, computing power – none of these are free.

One solution is seed funding, small awards that […]

One Year In, Harvard XFund Backs Three Start-ups, Ratchets Up Student Entrepreneurship

By | May 28th, 2013|*Fund Types, Massachusetts, Startup Fund, Venture Capital|

When a group of Harvard alumni formed the Experiment Fund (Xfund) a little over a year ago, they were hoping that their seed fund would nourish a burgeoning entrepreneurial culture on campus—and beyond—and make a profit as well.

New companies are spawned in garages, basements, and at kitchen tables everywhere. But the most productive environments for incubating new companies are invariably centered around a major university (or several). Such communities mix together the key ingredients […]

University of Iowa Accepting Pre-Proposals For Commercialization Awards Program

By | May 28th, 2013|*Fund Types, Corporate, Iowa, Sample Docs|

UIRF is accepting pre-proposals for the 2013 commercialization award program. Despite the delay in the Iowa state final budget approval, UIRF is now accepting pre-proposal innovation summaries. As we did last year, we will work with PIs to perform IP and market assessments on each summary. Pre-proposals successfully completing these assessments will be asked to submit full proposals.

PLEASE NOTE: Until the budget is passed, we will not know the amount of funding for this year’s GAP fund, or the dates for submission, reviews, or awards.

Please submit pre-proposals and questions by email directly to paul-dymerski@uiowa.edu.


The Iowa Centers for Enterprise (ICE), in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPR&ED), is pleased to announce seed funding that is designed to expand the commercialization of UI technology.

The funds are to support the development of innovations with […]

UCalifornia-Riverside Announces 2013/14 POC Fund

By | May 28th, 2013|California, Sample Docs|

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development announces the FY2013-2014 Proof of Concept for Technology Commercialization (POC) Award Program. The POC award provides UCR investigators up to $35,000 to further develop a commercializable invention based upon UCR intellectual property not yet licensed.  The effort should address a critical issue, such as […]

UT Horizon Fund Aims to Build, and Capture, Value from Its Startups

By | May 28th, 2013|*Fund Types, Startup Fund, Texas|

Like other universities, UT has already acquired ownership stakes in spinoff companies by accepting equity as part of the compensation for licensing its intellectual property to startups. Since the Horizon Fund began operations last year, it has been able to invest aggressively, at a time when many universities can’t. The UT Horizon Fund has also pumped more money into seven of the 154 companies… […]

innovosource releases 2013(Q1) university-affiliated gap funding activity report

By | May 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|

innovosource, through its Mind the Gap initiative, just released the first-ever quarterly university-affiliated technology and start-up gap funding report. The goal of this quarterly report is to advocate for and inform practitioners and the general public on the importance of this funding mechanism to the future of technology and start-up development. Through this report

Australian Fed Carves Out $350M For Innovation Investment Fund

By | May 14th, 2013|Australia, State or Government|

Innovation funding has been largely spared from the government’s $43 billion drive for fiscal cut-backs, with a new $350 million round for the Innovation Investment Fund and fresh cash to publicise Australian start-up success stories. […]

Colorado State University Announces A $1.5M VC Fund

By | May 14th, 2013|*Fund Types, Colorado, Startup Fund, Venture Capital|

In an email addressed to the Colorado State University community, it was announced Mon. May 13 that $1.5 million dollars has been been approved for the Colorado State University System Venture Capital Fund.

Martin said he has helped two other Universities through similar programs and has seen great success. […]

Denmark Technological Institute Provides Gap Funding To Gel Start-up

By | May 13th, 2013|*Fund Types, Denmark, New Investments/Awards, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

A start-up company from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) now offers a simple tool for detecting corrosion in electronics. DTU’s involvement in the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster made it possible to allocate gap-funding to the project […]