Kyoto University sets up $60 million fund for Asian start-up investment

By | September 30th, 2013|Japan, New Fund Announcement, Venture Capital, World Economies|

Japan’s second largest university has set its second venture funds worth $60 million in the region and possibly across the country. Through the Kyoto University Venture Fund (KUVF), the university will fund business initiatives proposed by its faculty and alumni members or “relevant persons who have significant potential synergy with the University, into viable ventures.” […]

Florida State University Student-Run Fund Yields High Educational Returns

By | September 30th, 2013|Florida, Student Funds|

They show up ten minutes early to investment meetings, manage million-dollar funds, check stock returns in their free time and at the end of the day… finish their homework?

Allowing college students to manage a $1.2 million fund may seem surprising, but for participants in the College of Business Student Investment Fund, this experience sets them apart from their competitors in a shrinking job market.

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SD Innovation Partners invests in SDSU technologies

By | September 30th, 2013|South Dakota, Venture Capital|

As the world around us becomes more crowded and complex, the human population faces increasingly difficult challenges, particularly in the areas of health care, food supply and energy. A host of innovative and disruptive technology-based solutions devised by researchers all over the world will be required to overcome those challenges. Perhaps not surprisingly, some of those solutions are being developed in our own backyard with financial support from homegrown investor firms. […]

Innovate NY Fund supports $1.4M investment in Intrinsiq Materials

By | September 27th, 2013|New Investments/Awards, New York, State or Government Supported|

The Cayuga Venture Fund of Ithaca is the lead investor in a $4.1 million funding round for Intrinsiq Materials, a Rochester-area start-up developing conductive inks for the printed electronics industry, Intrinsiq announced Monday. […]

Oregon BEST Helps Advance Energy-Saving Cooling System for Data Rooms

By | September 27th, 2013|Oregon|

PORTLAND, Ore. ­ As sprawling server farms and increasing numbers of data rooms consume more and more energy for critical cooling, a commercialization grant from Oregon BEST, in partnership with the Portland Development Commission (PDC), is helping the City of Gresham implement and test an innovative, Oregon-developed cooling system that could cut energy costs associated with cooling data rooms by as much as 70 percent. […]

U Houston Cougar Fund launches $1M student venture fund

By | September 24th, 2013|Student Funds, Texas|

The University of Houston has waded into the venture capital market.

Administrators have launched the new Cougar Venture Fund this fall as part of its entrepreneurship curriculum for graduate business students.

“The goal is to teach students in an entrepreneurial finance class about raising money for a startup, what the options are, how to evaluate a deal,” says Keith Rassin, a Houston consultant and an adjunct professor at U of H. […]

U Penn’s Graduate School of Education launches $2.1M hybrid fund for education innovation

By | September 24th, 2013|Pennsylvania, University-managed|

Philadelphia, PA, September 18, 2013 – Penn’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) has announced that the Education Design Studio, Inc. (EDSi), a $2.1 million hybrid incubator and seed fund built specifically for education ventures, will launch September 23 in Philadelphia. The fund, which will nurture five early stage start-ups, is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between Penn GSE and a host of seasoned venture capitalists and investors. EDSi represents a new paradigm for investors, with a model that blends the best elements of an incubator, design studio, seed fund and social impact company.  […]

IDEA funds $34K in student ventures in September

By | September 24th, 2013|Massachusetts, Student Funds|

The school year has just begun at Northeastern, but IDEA ventures are already hard at work– and it’s paying off. For its September round of Gap Funding, IDEA has awarded a total of $34,000 to four of its ventures: BureoGapeliaFresh Truck and Presskit.to […]

North Carolina to grant $1.2M from pilot start-up fund next year

By | September 24th, 2013|North Carolina, Seed Fund, State or Government Supported|

Early-stage startups in the Charlotte area now have a new potential source for funding: Innovation Fund North Carolina, a pilot program planning to award up to $1.2 million in grants and loans to high-tech startups around the state over the next year. […]

Crowdfunding campaign from University of California enlists movie stars, politicians

By | September 24th, 2013|California, Crowdfunding|

In an unusual effort to bolster financial aid for undergraduates, UC on Wednesday publicly launched an online crowdfunding campaign that has movie stars, politicians, students and faculty pledging to host parties, lead hikes, sing rap songs and work in soup kitchens to win donations. […]