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LSU President’s Committee on Technology Transfer Recommends New POC LIFT Fund

By | January 27th, 2014|Louisiana|

In order to better advance innovation arising from university research, LSU will adopt a new approach to commercialization and technology transfer, based on the recommendations of the President’s Committee on Technology Transfer, or PCTT. […]

Canadian public-private venture capital fund raises C$217 mln

By | January 27th, 2014|Canada, State or Government|

Canadian government-backed investment fund set up to help revive the country’s ailing venture capital industry raised C$217.5 million ($198 million) at its initial closing, its backers said on Tuesday. […]

Singularity University to launch $50 million venture fund to tackle the world’s ‘grand challenges’

By | January 27th, 2014|*Fund Types, New Fund Announcement, Singapore, Startup Fund|

Forward-looking startups will have a chance at $50 million later this year when Singularity University, an education center and accelerator based at Mountain View’s NASA Ames Research Center, launches its first venture fund.

The university will begin raising capital during the second quarter of 2014, according to managing director of new venture development Sandy Miller. The fund will […]

Plans for $20M University of Minnesota venture fund take shape

By | January 27th, 2014|Minnesota|

The University of Minnesota is on track to raise a $20 million venture capital fund this year that will make seed-stage investments in startups born from academic research. […]

University of Washington Green Seed Fund Approves $279K In Projects

By | January 27th, 2014|Washington|

The Green Seed Fund awards grants to UW faculty, students, and staff to research opportunities that advance sustainable research while contributing to campus sustainability goals. Listed below are projects awarded for funding during 2014. […]

Princeton’s Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund Puts $400K Into Four POC Projects

By | January 20th, 2014|New Jersey|

Enhanced cybersecurity, non-scarring tattoo removal, 3-D photography and a laser-scanning device are projects selected for Princeton University’s Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund, which supports discoveries that have significant potential for further development into products or services. The roughly $100,000 each researcher receives enables the prototyping and testing that technologies need to attract interest from startups or from established companies looking for innovative products. […]

Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund a Joint State Tech Project for $71K

By | January 20th, 2014|Michigan|

An innovative technology-sharing project created jointly by Spectrum Health Innovations, Grand Valley State University and GR Current has been awarded a $71,476 grant from the Michigan Initiative for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. […]

Angel Investor Starts Certificate Program at UNLV to Network, Attract More Capital to Rebel Venture Fund Projects

By | January 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Bill Payne might be a little bit of all three. Since the early 1980s, Payne has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in startup firms. Payne entered the angel investing market after he sold the company he co-founded, Solid State Dielectrics Inc., to DuPont in 1982.

An angel investor is one who provides financial backing for small startups or entrepreneurs. The asset class is considered very high risk investing, with about half of the investments expected to “return zero,” or less than the capital invested. Only about 10 to 15 percent of investments are “home runs,” in which funded companies provide the investors with 10 times or higher returns on investment. […]

London Start-up Direct to Support 400 Start-ups with £2.5m Fund

By | January 20th, 2014|UK/England|

Over £2.5 million in seed finance has been released by a delivery partner of the government’s Start Up Loans scheme to fund approximately 400 new start-up businesses in London over the next twelve months.

Start Up Direct, which has recently established a base in Shoreditch at the heart of London’s Tech City, is offering talented individuals who wish to start a business up to £15,000 each. […]

Eight POC projects funded by Fall UIC Chancellor’s Innovation Fund

By | January 13th, 2014|Illinois|

The UIC Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) is pleased to announce the Fall 2013 Proof-of-Concept (POC) Awards Program winners. A total of 30 pre-proposals from across the UIC Campus were submitted in this round of the CIF POC Awards Program from which eight finalists were chosen to submit full proposals and present their projects to a panel of venture capitalists and business leaders. Of those eight, four proposals were awarded funding bringing the total number of projects funded in 2013 to ten.  […]