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Northwestern tech spinout Tanvas gets $5 million from Peak6, R7

By | June 24th, 2015|Illinois|

Haptics, the science of making devices more touchy-feely, is getting more attention from researchers and investors.

A haptics startup launched by two Northwestern University professors got a $5 million boost from investors that include Chicago venture fund R7 Partners, trading firm Peak6 and Northwestern.

Tanvas is developing next-generation technology for touch screens that will allow them to […]

FL angel Investment network looks to bridge capital gap

By | June 24th, 2015|Angel, Florida|

Interest appears promising for an effort to amass investors seeking to fund high-growth start-ups in the capital region.

On Friday, a membership launch for Tallahassee’s new chapter of the Florida Angel Nexus attracted roughly 60 attendees, a mix of potential investors and professionals aware of financing challenges facing early stage start-ups.

Jason Stamm, an entrepreneur and founding […]

Oregon State University business accelerator graduates five more startups with access to seed grants

By | June 24th, 2015|Accelerator/incubator, Oregon|

A Corvallis business accelerator has graduated its third group of business startups and is taking applications for the next class.

The Advantage Accelerator at Oregon State University is part of the Regional Acceleration and Innovation Network, or RAIN.

RAIN, which also includes a business accelerator in Eugene, is intended to help promising companies get off the ground […]

MassCEC Announces $280K in 7 Clean Energy and Water Innovation Awards

By | June 24th, 2015|Massachusetts|

BOSTON – June 24, 2015 – Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton today announced $280,000 in funding for seven innovative clean energy projects across the Commonwealth under MassCEC’s Catalyst program. It is the first time the program issued a challenge for innovators to focus on clean water technologies, and three of the […]

Google Ventures Invests in Oxford University Venture Fund

By | June 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Google Ventures’ European branch has invested in Oxford Sciences Innovation PLC, a company that funds spinoffs from Oxford University’s tech and science departments, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

Google Ventures is Google’s fund for early-stage tech investments. The investment in OSI is Google Ventures’ second in Europe since it was set up in […]

Students to call the shots in Dutch venture capital fund

By | June 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|

The Dutch Student Investment Fund was launched last week by the University of Twente to back spinouts from Twente and its partner institution Saxion Academy with funding of between €25,000 and €100,000.

The fund will be run by five students, assisted by experienced board members and investors including Erwin Holtland, an investor in the local business […]

UTEP, Texas Tech grants aim at propelling faculty research to market

By | June 23rd, 2015|Texas|

Inventions from a low-cost prosthetic foot to a flexible 3D-printed rubber blend may get in consumers’ hands faster with the help of grants from two local universities.

The University of Texas at El Paso and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso awarded eight grants of up to $50,000 each to faculty from both universities […]

20 new industry–academia research projects have been created through SFI’s Industry Fellowship Programme

By | June 23rd, 2015|Corporate|

20 new industry–academia research projects have been created through SFI’s Industry Fellowship Programme, with the help of a new €1.5m funding pool designed to stimulate knowledge transfer between academia and industry.

The programme places academic researchers in companies and industry researchers in Irish Higher Education Institutes (HEIs).

This round of funding has seen applicants from various sectors, […]

Kleiner Perkins to Write Smaller Checks With $4 Million Fund – The New York Times

By | June 23rd, 2015|Venture Capital|

Most of the action in venture capital now is in so-called growth rounds, with billions of dollars flowing into established technology superstars like Uber and Pinterest.

But Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s best-known investment firms, is trying a different approach: focusing on early-stage seed rounds — and offering founders unusual terms.

The firm […]

Marquette announces inaugural innovation fund awardees

By | June 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Marquette President Michael R. Lovell today announced the university’s first-ever strategic innovation fund awardees. Thirty-eight unique projects led by Marquette faculty, students and staff across a variety of disciplines will receive nearly $5 million.

Awardees fell into one of six thematic categories: academic programs and student support, community collaboration and outreach, water and environmental, advanced manufacturing […]