Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences announces $4.46 million gift, will create funds

By | July 30th, 2015|Indiana|

The College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington announced today a gift of over $4.46 million from alumnus Lawrence M. Blatt, a pioneering virologist and the founder of Alios BioPharma Inc.

Blatt’s gift will provide funding for an array of new and ongoing endowments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Among them, $2 […]

TEDCO reaches ‘dramatic crossroads,’ taking on 5 times more venture responsibility

By | July 30th, 2015|Maryland, State or Government Supported|

Maryland Technology Development Corp.’s new board chair, Newt Fowler, is stepping in as the investment agency’s responsibility grows five-fold.

TEDCO this year will take over disparate investment programs from Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development, most notably the state’s Maryland Venture Fund. All told, the shift will put an additional $100 million under TEDCO’s management […]

€1.67bn EU fund for researchers set aside for 2016, open to world

By | July 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Within the new series of competitions set out by the ERC starting today, the call begins for Starting Grants 2016, which has a budget of €485m and is open to researchers with between two and seven years of experience since completion of PhD and what the ERC are calling a “promising scientific track record”.

Other grant […]

JumpStart data shows record $338 million invested into young Northeast Ohio technology companies in 2014

By | July 30th, 2015|Ohio|

The numbers look good — at first.

Last year, investors pumped a record $338 million into young technology companies in Northeast Ohio. That total easily eclipses the previous record: Local startups raised $264 million in 2013.

Sounds great, right?

JumpStart CEO Ray Leach is happy with the overall total, but he’s not 100% enthused when he analyzes the […]

Top 15 Corporate Venture Funds

By | July 30th, 2015|Corporate-collaboration|

The shift from fully integrated pharmaceutical companies (FIPCOs) to virtually integrated pharma companies (VIPCOs) has made biopharmas more reliant on external R&D. Often, that external R&D comes from startups nurtured through the venture funds of biopharma giants.

This year’s List offers three significant changes since last year’s ranking of corporate venture funds. One is the exclusion […]

Newark Is Tapped for Tech Venture Fund, Accelerator

By | July 30th, 2015|Accelerator/incubator, New Jersey|

An early-stage venture fund, targeted at $50 million, and a new accelerator are coming to Newark to create a substantial technology industry.

Newark Venture Partners and its sister entity, Newark Venture Accelerator, expect to start accepting startups in October; the fund’s founder is Don Katz, who also is founder and chief executive of, an […]

Macomb Community College Innovation Fund announces $275,000 in inaugural awards to five Detroit-area technology-focused startups

By | July 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The Innovation Fund is a $2.7 million effort to stimulate economic development and job growth among promising Detroit-area entrepreneurs and next-stage businesses with high growth potential. Awards of $25,000 will be distributed to start-up businesses to assist with market introduction and awards up to $100,000 will be given to advance the progress of emerging companies […]

Duke’s MURDOCK Study offers $100K in seed funding to scientists at NC Research Campus

By | July 30th, 2015|North Carolina, Translational Research|

Duke University’s MURDOCK Study will invest up to $100,000 in the coming year to fund scientific discoveries at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The MURDOCK Study-NCRC Seed Funding Voucher Program will provide up to 10 vouchers worth $10,000 each to qualifying Research Campus investigators from any institution on the campus. Duke manages the MURDOCK […]

U Illinois Announces Newest Round of POC Recipients, 7 Awards

By | July 16th, 2015|Illinois, New Investments/Awards, Proof of Concept|

The Office of Technology Management (OTM) is proud to announce the 2015 awardees of the Illinois Proof-of-Concept Funding Program (I-POC). I-POC funds development projects that will help demonstrate an innovation’s viability to potential investors and partners.

2015 I-POC Award Recipients:

This year’s I-POC award recipients were selected from a stellar pool of applicants from […]

Zells donate $60 million to University of Michigan, support funds

By | July 16th, 2015|Michigan|

The University of Michigan’s business school is set to receive $60 million from the Zell Family Foundation, which has now donated more than $150 million to the university over the years.

The money will go to extend programs at the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and create new ones.

“This gift generates […]