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Here’s what’s next for The W Fund, an early-stage venture fund focused on university spin-outs

By | December 28th, 2016|Washington|

Since The W Fund launched more than four years ago in Seattle, it has invested $20 million across 17 early-stage companies that spun out of the University of Washington and other research institutions across the state.

Now, as the venture capital firm wraps up new investments from its first fund, what’s next?

Linden Rhoads, the former […]

Inova launches investment fund to find personalized medicine innovators 

By | December 19th, 2016|Hospitals, Virginia|

Inova Health System, the giant nonprofit hospital network serving Northern Virginia, is creating a new start-up incubator and investment program focusing on “personalized” medicine innovations.

Executives say they plan to invest at least $100 million over the next three to five years making $2 million to $5 million bets on promising young companies with products that […]

Berkshire invests in commercialisation of UK university research

By | December 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The UK’s £1.9bn (€2.3bn) Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund is to invest £15m in a new fund aiming to direct institutional capital into the commercialisation of UK university research.

The local authority pension fund committed the £15m to the British Innovation Fund (BIF), launched on 1 December by Future Planet Capital and […]

UT Research Foundation Announces Maturation Fund Recipients for 2017

By | December 19th, 2016|Texas|

Improved wireless charging technology for consumer electronics, development of higher-value-added material from waste produced during biofuel production, and novel materials for 3-D printing are among the recipients of this year’s maturation funding from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, announced Thursday.

“UTRF is delighted to provide maturation grants to accelerate the further development of these […]

EPFL startups raise record $393M in outside capital in 2016

By | December 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Companies  linked to the Lausanne-based tech university raised 397 million francs ($393m) in 2016, smashing the previous record set in 2014, of 242 million francs, EPFL said in a statement.

The funds were raised by spin-offs created as a result of technology developed in an EPFL lab or created by a campus researcher, as […]

Israeli VC Pitango launches its 7th early-stage fund of $175M | TechCrunch

By | December 14th, 2016|Israel, New Fund Announcement, Startup Fund, Venture Capital|

Pitango Venture Capital, one of the most active VCs in the Israeli startup scene, has announced its seventh fund, Pitango Venture Capital 7. The fund will have $175 million under management, and invest from seed upwards. The new fund focuses on IT and life science investments, specializing in enterprise infrastructure, IoT, artificial intelligence […]

Campus Capital Launches £2M Venture Capital Fund

By | December 13th, 2016|Venture Capital|

Campus Capital, a Sheffield, UK-based new venture capital firm, is launching its first £2m fund.

The firm, which builds “on campus” investment funds with universities, has signed up the University of Sheffield as its first partner. It is also in talks with other northern universities and plans to roll out the model nationally.

Launched by […]

Defence innovation fund launched at Strathclyde 

By | December 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

An innovation fund aimed at boosting developments in data-driven decision-making technologies has been launched at the University of Strathclyde.

Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin announced the £3 million Defence and Security Accelerator competition at the inaugural Maritime Enterprise Innovation Scotland Conference, in the University’s Technology & Innovation Centre.

Ms Baldwin said:

The Defence Innovation Initiative and […]

How Canada can provide a powerful spark for innovation through an SBIR-like program

By | December 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

“Government is a big buyer with many complex challenges. Entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to these problems should have a shot at solving them, don’t you think?”

This was a question asked this fall by federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger in a speech she gave to celebrate Small Business Week in […]

Australia CSIRO sees “virtuous cycle” in reinvesting patent monetisation cash directly into commercialisation 

By | December 12th, 2016|Australia|

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) – Australia’s national R&D agency – announced this week the creation of a new technology commercialisation fund that will be capitalised using patent assertion and licensing revenues.

According to a press release, the CSIRO Innovation Fund will “support co-investment in new spin-out and start-up […]