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New £180m fund to accelerate innovation across the Midlands Engine

By | April 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The ERA is the first project to be delivered by the ‘Midlands Innovation’ initiative and will help unlock £120m of private sector investment. It will tackle some of the biggest energy challenges facing the UK such as making the best use of available resources and how to produce affordable energy.

Commercial secretary to the Treasury, Lord […]

Weills donate $185M to UCSF for neuroscience research, innovation fund

By | April 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Former Citigroup Chairman Sandy Weill, his wife Joan, and The Weill Family Foundation are donating $185 million to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to establish the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

Advances in medical research have largely focused on cancer and cardiovascular diseases, whereas studies on the brain have only recently […]

University of Michigan’s Social Venture Fund Invests in Conversa Health

By | April 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Social Venture Fund, in collaboration with the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, today announced that it has participated in […]

HSBC launches £10bn fund to support UK SMEs

By | April 25th, 2016|Corporate, UK/England|

It is the largest package of support to be announced by HSBC for UK SMEs and has been structured regionally, so that small firms in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can access funds.

HSBC said the fund is designed to meet strong demand from UK SMEs and follows the success of the […]

Jamaica Technology Innovation Fund to be created 

By | April 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Minister of Energy, Science and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley says the Government is moving to make Jamaica the Caribbean’s leading producer of technology, through the creation of a Technology Innovation Fund.

He explained that the Fund will provide for the sustainable financing of technology-based and start-up projects.

Dr Wheatley was speaking at the opening of a Community […]

Akron’s capital idea: More seed money now will grow more jobs later

By | April 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Akron hopes to lure another group of biomedical and technology-related companies to the city with $1.75 million in new private equity funds.

Akron BioInvestments Fund I, established in 2012, helped build 13 businesses and products that concentrate on everything from surgical glue and image-guided surgery to online therapy for children with special needs and DNA analysis […]

New  $3M University of Michigan fund launched to accelerate engineering, medical translational research products

By | April 25th, 2016|Hospitals, Michigan, Translational Research|

The University of Michigan has launched the Monroe-Brown Seed Fund, a new funding vehicle designed to advance the process of transitioning commercially viable engineering and medical research projects to market.

The fund, approved today by the U-M Board of Regents, is a collaboration between the U-M College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the […]

Bridging the Gap: Commentary on University Technology and Start-up Gap Funding for 4/22/16

By | April 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

So This Happened Last Week…

1)Don’t stop me if you have seen this…. The long-term success of a growing company is hindered by investors pressure to push through to an early exit. The established company limits investments in the future to focus on squeezing out profits on current product/service lines. The plant shop induces their […]

Backed VC outs its “community-driven” €30M European seed-stage fund 

By | April 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Another day, another new European VC fund. This time it’s the turn of London-based Backed VC, which today is officially outing its €30 million pan-European seed-stage fund, although it’s been active since last year and has already made several investments. The aim, founding partner Andre de Haes tells me, is to […]

When is the right time to cash in? University Proof of Concept

By | April 21st, 2016|Accelerator/incubator, Kansas, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund, Startup Fund, State or Government|

As universities commercialise their research more and more, researchers need to navigate a labyrinth of choices – but how to decide the best route? Dr Robert Tansley explains the spin out landscape.

This is probably one of the best eras in which to spin out a science or technology based business in the UK. Most universities now […]