Start your university POC or startup fund on the road to success [Hint: It’s a Team Meeting]

By | October 27th, 2016|Original, Sample Docs|

During our decade of experience in tracking university-affiliated translational research, proof of concept, and startup gap funding programs, we have received hundreds of calls from current and aspiring fund managers at research institutions that are seeking the common route to launch successful programs.

It’s not locking yourself or assigning one of your team members to a […]

Wayne State U MTRAC awards spur biomedical innovation 

By | October 27th, 2016|Michigan, New Investments/Awards|

Five Wayne State University research teams were recently awarded funding from Wayne State’s Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program. The goal is to accelerate the translation and commercialization of their innovative biomedical technologies by providing the resources to validate technical and market opportunities. The MTRAC program is supported by a $1.07 million award from […]

Alumnus seeds Swartz Center thats poised to draw innovation at CMU and in Pittsburgh

By | October 27th, 2016|Accelerator/incubator, Foundation-support, Pennsylvania|

Carnegie Mellon University’s “hub for entrepreneurship,” the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, got its official start Tuesday in the best possible way — surrounded by CMU innovators hoping to take their companies to the next level.

James Swartz, the co-founding partner of Accel Partners, a venture […]

New Mexico state pumps $40M into venture investments from tax fund

By | October 27th, 2016|New Mexico, State or Government Supported|

The New Mexico State Investment Council unanimously approved another $40 million from the Severance Tax Permanent Fund Tuesday for venture investments in local startup companies.

The money will help replenish the SIC’s Co-Investment Fund, which makes direct investments in startups in partnership with venture capital firms. The new money raises SIC cash commitments to the fund […]

UC Riverside launches innovation center, seed fund for entrepreneurs

By | October 27th, 2016|California, New Fund Announcement, Seed Fund|

A new University of California, Riverside-driven effort launching Wednesday will help turn Inland Empire entrepreneurs’ and innovators’ ideas into reality.

The Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center, or Riverside EPIC, will be a launch pad for entrepreneurs and startup companies, providing resources for training, mentors and connections to investors and partners. The official kickoff is 3 p.m. […]

Crowdfunding: the new buzzword for academics needing research money 

By | October 26th, 2016|Crowdfunding|

hen Professor Dave Goulson decided to study the impact of pesticides on bees, he didn’t rate his chances of getting funding from one of the big research councils. The University of Sussex biologist turned to the public, raising almost £8,000 through crowdfunding for the screening for pesticides of random plant samples from garden centres and […]

How $100B of ‘Free Money’ Could Transform Tech

By | October 25th, 2016|Saudi Arabia, State or Government Supported|

Oil is so last century. With oversupply and lagging demand holding down the price per barrel, even Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest producers of petroleum, is moving away from its dependence on crude.

The Saudi government recently struck a partnership with the Japanese telecom giant SoftBank to create a massive capital fund […]

Clemson University Research Foundation awards funds for technology development 

By | October 20th, 2016|Proof of Concept, South Carolina|

The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) has announced six recipients of fiscal year 2017 Technology Maturation Fund awards.

The CURF Technology Maturation Fund provides grants to faculty to support the last critical development step needed to move their technology to the marketplace.

“There is no limit to innovation at Clemson,” said CURF director Casey Porto, “however, […]

Montana State University business accelerator receives $50,000 from U.S. Small Business Administration

By | October 19th, 2016|Montana|

An entrepreneurship support center for Montana State University students, alumni and faculty has won a $50,000 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help enhance its business accelerator program, 406 Labs.

The Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU was one of 68 programs selected nationwide as winners of the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition on […]

University Investment-A New Model Of Venture Capital

By | October 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|

In the alternative investments space, attorneys have long been able to play an important role. Whether the investment in question is senior bank loans, non-recourse litigation finance liabilities, venture capital investments, or hedge fund vehicles, attorneys play a crucial role in helping clients to evaluate risk. Given that, there is an exciting new business model […]