Batteries and robotics first in line for Innovate UK BEIS £1bn innovation fund

By | April 25th, 2017|England, State or Government Supported|

The Autumn Statement initially outlined the development of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) – a new cross-disciplinary fund to support collaborations between business and the UK’s science base.

The four-year fund will be managed by Innovate UK and research councils, and will cover a broad range of technologies, from healthcare and medicine to satellites and space […]

NSF $500K grant to fund entrepreneurial growth at Mississippi State University

By | April 24th, 2017|Mississippi, State or Government Supported|

Mississippi State University received nearly half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation to launch a program to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship in the Golden Triangle Region.

A $495,300 grant from the NSF will launch a new Innovation Corps site at MSU.

The I-Corps program teaches grantees to identify valuable […]

MISTI funds over 80 MIT faculty projects for $1.6M

By | April 24th, 2017|Massachusetts|

From building architectural structures with 3-D printing and drone technology, to combatting drought around the world with a symbiotic ensemble of renewable energy systems, hydropower, and desalination, MISTI Global Seed Funds (GSF) awardees help to solve the world’s challenges through collaborations with their international peers. MISTI GSF projects have led to published papers, subsequent […]

New French Biotech Seed Fund Raises €65M-to support university innovation

By | April 24th, 2017|France, New Fund Announcement, Venture Capital|

Advent France Biotechnology, founded in 2015, has exceeded its initial fundraising target at the first closing. Its Seed-Fund I now counts with €64.75M that will be invested predominantly in France. The funds will back entrepreneurs and early-stage companies with the potential to develop first- or best-in-class innovations that address unmet medical needs.

Advent France has declared that […]

TEDCO has new money to close your startup’s funding gap 

By | April 24th, 2017|Maryland, State or Government Supported|

TEDCO has new funding for startups who are past the seed funding stage but not quite ready for VCs.

Maryland’s quasi-public agency that helps early-stage companies received $1 million from the state to create the Gap Investment Fund.

The funding was provided in Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2018 budget, which passed the General Assembly during its recently completed 90-day session. As […]

New Mexico State University’s AgSprint accelerator selects first participants

By | April 14th, 2017|Accelerator/incubator, New Mexico|

Six promising startup companies that are developing technology in all areas of agriculture have been selected for a new accelerator program at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

The AgSprint accelerator, part of the Arrowhead Technology Incubator, is a five-month venture-builder program designed to support innovation in agriculture by connecting agricultural entrepreneurs to financing, demonstration […]

Houston Methodist Receives $21M Commitment to start three new funding programs

By | April 13th, 2017|Foundation-support, Texas|

Houston Methodist recently received a $21 million commitment – the largest nonestate pledge in its almost 100-year history – to speed up the development of new treatments and therapies for patients suffering from injury and illness.

The Houston Methodist Research Institute will use this gift from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation to support translational research, […]

Education Ministry and Qatar National Research Fund boost young scientists 

By | April 13th, 2017|Qatar, State or Government Supported|

Projects developed by the brightest young scientific minds from schools across Qatar have been placed in the spotlight through a new national competition organised by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

2,127 students — 31 percent of whom were […]

University of Malta puts up €100,000 in seed funding to help start-ups take off

By | April 13th, 2017|Malta, Seed Fund, State or Government Supported|

Entrepreneurs, start-ups and researchers can tap €100,000 in seed funding offered by a University of Malta award.

The Take Off seed fund award (TOSFA), now in its fourth year, seeks to aid entrepreneurs, start-ups and researchers mould their ideas and technologies into investor-ready and market-ready businesses.

Entrepreneurs and start-ups devoted to furthering their ideas for innovative products […]

Invent Penn State’s Fund For Innovation helps start seven new ventures

By | April 13th, 2017|New Investments/Awards, Pennsylvania, Seed Fund, University-managed|

A little less than two years after the launch of the Fund for Innovation, Invent Penn State has backed nearly 50 emerging Penn State technologies and has provided startup funding to promising new ventures that were born out of the program.

“Although many universities have commercialization programs,” said Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey, […]