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InnovateIndiana/University Hospitals life sciences startup receives significant funding for developing novel therapeutics for COPD

By | January 31st, 2017|Indiana|

Each year, more than 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), a life threatening disease that interferes with normal breathing. Although 80 percent of people who die from COPD are former smokers, approximately 3 percent have a genetic disorder (alpha-1 antitrypsin or “AAT deficiency”). To date, there is no […]

Australian Victorian Government’s LaunchVic $60m Innovation Fund unveils $5m in new grants

By | January 31st, 2017|Australia, State or Government|

The Victorian Government has contributed a further $4.9 million in funding to seven local projects aimed at growing the startup and innovation sectors as part of the second round of LaunchVic grants.

LaunchVic, was created by the state government as an independent agency to oversee the allocation of its $60 million innovation fund. It has provided […]

NC Biotech Center awards $1.4M in grants, loans 

By | January 26th, 2017|New Investments/Awards, North Carolina, State or Government|

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded 13 grants and loans totaling $1.4 million to universities and bioscience companies in the second quarter of its 2016-2017 fiscal year ending Dec. 31.

The awards will support life science research, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship throughout North Carolina and help universities and companies attract additional funding from other sources.

Company […]

$20-Million Fund Will Support Innovation at Ontario’s Colleges

By | January 25th, 2017|Canada, New Fund Announcement, State or Government|

The new $20-million Colleges Applied Research and Development Fund (CARDF) announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne will promote new economic growth, the Ontario Centres of Excellence and Colleges Ontario said today.

“College-based applied research projects continue to develop innovations that help businesses throughout the province grow and create new, high-quality jobs,” said Linda Franklin, […]

My State Cares More About University Innovation Than Your’s Does…

By | January 25th, 2017|State or Government|

Is your state putting their innovation dollars into university innovation?

Over 30 states in the US and countless established and emerging innovation economies across the globe are actively supporting these funding programs. In our most recent report, over 30% of all gap funding support for university proof of concept and startup gap […]

SEP Venture Capital donates to University of Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund

By | January 25th, 2017|Foundation-support, UK/England|

Venture capital firm Scottish Equity Partners has made a “significant” donation to a fund which invests in business ventures by members of the University of Strathclyde’s community.

SEP has made the gift to the Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund, which provides early stage investment in companies and ventures run by the University’s staff, students and alumni.

Wisconsin WEDC grants help grow entrepreneurship programs across state

By | January 25th, 2017|State or Government, Wisconsin|

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is helping 11 organizations develop and expand programs aimed at growing entrepreneurship throughout the state.

WEDC’s new Entrepreneurship Support pilot program is awarding the organizations $500,000 in grants to help fund programs that promote entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial education, mentorship and training, business development and financial services.

“Much of the economic growth the state […]

Colorado Boulder research seed grant program accepting proposals for interdisciplinary research, creative work

By | January 25th, 2017|Colorado, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

Now in its 11th year, the 2017 Innovative Seed Grant Program (ISGP)—designed to stimulate new, compelling areas of research and creative work on the University of Colorado Boulder campus—is accepting proposals through Sunday, Feb. 12.

With a focus on interdisciplinary ventures that take investigators in high-risk, high-reward directions, the program has set aside $1 million […]

Firebrand Ventures partners with UMKC to cultivate entrepreneurs

By | January 23rd, 2017|Gap support programs, Missouri, Venture Capital|

Firebrand Ventures has partnered with the University of Missouri-Kansas City to help local startup entrepreneurs.

As part of the agreement, the Kansas City-based fund will offer graduates of UMKC’s E-Scholars program an opportunity to receive an investment from Firebrand starting in 2017.

Housed under UMKC’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (RIEI), E-Scholars offers students a structured, […]

Paris Saclay University Launches €50M Seed Fund

By | January 23rd, 2017|France|

Paris Saclay University has launched a €50m seed fund.

The Paris Saclay Seed Fund, which will be run by Partech Ventures with support from Kurma Partners, aims to nurture the new generation of entrepreneurs from the innovation cluster.

Led by and Romain Lavault, General Partner in charge of all seed activities at Partech, and Claire Godron, […]