UC Riverside Launches $10 Million Highlander Venture Capital Fund

By | July 5th, 2017|*Fund Types, California, Venture Capital|

The University of California, Riverside has created a $10 million Highlander Venture Fund (HVF).

The Highlander Fund, created with Silicon Valley’s Vertical Venture Partners, will provide seed capital to qualified opportunities within the university for students and faculty members, and entrepreneurs from Riverside County. The fund will target technologies that can be matched with a targeted […]

Can Riverside be another Silicon Valley-type magnet? UCR officials think so 

By | June 29th, 2017|California|

A French innovator is helping California wine growers. He’s not showing them the finer points of aging a good cabernet, but rather how to seal the raw ends of their pruned branches.

Philippe Rolshausen, a plant researcher at UC Riverside, developed CropSeal, a combination of beeswax and oil, as an organic way of keeping fungus from […]

Selena Gomez establishes new fund for Lupus Research at University of Southern California

By | March 22nd, 2017|Angel, California|

People magazine reports that Selena recently made a donation to the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine to establish the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research.  Selena revealed in 2015 that she suffered from the autoimmune disease, and even underwent chemotherapy as part of her treatment.

In a statement, the singer says, […]

Stanford StartX VCs Are Looking for the Next Snapchat

By | March 8th, 2017|California|

As a student at Stanford University, Evan Spiegel often hung around the offices of StartX, the school’s entrepreneurial hub. Spiegel, who was working on a photo-sharing app called Picaboo, would seek advice from people affiliated with the incubator. In return, he volunteered part-time in 2011, helping design some early marketing materials for StartX.

Spiegel’s side project eventually became Snapchat, whose parent […]

UCSF Receives $500 Million For Faculty And Research Improvement from Foundation

By | January 19th, 2017|California, Foundation-support|

University of California - San Francisco has received a $500 million donation from the late Helen Diller through her foundation. This is one of the largest donations made to the university as well as in the history of other academic institutions.

In its official website, the University of California San Francisco […]

UC Riverside launches innovation center, seed fund for entrepreneurs

By | October 27th, 2016|California, New Fund Announcement, Startup 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. […]

Gov. Brown approves $22 million to fund entrepreneurship at U California System

By | October 6th, 2016|California|

University of California campuses have more resources to develop real-world applications for technology after Gov. Jerry Brown approved $22 million in funding Friday.

Brown signed Assembly Bill 2664, which provides $2.2 million in one-time funds to the 10 UC campuses to pay for incubator space, equipment, entrepreneurial training, legal services and other entrepreneurial tools.

State assembly member […]

3 Leading Bay Area Research Universities to Partner in $600M Chan Zuckerberg Medical Science ‘Biohub’

By | September 23rd, 2016|Accelerator/incubator, California, Corporate, New Investments/Awards, Translational Research|

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) announced Wednesday they will join forces in a new biomedical science research center funded by a $600 million commitment from Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan.

The San Francisco-based Chan Zuckerberg […]

University of California Is Putting Money Into an Alumni VC Fund

By | September 15th, 2016|*Fund Types, California, Student Funds, Venture Capital|

The University of California is giving its student entrepreneurs a big endorsement.

During a scheduled public meeting of its regents’ finance committee on Friday, the school revealed that it has invested into the House Fund, a young $6 million fund. The fund, established by UC Berkeley alumnus Jeremy Fiance, focuses on very early stage startups founded […]

Stanford seed grants push the boundaries of innovative research on clean energy | Stanford News

By | September 1st, 2016|*Fund Types, California, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

The Precourt Institute for Energy and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford have awarded 15 faculty seed grants totaling $2.7 million for groundbreaking research on clean energy.  Launched in 2010, the seed-grant programs fund innovative research proposals with the potential for high impact on energy supply and use.

Precourt Institute for Energy

“The Stanford Precourt […]