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UC Davis innovators receive $328K in grants to advance research

By | July 14th, 2017|California, New Investments/Awards, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|

UC Davis announced last week the recipients of nine proof-of-concept grants totaling $328,000 for campus innovators to advance their research and technologies toward commercialization.

These grants and the associated review process are managed by UCD Venture Catalyst through the Science Translation and Innovative Research, or STAIR, grant program, which is in its fourth year, and the […]

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 […]

$2.2 million from state will help speed UCI research to commercial market

By | February 6th, 2017|*Fund Types, California, Fund Partnering, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund, State or Government|

The University of California, Irvine has received $2.2 million from the state that will be administered through UCI Applied Innovation to help speed research and innovations to commercialization.

The funding will underwrite the Bridging Innovation Gaps Initiative at UCI and provide additional support for:

  1. The BioENGINE program, which promotes biomedical engineering entrepreneurship by helping graduate students […]

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. […]

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 […]