Virginia Tech and Carilion form $15 million venture capital fund

By | March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic have formed a new $15 million venture capital fund designed to catapult the startups taking root around Blacksburg and Roanoke’s so-called innovation corridor.

About 60 percent of the investments will be in the life sciences industry and most will be based in Virginia. If they’re in another state, the companies must […]

UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

By | February 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

The University of Massachusetts Amherst hopes maroon will soon not only symbolize the campus colors but also innovation.

University officials announced this week the formation of the Maroon Venture Partners Fund, a new effort to support entrepreneurship among alumni, faculty and students.

“UMass Amherst, as the Commonwealth’s flagship, plays a crucial role in the state’s […]

Campus Capital signs university startup deal with University of Manchester

By | February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

A venture capital firm has signed a partnership deal with the University of Manchester to identify and back early-stage companies with the potential to become the technology stars of the future.

Campus Capital will invest sums from £50,000 to £200,000 into promising businesses both on campus and off campus across the Manchester city region. The model, […]

University of Wollongong sets up a $10 million seed fund for start-ups

By | February 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The University of Wollongong has launched a $10 million seed fund for start-ups which join its new iAccelerate business incubator.

Start-ups accepted by the incubator in its current round of applications will be eligible to apply for capital from the fund.

The university has contributed $2 million to the fund, which is managed by […]

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

By | February 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 […]

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

By | January 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 […]

Firebrand Ventures partners with UMKC to cultivate entrepreneurs

By | January 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

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, […]

Wake Forest Innovation’s Catalyst Fund to support 6 early-stage technologies 

By | January 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Six early-stage technologies, all invented at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centerand being developed through Wake Forest Innovations, will receive a combined $595,000 investment to support their initial development.

The funding was announced Wednesday by Pappas Capital and Wake Forest Innovations, the money coming through the Catalyst Fund, a $15 million […]

Think Tank to Shark Tank: Universities and the Entrepreneur Economy

By | January 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Since the recession in 2008, the American labor market has shifted significantly. The era of the lifelong career is all but over as the gig economy takes hold. What’s more, entrepreneurialism is becoming an increasingly popular pathway to success. Shark Tank has brought entrepreneurialism to the mainstream, and institutions that invest in the incubator model […]

Fred Hutch’s new Evergreen Fund to promote commercialization of research into lifesaving therapies

By | January 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced its first-ever grants from its newly established Evergreen Fund to spur researchers’ efforts to advance bold ideas toward creating or partnering with a commercial entity.

A total of $1 million was awarded to eight Fred Hutch research projects ranging from the development of new immunotherapies for cancer to finding new […]