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Research Center IMEC creates smart tech VC fund, targets €100 million 

By | June 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The imec.xpand fund is targeting a total of €100 million to €120 million (up to about $135 million) and has already secured a significant amount of that according to Tom Vanhoutte, who is a manager of the fund alongside Peter Vanbekbergen.

The fund is looking to support ideas and projects across the range of hardware and […]

Cornell U Atkinson’s Academic Venture Fund awards $1.8M to 15 projects 

By | June 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future’s Academic Venture Fund awarded $1.8 million in 2017, with a record 15 grants to seed novel approaches to some of the world’s greatest sustainability challenges.

Several Atkinson teams are exploring new ways to promote planetary health for the well-being of humans, animals and ecosystems. Cornell’s new Master of […]

New Brunswick announces $63.6 million in funding for two innovation agencies, funds

By | May 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

ew Brunswick’s provincial government announced that it is making significant investments into two innovation agencies and contributing money to the Innovation Voucher Fund, according to a report from Entrevestor.

In the first of the two announcements, New Brunswick’s government said it is investing $63.6 million in the

Brandeis University Named National Science Foundation I-Corps Site to Fund Campus Discoveries

By | May 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Brandeis University today announced it has been awarded a $237,050 five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) program. The grant will provide funding for innovative startups and technologies developed by Brandeis students, faculty and staff.

Brandeis is one of only six new sites nationally designated by NSF. The University of […]

MCCC fund to help provide capital for local start-up businesses

By | March 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Jennifer Green doubled over in her chair, breathing rapidly with her hand to her face. Echo, a 16-month-old chocolate lab, recognized the signs of a panic attack and sprang into action, nuzzling his owner’s hand and climbing onto her lap to apply pressure to her chest to help calm her down.

Green, however, wasn’t really having […]

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 […]

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 […]

Berkshire invests in commercialisation of UK university research

By | December 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The UK’s £1.9bn (€2.3bn) Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund is to invest £15m in a new fund aiming to direct institutional capital into the commercialisation of UK university research.

The local authority pension fund committed the £15m to the British Innovation Fund (BIF), launched on 1 December by Future Planet Capital and […]