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University of Michigan Spin-Out Sakti3 Delivers Double the Energy Density of Current Lithium Ion Battery Technology, Cells Produced in Ann Arbor Lab

Sakti3, Inc. (www.sakti3.com) announced that it has produced a battery cell on fully scalable equipment with over 1100 Watt hours per liter (Wh/l) in volumetric energy density.  This translates to more than double the usage time in a wearable device like a smartwatch, from 3.5 h to more than 9 h. It also translates to almost double the range in an EV

 
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University of Minnesota launches $20M seed capital program, drops plans for VC fund

The University of Minnesota has abandoned plans for a $20 million venture capital fund and will instead launch a seed-capital program for university-born startups.

 
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University of Queensland start-ups to benefit from new $10m capital fund

Queensland start-ups are to benefit from a new $10 million early stage investment fund. The fund is a joint initiative of the ilab incubator based at The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Long Pocket site, and Artesian Capital Management.

 
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Stanford, StartX Fund awardee, grabs $2m seed round

Nirmidas Biotech, Inc., a diagnostic research technology company, is announcing that it has raised $2 million in seed round funding to commercialize its fluorescence enhancing plasmonic gold technology, called “pGOLD.” The technology platform, which significantly boosts the ability to detect disease biomarkers, is based on nearly a decade of research at Stanford University and is

 
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Cape Town launches new seed fund

As part of the official opening of the new CCDI space, a new Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF) was launched as part of the proceedings. The DISF is supported with seed funding from the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT). The new fund is set to give innovation

 
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University of Cincinnati Technology Commercialization Accelerator Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted now through Sept. 1, 2014, for the fourth round of funding from the UC Technology Commercialization Accelerator. The accelerator serves as a vehicle for significantly ramping up the commercialization activity of the university. Its primary focus is on identifying promising, early stage technologies; assessing those technologies to determine viable startup company

 
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Cambridge Innovation Capital is ‘Redefining’ Investment

“The Cambridge cluster has worked very well for a long time. It has an established angel and entrepreneur ecosystem and what we’re seeing now is entrepreneurs beginning to invest back into new technology companies,” says Victor Christou, Senior Investment Director at Cambridge Innovation Capital, a newly established £50m fund with a remit to invest in technology and

 
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UT Horizon Fund invests $593K in MolecularMatch in Series A financing round

AUSTIN, TX – UT Horizon Fund, the strategic venture fund of the University of Texas System, has made a $593,000 Series A preferred stock investment in MolecularMatch.

 
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University of Washington Wi-Fi backscatter could make ‘Internet of Things’ real

A new method uses radio frequency signals as a power source and reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide internet connectivity to battery-free devices.

 
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University of Chicago Innovation Fund Puts $100K in Genomic Prescribing System

The University of Chicago Innovation Fund, which invests in proof-of-concept and early business development work for new ventures created by University of Chicago faculty, students and staff, has awarded Mark Ratain, MD, and Peter O’Donnell, MD, $100,000 to support their work on the Genomic Prescribing System (GPS)

 
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