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Plans for $20M University of Minnesota venture fund take shape

The University of Minnesota is on track to raise a $20 million venture capital fund this year that will make seed-stage investments in startups born from academic research. Read more…

 
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University of Washington Green Seed Fund Approves $279K In Projects

The Green Seed Fund awards grants to UW faculty, students, and staff to research opportunities that advance sustainable research while contributing to campus sustainability goals. Listed below are projects awarded for funding during 2014. Read more…

 
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Princeton’s Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund Puts $400K Into Four POC Projects

Enhanced cybersecurity, non-scarring tattoo removal, 3-D photography and a laser-scanning device are projects selected for Princeton University’s Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund, which supports discoveries that have significant potential for further development into products or services. The roughly $100,000 each researcher receives enables the prototyping and testing that technologies need to attract interest from startups or from established companies looking for innovative products. Read more…

 
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Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund a Joint State Tech Project for $71K

An innovative technology-sharing project created jointly by Spectrum Health Innovations, Grand Valley State University and GR Current has been awarded a $71,476 grant from the Michigan Initiative for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Read more…

 
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Angel Investor Starts Certificate Program at UNLV to Network, Attract More Capital to Rebel Venture Fund Projects

Bill Payne might be a little bit of all three. Since the early 1980s, Payne has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in startup firms. Payne entered the angel investing market after he sold the company he co-founded, Solid State Dielectrics Inc., to DuPont in 1982.

An angel investor is one who provides financial backing for small startups or entrepreneurs. The asset class is considered very high risk investing, with about half of the investments expected to “return zero,” or less than the capital invested. Only about 10 to 15 percent of investments are “home runs,” in which funded companies provide the investors with 10 times or higher returns on investment. Read more…

 
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London Start-up Direct to Support 400 Start-ups with £2.5m Fund

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Over £2.5 million in seed finance has been released by a delivery partner of the government’s Start Up Loans scheme to fund approximately 400 new start-up businesses in London over the next twelve months.

Start Up Direct, which has recently established a base in Shoreditch at the heart of London’s Tech City, is offering talented individuals who wish to start a business up to £15,000 each. Read more…

 
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Eight POC projects funded by Fall UIC Chancellor’s Innovation Fund

The UIC Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) is pleased to announce the Fall 2013 Proof-of-Concept (POC) Awards Program winners. A total of 30 pre-proposals from across the UIC Campus were submitted in this round of the CIF POC Awards Program from which eight finalists were chosen to submit full proposals and present their projects to a panel of venture capitalists and business leaders. Of those eight, four proposals were awarded funding bringing the total number of projects funded in 2013 to ten.  Read more…

 
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Meet 8 new VCs on top 2013 seed investors list

It comes as no surprise that 500 Startupsleads last year’s list of top seed investors, or that Andreesen HorowitzSV Angel, andLerer Ventures aren’t far behind.But what is surprising about the annual CB Insights list is that eight of the top 20 firms are new to it in 2013, and many have even bigger plans for future growth. That makes it easy to see how 2013 hit a four-year high for seed investing, and even despite so many warnings of a looming series A crunch. Read more…
 
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Drexel University announces $400K in POC awards in inaugural round

In its first round of proof-of-concept funding, Drexel Ventures -the University’s new technology accelerator and transfer enterprise- is supporting research that could lead to improved solar cells, new drug therapy for treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, safer chemicals for oil extraction and smarter software system monitoring. Investigators for each project will receive $100,000, from Drexel’s Innovation Fund to show that their research could lead to the creation of a commercially viable product. Read more…

 
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Virginia Innovation Partnership Awards $800,000 to University Research Projects

A statewide network designed to accelerate innovation and economic growth has awarded $800,000 to 18 university research projects in Virginia.

The Virginia Innovation Partnership, created in 2012 as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s i6 Challenge, provides funding that allows university  researchers to advance early-stage work through  the “proof of concept” stage, in which they establish  its commercial potential. The program also connects researchers with mentors, corporations and investors to accelerate commercialization of the new discoveries and inventions. It is the only statewide innovation network in the U.S. and serves as a model for other states. Read more…

 
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