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University Gap Funding and Accelerator Community News

1804, 2019

IllinoisVENTURES funds startups across University system

Tom Parkinson was looking for an opportunity to work with tech-based startups in a research university setting. He found IllinoisVENTURES and became the senior director of the program. IllinoisVENTURES  is a capital firm devoted to assisting entrepreneurs, including faculty, students and alumni from the three campuses of the University of Illinois [...]

1804, 2019

15 Key Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Before Investing In Your Startup

Venture capitalists make decisions constantly about whether or not to invest in various startups. The majority of the time, the answer is no. There can be many reasons for this decision, including that the startup is not within the firm’s focus or stage of desired investment. But assuming the company is within the [...]

1704, 2019

ASU launches new accelerator 

Arizona State University and SparkLabs Group, a network of accelerators and venture capital funds, has launched a new startup accelerator program for students and alumni. SparkLabs Frontier-ASU will provide training, mentors and investment funding for participants in the university's schools and programs, including the engineering, business and global management schools. [...]

1704, 2019

MSU launches Student Venture Capital Fund within Broad College of Business

A new partnership between Red Cedar Ventures — the wholly owned venture investment subsidiary of the Michigan State University Foundation — and the Center for Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance, or CVCPEEF, is now delivering venture funding experiences directly into the classroom. Launched in Spring 2019, students taking Entrepreneurial Finance will [...]

1704, 2019

Entrepreneurs capture funding, support in new venture competitions at Tufts UniversityNow

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (April 16, 2019)—Five new ventures, including a noninvasive alternative to traditional methods of spay and neuter and a “hard” kombucha, took home top prizes at Tufts University’s annual entrepreneurship competitions: the 15th annual $100k New Ventures Competition and the Tufts Food and Entrepreneurship Competition. Twenty-six finalist teams, comprised of undergraduate and graduate [...]

1704, 2019

UT Health San Antonio Plans New Accelerator for Faculty Research

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is starting an internal accelerator program for inventors who work at the institution, with the goal of picking a first group of five to eight prospective entrepreneurs around May. The accelerator, which UT Health is calling TechNovum, will run its [...]

1704, 2019

New Velocity venture fund invests $200,000 in four startups 

The University of Waterloo’s entrepreneurship program, Velocity, has announced direct equity investments of $50,000 each for the four winners of the annual Velocity Fund Finals (VFF). This is the first time that Velocity has made direct equity investments. The original prizes were a $25,000 grant, however, the entrepreneurship program has doubled the [...]

1704, 2019

U Michigan chip design startup raises $6 million in venture funding 

Movellus Inc., a University of Michigan startup, has secured $6 million in Series A venture funding for a total of $10 million so far. The company provides technology that helps accelerate and optimize semiconductor chip design. Its applications include cloud computing, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. The $6 [...]

2803, 2019

3 things we learned mapping Baltimore’s startup ecosystem–Universities are central 

Even in a midsized city such as Baltimore, there are hundreds of resources available to help entrepreneurs grow their startups, small businesses, and nonprofits. From accelerators to mentorship programs, these resources are offered by universities, government agencies, nonprofits, and other local companies to help strengthen and grow the city’s entrepreneurial [...]

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