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1012, 2018

Tsinghua University investment unit to back Japanese high-tech startups 

China's Tsinghua University's investment unit is set to become one of Japan's biggest supporters of high-tech startups, with plans to invest 4 billion yuan ($584 million) over several years in artificial intelligence and robotics ventures. Tus-Holdings, the leading research university's investment arm, established an office late last month with UTokyo Innovation Platform, its counterpart [...]

612, 2018

UA-focused venture fund invests in advanced antenna maker

A venture-capital fund focused on University of Arizona technology has invested in Freefall Aerospace, a UA spinoff that has developed a new, steerable antenna for satellite and ground-based communications. UA Venture Capital said it has acquired 20 percent in its fifth venture investment. The fund doesn’t disclose the value of [...]

612, 2018

Johns Hopkins alum’s fund gives 4 undergrad ventures resources to grow

Four ventures led by Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students will receive $10,000 and mentorship as the newest selected members of an alumnus-sponsored entrepreneurship fund. The O'Connor fund was founded five years ago by Ralph O’Connor, a Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences alumnus, and his wife, Becky. It provides each member of an [...]

612, 2018

Student Group, LTF Ventures, Looking for Ideas to Fund

Student organization Learning to Fly Ventures (LTF) aims to expand the entrepreneurship community on campus through funding undergraduate startups. Founded in 2017, the group has recently restructured; board members now actively look for ideas to fund instead of merely relying on applications from interested entrepreneurs, as LTF did in the past. Third-year [...]

612, 2018

University accelerator sees startups smash $50m milestone 

The University of Queensland has cemented its position as a leading launchpad for entrepreneurs and a magnet for major investors, with startups from its ilab programs attracting more than $57 million. UQ offers a range of hands-on programs, including its Germinate accelerator, that give budding founders the skills, connections and seed funding to create a [...]

3011, 2018

UVa, city, county planning entrepreneurial accelerator

Localities will match funds from GO Virginia grant, if awarded The University of Virginia, Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville all have pledged support for a program aimed at accelerating the growth of local startups. David Touve, senior director of the i.Lab at UVa, said the proposed Catalyst Accelerator [...]

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