//Fund Process and Outcomes
3 05, 2018

$115,000 funding awarded to Purdue researchers, advance innovations to commercialization

By | 2018-05-03T15:04:06+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Indiana, New Investments/Awards, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|0 Comments

Four Purdue University researchers will share nearly $115,000 in funding from the Trask Innovation Fund to further develop their innovations and move life-changing technologies through the commercialization pipeline. Twice annually the Trask Innovation Fund awards funds through an endowed development program that assists faculty and staff whose discoveries are being commercialized through the Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization. [...]

20 04, 2018

Wistar Institute Spinout Isoma Diagnostics Secures Seed Funding

By | 2018-04-20T14:34:39+00:00 April 20th, 2018|New Investments/Awards|0 Comments

Isoma Diagnostics, a spinout of Philadelphia's Wistar Institute, has secured a first round of seed funding from Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the University City Science Center's Phase I Ventures Program. The company did not disclose the funding amount, but a Wistar Institute spokesperson noted that it was in the six-figure range. Isoma, which launched [...]

17 04, 2018

ASU announces new network to connect startups with potential investors 

By | 2018-04-17T13:35:46+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Arizona, Gap support programs|0 Comments

President Michael Crow unveiled a new plan to connect entrepreneurs at ASU with investment funding through the Thunderbird School of Global Management. This system, which is expected to get off the ground in the fall of this year, will be called the ASU Thunderbird Investor Network and is an extension of a previous Thunderbird network that was [...]

2 03, 2018

Volvo Launches a VC Fund to Keep Up With the Future

By | 2018-03-02T14:55:45+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Corporate, New Fund Announcement|0 Comments

STARTUPS LOOKING TO cash checks had better start learning Swedish and get ready for meetings at the IKEA cafeteria. Today, Volvo announced it has launched its very own in-house venture capital fund. Working with an undisclosed amount of money, Volvo Cars Tech Fund will look to invest in startups it believes could help it keep pace in a [...]

26 01, 2018

GV co-leads $27.1M Series A in Oxford Uni life sciences spinout Vaccitech

By | 2018-01-26T14:23:32+00:00 January 26th, 2018|New Investments/Awards, UK/England, Venture Capital|0 Comments

Leaning on its in-house life sciences expertise GV has backed another biotech startup in the UK, co-leading a £20 million ($27.1M) Series A in Oxford University spinout Vaccitech, which is developing a universal flu vaccine. Sequoia China, another new investor, is also co-leading the round, along with existing backer Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) — which operates a fund that invests in high [...]

18 01, 2018

The Community of Action: A Consortium of University-affiliated Gap Funding and Accelerator Programs

By | 2018-01-18T18:20:36+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Fund Process and Outcomes|0 Comments

Innovations come at a high cost and are often derailed momentarily by numerous challenges. Filling the gap between great ideas and the final product or service is a complex endeavor for any innovator. University technology and startups face wider and deeper gaps when seeking capital, talent, and connections to support its development and commercialization. [...]

11 01, 2018

Excerpts from Mind the Gap Report

By | 2018-01-24T19:25:58+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Sample Docs|0 Comments

For anyone interested in University-affiliated translational research, proof of concept, and startup gap funding and accelerators. The report below contains 60 pages from the most recent Mind the Gap Report. This excerpt was composed to assist in your own program planning and as an educational piece for your stakeholders. Please use and share!  Best [...]

11 01, 2018

UChicago food allergy startup ClostraBio raises $3.5 million

By | 2018-01-11T17:13:28+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Illinois, New Investments/Awards, Venture Capital|0 Comments

Prof. Cathryn Nagler had been researching the physiological origins of food allergy and potential treatments for over 30 years, but she hadn't considered the possibility of translating that research into a business. But just 15 months after considering that possibility and beginning her entrepreneurial career, she is the founder of a promising, emerging venture. Nagler’s new [...]

12 12, 2017

Millersville students will invest $200K out of university’s endowment with new Marauder Fund

By | 2017-12-12T15:35:53+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Foundation-support, New Fund Announcement, Student Funds|0 Comments

It’s one thing for a university to trust its students to excel and represent their alma mater well. It’s quite another to trust students with its own money. By establishing its first student-managed investment portfolio, that’s exactly what Millersville University has done. Known as the Marauder Fund, students of the newly formed Millersville Student Investment [...]

11 12, 2017

Innovation Fund invests $575,000 in biotech companies @ U Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

By | 2017-12-11T14:20:29+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Illinois, New Investments/Awards, Venture Fund|0 Comments

The University of Chicago Innovation Fund announced plans to invest up to $575,000 into three biotechnology companies—ImmunArtes, Onchilles Pharma, and Oxalo Therapeutics. These latest investments bring the Innovation Fund’s total investment amount to over $6 million in 56 projects. On Friday, December 1, four finalists presented their proposals to the Innovation Fund advisory committee, which [...]