21 10, 2019

U-M creates investment fund to fill gap for early-stage capital for university startups 

By |2019-10-21T14:17:02+00:00October 21st, 2019|Michigan, Venture Fund|0 Comments

U-M Tech Transfer, the unit responsible for commercializing University of Michigan research discoveries and innovations, will create the Accelerate Blue Fund to provide seed capital to nascent U-M startup companies. Creation of the fund was approved Oct. 17 by the U-M Board of Regents. “There are enormous benefits to the university and our region in [...]

16 10, 2019

Two new N. Ireland equity funds have £95m for investments into innovative SMEs, universities 

By |2019-10-16T13:42:12+00:00October 16th, 2019|Ireland|0 Comments

TWO new follow-on equity funds are making £95 million available to give potential high-growth start-up businesses in Northern Ireland an early-stage cash injection. A second round of the TechStart seed fund and the fourth Crescent Capital development fund are part of Invest NI's 'Access to Finance' portfolio, which provides loan and equity funding to innovative [...]

16 10, 2019

NC Biotech Center awards $1.4M in grants, loans; portfolio startups raise $16.5M 

By |2019-10-16T13:39:10+00:00October 16th, 2019|North Carolina, State or Government|0 Comments

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded 18 grants and loans totaling nearly $1.4 million to bioscience companies, universities and non-profit organizations in the first quarter of its 2019-20 fiscal year. The awards, made from July 1 to Sept. 30, will support life science research and technology commercialization throughout North Carolina and help companies attract follow-on funding from [...]

16 10, 2019

Biomedical startups seek funding at Lundquist Institute’s 6th annual Innovation Showcase 

By |2019-10-16T13:38:14+00:00October 16th, 2019|California, Hospitals|0 Comments

A gene therapy that relieves pain; a device to diagnose ear infections in children; a virtual reality microscope that allows doctors to see 95% more of a cancer cell. These are just some of the state-of-the-art medical advances, currently under development, that were featured by 24 startup companies this week at the sixth annual Innovation Showcase, [...]

10 10, 2019

U of Illinois Lands $50K Grant to Create More Female-Founded Tech Companies

By |2019-10-10T07:39:12+00:00October 10th, 2019|Illinois|0 Comments

A women-focused accelerator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign just landed a $50,000 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help strengthen resources and support for female-founded tech companies. U of I’s EnterpriseWorks Incubator’s AWARE (accelerating women and underrepresented entrepreneurs) is one of 60 accelerators and incubators that were awarded the grant, which is part of a [...]

10 10, 2019

Fulcrum Global Capital partners with Kansas State University 

By |2019-10-10T07:37:05+00:00October 10th, 2019|Kansas, Venture Capital|0 Comments

Kansas City-based Fulcrum Global Capital will open an office in the K-State Office Park in Manhattan, adjacent to the Kansas State University campus, as part of a strategic partnership. Fulcrum Global is a venture capital fund that was founded in early 2019 by Duane Cantrell, Kevin Lockett and John Peryam. They all formerly worked for the Kansas Bioscience Authority, which made [...]

10 10, 2019

Nebraska’s ‘Silicon Prairie’ Is Growing Into A Hub For Innovation

By |2019-10-10T07:35:38+00:00October 10th, 2019|Nebraska|0 Comments

Despite its unfortunate tourism slogan, Nebraska is, in fact, for everyone. And it’s an especially attractive area for startups to plant their roots and bloom. Subscribe to the Crunchbase Daily Nebraska’s tech scene, centered around the nearby cities of Omaha and Lincoln, has become an under-the-radar hub for innovation. With large examples of success like Hudl, which has [...]

9 10, 2019

UC Berkeley SkyDeck and Amazon Alexa Fund and Alexa Fellowship Announce Program to Foster New Innovations in Voice Technology

By |2019-10-09T09:46:28+00:00October 9th, 2019|Accelerator/incubator, California|0 Comments

Berkeley SkyDeck and the Alexa Fund will work together with early-stage startups, mentoring them as they build and develop next-level ideas in voice technology. SkyDeck will actively seek and encourage startups focused on voice technology to apply for their Spring 2020 Cohort. "We are thrilled about this opportunity to work with Amazon and the Alexa [...]

9 10, 2019

 WVU officials hope new program creates entrepreneurs, innovation 

By |2019-10-09T09:07:37+00:00October 9th, 2019|Accelerator/incubator, West Virginia|0 Comments

The West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics is hoping the new Vantage Ventures program on campus is the first step in creating a new Mountain State economy driven by entrepreneurship and innovation. The program has four focuses: healthy, security, energy and sensory. The entrepreneurs and companies are supported by mentors, executives [...]

9 10, 2019

Tom Still: Common ingredients for university based startups

By |2019-10-09T08:42:13+00:00October 9th, 2019|Wisconsin|0 Comments

An overused word to describe the connections between technology, startups and angel or venture capital investments is “ecosystem,” which implies that startups and the people who help support them are akin to a naturally occurring rain forest. If only it was that simple. Mother Nature can’t spawn what it takes to build a healthy structure [...]