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1209, 2019

Imperial academics win €11 million ERC funding 

Academics in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics and the Business School, were rewarded in the latest wave of Starting Grants – worth around €1.5 million each. ERC Starting Grants recognise talented early-career scientists who show potential to be research leaders and have a scientific track record showing great promise. Across Europe [...]

1209, 2019

Big Oil venture funds target green investments – Los Angeles Times

Cement production has a large carbon footprint, comprising about 7% of man-made CO2 emissions. Solidia Technologies is trying to change that. The New Jersey-based startup’s technology reduces energy usage and emissions during the cement manufacturing process, while also trapping CO2 in the finished concrete. In its efforts to clean up [...]

1209, 2019

Central Europe Visegrad fund moves into backing research and innovation

A small fund originally dedicated to cultural cooperation between the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia is now increasing its effort to support cross-border entrepreneurship and innovation in central Europe. When the Visegrad Fund was first established in 2000, the four countries focused on funding cultural exchanges and education and [...]

1009, 2019

Minneapolis-based Vensana Unveils $225 Million Venture Capital Fund 

Vensana Capital, a venture capital firm focused on medical technology, on Wednesday announced its first venture capital fund. Known as Vensana Capital 1, the $225 million fund has received financial backing from a range of investing institutions, including public pensions, university endowments, foundations, and health systems, Vensana officials said in [...]

909, 2019

Innovate@BU offers students a chance to venture into team startups

Walk into the BUild Lab, located in the heart of Boston University’s East Campus, and you will enter a space where conversations and creative ideas fill the room behind the glass walls. The BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, which opened in February 2018, houses the Innovate@BUinitiative which prepares BU [...]

909, 2019

SFU VentureLabs receives $3 million for innovation scale-up centre 

Simon Fraser University’s VentureLabs® is receiving $3 million in funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada to establish a scale-up and soft-landing centre within its Vancouver-based business accelerator. The funding was announced today by the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. The funds are part of a $3.7 million announcement aimed [...]

909, 2019

UCLA launches federally funded innovation hub for medical tech, digital health

UCLA has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to create a regional hub for the development of medical technology and digital health tools. The launch of the UCLA Biodesign Hub for Medical Technology and Digital Health Innovation is the first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary effort to [...]

909, 2019

UW WTBC, Forward Greater Cheyenne Partner on Southeast Wyoming Innovation Launchpad

Prospective entrepreneurs in southeastern Wyoming have a new incentive to start up. The Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC), the University of Wyoming’s business incubation program, is launching a new regional startup challenge for Albany and Laramie counties. The Southeast Wyoming Innovation Launchpad (SEWYIL) will be based on UW’s very successful [...]

509, 2019

Cornell vice provost is building culture of entrepreneurship and innovation 

Emmanuel Giannelis is the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering and has served as Cornell’s vice provost for research and vice president for technology transfer, intellectual property and research policy since July 2017. With a mission of advancing and supporting Cornell research, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, Giannelis’ office also promotes [...]

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