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2601, 2018

Univ. of Tokyo startups are targets of new $220m tech fund

A venture capital firm affiliated with the University of Tokyo has established a fund that ranks among Japan's biggest in targeting startups with roots in higher education, eyeing ambitious candidates offering cutting-edge technologies developed at the school. University of Tokyo Edge Capital plans to assemble about 25 billion yen ($226 million) for the [...]

2601, 2018

Purdue, NSF ‘Phase 0’ pilot program to benefit Indiana startups 

 Purdue University and the Krannert School of Management will help early stage startups in Indiana commercialize their technology through the National Science Foundation’s “Phase 0” pilot program. Purdue is one four institutions that make up NSF’s Midwest Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Node, which is one of seven university clusters across the country selected to pilot [...]

2601, 2018

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

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 [...]

2601, 2018

Utah’s Kickstart launches state’s richest seed investment fund

While investment deals in startup companies are down signficantly among North American venture capital firms, one Utah company that specializes in early funding is on an arc of success that is showing no signs of slowing down. Kickstart Seed Fund announced Wednesday the state's largest ever seed-dedicated venture capital fund [...]

2601, 2018

U Michigan startup SkySpecs lands $8 million investment

This time, it's SkySpecs, which provides an inspection service for wind turbines using drones, eliminating the need for technicians (often called "skyworkers") to conduct the high-risk job hundreds of feet in the air. It raised $8 million in a Series B funding round led by Germany-based Statkraft Ventures and joined by [...]

1801, 2018

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

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 [...]

1801, 2018

U California Riverside Highlander Venture Fund Makes Its First Investment

The University of California, Riverside’s Highlander Venture Fund (HVF) announced its first investment today. The $250,000 investment was for NanoCellect Biomedical Inc., a developer of microfluidic cell-sorting technologies for cell-based assays. The San Diego-based firm was founded in 2009 by Jose Morachis, a UC Riverside alumni. The financing for the [...]

1801, 2018

University of Oregon joins a regional partnership that is helping fuel innovation

The University of Oregon has signed on as a founding member of an innovation network that will connect scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors and bring research institutions, industry associations and other regional players together. The Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network includes more than 50 organizations that that have pledged to work collaboratively [...]

1801, 2018

Shaw University Receives $50,000 Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

Shaw University last week announced the receipt of a $50,000 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation in support of its Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center and its efforts to boost small business in Raleigh. “The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is a vital resource for the next generation of entrepreneurs at [...]

1801, 2018

5 U California alumni entrepreneurs win opportunity to pitch at venture summit

The University of California today (Jan. 16) announced the five finalists of its new “I am a UC Entrepreneur” contest for alumni. The finalists, selected by a panel of prominent investors, have won the opportunity to pitch their startups to more than 600 business leaders and venture capitalists at the [...]

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