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Author: Louis Columbus


Source: Forbes


Interest: Just over $4B was invested in software deals by venture capitalists (VCs) during Q1, 2014, four times as much as biotechnology. Software deals netted out 42% of all dollars invested in the first quarter, with biotechnology receiving 11%. VCs invested $816M in IT Services or 9% of all dollars, making this the third largest investment category. Interest in IT Services continues to accelerate, with dollars invested in this category increasing 33% compared to the prior quarter.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2014/04/19/software-is-dominating-venture-capital-investments-in-2014/

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Author: Asian Scientist Magazine


Source: Asian Scientist Magazine


Interest: Samsung Electronics has discovered a new synthesis method to speed the commercialization of graphene, a unique material ideally suited for electronic devices. The method, which has been published in the journal Science, was developed jointly by Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea.


Link: http://www.asianscientist.com/in-the-lab/samsung-large-scale-graphene-production-2014/

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Author: JD Alois


Source: Crowdfund Insider


Interest: Paul Niederer, CEO and Director of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB), recently shared his vision on the future of non-accredited crowdfunding for those of us waiting in the limbo of Title III rules. Niederer has been a leading voice in the global crowdfunding movement having the fortune of leading an early platform that leveraged technology to finance small businesses.


Link: http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2014/04/36420-paul-niederer-seen-future-non-accredited-crowdfunding/

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Author: Jeff Hargarten


Source: Minnesota Daily


Interest: As Congress considers sweeping patent reform, research universities across the country are raising objections. The push for reform comes in response to the increased activities of “patent trolls,” firms that amass patents to make money from intellectual property infringement lawsuits and licensing deals. Congress is aiming to level the playing field, promote transparency and take the teeth out of frivolous patent suits.


Link: http://www.mndaily.com/news/campus/2014/04/20/u-objects-patent-reform

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Author: HILLARY CRAWFORD


Source: The Michigan Daily


Interest: At the Rackham Building Friday, students pitched their start-up ideas as part of the second annual optiMize Social Innovation Showcase. OptiMize is a student organization that provides resources for those seeking to implement world-changing projects and start-ups. LSA, United Way of Washtenaw County, Innovation Blue, Central Student Government and other University affiliates provide funding for the event.


Link: https://www.michigandaily.com/news/social-innovation-showcase-presents-finalists

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Author: Buffalo Rising


Source: Buffalo Rising


Interest: Both Buffalo State and the University at Buffalo have been approved to be tax-free areas under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s START-UP NY program. The program enables universities to identify areas for expanding and allows for new businesses to operate tax free for up to 10 years. The inclusion of the areas in the plan will allow NYS businesses within the boundaries to avoid business, corporate, income, sales, property or franchise taxes.


Link: http://buffalorising.com/2014/04/buffalo-state-and-the-ub-have-been-approved-to-be-tax-free-areas/

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Author: Steven Overly


Source: Washington Post


Interest: Bethesda-based M3D concluded the first week of its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign with more than $2.3 million in the bank from some 8,200 financial backers who want to see production begin on a 3-D printer that consumers can use at home. But the bulk of the supporters — one of whom pledged $5,000 — double as the company’s first customers. A link on the firm’s Web site to “pre-order” the printer directs you to the Kickstarter page where you can contribute the initial retail price of $299.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/crowdfunding-helps-product-companies-with-sales-and-marketing-not-just-fundraising/2014/04/11/a0a904b2-bffa-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html

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Author: Geert De Lombaerde


Source: Nashville Post


Interest: The backers of the newly launched American Born Moonshine have raised approximately $6 million from more than 40 investors, money they plan to invest in taking their liquor national.


Link: http://nashvillepost.com/news/2014/4/1/start_up_distillery_raises_6m

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Author: Hollie Slade


Source: Forbes


Interest: As a founding partner at Y Combinator, Jessica Livingston helped shape some of Silicon Valley’s greatest hits – Dropbox, Airbnb, Reddit and Stripe to name just a few. To date, Y Combinator’s invested in 630 startups. These embryonic businesses move to Silicon Valley for a three month boot camp to get them in the best possible shape for Demo Day, when the startups pitch their business plan to a select audience.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/hollieslade/2014/04/15/early-stage-startups-the-biggest-killers/?utm_campaign=forbesfbsf&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

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Author: Zlati Meyer


Source: Detroit Free Press


Interest: A digital marketing software company that a University of Michigan MBA student-run venture capital fund invested in 14 years ago is being acquired by IBM for an undisclosed amount. The Wolverine Venture Fund put $200,000 in the Atlanta-based Silverpop during the dot-com bubble, but stuck with it.


Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20140414/BUSINESS06/304140100/IBM-venture-capital-vc-university-michigan-MBA

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Author: NCET2


Source: NCET2


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Author: Evan Belanger


Source: AL.com


Interest: MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama State University announced today it has garnered a $336,634 from the National Science Foundation to host its Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The REU program will host 10 undergraduate students for 10 weeks in a summer program that will provide hands-on research experience in nanotechnology and biotechnology, said Komal Vig, the principal investigator of the ASU research program.


Link: http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/04/alabama_state_university_garne.html

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Author: Joseph Allen


Source: IPWatchdog


Interest: Last year the White House put together its Lab to Market Summit and asked Diane Palmintera and me to co-chair a panel of external experts to review several innovative agency technology transfer programs and come up with “transformational, not incremental” ideas to increase the commercialization of $140 B of federally funded research.


Link: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/04/07/take-the-brake-off-federal-tech-transfer/id=48959/

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Author: Enid Burns


Source: RedOrbit


Interest: Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) worked in partnership with Sunkyunkwan University to develop a new method for synthesizing graphene. The material has one-hundred times greater electron mobility than silicon. Silicon is used in semiconductors today, and an increased availability of graphene could mean that semiconductors can become more powerful and more functional.


Link: http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1113114863/samsung-develops-graphene-wearable-technology-other-040714/

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Author: Pavithra Rathinavel


Source: International Business Times AU


Interest: StoreDot, a start-up company based out of Israel, has revealed a prototype super charger for smartphones that can fully charge the handset's battery in 30 seconds at Microsoft's Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv. The potential firm showcased its technology to charge an almost empty Samsung Galaxy S4 in only 30 seconds, which is a huge advantage in a world where chargers take nearly an hour to give a full boost to handsets.


Link: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/547162/20140408/storedot-battery-charger-samsung-galaxy-s4-tel.htm#.U0PRzVd3-k4

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Author: NCET2


Source: NCET2


http://center.ncet2.org/images/courseimage/30611-laptop2.jpgNCET2 Launches its webinar schedule for the 2nd Quarter of 2014. Bringing together expert speakers and resource persons, the offerings for this quarter include a free webinar series with the US Small Business Administration on the current SBIR/STTR programs and the Application Online Workshop series in Applying to the NSF and NIH SBIR Programs for First-time Applicants. For those interested in developing their research into a product, join us on April 15 with Dr. Art Gooray as he facilitates the 5-session certificate course on "Product Development and the Innovation Process for Researchers."


Link: http://center.ncet2.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=448&Itemid=87

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Author: Manuel Baigorri, Albertina Torsoli and David Welch


Source: Bloomberg


Interest: Sanofi (SAN), maker of the world’s top-selling diabetes treatment, has joined the bidding for Merck & Co. (MRK)’s over-the-counter health-products unit, people with knowledge of the matter said.


Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-24/sanofi-said-to-join-bidders-for-merck-s-consumer-health-business.html

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Author: Frank Witsil


Source: Detroit Free Press


Interest: A pair of professors, one at the University of Michigan, has completed the first round of funding for PsiKick, a two-year-old start-up aiming to sell ultra-low-power chips that can be embedded in a T-shirt or other clothing, do not need a battery or wires and can run on heat, vibrations and sunlight.


Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20140331/BUSINESS06/303310091/psikick-technology-sensor

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Author: Staff report


Source: Greenville News


Interest: Clemson University officials will break ground this afternoon for an innovation center that they say will transform student lives and the academic center of campus. The planned four-story, 70,000-square-foot Watt Family Innovation Center will be built behind the R.M. Cooper Library.


Link: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/viewart/20140401/PCN/304010109/New-Clemson-center-designed-incubator-innovation-

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Author: E.B. Solomont


Source: St. Louis Business Journal


Interest: For a $14 billion company, Monsanto Co.’s four-person venture group is small but mighty. As I wrote in this week’s edition of the Business Journal, Monsanto Growth Ventures was formed in 2011 and to date has had a hand in seven deals, including Monsanto’s $1 billion acquisition of Climate Corp. last year, and the more recent launch of Preceres LLC, a company focused on biological pest and weed control, with a group of MIT scientists.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/2014/03/monsanto-s-4-power-investors.html

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