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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown, editor


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The University of Maryland has been awarded an Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education award by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3273/marylands-excellence-in-entrepreneurship

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Author: Illinois Innovation Network


Source: Chicago Tribune


Interest: The journey from identifying a promising idea to building a thriving business relies on many components, such as talent, mentorship, capital, access to infrastructure, and connections to industry. As the Q4 2013 Index demonstrated, universities are in a unique position to aggregate these components to support the creation of new companies.


Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/bluesky/hub/chi-iin-illinois-innovation-index-university-startup-bsi-hub,0,2808466.htmlstory

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Author: Derek Markham


Source: Ecopreneurist


Interest: Lack of access to financing can keep many otherwise worthy solar energy projects from being built in poor and underserved areas, but a solar crowdfunding site is helping to connect individual investors with solar energy businesses and working to bring affordable solar energy to communities around the world.


Link: http://ecopreneurist.com/2014/02/03/sunfunder-crowdfunds-affordable-solar-energy-projects-underserved-communities/

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The Royal Academy of Engineering announces plans to back eight UK university innovations with business potential.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3279/rae-to-back-eight-uk-innovations

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The Wellcome Trust’s previously announced £200m evergreen fund launches as Syncona Partners.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3283/wellcome-trusts-200m-evergreen-fund-comes-to-life

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Author: Ben Sutherly


Source: The Columbus Dispatch


Interest: Central Ohio is still waiting for a breakout moment in its quest for major backing from venture capitalists for local health-care startups — financing that’s crucial in helping those businesses grow.


Link: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/02/03/medical-startups-seek-funding.html

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Author: PR Web


Source: PR Web


Interest: Venture capital fund performance continued to make gains across most time horizons as of September 30, 2013, according to the Cambridge Associates LLC U.S. Venture Capital Index®, the performance benchmark of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The quarterly, 1-, 3-, 5-, 10- and 15-year horizons all showed higher returns with no change in the 20-year horizon.


Link: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11546753.htm

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown, editor


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: Velocity, the University of Waterloo's accelerator programme, is celeberating a milestone achievement after successfully raising $100m in funding for its startups since laughing five years ago.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3281/waterloo-hits-100m

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown, editor


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: Kansas University has announced KU Catalyst, a new business accelerator to offer its students access to work space, mentorship, and capital.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3286/kansas-accelerates

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Author: Davorin Kuchan


Source: Corporate Venturing & Innovation Partnering


Interest: In the last few years, Corporate Venture Capital has been growing and evolving. According to CB Insights, in Q2 2013, 25% of all venture funding included CVC participation, and the deals in which CVCs participated were 60% larger than those with traditional VCs alone. An average deal in which a CVC participated was $15.1M in Q2 2013 compared to a VC-only average of $9.5M. Impressive statistics indeed.


Link: http://cvipcommunity.com/corporate-venture-capital-sport/

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Author: Cadie Thompson


Source: CNBC


Interest: But while the crowdfunding phenomenon (essentially raising small amounts of money from a large pool of investors) has worked for companies like Kickstarter and Indiegogo—which fund specific projects like films and music, trying to fund start-ups this way could prove disastrous for many people, experts say.


Link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101360140

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Author: Weston Betts


Source: DailyToReador.com


Interest: Crowdfunding is an online business model that allows people from around the world to pool together money that helps fund a person’s project idea that otherwise would never have the funds to be created. In return, these backers don’t receive equity in a company, but instead receive rewards that range from a physical products to a special perk, such as a special invitation to a screening of a film or a Skype session with the maker of the project.


Link: http://www.dailytoreador.com/opinion/article_1fe91ab8-8a37-11e3-b198-0017a43b2370.html

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Author: Rhonda Abrams


Source: USA Today


Interest: For many years, entrepreneurs and aspiring small-business owners had only two options when seeking investors. They could beg financing from a small group of those closest to them, what's referred to as friends, family, and fools. Or if they had a truly promising concept, they might be lucky enough to raise money from angel investors or venture capitalists.


Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/abrams/2014/01/31/small-business-crowdfunding-success/5050949/

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Author: Andrea Gerlin


Source: Bloomberg Business Week


Interest: Syncona LLP, the Wellcome Trust- backed venture-capital fund, invested 12 million pounds ($20 million) in an Oxford University spinoff that is developing gene therapy to treat an inherited form of blindness. Syncona is backing NightstaRx Ltd., which is testing a treatment that uses a modified virus to deliver the choroideremia gene to cells in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.


Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-01-29/wellcome-trust-s-venture-fund-backs-oxford-blindness-treatment

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Author: Rebecca Kendall


Source: UCLA Today


Interest: "For the public and the economy to realize the benefits of the discoveries taking place at UCLA in terms of products and services, we need to partner with companies," he said. "These partnerships may be with existing companies, or our office may support the formation of a new company that can take the technology forward."


Link: http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/ucla-industry-partnerships-bring-249443.aspx

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Author: Kent Bernhard Jr


Source: Upstart Business Journal


Interest: The executive director of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, Silton, 47, comes to his position with plenty of entrepreneurial experience under his belt. He started his first company in his 20s—and failed—but followed that up with Rainmaker Systems, an enterprise software company he took public on the Nasdaq.


Link: http://upstart.bizjournals.com/money/loot/2013/11/25/veteran-entrepreneur-explores-new-way.html

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Author: FierceBiotech


Source: Amgen


Interest: Amgen's 2013 Revenues Increased 8 Percent To $18.7 Billion And Adjusted Earnings Per Share (EPS) Increased 17 Percent To $7.60 2013 GAAP EPS Were $6.64 2014 Revenues and Adjusted EPS Expected to be in the Range of $19.2-$19.6 Billion and $7.90-$8.20, Respectively


Link: http://www.fiercebiotech.com/press-releases/amgens-2013-revenues-increased-8-percent-187-billion-and-adjusted-earnings

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The IP Group has extended its commercialisation agreement with the University of Manchester's tech transfer unit UMI3 to include proof-of-principle funding for graphene products.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.com/article.php/3272/ip-group-doubles-down-on-graphene

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Author: Joseph Allen


Source: IPWatchdog.com


Interest: A recent study from the Brookings Institution University Start-Ups: Critical for Improving Technology Transfer received a lot of coverage in the national media. While the title implies the focus is on expanding academic start-up formation (a laudable goal), The New York Times headline accurately reflects the real message: Patenting Their Discoveries Does Not Pay Off for Most Universities.


Link: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/01/27/does-university-patent-licensing-pay-off/id=47655/

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Author: Barry Levine


Source: Top Tech News


Interest: Google is going deeper into intelligence Relevant Products/Services. According to news reports, the technology giant has paid in the vicinity of $400 million to buy artificial intelligence start-up DeepMind Technologies. On its one-page Web site, the London-based DeepMind describes itself as a "cutting edge" AI company, combining techniques from "machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms."


Link: http://www.toptechnews.com/story.xhtml?story_id=123003YKUYI9

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