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Author: Larry Rulison


Source: Times Union


Interest: Venture capital is flowing into upstate New York at a record pace these days. Although the total amount of money coming to early-stage companies and start-ups isn’t anywhere near the levels of 2000 or before the 2008 recession, the deal-making reached record levels during the second quarter of 2014, according to the MoneyTree report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.


Link: http://blog.timesunion.com/business/venture-capital-activity-red-hot-in-upstate-ny/61288/

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Author: Richard Saintvilus


Source: The Street


Interest: NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Warren Buffett once said, "Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business." With a global footprint that spans every continent, Coca-Cola (KO_) is -- without a doubt -- a premium brand.


Link: http://www.thestreet.com/story/12846159/1/thirsty-for-profits-coca-cola-adopts-venture-capital-strategy.html

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Author: JARED LINDZON


Source: The Globe and Mail


Interest: Venture capital is notoriously difficult to come by in Canada. The best way for entrepreneurs to find an investment partner is to put themselves in their shoes, understand what they’re looking for, and find a way to fit in to their overall strategy.


Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-money/business-funding/want-venture-capital-funding-tips-from-four-investors/article20070390/

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Author: HIROKO TABUCHI


Source: The New York Times


Interest: Hug wants to raise $34,000 to build an app and sensor band that wraps round your water bottle to track daily hydration. Van Eko is targeting €150,000 (about $200,000) for an eco-friendly electric scooter made of hemp fibers. PetTunes is seeking $196,000 to build a personal music player that optimizes sound frequency for dog and cat ears.


Link: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/crowdfunding-and-venture-funding-more-alike-than-you-think/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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Author: Dan Mayfield


Source: Albuquerque Business First


Interest: U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz on Monday joined a bevy of leaders in the city's technology-transfer arena for some frank discussion about the future of technology transfer in New Mexico. But the answers Moniz had weren't exactly what people wanted to hear.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2014/08/11/local-leaders-press-u-s-energy-secretary-on-future.html

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Author: Christopher Curry


Source: The Gainesville Sun


Interest: Hsu and his University of Florida-spawned company, Prometheon Pharma, are looking to change that with an insulin patch they are trying to bring to market by 2018 as an alternative to needle injections.


Link: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140812/ARTICLES/140819932

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Author: ARSELIA GALES


Source: Dallas News


Interest: Purnendu Dasgupta, who did a decade of research, has developed an environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water. Thanks to nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation, Dasgupta is a step closer to bringing his analyzer to market.


Link: http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20140812-professors-taking-their-research-from-the-lab-to-the-marketplace.ece

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Author: Bill Flook


Source: Washington Business Journal


Interest: When Facebook acquired virtual reality startup Oculus for $2 billion this year, the backlash fell into two categories, one age-old and predictable, the other entirely new.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/techflash/2014/08/like-pol.html

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Author: Sang Lee


Source: The Huffington Post


Interest: Equity crowdfunding has become something of a legend in the startup industry. It is being hailed (and criticized) for being a brand new conduit for startups to raise capital and for entrepreneurs to launch new endeavors. It's true that a great amount of potential capital could be unlocked by including the non-accredited investors in the startup industry.


Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sang-lee/5-benefits-of-raising-cap_b_5669144.html

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Author: Russ Garland


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Venture capitalists worldwide are highly confident about the U.S. despite a belief by U.S. investors that government can’t get out of its own way, a survey found. Global investor confidence in the U.S. was 4.03 on a 1-to-5 scale, the highest recorded for any nation in three years by the annual survey conducted by the National Venture Capital Association and Deloitte & Touche LLP. U.S.-based investors gave their country an even higher rating of 4.17, up 11% from last year.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/08/13/venture-investors-highly-confident-in-u-s-but-not-in-government/

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Author: Mary Coleman


Source: KOTA Territory News


Interest: Student attorneys from the University of Nebraska College of Law made their way to the panhandle to continue building connections with western Nebraska communities. Locals came out last night to the entrepreneurship legal clinic as part of a rural outreach tour. Student attorneys offered free legal help to any start-up business that may not be able to afford any other legal advice.


Link: http://www.kotanow.com/story/26202747/student-lawyers-aim-to-help-start-up-businesses-with-legal-help

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Author: George Zack


Source: Bidness Etc


Interest: The two major sources that investors consider to raise capital include venture capitalists and crowdfunding (sometimes referred to as crowdsourcing). In terms of funding, the two are at opposite ends of the spectrum.


Link: http://www.bidnessetc.com/23694-jobs-act-brings-together-venture-capitalists-and-crowdfunding/

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Author: Michael Hennigan


Source: Finfacts


Interest: Venture capital is the exception, not the norm, as a funding source for even tech startups. More VC-backed new companies fail than succeed, and since 1999 US VC funds have barely broken even. Those are just some of the myth-busting facts that were revealed by Diane Mulcahy, director of private equity at the Kauffman Foundation, the leading US entrepreneurship think-tank, and a former VC herself, in the May 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) that focused on entrepreneurship.


Link: http://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews/article_1028031.shtml

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Author: Jonathan Ortmans


Source: Entrepreneurship.org


Interest: President Obama's summit last week with African leaders in Washington, D.C., when not distracted by the Ebola outbreak, focused as expected on investment opportunities for American businesses in the energy sector. And yet, it was clear the nature of our interface is changing forever on the continent where a new generation of African job creators and their startups are the driving phenomenon in Africa’s growth trajectory.


Link: http://entrepreneurship.org/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2014/August/Young-Entrepreneurs-Rebranding-Africa.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Policy_08_11_2014

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Author: Angelique Soenarie


Source: AZ Central


Interest: Joe Dunnigan and Esteban Morales created +Swappow, a social commerce platform to sell and borrow sports equipment. Paul Winandy of WebPT runs a technology business that helps physical therapists efficiently manage their practices. Couples Craig and Kris DeMarco and Lauren and Wyatt Bailey found a way to revive old buildings by turning them into inspiring neighborhood dining destinations.


Link: http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/2014/08/09/arizona-startup-business-grower/13853211/

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Author: News-Press NOW


Source: News-Press NOW


Interest: The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Northwest Missouri State University is attracting attention from far and wide. The University Business Incubator Index ranked the center 21st in the University Global Top 25 Rankings. The survey rated more than 300 incubators in 67 countries and Northwest’s facility came out among the top.


Link: http://www.newspressnow.com/opinion/editorials/article_1d902bc1-ecd6-56bc-869b-3a1f7257b07b.html

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Author: JOHN KESTER And NOELLE KNOX


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Corporate venture-capital arms funneled almost $5 billion into startups in the first half of the year, a jump of about 45% from a year earlier and the highest level since the dot-com era.


Link: http://online.wsj.com/articles/firms-boost-their-spending-on-startups-1407194891

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Author: Arash Massoudi in London and Tracy Alloway in New York


Source: THE FINANCIAL TIMES LTD


Interest: A new venture capital fund seeks to bridge the divide between Wall Street banks and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs by bringing together seasoned bankers and tech executives to support start-ups aiming to disrupt modern finance.


Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0f9df9ac-1f16-11e4-9689-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3A59hnkt0

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Author: JEREMY QUITTNER


Source: INC.


Interest: As a small company, you have a number of things going for you because of your size: You're agile. You can react quickly to market changes. You can still innovate on a whim. Big businesses know this all too well, which helps explain what's driving an increase in the number of corporate venture capital arms cropping up in the past few years. If the old chestnut is correct, a rising tide floats all boats.


Link: http://www.inc.com/jeremy-quittner/corporate-venture-capital-drives-innovation-for-big-companies.html

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Author: Chris Mertes


Source: The Star


Interest: On Aug. 6, Gov. Scott Walker announced a new program through which the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will provide $1 million in funding to entrepreneurs. The new program seeks to commercialize high-tech innovation -- just like InForm, which just signed an agreement to expand in the Sun Prairie Business Park.


Link: http://www.hngnews.com/sun_prairie_star/opinion/columns/article_6ef27e48-20b3-11e4-8add-001a4bcf6878.html

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