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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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Author: Alyssa Patrick


Source: Washington State University (WSU NEWS)


Interest: SEATTLE – Washington State University researchers can get in-house money to move their innovations from the lab to the marketplace through a new commercialization gap-funding (CGF) program. Proposals can be submitted at http://commercialization.wsu.edu/Researchers/CGF/ and awards will be announced by mid-December.


Link: https://news.wsu.edu/2014/08/04/new-commercialization-gap-funding-assists-wsu-innovators/#.U-ErefuSz5w

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Author: DYLAN LOVE


Source: Business Insider


Interest: Jeffrey Maganis is a former hedge fund manager who's now taken to Indiegogo to get funding for the ChargeAll, a portable battery with electric outlets that we previously covered here. Maganis described his background to us as "always chasing shiny objects across multiple industries. It's interesting seeing what professions are in vogue and how they always seem to change with the times.


Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/chargeall-ceo-jeffrey-maganis-crowdfunding-advice-2014-8

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Author: Freddie Dawson


Source: Forbes


Interest: For every successful start-up, umpteen entrepreneurs will fail – despite having brilliant ideas. Many of these failures will be down to one major problem that faces new businesses anywhere in the world: finding finance. One solution, with added potency in a time of reduced bank lending, is Venture Capital (VC) – finance provided to early-stage companies, usually through dedicated management funds in return for an equity stake in the business.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/freddiedawson/2014/07/31/how-to-get-your-business-noticed-by-venture-capital/

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Author: JOHN DELLACONTRADA


Source: UB REPORTER


Interest: Eight additional companies — including Bak USA, an assembler of affordable electronic tablets — will relocate on or near the UB campuses through their participation in START-UP NY, the innovative tax incentive program established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Cuomo announced the companies today during a presentation at the university.


Link: http://www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter/research/news.host.html/content/shared/university/news/ub-reporter-articles/stories/2014/July/start_up_ny.detail.html

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Author: Rafaela Relvas


Source: Bio News Texas


Interest: Houston-based MolecularMatch has completed the build-out of its executive team and rounded out its Series A funding, with its most recent investment coming from University of Texas Horizons Venture Fund, the company recently announced in a press release. MolecularMatch will use the funding, totaling $3.7 million, to develop a genomic-aware web application designed to pinpoint the best therapies and clinical trials for patients and doctors.


Link: http://bionews-tx.com/news/2014/08/05/houston-based-molecularmatch-hires-executive-team-and-closes-series-a-funding/

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Author: Dan Miner


Source: Buffalo Business First


Interest: Robert Fritzinger will resign as executive director of the Fredonia Technology Incubator Aug. 1, the State University of New York at Fredonia announced in a news release. Chuck Cornell, director of the Fredonia’s Center for Regional Advancement, has been tapped as interim director the college forms a transition team to advice and assist the next phase of incubator operations.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2014/07/25/fredonia-tech-incubator-leaderto-exit.html

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Author: Alissa Gulin


Source: The Daily Record


Interest: A program of the Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) awarded a total of $6.4 million to 67 startup companies and university-backed research projects during fiscal 2014, officials said Wednesday. The Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) aims to accelerate the commercialization and “technology transfer” of research conducted at state universities. The goal is to help academic researchers launch more startup companies and move their ideas from the lab to the market.


Link: http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/07/23/tech-transfer-program-funded-67-projects-in-2014/

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Author: Robotics


Source: Robotics Tomorrow


Interest: The time has come for the maker movement. The time has come for the re-shoring of manufacturing in North America. The time has come for a shift in venture capital investment to hardware. And the time has come to close the technology gender gap. At the intersection of these multiple transformations is the winner of the 2014 N100 Startup Competition: Linkitz.


Link: http://roboticstomorrow.com/news/2014/07/23/crowdfunding--smart-wearable-toys-maker-linkitz-wins-100000-at-2014-n100-startup-competition/4395/

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Author: The Republican Business Desk


Source: Mass Live


Interest: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. has formed MassMutual Ventures LLC, a $100 million corporate venture capital firm with the mandate to back start ups and entrepreneurial businesses whose technologies have the potential to transform MassMutual’s core insurance, retirement and asset management businesses, MassMutual said in a news release.


Link: http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2014/07/massmutual_forms_venture_capital_arm.html

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Author: Geeks News Desk


Source: Broad Way World


Interest: A new era of innovation is coming to central Florida, and it is also an era of education, technology and entrepreneurship. MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, is very proud to become an industry partner of Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, and to be part of its grand opening. As an industry partner of the University, MakerBot will have the opportunity to help shape the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/MakerBot-and-Florida-Polytechnic-University-Partner-to-Bring-MakerBot-3D-Printing-to-the-Florida-Poly-RAD-Makerspace-20140723#.U9JoivmSzow

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Author: Lauren Hertzler


Source: Philadelphia Business Journal


Interest: A new Delaware-based venture fund dubbed Leading Edge Ventures will cater to early-stage companies in the state and region. It’s headquartered in Newark, with another office in Bethlehem, Pa. The fund, which is still in the process of raising money, will focus on startups that benefit businesses and consumers in the areas of IT, healthcare and other high-growth markets. Initial investments will range from $50,000 to $250,000 per company, with potential to invest up to $750,000 per company.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2014/07/24/new-delaware-venture-fund-to-help-earlystage.html

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Author: Nashvillepost.com


Source: Nashvillepost.com


Interest: Vanderbilt University announced today its Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization signed a record 101 licensing agreements with industry partners in fiscal year 2013-14. Many of the transactions were in medical diagnostics, health care information technology, pharmaceutics, oncology and biotechnology.


Link: http://nashvillepost.com/blogs/postbusiness/2014/7/24/vu_tech_transfer_center_sets_record_for_licensing_agreements

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Author: Kevin E. Noonan


Source: Patent Docs


Interest: The Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) recently published a list of the top 100 universities worldwide granted patents in 2013. 62% of these are U.S. universities, with China (18%) being the foreign country with the largest number of patent-owning universities. U.S. universities having the largest number of patents are both public (University of California system, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois) and private (MIT, Stanford, Columbia, CalTech) and represent universities large and small.


Link: http://www.patentdocs.org/2014/07/ipo-names-top-100-patenting-universities.html

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: NEWARK, Del.Leading Edge Ventures I, L.P., announced today the formation of an early stage venture fund. Headquartered in Newark, Delaware, the Fund will make investments in promising early stage companies in Delaware and the Mid- Atlantic region. It will also maintain an office in Bethlehem, PA. Leading Edge Ventures will target companies that provide productivity benefits to businesses and consumers in the areas of information technology, healthcare, and other high growth markets.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2069486

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Author: Kevin Manuel


Source: The American Bazaar


Interest: The TiE (The Innovative Ecosystem) 10-day boot camp, organized by Satyam Priyardarshy, chief data scientist at Halliburton Corporation and Mahesh Joshi, director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at George Mason University, concluded on July 18. The fourth annual installment of the entrepreneurial boot camp saw 41 high school students selected from the D.C., Virginia, and Maryland areas, learn and practice the skills they would need to be successful innovators in the near future.


Link: http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2014/07/21/mix-business-entrepreneurial-skills-fourth-innovative-ecosystem-boot-camp-high-school-students/

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Author: Chastity Dillard


Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen


Interest: West High junior Michael Abdo is fascinated by science and technology. And someday, the 16-year-old says he will be an engineer. "I want to do something with electrical or computers," he said. "Either software or hardware, I'm not sure, but definitely in engineering."


Link: http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/education/university-of-iowa/2014/07/22/ui-hosts-innovation-institute-tech-entrepreneurship-camp/12980733/

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Author: Nichole Dobo


Source: Delaware Online


Interest: A new venture fund headquartered in Newark to support early stage businesses with a high potential for growth has raised $7.5 million, leaders from the initiative said Monday. Leading Edge Ventures plans to make strategic investments in emerging companies, including in the fields of information technology and health care. The venture fund is expected to grow to $10 million by the fall, and its board plans to make its first investment in a business soon.


Link: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2014/07/22/new-venture-fund-support-businesses-delaware-region/12975125/

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