Interest: BCL Technologies won the National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR Phase I award. In its Phase I NSF research BCL Technologies will develop a financial data extraction system that uses machine learning and Natural Language Processing methods.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering.
Interest: The U.S. Department of Energy has approved a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant proposal for $149,900 to study the differential data from retrofitting a concentrated solar thermal array to the existing geothermal electrical generation system currently installed at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) in Klamath Falls Oregon.
The PHS 2013-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now reissued. The reissued solicitation consists of: (1) re-issued parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) re-issued parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1 MB and MS Word - 1 MB formats). The remaining due dates for CY 2013 are August 5 an
Interest: As much as we celebrate new technology and treat successful entrepreneurs like rock stars, there is still a tension at many universities between the mission of fundamental research and the quest to commercialize new breakthroughs.
These competing goals have tied universities in knots for decades. Will "pure" science--knowledge for the sake of knowledge--be cheapened by commercial priorities? How can professors even teach properly if they are preoccupied with starting companies and getting rich?
Interest: Policymakers, university and private sector leaders, and entrepreneurs from seven regions around the world are coming together to accelerate their regions' entrepreneurial ecosystems, thanks to the pilot cohort of the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP).
Interest: BETHESDA, Md., May 29, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- React Labs, an early stage company commercializing a comprehensive mobile technology platform for real-time polling, has been awarded $100,000 in funding from the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII), company officials announce today.
Interest: Glyncoch is a small village near Pontypridd in south Wales. The economic tides of the mining industry are still receding; deprivation is rife.
Nearby, Sir Richard Attenborough is collaborating with the Welsh Development Agency to build a glitzy film studio (nicknamed Valleywood) to try to help the post-coal economy back on to its feet.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A new website is allowing University of Virginia alumni and others to make targeted, tax-deductible donations to specific research and development projects under way at the university.
The Charlottesville school has partnered with a company called USEED for its efforts. The crowdfunding start-up focused on philanthropic fundraising for higher education.
Interest: The geography of traditional energy sources -- coal, oil, natural gas -- was set long before humans walked the planet. Even the most determined and business hungry community cannot will itself into becoming a natural gas or oil hub.
In contrast, though, smart forward-thinking communities can establish themselves as clean energy hubs and start to attract significant new investment and job creation. In this economic environment, it comes as no surprise that across the country, from coast to coast
Interest: These days, you’re unlikely to encounter a story about equity-based crowdfunding that doesn’t come with some form of the following disclaimer: More than a year after President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law, the Securities and Exchange Commission has yet to formalize rules that would allow small companies to sell shares over crowdfunding platforms.
Interest: When the Menlo Park-based venture firm The Westly Group raised a $160 million cleantech fund earlier this spring, one thing stood out.
Pension funds and university endowments, traditionally among the largest investors in cleantech venture funds, were absent. However, so-called "strategic investors" -- particularly large, multinational corporations based overseas -- were in. Of the 50 investors in the fund, the three largest were corporations: banking giant Citicorp, the German utility E.ON and
The University of Virginia is leveraging crowd-sourced funding to support and highlight ongoing research projects.
“We hear from a lot of stakeholders and a lot of others that they would like to know more [about projects] and understand how to better engage with us,” said Mark Crowell, executive director of UVa Innovation and UVa’s associate vice president for research.
Interest: South Korea planned to legalize the crowd funding system as part of efforts to help venture companies finance their seed money from a number of small investors with fewer restrictions, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.
Regulations for the crowd funding, including business requirements, investment ceiling and investor protection, will be introduced, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance said in a joint statement with related ministries.
Interest: In an email addressed to the Colorado State University community, it was announced Mon. May 13 that $1.5 million dollars has been been approved for the Colorado State University System Venture Capital Fund.
Martin said he has helped two other Universities through similar programs and has seen great success.
Interest: Teams of Indiana University students who created a real-time interactive platform for sports fans and an Internet-based tuxedo rental business that provides online fittings have won IU Bloomington's BEST Competition. Each start-up company, founded by students from Kelley School of Business and the School of Informatics and Computing, will receive a $100,000 investment.
Interest: In just over a year, PledgeMe, a crowd funding website has raised more than million dollars for projects ranging from artificial hand to a fridge.
PledgeMe is NZ's largest crowd funding source where the public can fund community, cultural, scientific and sustainability projects through their website.
Interest: Mindset Works announced today it was one of three companies selected by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences to receive a $1.05 million SBIR Fast Track award. The company, which helps schools foster student motivation and achievement, will develop SciSkillQuest™, a game for middle school students which will teach them NGSS scientific inquiry practices and foster academic growth mindsets and learning strategies.
Interest: A bill whose main provision would place US$25 million in state money to fund start up companies in Wisconsin has passed the first reading in its state legislature. This passed despite the recent audit finding issues regarding the agency that would oversee the funds should the measure pass.
The proposed bill comes from State Rep Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) would make available both state and private funds into a venture capital fund to Wisconsin based start up companies.
Interest: Now everyone from scientists to artists is turning to crowdfunding – appealing on the internet for ordinary people to back their dream project with cash.
One of the world's largest crowdfunding websites launched in the UK just six months ago. In Scotland, 32 projects have so far raised nearly £700,000 on Kickstarter.
Two-thirds of Scottish projects reached their fundraising target, better than the 45% overall rate.
Interest: A recent study, Swept Away by the Crowd? Crowdfunding, Venture Capital, and the Selection of Entrepreneurs, claims that investors on popular crowdfunding websites focus on many of the same qualities and indicia of potential success as venture capitalists.
According to an analysis published by the CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (cfira.org) this study "casts doubt [on the claims of critics] that crowdfund donors are an unsophisticated lot".