Interest: Players from the crowdfunding and innovation community came together Thursday at the General Assembly campus in New York to announce a new accelerator called Crowdfundx (stylized as CROWDFUNDx).
Interest: Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released the results from the second annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey. The study, drawing upon data from over 7,000 small business owners, provides new insights into state and local business environments across the nation.
Interest: Andrea Sreshta and her business partner were in Japan in2011 when an earthquake left millions of people without power. They realized that lightweight, inflatable, solar-powered LED lights could fill the lighting needs of a population in crisis.
Their Chicago-based company, LuminAID, won top honors Thursday at the third annual Clean Energy Challenge in Chicago, earning $100,000 in early stage capital in a competition that pitted 17 clean tech teams from across the Midwest against each other for
Interest: MIAMI — The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science today announced that it has received a $5 million gift to name the new Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction (SUSTAIN) research facility at the school’s new state-of-the-art Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex. The transformational gift from the Glassell Family Foundation honors the late Rosenstiel School benefactor, businessman and avid fisherman Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.
Interest: April 5 marks the one year anniversary of the JOBS Act being signed into law by President Obama. The JOBS Act legalized equity-based crowdfunding in the U.S., which would allow ordinary Americans to invest in newly forming and established small businesses they believe in, while realizing a return on their contribution. The law gave the SEC a firm deadline for releasing its rules governing this new asset class -- yet one year later, the agency has yet to release them.
Interest: Neon, a Carnegie Mellon University startup company formed last year, has received its first venture capital funding as it develops technology that helps online video producers capture more clicks.
Interest: When President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act in April 2012, supporters expected the change to unlock new capital for small businesses through crowdfunding. Regulators and consumer watchdogs predicted a bonanza for fraudsters. A year on, neither one’s materialized.
Interest: Getting angel investment or venture capital has always been tough for entrepreneurs. One reason is that it’s simply hard to find investors willing to plunk down money on your company, unless they are family or friends. The options are especially limited for startups based outside of venture meccas such as Silicon Valley.
But the legal door just opened a crack, to make it easier for investors and startups to find each other and come together — using online platforms.
Interest: Central Pacific Bank President and CEO John C. Dean, has pledged $75,000 to the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business to create the “John Dean Challenge, a call to action for the Hawaii business community to support the university’s entrepreneurship center.
Interest: South Dakota’s governor’s research centers are meeting their goals for accelerating competitive research and strengthening the state’s economy through commercialization, according to a report presented to the South Dakota Board of Regents.
The centers were designed to receive state funding for the first five years of operation, after which time they are expected to be self-sustaining.
Interest: Seeking to maximize ongoing research, innovative ideas and revenue-generating opportunities, more schools are creating entrepreneur-in-residence programs -- and letting the experts do the work.
With millions of dollars of research funding and teams of experts at their disposal, more universities are seeking ways to turn research breakthroughs into business opportunities.
The answer for dozens of colleges comes down to a natural solution: an entrepreneur-in-residence program.
Interest: Neon, the Carnegie Mellon University startup that uses cognitive neuroscience to improve online video clicks, has secured venture capital (VC) funding in a Series Seed round led by True Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Silicon Valley-based firms Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) and XSeed Capital, and entrepreneur Steve Blank also participated.
Interest: Bill Gates has become the latest investor to invest in Aquion Energy, a US start-up that is pioneering a new type of battery that uses sodium-ion technology.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, company yesterday announced it is working on raising a US$35m Series D financing round, with a first close on that round from new investors Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Gentry Venture Partners.
Interest: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to biopharmaceutical company Selenium, Ltd. to advance the company’s effort to develop a market ready, antimicrobial spacer to be used in reverse osmosis (RO) membrane modules in water filtration systems. Selenium’s organo-selenium compounds have been successfully incorporated directly into RO spacers creating a market disrupting, low cost, “green” antimicrobial solution.
Interest: The University of California, Berkeley's Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership has conservatively estimated the size of the equity and debt based crowdfunding market to be at least $3.98B. The Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, part of the Fung Institute co-authored the study
Interest: The latest step in Purdue University’s crusade to make research commercialization easier: A new rule will more easily allow faculty to privately file patents if Purdue Research Foundation decides not to move forward with their ideas.
President Mitch Daniels said the university on Tuesday decided to allow “automatic reconveyance” for faculty members who file patent applications for technology that the foundation deems either not patentable or without market value.
Interest: Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced a new technology alliance partner agreement with the University of Birmingham to study new techniques that will assist future life science research.
The company will collaborate with scientists from the university to accelerate research in the fields of high-resolution accurate mass and triple quadrupole liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.
Interest: The White House unveiled details Tuesday on a new initiative to study the human brain with the goal of treating or curing Alzheimer's disease and other disorders.
Called the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, the program is to be funded with $100 million from President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget. The White House is slated to release Obama's budget next week.
Concerned about a potential environmental hazard, government regulators and researchers are studying the presence of nanoparticles in consumer products.
Nanoparticles are tiny bits of material shaped at the molecular level that can change the properties of common materials. Increasingly, manufacturers are using them to design goods that make life easier.
Interest: In the early days of nanotech commercialization, it was popular to add nanomaterials to composites-- like carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in bicycles— in order for them to be “stronger than steel”. But that was mostly just marketing copy. The CNTs merely replaced the resins that had previously filled out the material matrix. It was pretty unclear whether they actually imparted any of the capabilities that nanomaterials possessed, like strength and flexibility.