Interest: I recently moved from the business world into the University of Rochester as the head of its technology transfer function. The tech transfer function at a research institution works to get marketable research into public use through companies, either through licensing the technology or starting new companies.
Interest: In a new study of green tech investing in California between 2003 and 2013, Next 10, a San Francisco non-profit, found that venture capitalists like Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers still play a key role in clean energy startups. But their corporate counterparts increasingly provide the billions it can take, say, to get a solar power plant built.
Interest: Individuals, as well as a growing number of universities, are turning to the masses for funding as government funding dwindles, writes recent UW-Madison graduate Alexandra Branscombe. The option is particularly helpful for new researchers without track records to attract potential funders.
Interest: You've probably heard about the new ability of start-ups to do equity-based crowdfunding, based on last week's lifting of the 80-year-old ban on general solicitation. It's that same provision that blocks friends and family who are not "accredited" investors (any individual with, basically, an annual income of more than $200,000 or non-home net worth of more than $1 million) from such funding rounds.
Interest: With the technology industry in the midst of another boom cycle, many large corporations, particularly IT vendors, are investing heavily in their corporate venture efforts to gain access to trends in innovation and investment opportunities.
Interest: Over the last few months I've been heavily engaged with young-ish entrepreneurs in Rochester, New York City and at the University of Illinois, a big-ten school of 40,000 some-odd students. And working with these next-gens, I come away wondering whether universities are dead.
Interest: SAN FRANCISCO: Software giant SAP AG said it is allocating more than $650 million to a new venture fund, SAP Ventures Fund II, showing the growing role that corporations are taking on in funding the world's youngest companies.
Interest: Speaking at the launch of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Tuesday, Paul Sanberg, the University of South Florida senior vice president for research and innovation, said he was "very impressed with the high-caliber research" occurring at UAB, the Innovation Depot and the Southern Research Institute.
Interest: The Chronicle of Higher Education, a journal covering university issues, last year pointed to the University of Nebraska’s success in converting its scientific research into marketable products and services.
Interest: StartX Med has signed up two New Jersey drug giants as its first corporate sponsors: Whitehouse Station, NJ-based Merck (NYSE: MRK) and Johnson & Johnson Innovation, a sort of talent scout unit of New Brunswick, NJ-based Johnson & Johnson. The J&J innovation unit opened an outpost close to Stanford’s medical school in June.
Interest: But standing before Germany’s newly minted entrepreneurs is a series of hurdles that have so far kept them from getting bigger and changing the world. The last German tech start-up to become a global star is SAP—founded in 1972.
Interest: Google has acquired Flutter, a San Francisco-based company founded by two persons of Indian origin — Navneet Dalal and Mehul Nariyawala. Three-and-a-half-year-old Flutter’s Mac app uses hand gestures to detect movements using the built-in webcam in machines to control YouTube, Netflix, iTunes and Spotify.
Interest: Over lunch on Monday at a sushi restaurant in downtown Boulder, Colorado, venture capitalists at early stage investment fund Foundry Group decided to act on an initiative that aims to admit more than the usual foundations and university endowments to the VC clubhouse.
Interest: Arizona State University announced Mayo Clinic will join the Arizona Furnace and will amp up access to healthcare technology in the state’s unique startup accelerator. The accelerator supports startups in the physical and life sciences.
Interest: The University of Pennsylvania has announced a new competition called, “AppitUP,” that will help students, faculty members, and employees bring their mobile application ideas to life by connecting participants with the software development companies and funding opportunities.
Interest: “Of the $2.6 billion of cleantech venture capital investment in 2012 in California, $1.45 billion included corporate investors,” according to Cleantech Investment: A Decade of California’s Evolving Portfolio, a survey of California greentech investing between 2003 and 2013 from Next 10, an independent California greentech advocate. That corporate portion was 56 percent of 2012 VC investment.
Interest: RidePal, a provider of convenient, comfortable, Wi-Fi-enabled bus rides for corporate employees today announced a $3.2m Series A financing round led by Claremont Creek Ventures and Volvo Group Venture Capital.
Interest: Business ventures with research-and-development ties to the University of Virginia have created more than 850 jobs and pumped millions of dollars into the regional and state economies, according to a new report by U.Va. Innovation.