Interest: Rochester Institute of Technology is offering financial help through the new RIT Venture Fund. Companies with ties to the university are eligible to apply for funding. That includes students, faculty, staff, alumni and businesses operating in RIT’s business incubator, Venture Creations.
Interest: Binghamton University’s overall economic impact is approximately $965 million annually for Broome and Tioga counties alone, and $1.2 billion for New York state, according to the University’s most recent report.
Interest: 7:30 AM-4:30 PM, National Press Club, Washington, DC
This is a good place to meet up with various angel investors from a broad geographic area. Companies who work with a team of connected investors have greater success than those companies that simply raise money. Meet those people on October 30. Participating in AVF 2012 are investors representing more than 30 active investor groups, early stage funds, family offices, accelerators, incubators and more. Go here for more details.
The USPTO seeks potential applicants for the Patents for Humanity program. They are looking for companies and others using patented technology to aid the less fortunate. You could receive:
US Government recognition at a public awards ceremony
Publicity of your socially conscious efforts
Accelerated processing of select matters at USPTO
This voluntary pilot program recognizes those who apply their technology to improve the lives of the poor. Applicants compete in four broad categories:
Food & Nutrition
Participants should submit applications describing how they have used their patented technology or products to address humanitarian needs. Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/patents_for_humanity.jsp or contact
Interest: The University System of Maryland is about to adopt a new policy to formally give credit in tenure and promotion decisions for faculty work that leads to patents and other intellectual property applied in technology transfer.
Interest: When the president signed legislation that reauthorized the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for six more years, entrepreneurs and scientists across the country breathed sighs of relief.
Interest: House Speaker Robert DeLeo unveiled a jobs bill Monday that would establish a $50 million Innovation Investment Fund aimed at promoting research at the University of Massachusetts and other state research institutions. The proposal calls for setting aside state dollars to be used as matching funds for Massachusetts researchers seeking federal and private grants.
Source: NCET2 Research Commercialization and SBIR Center
Interest: Two webinars that feature university technologies and partnering are scheduled for May and June. MedStar Institute for Innovation, on May 22 will talk about resilience engineering and its applications to healthcare. On June 5, the University of Minnesota will talk about Minnesota Innovation Partnerships as a new and unique approach to the way the University of Minnesota handles intellectual property with business and industry partners. Click on the link below for more information.
Source: NCET2 Research Commercialization and SBIR Center
Interest: STARTS TOMORROW! Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 8:00 to 9:30pm ET This course will provide you with comprehensive and practical steps to converting your research project into a commercial product. This course is based upon practical lessons from the presenter’s 28 years of real life experiences as founder or co-founder of five start-up companies, one of which was taken public through an IPO.
Source: Research Commercialization and SBIR Center
Interest: Starts on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 8:00 to 9:30pm ET
This course will provide you with comprehensive and practical steps to converting your research project into a commercial product. This course is based upon practical lessons from the presenter’s 28 years of real life experiences as founder or co-founder of five start-up companies, one of which was taken public through an IPO.
Interest: It took about six months of due diligence before Katie Chitwood, John Field and their colleagues decided they were willing to put up $30,000 for a University of Missouri startup that makes a long-lasting human tissue filler.
Interest: Cowboy Technology Angels, a member-led investment fund, is looking for Oklahoma State University enthusiasts and friends to invest in the technologies developed at OSU. CTA is an independent fund separate from OSU, its Alumni Association, Foundation and Cowboy Technologies LLC. CTA allows its member investors to have the first look at technologies developed at OSU.
Interest: Michigan State University faculty and students will soon have better access to the business talent and the operational and financial support necessary to turn research innovations into successful businesses. Spartan Innovations LLC, a newly formed subsidiary of the MSU Foundation, will provide five key resources to support the launch of sustainable MSU startups
Interest: It was Startup America, the independent nonprofit launched at the White House in 2011 as an engine for startups across the country. As promised, three months later, Startup America landed in Pennsylvania on Wednesday before a sold-out room of about 100 entrepreneurs and economic development professionals on the campus of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, full of entrepreneurs from across the Commonwealth.
Interest: Vouching for someone's research might seem like a steep challenge, although sites like Kickstarter too ask donors to believe that projects really are possible. And just as with Kickstarter, the crowd will decide what's worthy of funding. But Microryza will have to face the challenge of attracting researchers and, depending on how much it relies on academic credentials, vetting some of their work.
Interest: The Business Accelerator Fund is a two-year, $3 million fund established through a grant agreement between the Michigan Strategic Fund and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) at Grand Valley State University. The fund can be accessed by 13 business accelerators across the state, including Automation Alley and Kettering University TechWorks, to provide specialized business acceleration services to companies commercializing advanced technology.
Interest: Technologies such as a wind energy radar and a solar wafer screening machine were highlighted during the CU Cleantech Incubation Open House, an event hosted by CU's Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer Office and the newly launched CU Cleantech, a program aimed at promoting and commercializing the school's clean and renewable energy inventions.
Interest: Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have created an online site that they say will encourage economic development in central Arkansas and the wider region. The new online portal for the UALR Center for Innovation and Commercialization compiles important information on seminal research, inventions and other scientific discoveries happening on campus.