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Author: Centre for Entreprenuerial Learning University of Cambridge


Source: Camridge Network


Interest: Novo Informatics (NI), a company that develops biological software for academic and pharmaceutical companies in the life sciences sector, has been awarded the Emerging Company of the Year 2014 in the bio informatics category by the Government of Karnataka in India. Supported by the Biotech Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) funding scheme, Novo Informatics was one of five start-ups selected to attend the University of Cambridge Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning’s Ignite programme at


Link: http://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/news/cambridge-birac-partnership-ignites-bio-informatics-start-up2076/

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Author: Dana Jay


Source: myfoxorlando.com


Interest: A business program at the University of Central Florida is gaining national attention. The program was founded about 15 years ago has grown from one incubator location to eight locations across Central Florida. More recently, UCF’s program was recognized as Incubator of the Year by The National Business


Link: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/25598974/ucfs-business-incubator-program-gaining-national-attention

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Author: Laura Alix


Source: Banker & Tradesman


Interest: When Joe Lyons and Joe Prew decided they wanted to go into business together on a venture they called Boston Boot Company, they knew they would need capital. Rather than apply for a traditional bank loan or make their pitch to a venture capitalist or angel investor, they turned to the crowd, specifically Kickstarter. They walked away with $250,000 – 10 times what they asked for.


Link: http://www.bankerandtradesman.com/news159686.html

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Author: Aaron Mamiit


Source: Tech Times


Interest: Venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya says that Apple has lost its "mojo," compared with the overall better jobs being carried out by tech rivals Facebook and Google.


Link: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/7453/20140523/venture-capitalist-chamath-palihapitiya-apple-lost-mojo.htm

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Author: Alexandra Tselios


Source: BRW


Interest: It sounds easy enough: post some information about your project or business idea, make some zany or heart-wrenching video and get instant exposure to an audience that will not only validate your creativity, but actually fund it too. However, those who have actually attempted this unsuccessfully (and successfully) will remind you that there is no such thing as easy money.


Link: http://www.brw.com.au/p/entrepreneurs/crowdfunding_traps_for_entrepreneurs_a42S7opCfP2AOlhFn7gpWO

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Author: Peter Dinham


Source: iTWire


Interest: Some business and technology industry heavy hitters, led by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, have invested in crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to support its global expansion plans.


Link: http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/64170-branson-invests-in-crowdfunding-site-indiegogo

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Author: Steve Watkins


Source: Cincinnati Business Courier


Interest: River Cities Capital Funds has raised the largest fund in its history and the biggest fund in Cincinnati this millennium. River Cities completed a $200 million fund to invest in growing health care and tech companies. The fund dwarfs the $120 million fund it raised in 2007. Blue Chip Venture Co. raised the only Cincinnati venture capital fund that was larger when it put together $235 million in 1999.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/05/20/this-firm-just-raised-the-largest-cincinnati.html

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Author: Here And Now


Source: Here And Now


Interest: The National Institutes of Health will soon begin requiring scientists to test new drugs on both male and female animals. Researchers now tend to use mostly male animals in pre-clinical tests, even for drugs that will also be used by women.


Link: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/05/20/nih-female-animals

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Author: Curtis Chan


Source: Penn State News


Interest: UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Mohammad Reza Abidian, professor of biomedical engineering, has received a $1.8 million single-PI grant from the National Institutes of Health's Institute for Neurological Disorders (NINDS). The five-year grant is titled, "Neural Tissue Engineering Based on Combinatorial Effects of Multiple Guidance Cues."


Link: http://news.psu.edu/story/316408/2014/05/20/research/18m-nih-grant-will-support-study-nervous-systems-underlying

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Author: Marketwired


Source: SYS-CON Media


Interest: Fuel Freedom Foundation today announced that Dr. Michael Webber, the Deputy Director of the Energy Institute and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas will be joining the Fuel Freedom Foundation advisory board.


Link: http://www.sys-con.com/node/3085750

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Author: Bill Bradley


Source: Next City


Interest: Through an expansion of its Integration Initiative program, Living Cities is giving Albuquerque a $100,000 grant to increase economic opportunities in the region, specifically for low-income residents. With the new funds, the city hopes to leverage its most valuable asset, the University of New Mexico, a rich source of research and innovation.


Link: http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/innovate-albuquerque-unemployment-research-university-new-mexico

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Author: Stephen T. Watson


Source: Buffalo News


Interest: Seven high-tech companies are poised to set up shop in tax-free zones tied to the University at Buffalo, creating dozens of jobs while reaping the benefits of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Start-Up NY economic development program, The Buffalo News has learned.


Link: http://www.buffalonews.com/business/first-7-companies-in-ubs-tax-free-zones-identified-20140513

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Author: Barry Levine


Source: CIO Today


Interest: The Ryden dual carbon battery, says the Power Japan Plus company, can be discharged thousands of times without diminishing its capacity, can generate more power and can be recharged about 20 times as fast as standard lithium-ion batteries. The company said its carbon battery is rated for more than 3,000 recharge cycles.


Link: http://www.cio-today.com/news/Japan-Start-Up-Creates-Carbon-Battery/story.xhtml?story_id=0310031RF77F

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Author: Dan Alexander


Source: Forbes


Interest: At a time when more than half of the country’s venture capital–some $33 billion annually–is going to startups in California, two alums of Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley’s most successful VC firm, are making the mother of all contrarian bets: that West Coast money is getting dumb chasing the next Facebook and overlooking opportunities in the heartland.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2014/05/07/top-venture-capitalists-leave-silicon-valley-bet-their-careers-on-midwest/

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Author: Christopher Ingraham


Source: The Washington Post


Interest: The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That's the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/05/u-s-businesses-are-being-destroyed-faster-than-theyre-being-created/

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Author: concentratemedia


Source: concentratemedia


Interest: Imagine military uniforms that can assess the environment they're in. Or even the condition of the soldier wearing them? An Ann Arbor start-up isn't just imagining such a thing, they're developing it.


Link: http://concentratemedia.com/inthenews/Psikickbodysensors0281.aspx

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Author: Plymouth Herald


Source: Plymouth Herald


Interest: Ellie launched EcoKitty in Plymouth University's Formation Zone, a hub for start-up enterprises. The business now trades online selling the cat- and environmentally-friendly EcoKitty cardboard playhouse and an expanding range of handmade toys and recycled products such as food bowls.


Link: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Best-Business-Start-Award/story-21065051-detail/story.html

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Author: Ellen Abbott


Source: WRVO Public Media


Interest: SUNY campuses across central New York are working to get the final pieces in place to begin attracting business as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Start-Up NY. Start-Up NY offers businesses a chance to operate tax-free for ten years, if they set up shop within one mile of college campus, and create jobs that support the academic mission of the school they’re affiliated with.


Link: http://wrvo.org/post/suny-campuses-getting-started-their-start-ny-plans

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Author: Fosters.com


Source: Foster's Daily Democrat


Interest: The angel investor market in 2013 continued its upward trend started in 2010 in investment dollars and in the number of investments, according to the 2013 Angel Market Analysis released by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire.


Link: http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140504/GJBUSINESS_01/140509798/-1/FOSBUSINESS

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Author: Joao-Pierre Ruth


Source: Xconomy


Interest: Unlike crowdfunding sites such as Indiegogo or Kickstarter, Return on Change is limited to accredited investors—people who meet the income thresholds in SEC regulations governing private company investment. Such investors get a stake in the startups rather than early access to products being developed, which is the norm for general crowdfunding.


Link: http://www.xconomy.com/new-york/2014/05/02/equity-crowdfunding-platform-return-on-change-has-million-dollar-baby/

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