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Author: Susan Schreter


Source: http://www.sfgate.com/


Interest: Entrepreneurs who win support from corporate-backed venture capital funds enjoy a dual benefit, too. They get much-needed cash and the opportunity to leverage the corporation's established resources for extra promotion, intellectual property licensing, product development and distribution capabilities. These special strategic relationships can save entrepreneurs considerable time and money as they build their businesses.


Link: http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Startups-find-allies-in-corporations-venture-5132691.php

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Author: http://www.govconwire.com/


Source: http://www.govconwire.com/


Interest: Mercom Capital Group has released a healthcare information technology report showing that venture capital funding for that sector reached a total of $2.2 billion in 2013, HIT Consultant Media reported Tuesday.


Link: http://www.govconwire.com/2014/01/healthcare-it-venture-capital-funding-reached-2-2b-in-2013/

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Author: Sarah Gantz


Source: Baltimore Business Journal


Interest: Venture firms invested more than $1.5 billion in the region in 2013, making that the biggest year for investment since 2001, according to the latest MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. Maryland companies took in 43 percent of that investment money.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2014/01/16/baltimore-dc-venture-capital.html

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Author: http://www.reuters.com/


Source: Thomson Reuters


Interest: Biotechnology, a sector that has seen some strong initial public offerings in recent months, was the second-most attractive over the year to venture dollars, taking in $4.5 billion last year and $1.32 billion last quarter.


Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/17/venture-investing-idUSL2N0KR04I20140117

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Author: Nancy Dahlberg


Source: Miami Heral


Interest: Venture capitalists invested $421 million in 37 Florida companies in 2013 -- that is double 2012’s total and the best year since 2004, according to data released Friday. South Florida companies attracted the lion's share of that total — $284 million, or more than two-thirds of the total invested in the state.


Link: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/17/3875230/venture-capital-investment-rises.html

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Author: NCET2.org


Source: http://center.ncet2.org/


Interest: Now on its ninth run, the NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants is a very practical step-by-step, four-hour online "How-To" workshop over two evenings to help researchers, faculty members, graduate students, post-docs and entrepreneurs create a SBIR company and apply to the NIH SBIR program in April of 2014.


Link: http://center.ncet2.org/index.php?option=com_joomla_lms&Itemid=53&task=details_course&id=119#top

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Author: Himanshu Sareen


Source: www.business2community.com


Interest: Entrepreneurs must spend extensive time raising funds. There is no way around it. From constant networking to attending conferences and landing clients, there isn’t much time left to spend hunting investors. Crowdfunding platforms luckily reduce the pain of emerging businesses in need of capital.Kickstarter and Indiegogo are synonymous with the popular rise of crowdfunding. Pebble Watch, an early-mover in the smartwatch space, raised a whopping $10 million.


Link: http://www.business2community.com/finance/crowdfunding-2-0-new-means-capitalist-participation-0726805#!souhP

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Author: Steve Mariotti


Source: www.huffingtonpost.com


Interest: Crowdfunding is persuading many individuals (a "crowd") to fund your project with small donations -- typically in exchange for a "reward" or "perk." A donation might be as small as $1 in exchange for a free music download or as large as $1,000 in exchange for tickets to attend a red-carpet movie premiere (one of the rewards for the Veronica Mars campaign!). The more donors, the more cash you raise.


Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-mariotti/crowdfunding-101-for-entr_b_4598741.html

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Author: JD Alois


Source: www.crowdfundinsider.com


Interest: Entrepreneur and crowdfunding industry thought leader Kim Wales has outlined her views on Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2102 which covers “popular” crowdfunding (sometimes called Reg CF). The comment period for the SEC on the proposed regulations are scheduled to end next month on February 3, 2014.


Link: http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2014/01/30083-views-on-title-iii-crowdfunding-sec-regulations-kim-wales/

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Author: Louise Brown GTA


Source: www.thestar.com


Interest: From start-up incubators where students get help to launch inventions, to programs that include a stint in a real workplace, higher education — even in some esoteric liberal arts fields — is putting a growing emphasis on teaching students to be their own boss.


Link: http://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/2014/01/15/how_colleges_and_universities_are_helping_students_get_a_foot_in_the_door.html

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Author: HANAH CHO


Source: www.dallasnews.com


Interest: Fort Worth has launched a new business incubator focused on growing small firms in the city.Idea Works Fort Worth is one of two programs that recently joined a growing list of incubators in North Texas aimed at developing a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Link: http://www.dallasnews.com/business/small-business/20140115-two-new-incubators-join-growing-list-of-resources-for-entrepreneurs.ece

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Author: Ghana News -SpyGhana.com


Source: Ghana News -SpyGhana.com


Interest: An economist and lecturer in finance, Mr John Gatsi Gatsi, has called on the government to resource the Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) to enable it execute its primary function of investing in seed-stage enterprises in the country. Seed-stage enterprises are businesses that spring out of painstaking research or ideas from incubation centres which need to be financed from the blast for them to be established as firm companies with significant contributions to the economy.


Link: http://www.spyghana.com/government-asked-resource-venture-capital-fund/

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Author: Gary Haber


Source: Baltimore Business Journal


Interest: Six months into its fiscal year, the Maryland Technology Development Corp. has received almost as many applications from state startups looking for funding as it got in all of the previous year.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2014/01/10/maryland-tedco-seeks-funding-increase.html

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Author: CB Insights


Source: CB Insights


Interest: Google Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Microsoft Ventures and 30 other corporate venture arms invested in a seed round in 2013. The early stage is no longer just for VCs and angels.


Link: http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/seed-corporate-venture-capital-investors?utm_content=bufferd829c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Author: CB Insights


Source: CB Insights


Interest: Corporate venture investors lead the way in terms of Internet of Things deal activity with Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures and Cisco Investments taking 3 of the top 4 spots. The lone pure-play VC in the top IoT investors is True Ventures.


Link: http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/internet-of-things-investors

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Author: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Interest: Entrepreneurs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison soon will have a new advocate on campus that should boost the number of ideas that are commercialized, which we think should, in turn, give the state's economy a boost over time.


Link: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/uws-new-focus-on-tech-transfer-could-pay-off-b99183311z1-240020761.html

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Author: Illinois Innovation Network


Source: Chicago Tribune


Interest: Over the past decade, Illinois has made significant gains in bringing technologies developed at universities to market. This quarterly edition of the Innovation Index report examines the path that technology takes from inception to commercialization, sheds light on the challenges of technology transfer at academic institutions, and provides insights from new research on university start-ups.


Link: http://bluesky.chicagotribune.com/hub/chi-iin-illinois-innovation-index-2013-quarter-4-bsi-hub,0,0.htmlstory?track=bluesky-ct-head

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Author: Sara Brumfield


Source: WOUB


Interest: U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, took a tour of Ohio University’s Innovation Center on Friday morning to get a glimpse into how the university is working with entrepreneurs to create innovative jobs in the area.


Link: http://woub.org/2014/01/13/sen-portman-talks-jobs-during-visit-ous-innovation-center

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Author: SustainableBusiness.com


Source: SustainableBusiness.com


Interest: Another incubator will soon open to help budding sustainability entrepreneurs - this one, in Phoenix, focuses specifically on recycling businesses.


Link: http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25435

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Author: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Source: The Republic


Interest: NEW ORLEANS — Southern University of New Orleans is breaking ground on a new small-business incubator. The school says the $3 million facility, which will take two years to complete, will allow interaction between classroom education and real-world entrepreneurs. It also will rent space to entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/95198a15982c4793861036b041125f8e/la--SUNO-Business-incubator

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