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Author: The Republican Business Desk


Source: Mass Live


Interest: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. has formed MassMutual Ventures LLC, a $100 million corporate venture capital firm with the mandate to back start ups and entrepreneurial businesses whose technologies have the potential to transform MassMutual’s core insurance, retirement and asset management businesses, MassMutual said in a news release.


Link: http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2014/07/massmutual_forms_venture_capital_arm.html

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Author: Geeks News Desk


Source: Broad Way World


Interest: A new era of innovation is coming to central Florida, and it is also an era of education, technology and entrepreneurship. MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, is very proud to become an industry partner of Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, and to be part of its grand opening. As an industry partner of the University, MakerBot will have the opportunity to help shape the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/MakerBot-and-Florida-Polytechnic-University-Partner-to-Bring-MakerBot-3D-Printing-to-the-Florida-Poly-RAD-Makerspace-20140723#.U9JoivmSzow

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Author: Lauren Hertzler


Source: Philadelphia Business Journal


Interest: A new Delaware-based venture fund dubbed Leading Edge Ventures will cater to early-stage companies in the state and region. It’s headquartered in Newark, with another office in Bethlehem, Pa. The fund, which is still in the process of raising money, will focus on startups that benefit businesses and consumers in the areas of IT, healthcare and other high-growth markets. Initial investments will range from $50,000 to $250,000 per company, with potential to invest up to $750,000 per company.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2014/07/24/new-delaware-venture-fund-to-help-earlystage.html

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Author: Nashvillepost.com


Source: Nashvillepost.com


Interest: Vanderbilt University announced today its Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization signed a record 101 licensing agreements with industry partners in fiscal year 2013-14. Many of the transactions were in medical diagnostics, health care information technology, pharmaceutics, oncology and biotechnology.


Link: http://nashvillepost.com/blogs/postbusiness/2014/7/24/vu_tech_transfer_center_sets_record_for_licensing_agreements

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Author: Kevin E. Noonan


Source: Patent Docs


Interest: The Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) recently published a list of the top 100 universities worldwide granted patents in 2013. 62% of these are U.S. universities, with China (18%) being the foreign country with the largest number of patent-owning universities. U.S. universities having the largest number of patents are both public (University of California system, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois) and private (MIT, Stanford, Columbia, CalTech) and represent universities large and small.


Link: http://www.patentdocs.org/2014/07/ipo-names-top-100-patenting-universities.html

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: NEWARK, Del.Leading Edge Ventures I, L.P., announced today the formation of an early stage venture fund. Headquartered in Newark, Delaware, the Fund will make investments in promising early stage companies in Delaware and the Mid- Atlantic region. It will also maintain an office in Bethlehem, PA. Leading Edge Ventures will target companies that provide productivity benefits to businesses and consumers in the areas of information technology, healthcare, and other high growth markets.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2069486

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Author: Kevin Manuel


Source: The American Bazaar


Interest: The TiE (The Innovative Ecosystem) 10-day boot camp, organized by Satyam Priyardarshy, chief data scientist at Halliburton Corporation and Mahesh Joshi, director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at George Mason University, concluded on July 18. The fourth annual installment of the entrepreneurial boot camp saw 41 high school students selected from the D.C., Virginia, and Maryland areas, learn and practice the skills they would need to be successful innovators in the near future.


Link: http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2014/07/21/mix-business-entrepreneurial-skills-fourth-innovative-ecosystem-boot-camp-high-school-students/

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Author: Chastity Dillard


Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen


Interest: West High junior Michael Abdo is fascinated by science and technology. And someday, the 16-year-old says he will be an engineer. "I want to do something with electrical or computers," he said. "Either software or hardware, I'm not sure, but definitely in engineering."


Link: http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/education/university-of-iowa/2014/07/22/ui-hosts-innovation-institute-tech-entrepreneurship-camp/12980733/

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Author: Nichole Dobo


Source: Delaware Online


Interest: A new venture fund headquartered in Newark to support early stage businesses with a high potential for growth has raised $7.5 million, leaders from the initiative said Monday. Leading Edge Ventures plans to make strategic investments in emerging companies, including in the fields of information technology and health care. The venture fund is expected to grow to $10 million by the fall, and its board plans to make its first investment in a business soon.


Link: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2014/07/22/new-venture-fund-support-businesses-delaware-region/12975125/

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Author: ZORAN BASICH


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Startups making tools to manage corporate networks and software don’t grab the same kind of attention as flashier consumer apps, but some of the biggest venture capital firms are going all-in. Three big investments–for Okta, Tanium and now AppDynamics–totaling more than a quarter of a billion dollars are part of a surge in investment for network and systems management software, a sector that has seen more than $851 million in VC deals in the first half of this year.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/07/22/the-daily-startup-vcs-pouring-money-into-corporate-software-tools/

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Author: RICHARD NEWMAN


Source: NorthJersey.com


Interest: Six New Jersey companies, including a telecommunications company in Paterson, received a combined $83 million in venture capital funding during the April-June period, the largest quarterly total for the state since the second quarter of 2013, according to a new report. However, the quarterly total is less than half of the amount from the same period of a year ago.


Link: http://www.northjersey.com/news/paterson-company-among-six-in-n-j-to-receive-venture-capital-funding-1.1054940

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Author: DEBORAH GAGE


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: AppDynamics Inc., whose software monitors how applications are performing in order to help companies avoid bottlenecks, has raised $120 million in equity and debt at a valuation of more than $1 billion, the company told VentureWire. The funding comes as AppDynamics prepares for an eventual IPO and continues its legal battle against competitor CA Inc., where AppDynamics founder and Chief Executive Jyoti Bansal and other AppDynamics executives previously worked.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/07/22/appdynamics-raises-170m-valued-at-1-billion-for-corporate-software/

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Author: Collective IP


Source: Collective IP


Interest: This recent Techcrunch article about startup activity in Seattle shows how the University of Washington and the City of Seattle are working together to make the city more attractive to those looking to launch their start-up. With the city’s Office of Economic Development (OED) taking the lead (and going so far as to purchase and run a startup hub website) the partnership is addressing several key issues: office space, zoning, and collaboration support.


Link: https://www.collectiveip.com/blog/2014/07/16/supporting-startup-ecosystems-capacity-collaboration-and-capital/

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Author: Joe Goldman


Source: equities.com


Interest: Ever since its inclusion in the JOBS Act, equity crowdfunding promised to revolutionize private investing, uniting startups with individual investors through the power of the Internet. Currently, crowdfunding sources are a popular way for startups to raise money and build notoriety for their product or idea. People can donate money out of the goodness of their heart or offer a larger donation in exchange for a “gift,” typically an early version of the product.


Link: http://www.equities.com/editors-desk/crowdfunding/crowdfunding-equity-are-we-there-yet

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Author: Stephen Roper


Source: Epoch Times


Interest: The announcement that Google is to set up a European version of its venture capital operation is welcome news. Google Ventures’ new US$100m fund for fledgling European tech firms represents a new source of the sort of risk capital which has often been in short supply on this side of the Atlantic. Startups may also be able to access Google’s impressive technology and corporate networks.


Link: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/798529-how-google-venture-capital-will-help-europes-risk-taking-techies/

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Author: Eric Hal Schwartz


Source: InTheCapital


Interest: Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates will invest $7 million in mobile technology startup mNectar. The San Francisco-based mNectar has developed a way for customers to try out apps without downloading them using virtualization and the cloud to simulate the app without putting any data on a device. The Series A funding round that NEA raised will help the company expand its list of apps and companies involved and get mobile advertisers interested.


Link: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/07/11/nea-invests-7-million-in-mobile-tech-startup/

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Author: Jerin Mathew


Source: International Business Times


Interest: Venture capital investment in bitcoin increased 28% sequentially in the second quarter, signalling investors' increased enthusiasm and confidence in crypto-currencies. CoinDesk's State of Bitcoin report for the second quarter showed venture capital investments in the digital currency totalled $73m (£42.6m, €53.6m) in the second quarter, up 28% from $57m in the first quarter.


Link: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bitcoin-venture-capital-investments-soar-28-increased-optimism-1456253

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Author: CHRIS WITKOWSKY


Source: Reuters PE HUB


Interest: Impact investing is a term that generally describes the lofty goal of making money on investments in companies whose stated purpose is to benefit the community in some way—or, to put it a simpler way, to make money while doing good. I usually think of impact investing as something that occurs in emerging markets, where even something as basic (in a developed market sense) as providing mobile phone service can be viewed as an amazing investment opportunity.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/2014/07/vestar-excellere-executives-launch-colorado-impact-fund/

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Author: MARK BOSLET


Source: Reuters PE HUB


Interest: The JOBS Act became law in April 2012 with the promise it would grease the skids of small company IPOs and pave a broader avenue to the capital markets. Two years later, a debate rages over just how wide an opening it has created.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/2014/07/the-long-shadow-of-the-jobs-act-vcj/

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Author: CHRIS WITKOWSKY


Source: Reuters PE HUB


Interest: Google Ventures has launched a fund with initial funding of $100 million to back European entrepreneurs. Google’s venture arm was established in 2009 and has invested in more than 250 portfolio companies.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/2014/07/google-ventures-launches-100-mln-fund-to-invest-in-europe/

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