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Author: Young Entreprenuer Council


Source: Business2Community


Interest: "Venture capitalists have a large impact upon the world of commerce. Venture capitalists invest more than $22 billion into approximately 2,700 United States companies every year, according to the NVCA. Approximately 2.7 percent of that money is invested in seed stage companies. But the bulk of venture capitalist funds are invested in companies that have progressed beyond the seed stage, but haven’t yet matured to the point of being able to go public."


Link: http://www.business2community.com/startups/venture-capital-helps-drive-startup-economy-0744420#!s9u50

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Author: www.nytimes.com


Source: www.nytimes.com


Interest: MIKE WHITEHEAD’S big idea was to design a better cast-iron skillet. Stephanie Turenko’s big idea was to make an animated short film about her Ukrainian grandmother. Colin Owen’s big idea was to manufacture a hard-to-steal bike light. Many of us have ideas like that, hatched while staring out the window or doodling on a cocktail napkin. And that’s where the dream ends, stunted by a lack of capital, credibility and confidence.


Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/technology/personaltech/crowdfunding-tips-for-turning-inspiration-into-reality.html?_r=0

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Author: AMIA DAVIS


Source: michigandaily.com


Interest: On Wednesday, the William Davidson Foundation announced a $4.35 million donation to the University to fund new innovations and discoveries driven by research and startup companies established by recent alumni.Founded in 2005, the Davidson Foundation has had a longstanding history with the University.


Link: http://michigandaily.com/blog/wire/davidson-foundation-donates-435-million-research

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Author: Cynthia Graber


Source: Scientific American


Interest: About three-quarters-of-a-million open heart surgeries take place annually in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. Applying sutures or staples during these procedures costs precious seconds and can cause damage. Researchers have sought adhesives that could quickly seal tissue. But currently available substances don’t work in the presence of liquid, or can’t withstand all that forceful pumping, or are toxic.


Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/new-glue-could-seal-heart-surgeries-14-01-13/

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Author: Nancy Dahlberg


Source: Miami Herald


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. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/17/3875230/venture-capital-investment-rises.html#storylink=cpy


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

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Author: NIH SBIR


Source: NIH SBIR


Interest: The 2014 Omnibus Grant Solicitations of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF are now available for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs (NIH only). Please note that applicants may now switch between the SBIR and STTR programs for the Omnibus solicitation and all NIH SBIR/STTR funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). An FOA for a Direct SBIR Phase II will be coming soon – stay tuned to the NIH SBIR homepage for details.


Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm

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Author: Charles Luzar


Source: Crowdfund Insider


Interest: Back in the spring of 2013, House Bill 2023 was given its first reading on the Washington State legislature floor. Now almost one year later, the bill is picking up steam.


Link: http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2014/01/30298-everything-need-know-washington-states-crowdfunding-exemption/

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Author: Leena Rao


Source: TechCrunch


Interest: The first question I thought of when I read that San Francisco hedge fund Coatue Management was the backer behind Snapchat’s $50 million round of funding was which VC firm lost the deal. My second question was why take money from a hedge fund?


Link: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/18/the-rise-of-the-hedge-fund-startup-investor-again/

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Author: Wayne Heilman


Source: The Gazette


Interest: Nationwide, venture funding in 2013 increased 7.5 percent from 2012 to $29.4 billion but remained slightly below the $29.7 billion invested in 2011. Much of the gain came during the fourth quarter, when venture investments jumped 20.5 percent from a year earlier to $8.37 billion, the highest quarterly total in six years. Much of the increase was generated by the software industry, which landed $11 billion in funding last year, the most the industry has received since 2000.


Link: http://gazette.com/venture-capital-eludes-colorado-springs-hits-nine-year-low-in-colorado/article/1512808

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Author: Mike Rogoway


Source: The Oregonian


Interest: Entrepreneurial investment remained weak in Oregon in 2013, the second straight year of below-average venture capital activity in the state. Venture capitalists invested $130.3 million in Oregon last year, according to new data out tonight from the National Venture Capital Association. That’s up 5 percent from 2012 but well below Oregon’s 10-year average of about $152 million.


Link: http://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/index.ssf/2014/01/oregon_venture_capital_was_sub.html

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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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