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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: Zlati Meyer


Source: Detroit Free Press


Interest: AOL co-founder Steve Case came to Detroit on Tuesday hoping to find a start-up worthy of a $100,000 prize. He found a winner — and more, declaring Detroit on the rebound: “Start-ups can help save the American dream.”


Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20140624/BUSINESS06/306240021/start-up-funding-steve-case-detroit

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Author: IT Business Net


Source: IT Business Net


Interest: Corporate venturing has started a new chapter with most of the largest global corporations now having some type of venturing activity. There are reportedly over 900 corporate venture groups with many only recently having started their programs. Global corporate venturing is the fastest growing venturing activity with already about $100 billion in venturing assets and more than $3.5 trillion in corporate revenues.


Link: http://www.itbusinessnet.com/article/CORPORATE-VENTURING-30:-NCET2-Announces-Showcase-and-Conference-to-Boost-Global-1000-Corporate-and-Portfolio-Transactions-3341954

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Author: Wisbusiness.com


Source: Wisbusiness.com


Interest: Madison will never be Silicon Valley, but a New York City venture capitalist said Tuesday he believes the city has the potential to become a hotbed for startup tech companies. “From my perspective, Madison holds great promise as a center for entrepreneurship,” said John Philosophos, a partner with the Manhattan-based Great Oaks Venture Capital firm. The Brookfield native is a graduate of UW-Madison and in charge of his company’s investments in the Midwest.


Link: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=326063

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Author: Andy Brownfield


Source: Cincinnati Business Courier


Interest: Los Angeles entrepreneur, angel investor and blogger Mark Suster had some pretty good things to say about Cincinnati’s startup scene in a post that was recently published by Inc. Suster spent three days in Cincinnati visiting Cintrifuse, whose Fund of Funds has invested in Upfront Ventures, where Suster is a partner.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/blog/2014/06/west-coast-venture-capitalist-pens-love-letter-to.html

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Author: Sue Tabbitt


Source: The Guardian


Interest: Widespread job cuts and stricter banking terms have driven aspiring entrepreneurs into the arms of online investment communities in recent months, to the point that crowdfunding has become a mainstream means of accessing money for anyone with a great idea.


Link: http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/jun/04/crowdsourcing-banks-startup-investment

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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: NIH


Source: NIH


Interest: The NIH announces a new funding opportunity to support proof-of-concept centers (Hubs) that facilitate and accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations into commercial products that improve patient care and enhance health. The REACH Hubs will provide qualified institutions with the initial investment and resources to nurture innovators to develop high priority early-stage technologies within the NIH’s mission by providing: (1) infrastructure for identifying the most promising technologie


Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-14-005.html

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Author: Insurance News Net


Source: Insurance News Net


Interest: Lamar University is one of 19 universities awarded a grant in a national competition to advance and strengthen regional economies. Lamar will use the $102,590 grant to accelerate student learning, encourage innovation among faculty and students, and support fast-growing economic sectors through technology development and entrepreneurship.


Link: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/04/28/lamar-university-receives-eda-innovation-grant-a-495556.html#.U1-u9CjYFIc

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Author: Glen Martin


Source: Hufftington Post


Interest: There is widespread consensus that crowdfunding is a boon, an egalitarian means for bringing great products and services to market without relying on banks, venture capitalists, or established financial angels. Myriad platforms now allow people with stunning epiphanies and folks with a little (or a lot) of cash to get together without the red tape and angst that so often accompanies the soliciting and procuring of start-up funds.


Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/glen-martin/the-crowdfunding-conundru_b_5206204.html

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Author: Deanna Pogorelc


Source: Medcity News


Interest: Researcher by nature, pursue scientifically interesting discoveries that could have a long-term impact. Meanwhile, investors and companies are interested in technologies that fill a very clear and immediate need in a market.


Link: http://medcitynews.com/2014/04/ideas-products-arent-one-lessons-university-tech-transfer/

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Author: Steven Overly


Source: Washington Post


Interest: Bethesda-based M3D concluded the first week of its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign with more than $2.3 million in the bank from some 8,200 financial backers who want to see production begin on a 3-D printer that consumers can use at home. But the bulk of the supporters — one of whom pledged $5,000 — double as the company’s first customers. A link on the firm’s Web site to “pre-order” the printer directs you to the Kickstarter page where you can contribute the initial retail price of $299.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/crowdfunding-helps-product-companies-with-sales-and-marketing-not-just-fundraising/2014/04/11/a0a904b2-bffa-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html

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Author: Geert De Lombaerde


Source: Nashville Post


Interest: The backers of the newly launched American Born Moonshine have raised approximately $6 million from more than 40 investors, money they plan to invest in taking their liquor national.


Link: http://nashvillepost.com/news/2014/4/1/start_up_distillery_raises_6m

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Author: Hollie Slade


Source: Forbes


Interest: As a founding partner at Y Combinator, Jessica Livingston helped shape some of Silicon Valley’s greatest hits – Dropbox, Airbnb, Reddit and Stripe to name just a few. To date, Y Combinator’s invested in 630 startups. These embryonic businesses move to Silicon Valley for a three month boot camp to get them in the best possible shape for Demo Day, when the startups pitch their business plan to a select audience.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/hollieslade/2014/04/15/early-stage-startups-the-biggest-killers/?utm_campaign=forbesfbsf&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

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Author: Evan Belanger


Source: AL.com


Interest: MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama State University announced today it has garnered a $336,634 from the National Science Foundation to host its Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The REU program will host 10 undergraduate students for 10 weeks in a summer program that will provide hands-on research experience in nanotechnology and biotechnology, said Komal Vig, the principal investigator of the ASU research program.


Link: http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/04/alabama_state_university_garne.html

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Author: Joseph Allen


Source: IPWatchdog


Interest: Last year the White House put together its Lab to Market Summit and asked Diane Palmintera and me to co-chair a panel of external experts to review several innovative agency technology transfer programs and come up with “transformational, not incremental” ideas to increase the commercialization of $140 B of federally funded research.


Link: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/04/07/take-the-brake-off-federal-tech-transfer/id=48959/

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Author: Barbara Voerg


Source: Times Herald-Record


Interest: I suggested it could be a good candidate for a crowdfunding campaign. The producers concurred and their efforts resulted in successfully raising more than their initial goal of $10,000 in 21 days.


Link: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140331/BIZ/403310308/-1/NEWS

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Author: Timothy Hay


Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/


Interest: The firm, founded in 2009 by Netscape Communications Corp. co-founder Marc Andreessen and Opsware Inc. and LoudCloud Inc. founder Ben Horowitz, is among a small number of firms that can raise and fairly quickly deploy funds of more than $1 billion.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/03/27/andreessen-horowitz-raises-yet-another-1-5-billion-fund/

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Author: Danielle Abril


Source: Dallas Business Journal


Interest: The company primarily offers seed and series A funding that can range anywhere between $25,000 and $2 million. But it doesn’t stop there, according to Shampant. “We’re looking for companies that we can be active partners with,” he said, adding that Live Oak will often follow up with the next couple rounds of funding and play active roles in advising. “We don’t want to just give you a little bit of money and go away.”


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2014/03/25/austin-venture-capital-firm-seeks-to-fund-dallas.html

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