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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown, editor


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: Velocity, the University of Waterloo's accelerator programme, is celeberating a milestone achievement after successfully raising $100m in funding for its startups since laughing five years ago.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3281/waterloo-hits-100m

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown, editor


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: Kansas University has announced KU Catalyst, a new business accelerator to offer its students access to work space, mentorship, and capital.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3286/kansas-accelerates

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Author: Davorin Kuchan


Source: Corporate Venturing & Innovation Partnering


Interest: In the last few years, Corporate Venture Capital has been growing and evolving. According to CB Insights, in Q2 2013, 25% of all venture funding included CVC participation, and the deals in which CVCs participated were 60% larger than those with traditional VCs alone. An average deal in which a CVC participated was $15.1M in Q2 2013 compared to a VC-only average of $9.5M. Impressive statistics indeed.


Link: http://cvipcommunity.com/corporate-venture-capital-sport/

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Author: Cadie Thompson


Source: CNBC


Interest: But while the crowdfunding phenomenon (essentially raising small amounts of money from a large pool of investors) has worked for companies like Kickstarter and Indiegogo—which fund specific projects like films and music, trying to fund start-ups this way could prove disastrous for many people, experts say.


Link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101360140

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Author: Weston Betts


Source: DailyToReador.com


Interest: Crowdfunding is an online business model that allows people from around the world to pool together money that helps fund a person’s project idea that otherwise would never have the funds to be created. In return, these backers don’t receive equity in a company, but instead receive rewards that range from a physical products to a special perk, such as a special invitation to a screening of a film or a Skype session with the maker of the project.


Link: http://www.dailytoreador.com/opinion/article_1fe91ab8-8a37-11e3-b198-0017a43b2370.html

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Author: Rhonda Abrams


Source: USA Today


Interest: For many years, entrepreneurs and aspiring small-business owners had only two options when seeking investors. They could beg financing from a small group of those closest to them, what's referred to as friends, family, and fools. Or if they had a truly promising concept, they might be lucky enough to raise money from angel investors or venture capitalists.


Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/abrams/2014/01/31/small-business-crowdfunding-success/5050949/

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Author: Andrea Gerlin


Source: Bloomberg Business Week


Interest: Syncona LLP, the Wellcome Trust- backed venture-capital fund, invested 12 million pounds ($20 million) in an Oxford University spinoff that is developing gene therapy to treat an inherited form of blindness. Syncona is backing NightstaRx Ltd., which is testing a treatment that uses a modified virus to deliver the choroideremia gene to cells in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.


Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-01-29/wellcome-trust-s-venture-fund-backs-oxford-blindness-treatment

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Author: Rebecca Kendall


Source: UCLA Today


Interest: "For the public and the economy to realize the benefits of the discoveries taking place at UCLA in terms of products and services, we need to partner with companies," he said. "These partnerships may be with existing companies, or our office may support the formation of a new company that can take the technology forward."


Link: http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/ucla-industry-partnerships-bring-249443.aspx

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Author: Kent Bernhard Jr


Source: Upstart Business Journal


Interest: The executive director of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, Silton, 47, comes to his position with plenty of entrepreneurial experience under his belt. He started his first company in his 20s—and failed—but followed that up with Rainmaker Systems, an enterprise software company he took public on the Nasdaq.


Link: http://upstart.bizjournals.com/money/loot/2013/11/25/veteran-entrepreneur-explores-new-way.html

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Author: FierceBiotech


Source: Amgen


Interest: Amgen's 2013 Revenues Increased 8 Percent To $18.7 Billion And Adjusted Earnings Per Share (EPS) Increased 17 Percent To $7.60 2013 GAAP EPS Were $6.64 2014 Revenues and Adjusted EPS Expected to be in the Range of $19.2-$19.6 Billion and $7.90-$8.20, Respectively


Link: http://www.fiercebiotech.com/press-releases/amgens-2013-revenues-increased-8-percent-187-billion-and-adjusted-earnings

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Author: Mahesh Sharma


Source: The Age


Interest: As the government considers whether to introduce new legislation allowing groups of punters to buy equity stakes in start-up companies, a local venture capital firm will launch an equity-based crowdfunding website for high net-worth individuals to collectively invest in early-stage, high-risk ventures.


Link: http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/business-it/crowdfunding-for-highrisk-startup-investments-20140127-hva1y.html

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Author: Molly Ryan


Source: Houston Business Journal


Interest: Software companies received the most venture capital investment dollars in Houston in 2013, according to the year-end MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, which is based on data from Thomson Reuters. Some of these investments were in software companies related to Houston’s strongest industries, such as a $5 million deal for Houston’s LiquidFrameworks Inc., a software solution provider for the oil and gas industry.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/blog/nuts-and-bolts/2014/01/even-in-the-energy-capital-of-the.html?page=all

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Author: Staff Writer


Source: Dallas Business Journal


Interest: Corporate venture capital represented 15 to 20 percent of all the nation's deals last year representing between 6 and 9 percent of the dollars invested, Taylor said. Taylor gave an overview of the state of venture capital, citing the MoneyTree Report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the NVCA last week. The report showed venture capital investments were at a 12-year high for the Dallas area, surpassing amounts from cities including Austin, Houston and San Antonio.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/blog/2014/01/expert-corporate-venture-capital.html

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Author: VCPost Staff Reporter


Source: Venture Capital Post


Interest: Singularity University (SU) will launch its own $50-million venture fund later in 2014 to help tackle the major problems of the world, according to GigaOM. SU is an education center and accelerator headquartered at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. The university will start raising capital on the second quarter of this year. The planned fund will focus of firms launched by students, graduates, and faculty members of SU, the report detailed.


Link: http://www.vcpost.com/articles/21071/20140124/based-accelerator-singularity-university-launch-50m-venture-fund-tackle-world.htm

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Author: Adam Belz


Source: Star Tribune


Interest: Minnesota companies attracted $116.9 million in venture capital in the fourth quarter, the best three-month period for the state since 2008. The late-year infusion in venture capital rescued the state from what had been a considerably down year, according to the MoneyTree Report by the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), using data from Thomson Reuters.


Link: http://www.startribune.com/business/241913111.html

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Author: ImmunGene, Inc.


Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/


Interest: ImmunGene, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing antibody-cytokine fusion technology therapies to treat cancer, today announced it has secured $9 million in a milestone-based Series A financing from Ally Bridge Group. Previous investments in the Company were converted into Series A preferred stock. ImmunGene will use the capital to advance its early-stage development products to IND-enabling studies.


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/immungene-raises-9-million-in-series-a-financing-230953201.html

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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: 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: 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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