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Author: University of Maryland BioPark


Source: University of Maryland BioPark


Interest: The University of Maryland (UM) BioPark and UM Ventures announced today that Advanced Metrics, a successful early-stage UM, Baltimore (UMB) startup has moved from offices on the University’s campus to the BioPark. Advanced Metrics is leveraging software development and data expertise to provide solutions for the healthcare industry. It has moved quickly into commercialization since establishment only a year ago.


Link: http://news.gnom.es/pr/umb-health-it-start-up-advanced-metrics-caps-quick-entrance-into-commercialization-with-move-to-university-of-maryland-biopark

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Author: Lincoln Journal Star


Source: Lincoln Journal Star


Interest: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln said it will be a partner in a $320 million advanced manufacturing collaboration that President Barack Obama announced Tuesday at the White House.


Link: http://journalstar.com/business/local/unl-part-of-federal-manufacturing-research-hub/article_13288519-844a-5c13-87ae-ff55278f6d1c.html

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Author: JANE YU


Source: Orange County Business Journal


Interest: University of California, Irvine, has announced the establishment of its Institute for Innovation, the latest in the school’s efforts to foster entrepreneurialism and technology development that will help create commercial applications for the school’s research


Link: http://www.ocbj.com/news/2014/feb/25/new-center-commercialization-research-uci/

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Author: Jack Casey


Source: WisBusiness.com


Interest: Sean Jacobsohn, a California venture capitalist and UW-Madison grad, said potential company founders should focus on the quality of their "team" before looking for financial backing.


Link: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=317347

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Author: JIM PROVANCE


Source: BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF


Interest: COLUMBUS — Rocket Ventures LLC, the venture capital firm formerly associated with the University of Toledo, essentially emerged from probation on Tuesday as the state loosened its purse strings to release $1 million in funding it had withheld as an incentive for improvement. Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2014/02/26/Ohio-s-purse-opens-wider-for-Rocket-Ventures.html#8pTyFBvCFR7X7e1y.99


Link: http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2014/02/26/Ohio-s-purse-opens-wider-for-Rocket-Ventures.html

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Author: LINDSAY WELBERS


Source: Hyde Park Herald


Interest: The CIE is the University of Chicago’s space for business and technological development. It currently occupies space on the 11th floor of Harper Court, but when fully operational will also occupy the second floors of the Harper Theater building and the former Herald building.


Link: http://hpherald.com/2014/02/26/chicago-innovation-exchange-awarded-275k/

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: "Elite research universities act as engines of innovation and progress, not only by engaging in fundamental research but also by helping students and faculty transform discoveries into practices and products that benefit society," Gillman said. "Making this a more strategic focus is especially vital for UCI, given that we're located in a region known for its entrepreneurial spirit. It will also enhance our ability to attract and retain outstanding faculty and students, who increasingly expect ca


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1757276

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Author: Carrie Ghose


Source: Columbus Business First


Interest: The $35 million joint venture fund that Ohio State University and Ohio University committed to nearly two years ago could get bigger before it makes its first investment.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/02/26/ohio-state-ohio-university-in-talks.html

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Author: Larry Gordon


Source: Los Angeles Times


Interest: Crowdfunding sites, particularly those affiliated with universities, say they try to screen research projects for possible fraud and topics that seem frivolous or impossible. But ultimately online funding decisions are out of the hands of experts. "Crowd appeal is the ultimate arbiter," said Edward Derrick, a program director at the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.


Link: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-me-crowdfunding-20140220,0,3396352.story#axzz2uFRQnEsZ

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Author: Stacy Cowley


Source: New York Times


Interest: What crowdfunding backers like best, the merchants said, is getting access to something special, something unavailable to the general public. This can either be fairly simple — Macaron Parlour offered those who donated $25 a box of macaroons with four custom flavors — or elaborate, like the special cooking class that the restaurant Travail Kitchen & Amusements offered its $500 backers.


Link: http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/24/how-to-avoid-a-crowdfunding-backlash/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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Author: Nicole Fisher


Source: Forbes


Interest: The creators of the programming believe that disruptive innovation is the key component to reshaping the future of health care. They have faith that raising capital online post-JOBS Act will flourish, and that crowdfunding and secondary markets is the fastest way to create smarter clinical trials, personalized medicine and allow private companies to go public.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2014/02/24/crowdfunding-health-innovation-disruptive-companies-and-funders-meet-to-change-health-delivery/

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Author: Nicel Jane Avellana


Source: Venture Capital Post


Interest: Investors are clearly thinking of Africa based on recent developments, including the 16 Botswana-based mobile apps that Jim Goetz spoke of when he gave his view on the WhatsApp purchase by Facebook and the alliance Microsoft has forged with three African incubators. This is also signified by the setting up of new innovation centers in Lagos and Casablanca by IBM and the summit sponsored by the African Development Bank which tackled ways to effectively engage the private sector, the report said.


Link: http://www.vcpost.com/articles/21849/20140223/more-american-investors-backing-african-startups.htm

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Author: Sam Gustin


Source: Time Business & Money


Interest: Two of the most prominent venture capitalists in the United States have launched a new investment firm that’s generating buzz in Silicon Valley and beyond at a time of intensifying debate about diversity in the technology industry. Aspect Ventures, which was launched this month by Theresia Gouw, formerly a partner at Accel, and Jennifer Fonstad, formerly a partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, will focus on the booming mobile technology market.


Link: http://business.time.com/2014/02/24/aspect-ventures-launch/

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Author: Staff


Source: Albany Business Review


Interest: Companies across upstate New York attracted more than $104 million from venture capitalists last year, a $56 million increase over 2012. According to data from PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, the majority of upstate investments came in the fourth quarter when a total of $46 million was awarded to 10 companies.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/morning_call/2014/02/venture-capital-investments-more-than.html

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Author: Paul Brinkmann


Source: South Florida Business Journal


Interest: There’s a new venture capital expo coming to South Florida on Wednesday, the first ever for the Boca Raton-based Gold Coast Venture Capital Association.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/blog/morning-edition/2014/02/boca-raton-venture-capital-group-to.html

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Author: Lew McMurran


Source: GeekWire


Interest: The Washington state legislature meets for 60 days in the even-numbered years, which means that the legislative process goes much faster than during the long 105-day session in the odd numbered years. At the halfway point of the session, here’s a roundup of issues that the tech industry is paying attention to.


Link: http://www.geekwire.com/2014/crowdfunding-drones-open-data-washington-state-tech-legislation-update/

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Author: The Guardian


Source: http://www.theguardian.com


Interest: Crowdfunding might just become FTSE 2.0 – a place where any inventor, big or small, can appeal to the world for a bit of money and bring an audacious idea to life. Kano – a computer you build yourself, like Lego – became the UK's most crowdfunded idea ever last November.


Link: http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/media-network-blog/2014/feb/17/how-to-succeed-crowdfunding-campaign

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Author: Nicel Jane Avellana


Source: Venture Capital Post


Interest: Speaking at the O'Reilly Media's Strata big data conference in Santa Clara, California, Data Collective Managing Partner Matt Ocko said, "The most grotesquely overinvested category I have seen is anything that has to do with sales and marketing." This means taking marketing automation software such as that offered by Marketo or customer relationship management software like Salesforce.com and then adding natural language processing or even artificial intelligence to it, the report said.


Link: http://www.vcpost.com/articles/21667/20140216/venture-capitalists-say-what-they-dont-and-what-theyd-like-to-fund-in-big-data.htm

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Author: Sean Ndiho Obedih


Source: Venture Capital for Africa


Interest: We read more and more about big companies investing into startups in Africa. VC4Africa member Sean Ndiho Obedih, Founding Partner of UK based Corporate Venture Capital advisory firm Sobek Ventures, gives key tips for companies who engage in Corporate Venture Capital in Africa, both from a startup and corporate perspective. Also see the interview VC4Africa had with Sean last week.


Link: http://vc4africa.biz/blog/2014/02/14/engaging-in-corporate-venture-capital-in-africa-key-things-to-know-for-startups-corporates/

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Author: Tony Stanco and Clara Asmail


Source: Manufacturing Innovation Blog


Interest: The quintessential venture capital (VC) paradigm has been to grow a business from a technology that incubated for a couple of decades in federal, university and corporate labs. There’s a lot of R&D investment that has gone into university and federal labs, roughly $100 billion annually. Many of those research projects do have a chance of maturing into consumer markets with the right mix of investment and business direction.


Link: http://nistmep.blogs.govdelivery.com/limber-old-corporations-build-new-bridges/

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