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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: Gary Haber


Source: Baltimore Business Journal


Interest: Six months into its fiscal year, the Maryland Technology Development Corp. has received almost as many applications from state startups looking for funding as it got in all of the previous year.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2014/01/10/maryland-tedco-seeks-funding-increase.html

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Author: CB Insights


Source: CB Insights


Interest: Google Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Microsoft Ventures and 30 other corporate venture arms invested in a seed round in 2013. The early stage is no longer just for VCs and angels.


Link: http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/seed-corporate-venture-capital-investors?utm_content=bufferd829c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Author: CB Insights


Source: CB Insights


Interest: Corporate venture investors lead the way in terms of Internet of Things deal activity with Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures and Cisco Investments taking 3 of the top 4 spots. The lone pure-play VC in the top IoT investors is True Ventures.


Link: http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/internet-of-things-investors

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Author: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Interest: Entrepreneurs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison soon will have a new advocate on campus that should boost the number of ideas that are commercialized, which we think should, in turn, give the state's economy a boost over time.


Link: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/uws-new-focus-on-tech-transfer-could-pay-off-b99183311z1-240020761.html

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Author: Illinois Innovation Network


Source: Chicago Tribune


Interest: Over the past decade, Illinois has made significant gains in bringing technologies developed at universities to market. This quarterly edition of the Innovation Index report examines the path that technology takes from inception to commercialization, sheds light on the challenges of technology transfer at academic institutions, and provides insights from new research on university start-ups.


Link: http://bluesky.chicagotribune.com/hub/chi-iin-illinois-innovation-index-2013-quarter-4-bsi-hub,0,0.htmlstory?track=bluesky-ct-head

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Author: Sara Brumfield


Source: WOUB


Interest: U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, took a tour of Ohio University’s Innovation Center on Friday morning to get a glimpse into how the university is working with entrepreneurs to create innovative jobs in the area.


Link: http://woub.org/2014/01/13/sen-portman-talks-jobs-during-visit-ous-innovation-center

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Author: SustainableBusiness.com


Source: SustainableBusiness.com


Interest: Another incubator will soon open to help budding sustainability entrepreneurs - this one, in Phoenix, focuses specifically on recycling businesses.


Link: http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25435

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Author: SUSAN SCHRETER


Source: San Antonio Express


Interest: Innovative, fast moving, smart, determined, opportunistic. These words are commonly used to describe Bay Area entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.mysanantonio.com/technology/article/Startups-find-allies-in-corporations-venture-5132691.php

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Author: CB Insights


Source: http://www.cbinsights.com/


Interest: Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures isn’t a big fan of corporate venture capital recently saying he’d “never ever ever ever do” a deal with corporate VCs. Since such straight talk is generally frowned up in VC-land, he subsequently did acknowledge that some of them do not suck including Google Ventures and Intel Capital.


Link: http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/tech-corporate-venture-capital-balance-sheet?utm_content=buffer1ff52&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Author: Ilya Pozin


Source: http://www.ceou.org/


Interest: Corporate venture capital (CVC) funds are on the rise. Consider the growing number of big companies creating funds to find promising startups: Google Ventures, Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Novartis Venture Funds, Samsung Ventures, AOL Ventures, Dell Ventures, Dow Venture Capital, Microsoft Ventures, and Citi Ventures. And that's just a short list. Going with a CVC fund, especially if your startup is in a similar category to the company behind the fund, offers benefits that go beyond money-


Link: http://www.ceou.org/executive-buzz?vaid=9ef3064b0ed69e18de64e97ef65bc2eb

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Author: Florida Science Communications


Source: http://www.pddnet.com/


Interest: Although more opportunity exists for university-based researchers to be innovative, and there is more financial support for innovation than ever before, the cost of university research is rising to new levels and presents a serious funding problem. The “real costs” of research—costs that include indirect costs—often extend far beyond support from a university’s central research office and are almost never covered by funding.


Link: http://www.pddnet.com/news/2014/01/high-costs-research-made-worse-funding-gap

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Author: Tina Costanza


Source: Silicon Republic


Interest: Some US$6.8bn of venture capital had been invested in clean technology worldwide in 2013, research by market intelligence firm Cleantech Group suggests.


Link: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/clean-tech/item/35336-global-vc-investment-in-cle/

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