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Author: University of Alabama


Source: UA News


Interest: TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Judges selected seven student presenters as winners for their research poster presentations given during a recent scientific forum on nanotechnology and biotechnology hosted by The University of Alabama.


Link: http://uanews.ua.edu/2014/10/student-researchers-recognized-at-uas-nanobio-summit/

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Author: Keith Landry


Source: MyFoxOrlando.com


Interest: A simple video shows what could become a huge change in how we send and store electricity through wires. The video illustrates research being done at the University of Central Florida's NanoScience Technology Center.


Link: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/25686820/nanotechnology-research-at-ucf-could-change-how-we-send-and-store-electricity

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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: Enid Burns


Source: RedOrbit


Interest: Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) worked in partnership with Sunkyunkwan University to develop a new method for synthesizing graphene. The material has one-hundred times greater electron mobility than silicon. Silicon is used in semiconductors today, and an increased availability of graphene could mean that semiconductors can become more powerful and more functional.


Link: http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1113114863/samsung-develops-graphene-wearable-technology-other-040714/

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Author: Pavithra Rathinavel


Source: International Business Times AU


Interest: StoreDot, a start-up company based out of Israel, has revealed a prototype super charger for smartphones that can fully charge the handset's battery in 30 seconds at Microsoft's Think Next Conference in Tel Aviv. The potential firm showcased its technology to charge an almost empty Samsung Galaxy S4 in only 30 seconds, which is a huge advantage in a world where chargers take nearly an hour to give a full boost to handsets.


Link: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/547162/20140408/storedot-battery-charger-samsung-galaxy-s4-tel.htm#.U0PRzVd3-k4

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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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Author: Ashley Fitzpatrick


Source: Telegram


Interest: The government has opted to take money from the existing investment attraction program and place it into two separate funds. The first will be a regional fund, where the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will contribute $10 million towards an overall pot of $60 million.


Link: http://www.thetelegram.com/Business/2014-03-28/article-3667090/N.L.-government-moving-into-venture-capital/1

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Author: Taylor Soper


Source: GeekWire


Interest: More innovations coming out of the University of Washington could reach commercialization thanks to a new grant from Washington Research Foundation (WRF). Xconomy reports today that the WRF plans to assign a $30 million, five-year grant that will help attract researchers to several programs at the UW — ranging from the Clean Energy Institute to the Institute for Protein Design — and encourage them to move their ideas from the lab to the real world.


Link: http://www.geekwire.com/2014/washington-research-foundation/

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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: 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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Author: James Duval


Source: Business2Community


Interest: Most definitions of venture capital emphasise the fact that the funds being provided are almost universally being supplied to start-up companies, still in the early stages of their development. This means that the practice is based around the idea of maximising potential and minimising risk, and the potential is huge.


Link: http://www.business2community.com/startups/venture-capital-going-work-0777233

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