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Author: JOSH CONSTINE


Source: http://techcrunch.com


Interest: The SEC today paved the way for a new era of venture capital investing by stating it won’t pursue enforcement action against FundersClub, whose platform lets any accredited investor fund startups in exchange for equity. Before, some thought FundersClub’s founders could face jail time for violating finance laws. FundersClub’s model could be used by others to raise capital online for startups before the JOBS Act goes fully into effect.


Link: http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/28/equity-crowdfunding-sec/

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Author: Cromwell Schubarth


Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal


Interest: A study released Monday provides more evidence that there are a lot more startups finding a harder time getting Series A funds than they did in finding seed money. The seed financing survey by the law firm of Fenwick & West said only 27 percent of startups hatched in 2011 landed first round venture money in 2012, compared to 45 percent who launched in 2010 and got later stage funds in 2011.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2013/03/26/new-study-finds-series-a-startup.html

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Author: Judy Lowry


Source: Story first appeared in Inventors Digest in March 2013


Interest: Two of the leading organizations in the United States dedicated to promoting academic innovation and entrepreneurship—the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2)—have committed to an ongoing collaborative relationship, designed to further their organizations’ missions, by recently signing a memorandum of understanding.


Link: http://www.research.usf.edu/absolute-news/templates/template1.aspx?articleid=1004&zoneid=1

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Author: Sam Cholke


Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com


Interest: The University of Chicago celebrated the opening of its new Arts Incubator Friday morning in Washington Park, giving new life to a neglected building and new hope that Washington Park will help fulfill the potential of young people interested in art.


Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/09/university-of-chicago-was_n_2843965.html

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Author: http://www.siliconrepublic.com


Source: http://www.siliconrepublic.com


Interest: Our start-up to watch this week is University of Limerick spin-out ALR Innovations, a developer of recycling equipment for liquid crystal displays (LCDs) in worldwide markets. Dr Lisa O’Donoghue, CEO of ALR Innovations, founded the company in 2011 as a result of a research project she ran in the design and manufacturing technology department at the University of Limerick.


Link: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/start-ups/item/31809-tech-start-up-of-the-week/

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Author: Kelli Dugan


Source: www.al.com


Interest: MOBILE, Alabama – Mobile-based Exscien Corp. was among only seven teams selected Monday to advance to the next round in the 2013 Alabama Launchpad Start-up Competition. Monday’s “proof of commercial relevance” presentations, held at Evonik Degussa in Birmingham, pitted one-dozen could-be high-growth ventures from across the state against one another in pursuit of their potential share of $100,000 in seed funding.


Link: http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2013/03/mobiles_exscien_corp_advances.html

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Author: EMILY BADGER


Source: www.theatlanticcities.com


Interest: Co-working spaces are often treated today as a novelty, as a thoroughly modern solution to the changing needs of a workforce now more loyal to their laptops than any long-term employers. But the idea is actually as old as the public library. One of the world’s first and most famous libraries, in Alexandria, Egypt, was frequently home some 2,000 years ago to the self-starters and self-employed of that era.


Link: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/02/why-libraries-should-be-next-great-startup-incubators/4733/

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Author: Arizona Daily Star


Source: Arizona Daily Star


Interest: The University of Arizona has named a University of Michigan administrator to head its office of technology transfer. Doug Hockstad, associate director of software and engineering licensing in Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer, starts his new role Monday. Hockstad spent the last 11 years managing Michigan’s software licensing portfolio and program, including the last six as a member of the executive management team.


Link: http://azstarnet.com/business/local/univ-of-michigan-official-to-head-ua-tech-transfer-office/article_bb285f2c-7ac8-11e2-8907-001a4bcf887a.html

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Author: Jessica Bakeman


Source: www.wgrz.com


Interest: ALBANY The higher-education sector in New York has led all other industries in job growth over the last decade, and officials said colleges and universities are playing a primary role in the transition from a labor-based to a knowledge-based economy. Nanotechnology, bio-medical science, analytic and renewable energy development have pushed aside manufacturing and agriculture as burgeoning industries in New York, particularly upstate.


Link: http://www.wgrz.com/news/article/201533/37/Rebuilding-New-Yorks-Economy-Universities-Lead-Transition-to-New-Upstate-Economies-

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Author: http://blogs.wsj.com


Source: http://blogs.wsj.com


Interest: It isn’t the big research labs or governments who are creating these breakthroughs, it’s our entrepreneurs. And immigrants are leading the charge. During the recent technology boom, 52% of Silicon Valley’s startups were founded by people born abroad. Look at any of our research labs: Immigrants perform much of the cutting-edge research.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/accelerators/2013/02/13/startups-will-save-america/

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Author: The University of Texas System


Source: The University of Texas System


Interest: The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved an additional $12.5 million for the UT Horizon Fund – a reserve used to invest in ideas and scientific breakthroughs developed at UT institutions. Originally approved in 2011 as part of UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa's action plan for advancing excellence across UT System institutions, this strategic venture fund keeps both the financial investment and returns in Texas and encourages greater commitment by UT institutions to he


Link: https://www.utsystem.edu/news/2013/02/14/125-million-ut-system-commercialization-fund

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Author: Mike Nichols


Source: http://www.grbj.com


Interest: The Michigan Pre-See Capital Fund — a state equity investment fund that backs technology-based startups — recently put a total of $1 million into four companies across the state. Fusion Coolant Systems, Local Orbit, New Eagle Products and Seelio all were awarded money from the fund.


Link: http://www.grbj.com/articles/76149-michigan-pre-seed-capital-fund-invests-1m-in-four-startups

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Author: Alan Knott-Craig Jnr


Source: ventureburn.com


Interest: Comparing tech startups and the government is strange, I know. Nevertheless, having just finished a short course on economic development, I’m quite sure there are some parallels in the thinking of professors and civil servants in charge of the economy, and the thinking of the likes of Eric Ries of Lean Startup fame.


Link: http://ventureburn.com/2013/02/startups-vs-government-on-innovation/

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Author: National Academy of Inventors


Source: National Academy of Inventors


Interest: The National Academy of Inventors will hold its 2nd annual conference in Tampa at the Embassy Suites Hotel in the University of South Florida Research Park, Feb. 21-22, 2013. The conference is open to members and non-members. The conference will feature presentations and panels by over 20 distinguished scientists and academic leaders on innovation, with keynotes by two well-known speakers: Robert Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee, a


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mits-robert-langer-and-us-commissioner-for-patents-focarino-to-speak-at-nai-conference-191265701.html

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Author: Deanna Pogorelc


Source: MedCity News


Interest: A piece in Forbes this week calls attention to a recent trend in technology commercialization at universities: the use of crowdfunding. The article focused on a collaboration between the University of Utah’s Technology Commercialization Office and the crowdfunding site RocketHub, which resulted in the University Tech Vault, a portal specifically for projects that come out of the university.


Link: http://medcitynews.com/2013/02/crowdfunding-university-research-tech-commercialization-6-sites-that-are-doing-it/

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Author: Rick Charmoli


Source: http://www.cadillacnews.com


Interest: The city of Cadillac, in partnership with the University of Michigan, has secured a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant to conduct an investigative study of the greater Cadillac area to identify the potential need for the development of a business incubator facility for purposes of assisting people in the start-up of new companies and other businesses.


Link: http://www.cadillacnews.com/news_story/?story_id=1806874&year=2013&issue=20130209

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Author: The OBSERVER


Source: The OBSERVER


Interest: The Center for Sports Skill Measurement & Improvement, LLC (Center for Sports), a tenant of the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, was recently named by the National Center for Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) as a Top 100 University Startup. As a result of the honor, CEO Kevin Morse has been invited to attend NCET2's national conference, sponsored by the National Association of Venture Capital and held in Washington, D.C., in March. Final scoring of all the nominated companies will be ava


Link: http://www.observertoday.com/page/content.detail/id/581192/Incubator-business-selected-as-top-100-university-startup.html?nav=5002

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Author: http://www.innovationamerica.us


Source: http://www.innovationamerica.us


Interest: A New Jersey foundation that funds research coming out of the state’s medical school has agreed to replenish its investment arm with $5 million to pump into biotechnology startups at the pre-seed stage — one of the most difficult stages for companies to get funding. The New Jersey Health Foundation’sFoundation Venture Capital Group in New Brunswick, New Jersey invests up to $500,000 in pre-seed stage companies spinning out of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It is poised


Link: http://www.innovationamerica.us/index.php/innovation-daily/27297-nj-foundation-pumps-another-5m-into-early-stage-biotech-investment-arm-medcity-news?utm_source=innovation-daily---your-daily-newsletter-highlighting-global-innovation-news-and-trends&utm_med

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Author: http://www.innovationamerica.us


Source: http://www.innovationamerica.us


Interest: As the nation's economy continues its sluggish recovery, community colleges have emerged as important engines for entrepreneurial activity and job creation. An innovative new program, created and proven in a community college in northeastern Ohio, is hitting the road to help schools and the communities they serve to launch and grow technology-based startups.


Link: http://www.innovationamerica.us/index.php/innovation-daily/27306-kauffman-foundation-lorain-county-community-college-select-3-schools-to-pilot-entrepreneurship-education-funding-program-sfgate?utm_source=innovation-daily---your-daily-newsletter-highlighti

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Source: www.universitysymposium.com


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You're invited to the 6th annual University Research & Entrepreneurship Symposium at Microsoft New England Research & Development Center on April 3, 2013. URES is an invitation-only, one-day conference hosted by Atlas Venture, Flybridge Capital Partners and General Catalyst Partners established to bring world-class research projects and companies from universities to Boston and showcase them before New England's top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.


Link: http://www.universitysymposium.com

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