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Author: DAVID JANECZEK


Source: The Cornell Daily Sun


Interest: Cornell has recently been granted state approval for tax-free zones to house start-up companies in areas aligned with the University’s academic mission, according to University officials. Businesses eligible for the program include companies involved in research collaborations with a Cornell department, firms commercializing research done at the University or companies that offer co-ops or internships to Cornell students, according to Tom Schryver ’95 MBA ’02, executive director of new venture


Link: http://cornellsun.com/blog/2014/03/19/cornell to-provide-tax-free-zones-for-state-start-ups/

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Author: James M. Odato


Source: Timesunion


Interest: State officials have approved commercial site plans for eight SUNY-linked schools that want to lure businesses under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Start-Up NY initiative — including the blueprint proposed by the University at Albany.


Link: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/UAlbany-map-for-Start-Up-NY-program-approved-5295673.php

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Author: Walter D. Valdivia


Source: TechTank


Interest: In the knowledge economy, universities have been called to play a central role as knowledge producers. Universities are actively seeking to accommodate those public demands and many have engaged an ongoing review of their educational programs and their research portfolios to make them more attuned to industrial needs. Technology transfer is a function that universities are seeking to make more efficient in order to better engage with the economy.


Link: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/techtank/posts/2014/03/04-unequal-tech-transfer-valdivia

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Author: Nicole Bolton


Source: BusinessWire


Interest: LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bruin Biometrics, LLC (“BBI”), a medical device company with two biometric sensing products ready for market in Europe and the United States, announced it has closed a $10 million round of funding which was oversubscribed by almost $2.7 million. The funds will be deployed to market the developed products, complete clinical trials and continue R&D on the product pipeline...


Link: http://goo.gl/HGbKpy

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Author: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium


Source: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium


Interest: MGCS is presented by the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance and the Zell Lurie Institute at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with support from the Michigan Venture Capital Association and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1756573

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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: 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: 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: 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: ElectronicsWeekly.com


Source: ElectronicsWeekly.com


Interest: University spinout Ionix Advanced Technologies is developing a range of devices based on high-temperature piezoelectric materials developed by the University of Leeds. The two-year-old start-up has received funding from IP Group.


Link: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/general/university-spin-develops-high-temperature-piezoelectric-materials-2014-02/

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Author: Brianna Bailey


Source: NewsOK.com


Interest: The national nonprofit Venture for America has begun searching for start-up companies to partner with in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The organization is seeking businesses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa that are interested in interviewing and hiring members of its 2014 class.


Link: http://newsok.com/nonprofit-considers-oklahoma-for-expansion-of-start-up-fellowship-program/article/3934660

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Author: London Business School


Source: London Business School


Interest: Academic finds growth in corporate investors is fuelling biotech start-ups Biotech start-ups are increasingly turning to corporate venture capital divisions for backing with dramatic results for innovation, according to new research by leading academics.


Link: http://www.london.edu/newsandevents/news/2013/10/Corporate_venture_capital_is_driving_cutting_edge_medical_innovation_1708.html

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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: Kelsey M. Boudin


Source: Olean Times Herald


Interest: Still in its infancy, the START-UP NY initiative looks to boost economic development through cooperation between New York businesses and colleges, both public and private.


Link: http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/article_6fc58a46-9264-11e3-805a-0019bb2963f4.html

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Author: Samuel Horstman


Source: ABQ Journal


Interest: A new startup company launched through Studio G, the student business incubator at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, has developed its first iPad application – a code generator for the popular computer game “Minecraft.”


Link: http://www.abqjournal.com/350560/biz/nmsu-student-startup-creates-ipad-gaming-app.html

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Author: Illinois Innovation Network


Source: Chicago Tribune


Interest: The journey from identifying a promising idea to building a thriving business relies on many components, such as talent, mentorship, capital, access to infrastructure, and connections to industry. As the Q4 2013 Index demonstrated, universities are in a unique position to aggregate these components to support the creation of new companies.


Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/bluesky/hub/chi-iin-illinois-innovation-index-university-startup-bsi-hub,0,2808466.htmlstory

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The Royal Academy of Engineering announces plans to back eight UK university innovations with business potential.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.rsvp1.com/article.php/3279/rae-to-back-eight-uk-innovations

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: The IP Group has extended its commercialisation agreement with the University of Manchester's tech transfer unit UMI3 to include proof-of-principle funding for graphene products.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.com/article.php/3272/ip-group-doubles-down-on-graphene

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