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Author: Tampa Bay Business Journal


Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal


Interest: In the third quarter, Florida attracted only about one-third of 1 percent of U.S. venture capital dollars nationwide. The new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association shows a total of about $36.7 million was invested in six deals across the state, according to the Miami Herald. That figure is down sharply from the $113.9 million invested in 13 deals the previous quarter. The latest numbers mark the lowest total since the first quarter of 2013.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/morning-edition/2014/10/florida-lags-badly-in-drawing-venture-capital.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: bizj_national (Bizjournals National Feed)

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Author: HIROKO TABUCHI


Source: The Seattle Times


Interest: Vestaron makes an eco-friendly pesticide derived from spider venom. Bagaveev uses 3-D printers to make rocket engines for nanosatellites. Transatomic Power is developing a next-generation reactor that runs on nuclear waste. They all have one thing in common: money from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.


Link: http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2024829860_venturecapitalistsxml.html

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Author: CHRISTOPHER MIMS


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: One of the things you hear a lot when you talk to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists is that they want to change the world. Some of them even mean it. One of those people is Bryan Johnson, who has committed $100 million—a substantial portion of his personal fortune—to a new venture-capital fund aimed at what Mr. Johnson himself calls “crazy” projects.


Link: http://online.wsj.com/articles/humanitys-last-great-hope-venture-capitalists-1413817498

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Author: BRIAN DEAGON


Source: Investors.com


Interest: Venture capital firms invested $326 million in solar companies in the third quarter, down 28% from Q2 but up 55% from the year-earlier quarter. The money was spread across 21 deals, according to Mercom Capital Group. Sunnova Energy, a provider of residential solar service, raised $110 million, the largest funding round in Q3. Glasspoint Solar, a provider of solar steam generators to the oil and gas industry, raised $53 million. PosiGen, a provider of solar lease, purchasing and...


Link: http://news.investors.com/technology/102014-722551-solar-energy-venture-capital-investments-down-q3-vs-q2.htm

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Author: Agam Shah


Source: PCWorld


Interest: Long dominant in PCs, Intel is using its vast cash resources to chase hot new product categories, investing in up-and-coming Chinese companies that could help expand its presence in the mobile, wearable and Internet of Things markets. The chip maker is dishing out US$28 million to five small companies including EyeSmart, which develops iris-recognition hardware for wearables and mobile devices, Guangdong Appscom, which makes wearables, and LeWa Technology Shanghai,...


Link: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2836952/intel-venture-capital-funds-target-chinese-startups-in-wearables-iot.html

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Author: Chris Carpentier


Source: University Press


Interest: On Friday, Oct. 17, the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship held its premiere event of the season – the VIP Launch of the Tech Runway at FAU, a 27,000 square-foot building in the research park north of the Boca Raton campus. Tech Runway is a formal program for mentoring entrepreneurs and their ventures based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Venture Mentoring System. New startup companies will be able to get funding, mentoring and office space at the facility.


Link: http://www.upressonline.com/2014/10/silicon-valley-is-coming-to-faus-backyard/

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Author: Andrew Ward


Source: The Financial Times


Interest: City professionals will be urged to pour some of their personal wealth into medical research and technology this week as part of a push to attract more angel investment into UK life sciences. Bankers, lawyers and business executives are among the targets of a campaign to match wealthy individuals with early-stage biotech and medical technology companies in need of funding.


Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8584ac2a-5705-11e4-a45c-00144feab7de.html#axzz3GsaVYgN4

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Author: MICHAEL SUGERMAN


Source: The Michigan Daily


Interest: In an effort to secure a more sustainable cycle of funding and donations, the Center for Entrepreneurship has paired with two different venture capital firms to continue supporting entrepreneurial endeavors throughout Ann Arbor and Michigan. Seven individuals, five of whom are affiliated with Michigan eLab and two of whom are associated with Pinnacle Ventures, have agreed to donate a percentage of their salaries to the CFE on an annual basis. Those from Michigan eLab will each...


Link: http://www.michigandaily.com/news/cfe-courts-outside-investors

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Author: Gregg Bayes-Brown


Source: Global University Venturing


Interest: One thing has become clear about the University of California system over the past month – it doesn’t mess around. The creation of UC Ventures, a $250m university venturing fund, comes just a couple of months after the institution overturned a 25-year ban on investing in its own startups, allowing the university’s 10 campuses, including research and tech transfer heavyweights Los Angeles, Berkeley and San Diego, to put their money where their mouth is.


Link: http://www.globaluniversityventuring.com/article.php/4028/what-starts-in-california

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Author: JENNY CALLISON


Source: Wilmington Biz


Interest: The entrepreneurial journey is being viewed through several different lenses as University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business holds its sixth annual Entrepreneurship Week Monday through Friday. “We’re trying to ramp up the entrepreneurship virus at the Cameron School of Business,” said Stephen Harper, a professor of management, who coordinated the week’s events.


Link: http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/education/2014/10/20/uncws_entrepreneurship_week_ideas_hard_work_welcome/12453

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Author: JACKIE KORHONEN


Source: Financial Review


Interest: The Abbott government’s competitiveness agenda, released last week, has received mixed reviews from those in the technology and entrepreneurial community. The $12 million in new funding for STEM education and $3.5 million committed to teaching computer coding will certainly address a gaping hole in early ICT education, so that perhaps more Australian children become the producers and not merely the passive consumers of technology.


Link: http://www.afr.com/p/technology/corporate_australia_ready_and_willing_B7zAVHo4kEMgRupZ2XltqJ

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Author: Matt Glynn


Source: The Buffalo News


Interest: OnCore Golf is chasing the entrepreneurial dream of turning a startup into a thriving company. The Buffalo-based company has the product to pitch: a hollow metal core golf ball that promises to fly straighter. But developing and marketing the technology is only half the battle: OnCore also wants more capital to follow through on its growth plans. The company has attracted about $1 million in investment from the InVentures Group, an angel investor group in Tennessee, and...


Link: http://www.buffalonews.com/business/the-venture-adventure-startups-seeking-more-capital-in-region-to-advance-their-dreams-20141019

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Author: Tyler Waldman


Source: Technically/Baltimore


Interest: Venture capital investments in Maryland are still working their way back up, according to a report released this week by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. In the third quarter of 2014, venture capitalists spent $89 million, up 34 percent from the second quarter’s $66.5 million, but far off the third quarter number from last year, which hit $142 million, according to the report.


Link: http://technical.ly/baltimore/2014/10/17/maryland-firms-hauled-89m-venture-capital-q3/

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Author: Steven Overly


Source: The Washington Post


Interest: When it comes to venture capital deals, the Washington region is still living in 2013’s shadow. Forty companies in the Washington region raked in a combined $228.8 million from venture capitalists during the third quarter of this year, a 48.8 percent decline in dollars compared with the $446.8 million that 52 companies collected during the same three-month period last year.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/report-washington-area-venture-capital-dollars-dipped-in-the-third-quarter/2014/10/16/48960f14-53ce-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html

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Author: NANCY DAHLBERG


Source: Miami Herald


Interest: Florida reaped just a tiny sliver – about a third of 1 percent – of the U.S. venture capital pie in the third quarter, according to statistics released Friday. In the state, $36.7 million was invested in six deals. That's down considerably from $113.9 in 13 deals last quarter and the lowest total since the first quarter of 2013. Florida companies receiving dollars in the third quarter were: Sancilio & Company ($20 million); LensAR ($7.85 million); Informed Medical Decisions ($5 million);...


Link: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article2942814.html

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Author: Mike Billings


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: In the Boston-versus-New York rivalry, the Red Sox and the Yankees were also-rans this baseball season. Now, Massachusetts and New York are in another battle for the No. 2 spot: U.S. venture capital investment. New York is leading Massachusetts in total venture capital invested so far this year, which if it held up would be the first time the Empire State edged out its East Coast rival and took second place behind industry leader California since at least 1992.


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/10/17/interactive-map-where-the-venture-capital-dollars-are-going/

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Author: Malavika Velayanikal


Source: Tech in Asia


Interest: Indian startup AdNear, which provides location-based intelligence for advertising, has just raised US$19 million in series B funding. What is significant is that a leading Japanese venture capital firm, Global Brain, and the VC arm of Australian telecom giant Telstra have come on board, joining existing investors Sequoia Capital and Canaan Partners in this round. AdNear, which started in Bangalore but is now headquartered in Singapore, has taken its unique adtech model across...


Link: https://www.techinasia.com/japanese-vc-global-brain-telstra-ventures-invest-19-million-in-adnear/

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Author: Bruce V. Bigelow


Source: Xconomy


Interest: Venture capital activity descended from the stratosphere during the third quarter, but it was still flying high, as venture firms invested nearly $9.8 billion in 879 deals across the United States, according to a report released today by the financial data firm CB Insights. The amount invested during the quarter was down 30 percent from the $13.9 billion that VCs deployed in the previous quarter, and the deal count was down by 10 percent from the 974 deals that CB Insights counted in...


Link: http://www.xconomy.com/national/2014/10/14/venture-firms-turn-down-funding-volume-but-still-rockin-in-q3/

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Author: KAITLIN DEWULF


Source: The Daily Iowan


Interest: More Iowans will soon have access to a prestigious University of Iowa business-training program. The UI is expanding the Venture School program through the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center to include Council Bluffs and the Quad Cities. The program will expand in those cities by March 2015. The Venture School is a six-week training program designed to accelerate the start-up process of a business while increasing the chance of success for entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.dailyiowan.com/2014/10/13/Metro/39475.html

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Author: PR Newswire


Source: PR Newswire


Interest: CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 21, get access to The EC's Innovation Council and network with Chicago business leaders who are driving innovation within their enterprises at the first Innovation Council Program of the 2014-2015 season hosted by Baxter International. At this breakfast, hear a panel of thought leaders discuss how they are using collaborative innovation to position their organizations at the cutting edge of their industries.


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-executives-club-of-chicago-innovation-council-program-panelists-to-discuss-collaborative-innovation-279020231.html

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