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Author: SARAH MCBRIDE


Source: Business Insider


Interest: Investors in March fired G. Steven Burrill as the head of a $283 million venture-capital fund he ran, amid alleged fraud and misuse of capital, according to a lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed last week in state court in San Francisco, comes at a time when the Securities and Exchange Commission is taking a hard look at hidden fees at private equity funds, although the investigation has not yet touched venture-capital funds.


Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-venture-capitalist-sues-former-boss-now-fired-for-fraud-2014-19

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Author: CHRISTA WAGNER VINSON


Source: Exit Event


Interest: A sold-out crowd packed HQ Raleigh for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster's recent Growing Your Cleantech Venture event. They were hungry to hear what three premier venture capital experts had to say about the current landscape for securing investment and how companies can access it. Capital for cleantech ventures has become increasingly tough to tap in the past five years.


Link: http://exitevent.com/why-theres-still-hope-for-funds-raising-cleantech-startups-14619.asp

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Author: Bruce Carlson


Source: GEN


Interest: Top pharmaceuticals face a dilemma in that many blockbuster drugs are losing patent protection and existing pipelines may not compensate for lost revenues. The choice for many is layoffs, office closings, downsizing or to innovate with new products. Most companies will do the former if they must but prefer the latter. Rather than the megamergers that achieve big cost savings through layoffs and factory closings, most drug companies are aiming for transactions that grow their bottom line.


Link: http://www.genengnews.com/keywordsandtools/print/3/35245/

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - Jun 19, 2014) - Cisco Canada (NASDAQ: CSCO) today, together with Canada's Finance Minister, the Hon. Joe Oliver, announced the Cisco Canada Innovation Program, a strategy to invest $150 million (CAD$) to support and accelerate innovation in Canada.


Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140619-908417.html

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Author: PRLog (Press Release)


Source: PRLog Press Release Distribution


Interest: Jun. 19, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- CORPORATE VENTURING 3.0: GLOBAL 1000: MEET | PARTNER | DEAL PORTFOLIO SHOWCASES & CONFERENCE A Disruptive Conference Series for Corporate Venture Capital and Portfolio Holders (like VCs, Angels, Universities, and Accelerators) Washington, D.C. – June 16, 2014 – Corporate venturing has started a new chapter with most of the largest global corporations now having some type of venturing activity.


Link: http://www.prlog.org/12338750-ncet2-announces-showcase-and-conference-to-boost-corporate-and-portfolio-transactions.html

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Author: PRESS RELEASE


Source: marketwatch.com


Interest: SAN FRANCISCO, Jun 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- via PRWEB - Sunverge Energy, Inc. a leading developer and manufacturer of distributed energy management systems, announced today the closing of a $15 million Series B financing round led by the Southern Cross Renewable Energy Fund and joined by the Venture Capital Unit of Siemens and Total Energy Ventures International. The investment will support immediate growth opportunities for Sunverge in key markets worldwide.


Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sunverge-energy-completes-15-million-series-b-funding-round-2014-06-17

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 17, 2014) - The Funding Portal Inc. reported today that it has entered into a Joint Venture with the University Health Network (UHN), Canada's leading academic research hospital, to improve access to capital and commercialization opportunities for businesses and inventors in the Canadian healthcare sector Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1992493#ixzz3553QJXSM


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1992493

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Author: Terren Roloff


Source: WSU News


Interest: SPOKANE, Wash.—Bringing more life-saving innovations and transformative research from Washington State University to the marketplace is the primary goal of the new Chancellor’s Distinguished Visiting Professor at WSU, Glenn D. Prestwich.


Link: https://news.wsu.edu/2014/06/17/commercialization-to-be-focus-of-new-wsu-faculty-expert/#.U6K9vo2SzJ0

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Author: Dan Miner


Source: bizjournals.com


Interest: A second wave of Start-Up NY projects could be on the path toward approval, as the University at Buffalo recently placed a public notice in the Buffalo News announcing it has sponsored seven new applicants into the tax-abatement program.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/blog/morning_roundup/2014/06/start-up-ny-roster-in-buffalo-may-be-growing.html

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Author: KENDALL ALMERICO


Source: entrepreneur.com


Interest: Most people do not understand crowdfunding. "I built it, but they did not come" is a common complaint. Some people are shocked and unable to understand why nobody donated to their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo or GoFundMe. Crowdfunding is hard work. On many sites, the vast majority of people who try crowdfunding fail to meet their goal. But for those who plan ahead, prepare properly and execute a plan the right way, the chances of success are much greater.


Link: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234516

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Author: Dave Hodges, Tallahassee Democrat


Source: tallahassee.com


Interest: Three researchers at Florida State University are recipients of a total $62,000 in grants this month to explore the commercial business potential of their discoveries. Alexey Kovalev, Branko Stefanovic and Mei Zhang were candidates for the funding provided through the FSU Office of Research under GAP, the university's Grant Assistance Program. GAP competitions are held each spring and fall, with an independent panel of reviewers hearing the presentations and selecting several for awards.


Link: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/money/2014/06/17/grants-help-fsu-researchers-commercialize-their-discoveries/10700119/

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Author: JOEY MAK


Source: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS


Interest: I recently joined a group of UI faculty and staff in attending the Entrepreneurial University Startups Conference in Washington, D.C. Organized by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), this annual conference shares best practices for creating and funding globally competitive, venture-funded university startups.


Link: http://research.uillinois.edu/news-blog/blog/2014/03/24/university-illinois-well-represented-ncet2-conference

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Author: ANN ARBOR


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TurtleCell, creator of the first protective case for the iPhone 5 and 5s with retractable headphones, recently graduated from its incubator space in SPARK Central to a new office in Ann Arbor. Prior to SPARK Central, TurtleCell, which was founded by graduates from the University of Michigan, was incubated at TechArb. A video on Ann Arbor SPARK's YouTube channel details TurtleCell's expansion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0sgxk3G4cA&feature=yout


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1994116

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Author: Mike Rudis


Source: Larta Institute


Interest: The NCET2 Global 1000 is a deal-oriented conference where industry looks to universities, investors and entrepreneurial support organizations for the best tech-based startups they have to offer. We are proud of the 17 Larta alumni selected to present at the last NCET2 Global 1000 Showcase and Conference: - See more at: http://blog.larta.org/2014/05/09/17-larta-alumni-selected-to-present-at-ncet2-global-1000/#sthash.d9mpG4Yb.dpuf


Link: http://blog.larta.org/2014/05/09/17-larta-alumni-selected-to-present-at-ncet2-global-1000/

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Author: Zacks


Source: Zacks


Interest: Four mutual fund firms – BlackRock, Fidelity Investments, Janus Capital Group and T. Rowe Price Group – are reportedly have become active players in backing the Silicon Valley startups. Mutual fund firms are increasingly betting money in the startups, particularly in the Silicon Valley. The list includes prominent startups like Airbnb Inc., Dropbox Inc. and Pinterest Inc.


Link: http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/137139/funds-play-venture-capital-s-role-invest-rapidly-in-silicon-valley

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Author: George Anders


Source: Forbes


Interest: Ask Trevor Kienzle about his favorite movies and within an instant he’s gushing about Moneyball. “It inspired me,” says Kienzle, a lean, bald fellow who hardly looks like the movie’s real-life hero, sports executive Billy Beane. (There’s even less resemblance to Brad Pitt, who portrayed Beane.) But Kienzle has a bigger point to make.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2014/06/18/moneyball-spurs-venture-crew-to-pick-startups-by-the-numbers/

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Author: Kevin Robinson-Avila


Source: Albuquerque Journal


Interest: The latest tally of venture capital investment in New Mexico shows funding for local startups barely has budged since the recession knocked the industry on its heels.


Link: http://www.abqjournal.com/416083/biz/nm-venture-capital-still-in-recession.html

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Author: Wiki Su


Source: China Money Network


Interest: While the debate about a technology bubble is gaining popularity in the U.S., Chinese venture capitalists haven't the time for bubble talk. They are busy injecting money into the hottest tech companies at an unprecedented speed and making technology venture investments on track to set a new record by a large margin in 2014.


Link: http://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/2014/06/16/venture-capitalists-pile-cash-onto-chinese-mobile-apps

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Jun 16, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- The Dolby family today launched Dolby Family Ventures. The early stage venture capital fund adds to the Dolby family's existing technology venture portfolio, and formalizes the Dolby family's ongoing, multi-generational commitment to Ray Dolby's legacy of discovering and supporting visionary entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dolby-family-launches-venture-capital-fund-honoring-ray-dolby-legacy-2014-06-16

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Author: Digital Journal


Source: Digital Journal


Interest: The University of New Brunswick (UNB) was named Post-Secondary Institution of the Year at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards on Thursday evening in a ceremony and reception atop the CN Tower. In the last 25 years, UNB has emerged as a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada by combining experiential education with opportunities for mentorship, skill-development, leadership and commercialization.


Link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1986842

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