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Author: Erin Voegele


Source: Biomass Magazine


Interest: Cornell University’s David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has awarded $1.4 million from its Academic Venture Fund to 12 new university projects, including several related to biomass and bioenergy production.


Link: http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10546/cornell-university-center-funds-4-bioenergy-projects/

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Author: TONY ADAMS


Source: Government Technology News


Interest: Georgia's Columbus State University has launched an IT Innovation Center that it hopes will make money for it, while also helping outside businesses and organizations become more successful and profitable. Abraham George, CSU’s chief information officer and the person who will head the center, said Wednesday the center will serve a hosts of clients, becoming an incubator in time, while creating a “spirit of entrepreneurship” among the IT staff at school.


Link: http://www.govtech.com/education/Columbus-State-University-Launches-IT-Innovation-Center-to-Give-Clients-Competitive-Edge.html

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Author: JOANNE GRAY


Source: Financial Review


Interest: The partners of Blackbird Ventures believe that their investing and technology industry nous, backed by a network of successful founders, can help build a venture capital industry to back Australian global internet start-ups. NIKI SCEVAK Mike Cannon-Brookes [the Atlassian co-founder] and I started a company when we were at university. It was 1998 and we were reading Red Herring magazines that were the size of the Yellow Pages books; we were completely infected with the rise of the internet.


Link: http://www.afr.com/p/boss/start_up_funding_start_ups_blackbird_V8AEe1Sj0P2scHsXP24d5N

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Author: DAVID RANII


Source: News Observer


Interest: The Triangle’s newest venture capital fund, Bull City Venture Partners, plans to announce Monday that it has raised nearly $26 million from investors that it will plow into the next generation of technology startups. Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/16/3939306/durham-venture-capital-firm-raises.html#storylink=cpy


Link: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/16/3939306/durham-venture-capital-firm-raises.html

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Author: LBS Business Strategy Review


Source: Forbes


Interest: The crowdfunding phenomenon has seen rapid growth over the last couple of years. Research firm Massolution estimates that crowdfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion. It is noteworthy that crowdfunding is an umbrella term that maps onto several sub-categories. For example, Kickstarter is one of the most salient examples of a rewards-based platform, where ‘investors’ (also known as ‘backers’) pre-purchase a product or service. Kickstarter has facilitated over $1 billion of reward-based crowdfundin


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/lbsbusinessstrategyreview/2014/06/12/putting-a-stake-in-the-ground-the-crowdfunding-angel/

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Author: Joshua Flannery


Source: Start Up Smart


Interest: The title of this article is a little misleading as start-ups have been coming out of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for many years.


Link: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/planning/from-zero-to-200-start-ups-in-24-months-at-unsw/2014061312504.html

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Author: Carrie Ghose


Source: Columbus Business First


Interest: Ohio State University, Battelle, Cardinal Health Inc., venture capital firms, other Ohio universities and hospitals, even the military are collaborating on a four-year $140 million effort to develop devices and treatments for neurological disorders.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/06/columbus-academic-corporate-players-to-launch-140m.html

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Author: LORA KOLODNY


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Peter Thiel made few friends among academics with his much-publicized views that young people should drop of out of college, build a business and skip the student debt. So it may come as a surprise that his early-stage fund Breakout Labs invests in startups mostly led by teams of academics, including PhDs and research scientists. It also helps universities make money through tech transfer (or university-owned intellectual property).


Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/06/11/where-most-investors-fear-to-tread-breakout-labs-funds-early-stage-advanced-tech/

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Author: Leslee Bassman


Source: Community Impact Newspaper


Interest: Research shows incubator program needed in Northwest Austin Beginning this fall entrepreneurs in the northwest area of Austin may have a new resource to get their business ideas off the ground. Concordia University Texas announced May 29 it will be moving forward with an incubator project to help accelerate the development of local business entrepreneurs, said Melinda Brasher, Concordia Communications Associate vice president.


Link: http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/lake-travis-westlake/concordia-university-texas-moves-ahead-with-innovation-center-project/

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Author: Andy Brownfield


Source: Cincinnati Business Courier


Interest: Los Angeles entrepreneur, angel investor and blogger Mark Suster had some pretty good things to say about Cincinnati’s startup scene in a post that was recently published by Inc. Suster spent three days in Cincinnati visiting Cintrifuse, whose Fund of Funds has invested in Upfront Ventures, where Suster is a partner.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/blog/2014/06/west-coast-venture-capitalist-pens-love-letter-to.html

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Author: Insider Media


Source: Insider Media


Interest: A start-up based at Lancaster University's InfoLab21 has clinched a grant to work with companies in Manchester to install interactive technology. Hardy & Ellis Inventions Ltd has secured £72,000 in funding from the Technology Strategy Board.


Link: http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/north-west/116495-lancaster-tech-start-secures-grant

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Author: Brian Feldt


Source: St Louis Business Journal


Interest: Early-stage venture capital firms raised $9.37 million in 2013, the most since before the tech bubble of the early 2000s, according to DJX LP Source. According to the Wall Street Journal, 14 funds of $400 million or more closed on $9.94 billion in 2013, more than half of the capital raised by all 205 funds with closings last year.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/biznext/2014/06/early-stage-venture-capital-on-the-rise.html

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Author: Ed Fletcher


Source: The Sacramento Bee


Interest: A pair of Sacramento-based venture capital funds say they are ready to add some vitality to the regional economy by investing in local firms. The Folsom-based Moneta Ventures recently secured $19.3 million to invest in early-stage technology companies, while Roseville’s DCA Capital Partners is looking to invest in the neighborhood of $25 million in larger business needing an influx of cash in order to grow.


Link: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/08/6462497/two-sacramento-area-venture-capital.html

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Author: SEAMUS LYMAN


Source: legislativegazette


Interest: Twelve businesses will be coming to New York because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's START-UP NY program. Announced on June 4, the businesses are sponsored by colleges or universities in the area where they are opening, relocating or expanding.


Link: http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2014-06-09-88209.113122-STARTUP-NY-takes-off.html

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Author: HITC


Source: HITC


Interest: With more entrepreneurs turning to crowdfunding, VCs have to work harder than ever. Some are falling behind - maybe even facing extinction. With venture capitalists pumping nearly $10 million into deals in the first quarter, it's hard to imagine VCs becoming obsolete anytime soon. That's the highest total since the second quarter of 2001, according to research firm CB Insights.


Link: http://hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2014/06/09/endangered-species-the-venture-capitalist/

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Author: Larry Rulison


Source: Times Union


Interest: A Florida venture capital firm, Caerus Venutures, has committed $3 million to Paper Battery Co., an RPI spin-off that makes energy storage devices for mobile devices. Paper Battery specializes in making ultracapacitors, which store energy like batteries but don’t use a chemical reaction like traditional batteries.


Link: http://blog.timesunion.com/business/paper-battery-co-gets-3-million-from-fla-venture-firm/60313/

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Author: The Wall Street Journal


Source: The Wall Street Jounal


Interest: SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 9, 2014 - Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials, Inc. and a leading corporate venture firm, announced today that it has participated in a Series B financing round for Twist Bioscience Corporation, an advanced biotechnology company developing a proprietary semiconductor-based technology platform for synthetic gene manufacturing.


Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/applied-ventures-broadens-portfolio-with-strategic-biotechnology-investment-2014-06-09?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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Author: Anora Mahmudova


Source: The Wall Street Jounal


Interest: Startup companies rely on funding to take off, but choosing the source of money is an important decision as they grow. Should they borrow from family? Find angel investors? Convince VC funds? As startups evolve, the way they raise funds to grow is evolving, too. “There is no hard and fast rule of how to raise funds and every startup is different,” David Aronoff, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, said Friday at the Nantucket Conference.


Link: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2014/06/07/angel-investors-venture-capital-and-startups/

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Author: John Pletz


Source: Crain's Chicago Business


Interest: When it comes to spending money, Walgreen Co. is known for big, splashy deals like its $6.7 billion partial purchase of Swiss pharmacy chain Alliance Boots GmBH. Its smaller, on-the-QT investments may be transformational, too. For the past few years, the Deerfield-based retailer has been operating one of metro Chicago's largest venture-capital funds.


Link: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140607/ISSUE01/306079981/the-big-name-in-startup-funding-you-dont-know

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Author: ASU News


Source: ASU News


Interest: Should entrepreneurs even bother attending a university, or do the Zuckerbergs of the world prove that college is obsolete when it comes to starting the next big thing in business or technology? While it might be tempting to follow in the footsteps of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates by skipping formal education in favor of jumpstarting a new venture, most entrepreneurs don't enjoy the same success as these exceptional outliers.


Link: https://asunews.asu.edu/20140606-keeping-zuckerbergs-from-dropping-out

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