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Author: Mary Coleman


Source: KOTA Territory News


Interest: Student attorneys from the University of Nebraska College of Law made their way to the panhandle to continue building connections with western Nebraska communities. Locals came out last night to the entrepreneurship legal clinic as part of a rural outreach tour. Student attorneys offered free legal help to any start-up business that may not be able to afford any other legal advice.


Link: http://www.kotanow.com/story/26202747/student-lawyers-aim-to-help-start-up-businesses-with-legal-help

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Author: George Zack


Source: Bidness Etc


Interest: The two major sources that investors consider to raise capital include venture capitalists and crowdfunding (sometimes referred to as crowdsourcing). In terms of funding, the two are at opposite ends of the spectrum.


Link: http://www.bidnessetc.com/23694-jobs-act-brings-together-venture-capitalists-and-crowdfunding/

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Author: Michael Hennigan


Source: Finfacts


Interest: Venture capital is the exception, not the norm, as a funding source for even tech startups. More VC-backed new companies fail than succeed, and since 1999 US VC funds have barely broken even. Those are just some of the myth-busting facts that were revealed by Diane Mulcahy, director of private equity at the Kauffman Foundation, the leading US entrepreneurship think-tank, and a former VC herself, in the May 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) that focused on entrepreneurship.


Link: http://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews/article_1028031.shtml

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Author: Jonathan Ortmans


Source: Entrepreneurship.org


Interest: President Obama's summit last week with African leaders in Washington, D.C., when not distracted by the Ebola outbreak, focused as expected on investment opportunities for American businesses in the energy sector. And yet, it was clear the nature of our interface is changing forever on the continent where a new generation of African job creators and their startups are the driving phenomenon in Africa’s growth trajectory.


Link: http://entrepreneurship.org/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2014/August/Young-Entrepreneurs-Rebranding-Africa.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Policy_08_11_2014

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Author: Angelique Soenarie


Source: AZ Central


Interest: Joe Dunnigan and Esteban Morales created +Swappow, a social commerce platform to sell and borrow sports equipment. Paul Winandy of WebPT runs a technology business that helps physical therapists efficiently manage their practices. Couples Craig and Kris DeMarco and Lauren and Wyatt Bailey found a way to revive old buildings by turning them into inspiring neighborhood dining destinations.


Link: http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/2014/08/09/arizona-startup-business-grower/13853211/

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Author: News-Press NOW


Source: News-Press NOW


Interest: The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Northwest Missouri State University is attracting attention from far and wide. The University Business Incubator Index ranked the center 21st in the University Global Top 25 Rankings. The survey rated more than 300 incubators in 67 countries and Northwest’s facility came out among the top.


Link: http://www.newspressnow.com/opinion/editorials/article_1d902bc1-ecd6-56bc-869b-3a1f7257b07b.html

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Author: JOHN KESTER And NOELLE KNOX


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: Corporate venture-capital arms funneled almost $5 billion into startups in the first half of the year, a jump of about 45% from a year earlier and the highest level since the dot-com era.


Link: http://online.wsj.com/articles/firms-boost-their-spending-on-startups-1407194891

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Author: Arash Massoudi in London and Tracy Alloway in New York


Source: THE FINANCIAL TIMES LTD


Interest: A new venture capital fund seeks to bridge the divide between Wall Street banks and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs by bringing together seasoned bankers and tech executives to support start-ups aiming to disrupt modern finance.


Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0f9df9ac-1f16-11e4-9689-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3A59hnkt0

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Author: JEREMY QUITTNER


Source: INC.


Interest: As a small company, you have a number of things going for you because of your size: You're agile. You can react quickly to market changes. You can still innovate on a whim. Big businesses know this all too well, which helps explain what's driving an increase in the number of corporate venture capital arms cropping up in the past few years. If the old chestnut is correct, a rising tide floats all boats.


Link: http://www.inc.com/jeremy-quittner/corporate-venture-capital-drives-innovation-for-big-companies.html

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Author: Chris Mertes


Source: The Star


Interest: On Aug. 6, Gov. Scott Walker announced a new program through which the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will provide $1 million in funding to entrepreneurs. The new program seeks to commercialize high-tech innovation -- just like InForm, which just signed an agreement to expand in the Sun Prairie Business Park.


Link: http://www.hngnews.com/sun_prairie_star/opinion/columns/article_6ef27e48-20b3-11e4-8add-001a4bcf6878.html

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Author: Alyssa Patrick


Source: Washington State University (WSU NEWS)


Interest: SEATTLE – Washington State University researchers can get in-house money to move their innovations from the lab to the marketplace through a new commercialization gap-funding (CGF) program. Proposals can be submitted at http://commercialization.wsu.edu/Researchers/CGF/ and awards will be announced by mid-December.


Link: https://news.wsu.edu/2014/08/04/new-commercialization-gap-funding-assists-wsu-innovators/#.U-ErefuSz5w

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Author: DYLAN LOVE


Source: Business Insider


Interest: Jeffrey Maganis is a former hedge fund manager who's now taken to Indiegogo to get funding for the ChargeAll, a portable battery with electric outlets that we previously covered here. Maganis described his background to us as "always chasing shiny objects across multiple industries. It's interesting seeing what professions are in vogue and how they always seem to change with the times.


Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/chargeall-ceo-jeffrey-maganis-crowdfunding-advice-2014-8

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Author: Freddie Dawson


Source: Forbes


Interest: For every successful start-up, umpteen entrepreneurs will fail – despite having brilliant ideas. Many of these failures will be down to one major problem that faces new businesses anywhere in the world: finding finance. One solution, with added potency in a time of reduced bank lending, is Venture Capital (VC) – finance provided to early-stage companies, usually through dedicated management funds in return for an equity stake in the business.


Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/freddiedawson/2014/07/31/how-to-get-your-business-noticed-by-venture-capital/

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Author: JOHN DELLACONTRADA


Source: UB REPORTER


Interest: Eight additional companies — including Bak USA, an assembler of affordable electronic tablets — will relocate on or near the UB campuses through their participation in START-UP NY, the innovative tax incentive program established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Cuomo announced the companies today during a presentation at the university.


Link: http://www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter/research/news.host.html/content/shared/university/news/ub-reporter-articles/stories/2014/July/start_up_ny.detail.html

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Author: Rafaela Relvas


Source: Bio News Texas


Interest: Houston-based MolecularMatch has completed the build-out of its executive team and rounded out its Series A funding, with its most recent investment coming from University of Texas Horizons Venture Fund, the company recently announced in a press release. MolecularMatch will use the funding, totaling $3.7 million, to develop a genomic-aware web application designed to pinpoint the best therapies and clinical trials for patients and doctors.


Link: http://bionews-tx.com/news/2014/08/05/houston-based-molecularmatch-hires-executive-team-and-closes-series-a-funding/

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Author: Dan Miner


Source: Buffalo Business First


Interest: Robert Fritzinger will resign as executive director of the Fredonia Technology Incubator Aug. 1, the State University of New York at Fredonia announced in a news release. Chuck Cornell, director of the Fredonia’s Center for Regional Advancement, has been tapped as interim director the college forms a transition team to advice and assist the next phase of incubator operations.


Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2014/07/25/fredonia-tech-incubator-leaderto-exit.html

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Author: Alissa Gulin


Source: The Daily Record


Interest: A program of the Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) awarded a total of $6.4 million to 67 startup companies and university-backed research projects during fiscal 2014, officials said Wednesday. The Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) aims to accelerate the commercialization and “technology transfer” of research conducted at state universities. The goal is to help academic researchers launch more startup companies and move their ideas from the lab to the market.


Link: http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/07/23/tech-transfer-program-funded-67-projects-in-2014/

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Author: Robotics


Source: Robotics Tomorrow


Interest: The time has come for the maker movement. The time has come for the re-shoring of manufacturing in North America. The time has come for a shift in venture capital investment to hardware. And the time has come to close the technology gender gap. At the intersection of these multiple transformations is the winner of the 2014 N100 Startup Competition: Linkitz.


Link: http://roboticstomorrow.com/news/2014/07/23/crowdfunding--smart-wearable-toys-maker-linkitz-wins-100000-at-2014-n100-startup-competition/4395/

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Author: The Republican Business Desk


Source: Mass Live


Interest: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. has formed MassMutual Ventures LLC, a $100 million corporate venture capital firm with the mandate to back start ups and entrepreneurial businesses whose technologies have the potential to transform MassMutual’s core insurance, retirement and asset management businesses, MassMutual said in a news release.


Link: http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2014/07/massmutual_forms_venture_capital_arm.html

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Author: Geeks News Desk


Source: Broad Way World


Interest: A new era of innovation is coming to central Florida, and it is also an era of education, technology and entrepreneurship. MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, is very proud to become an industry partner of Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, and to be part of its grand opening. As an industry partner of the University, MakerBot will have the opportunity to help shape the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.


Link: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/MakerBot-and-Florida-Polytechnic-University-Partner-to-Bring-MakerBot-3D-Printing-to-the-Florida-Poly-RAD-Makerspace-20140723#.U9JoivmSzow

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