Massachusetts Gov. Baker Announces $4M Grant to Fuel Printed Electronics Cluster

LOWELL, Mass. – Gov. Charlie Baker today announced a $4 million dollar grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“MassTech”) to UMass Lowell to support development of a printed and flexible electronics industry cluster, an emerging field that has the potential to become a $76 billion global market in the next decade. The new Printed Electronics Research […]

Illinois Ventures Fund Grants $125K to University Researchers

Researchers from three universities in Illinois have received the first batch of funding from IllinoisVentures, a University of Illinois-born fund that launched in October and aims to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies. Five researchers from the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and the University of Illinois at Chicago received a total of $125,000 in grants […]

China To Establish $6.5B State Venture Fund To Drive Innovation

China’s State Council has decided to establish a state venture capital fund with as much as RMB40 billion (US$6.5 billion) in capital to help support innovation and to upgrade its industrial sectors, according to a statement posted on the Chinese government’s official website. The fund will utilize capital from the central government’s fiscal budget and […]

Canadian CTI Life Sciences successfully raises new C$ 134 Million venture capital fund

MONTREAL, Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – CTI Life Sciences announced today the first closing of its second venture capital fund (“CTI II”), with C$134 million of capital now available for investment. The new fund includes reaffirmed support from CTI’s existing Québec institutional investors along with new investors Teralys Capital and BDC Capital via the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP). Montréal-based […]

IBM Watson Group Awards University of Texas at Austin Top Spot in Intercollegiate Competition

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced the first winner of its Watson University Competition, part of the company’s partnership with top universities through its cognitive computingacademic initiative. The winning team of student entrepreneurs from the University of Texas at Austin will receive $100,000 in total in seed funding to help […]

Enterprise Ireland is now Europe’s biggest VC fund

That was the proclamation of Frank Ryan, the former CEO of Enterprise Ireland, in 2011. While there are some who may question the State taking such a large role in startup investments, it is hard to argue with the results. Enterprise Ireland-backed companies exported over €17bn of goods and services in 2013 and the organisation […]