Google Ventures Invests in Oxford University Venture Fund

Google Ventures’ European branch has invested in Oxford Sciences Innovation PLC, a company that funds spinoffs from Oxford University’s tech and science departments, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. Google Ventures is Google’s fund for early-stage tech investments. The investment in OSI is Google Ventures’ second in Europe since it was set up […]

Students to call the shots in Dutch venture capital fund

The Dutch Student Investment Fund was launched last week by the University of Twente to back spinouts from Twente and its partner institution Saxion Academy with funding of between €25,000 and €100,000. The fund will be run by five students, assisted by experienced board members and investors including Erwin Holtland, an investor in the local […]

UTEP, Texas Tech grants aim at propelling faculty research to market

Inventions from a low-cost prosthetic foot to a flexible 3D-printed rubber blend may get in consumers’ hands faster with the help of grants from two local universities. The University of Texas at El Paso and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso awarded eight grants of up to $50,000 each to faculty from both […]

20 new industry–academia research projects have been created through SFI’s Industry Fellowship Programme

20 new industry–academia research projects have been created through SFI’s Industry Fellowship Programme, with the help of a new €1.5m funding pool designed to stimulate knowledge transfer between academia and industry. The programme places academic researchers in companies and industry researchers in Irish Higher Education Institutes (HEIs). This round of funding has seen applicants from […]

Kleiner Perkins to Write Smaller Checks With $4 Million Fund – The New York Times

Most of the action in venture capital now is in so-called growth rounds, with billions of dollars flowing into established technology superstars like Uber and Pinterest. But Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley’s best-known investment firms, is trying a different approach: focusing on early-stage seed rounds — and offering founders unusual terms. […]

Marquette announces inaugural innovation fund awardees

Marquette President Michael R. Lovell today announced the university’s first-ever strategic innovation fund awardees. Thirty-eight unique projects led by Marquette faculty, students and staff across a variety of disciplines will receive nearly $5 million. Awardees fell into one of six thematic categories: academic programs and student support, community collaboration and outreach, water and environmental, advanced […]

European venture capital funds go in search of tech start-ups

As Europe’s tech companies such as Spotify, the music-streaming service, and King Digital, the maker of the Candy Crush franchise, have become global names, a series of new venture funds has sprouted in search of the next generation of European start-ups. Yesterday, Felix Capital, a new European venture firm, announced that it had raised $120 […]