NSF Awards $225,000 to U of Arkansas-Affiliated Technology Company 

The National Science Foundation has awarded $225,000 to start-up company SurfTec LLC to commercialize its patent-pending technology invented at the University of Arkansas. SurfTec, a U of A-affiliated company at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park, will use the grant to investigate the feasibility of a novel approach that significantly improves wear resistance of polytetrafluoroethylene […]

Alaska Launches Tech Accelerator Fund

“Diversify the economy” is Alaska’s rallying cry as oil production and prices sink. First of its kind Alaska tech accelerator Launch: Alaska wants to put the idea into action with the hot-ticket item of booming Lower 48 metro areas. The program combines Anchorage municipal goals to draw more diverse businesses into the city with private […]

Sacramento devotes $10 million to high-tech firms, but plan faces risks

When the City Council approved a $10 million fund for high-tech investments last month, Sacramento joined a handful of municipalities across the country hoping to buy their way into the economy of the future with public money. Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., – and now Sacramento – don’t expect to turn themselves into the next Silicon Valley. […]

University of Albany Presidential Innovation Fund for Research and Scholarship

In support of this aim, the University announced the creation of the Presidential Innovation Fund for Research and Scholarship (PIFRS) program last year to stimulate new cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research. Now in its second year, this $500,000 competitive, peer reviewed, seed funding program will once again fund multi-investigator led projects in targeted research areas including liberal […]

Chicago Impact Engine Launches $10M Fund, Betting Capitalists Can Do Well While Doing Good

Some dismiss social impact entrepreneurship as a feel-good diversion. But a group of successful investors in Chicago are throwing $10 million on the table to prove that capitalists can do well while doing good. Impact Engine today announced a $10 million early-stage impact investment fund for companies dedicated to making money and  solving one social […]

London start-up scene weighs threat of British Techxit

Britain’s tech start-up scene was having a bumper year in terms of new company creation, fresh funding and acquisitions by global tech players before voters decided to leave the European Union in Thursday’s referendum. Now high-profile companies are threatening to pull out or slow down plans to enter the UK market, international employees are second-guessing […]

$24.9M New Zealand Start-up fund recipients announced

Start-up fund recipients announced Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the successful recipients of the 2016 PreSeed Accelerator Fund. “This fund supports the commercialisation of publicly funded research technologies to the point where new companies can be formed or the technology licensed or sold to existing businesses,” Mr Joyce says. “The successful applicants […]

Senators introduce bipartisan bill to support U.S. research and education

The U.S. science community got a big pat on the back today from members of the Senate commerce and science committee. The senators delivered their encouraging message in the form of a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and tweak […]