Start your university POC or startup fund on the road to success [Hint: It’s a Team Meeting]

During our decade of experience in tracking university-affiliated translational research, proof of concept, and startup gap funding programs, we have received hundreds of calls from current and aspiring fund managers at research institutions that are seeking the common route to launch successful programs. It’s not locking yourself or assigning one of your team members to […]

Wayne State U MTRAC awards spur biomedical innovation 

Five Wayne State University research teams were recently awarded funding from Wayne State’s Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program. The goal is to accelerate the translation and commercialization of their innovative biomedical technologies by providing the resources to validate technical and market opportunities. The MTRAC program is supported by a $1.07 million award from […]

Alumnus seeds Swartz Center thats poised to draw innovation at CMU and in Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon University’s “hub for entrepreneurship,” the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, got its official start Tuesday in the best possible way — surrounded by CMU innovators hoping to take their companies to the next level. James Swartz, the co-founding partner of Accel Partners, a venture capital firm that has helped fund some of the country’s […]

New Mexico state pumps $40M into venture investments from tax fund

The New Mexico State Investment Council unanimously approved another $40 million from the Severance Tax Permanent Fund Tuesday for venture investments in local startup companies. The money will help replenish the SIC’s Co-Investment Fund, which makes direct investments in startups in partnership with venture capital firms. The new money raises SIC cash commitments to the […]

UC Riverside launches innovation center, seed fund for entrepreneurs

A new University of California, Riverside-driven effort launching Wednesday will help turn Inland Empire entrepreneurs’ and innovators’ ideas into reality. The Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center, or Riverside EPIC, will be a launch pad for entrepreneurs and startup companies, providing resources for training, mentors and connections to investors and partners. The official kickoff is 3 […]