South Florida Startup Ecosystem Continues Pattern of Growth and Investment

Nearpod, an education-technology startup, keeps outgrowing its Aventura offices. “We have been doubling the company every year — in people, revenue, users, all the key metrics,” said Felipe Sommer. He co-founded the company with Guido Kovalskys and Emiliano Abramzon, three Argentine friends who have worked on ventures together for more than a decade. Nearpod now […]

MIT Engine Funnels Millions Into On-Campus Startups

Universities are home to innovation and new technologies, but some of the big ideas coming out of school labs may never become a reality. Turning them into viable businesses requires money, patience, and investor appetite. But thanks to dozens of university venture capital funds that have cropped up in the United States in recent years, smart […]

University City Science Center QED Program Call for Submissions for $2M+ in funding

The University City Science Center is seeking proposals for its QED Proof-of-Concept Program. Academic researchers with technologies ripe for commercialization, and who are affiliated with the 21 partner academic and research institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, are encouraged to submit proposals. QED, now in its tenth round, is the first multi-institutional proof-of-concept program […]

Good Read: Venture Philanthropy Straddles Two Worlds in Healthcare Tech

In January, a new venture investment fund opened in Boston with $42 million in its pocket and a goal of raising $80 million within two years. The new fund, called the JDRF T1D Fund, quickly invested in three early-stage start-ups. Just like traditional venture capital funds, the T1D Fund plans to work closely with start-ups […]

InNEVenture Fund to ramp up commercialization at U Nevada

A new source of proof-of-concept funding has been established to help University of Nevada, Reno faculty, students, staff and recent graduates determine if their technologies and business ideas have commercialization potential and help them navigate the gap between concept validation and obtaining seed funding for their venture. Applications are being accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 12, […]

FSU faculty win GAP awards to take science from lab to market 

Three Florida State University faculty members will receive financial support from the university to transport their innovative research from the laboratory to the marketplace. The Office of the Vice President Research will split a pot of $110,000 among three researchers to build a new education application, a technology to track ocean currents and a novel […]

Venture capital firm bets on New Mexico 

When Brian Birk, the managing partner of Sun Mountain Capital, talks about venture investing in New Mexico, his voice projects an almost evangelical fervor. The man is a believer: “New Mexico is a technically sophisticated place with a very deep talent pool,” he said. “Look at Silicon Valley. There are startups everywhere, but little innovation. […]