Michigan no longer a flyover state for venture capital

While Michigan has become a hot spot for startup funding, Detroit has been boiling in recent years, according to a new Michigan Venture Capital Association study. The 2017 Detroit Entrepreneurial Study revealed Detroit’s startup community has grown 50 percent in the past three years, now making up a quarter of the state’s fledging companies. Last year, 14 of […]

John Hopkins, U Maryland, Plank Industries team up on business accelerator to target health and fitness technology companies

new startup accelerator program based at the Johns Hopkins University’s FastForward East will target companies developing health and fitness technologies. Hopkins is teaming up with the University of Maryland, Plank Industries, Brown Advisory and the Abell Foundation to launch the 16-week program, called M-1 Ventures, in September. “I see all these accelerators out there and they’re cool,” […]

McGill University’s X-1 Accelerator receives $2 million from John Dobson Foundation

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has received a $2 million donation from the John Dobson Foundation, which supports entrepreneurial development in Canadian universities. The funding, which will be spent over a 10-year period, will be used to fund and support the centre’s McGill X-1 Accelerator, an intensive 10-week summer program dedicated to accelerating and […]

Listen Up: Nobel Laureate on Who Should Fund research at universities

A recent report by the World Economic Forum states that India had 2.6 million new graduates with a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) in the year 2016, next only to China, which stood first at 4.7 million. The numbers are not surprising, considering the ample career options available for those with a […]

Do federally funded programs help boost innovation at universities?

Likely, there isn’t anyone reading this column who doesn’t have an opinion about what the federal government should and should not pay for. It seems there are numerous federal programs that could probably be cut or reduced without having a negative impact on economic growth. However, the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and the […]