Sale of French state assets to fund innovation

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on September 3 that France will sell off state assets to help raise billions of euros to finance innovation. “In a few weeks’ time I am going to announce that we will privatise certain companies to raise money to finance innovation,” the economy minister told a business conference in Italy. As […]

UNICEF targets startups with $11.2 million innovation fund

Entrepreneurs working in development space are being called to access a part of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Innovation Fund to fund their businesses. The newly established Innovation Fund (IF) by UNICEF is a “non-thematic, pooled fund which has been specifically designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children,” the agency […]

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Research Foundation announces new Catalyst Grants

Five new research projects at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have received grant seed-funding from the UWM Research Foundation for projects that range from new materials for removal of arsenic from groundwater to a strategy for improving batteries for electric cars. The Catalyst Grant Program invests in promising early-stage research at UWM in areas where the […]

Vanderbilt Wond’ry lands $500K I-Corps site grant, ramps up efforts to launch start-ups 

The Wond’ry, in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering, recently won a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to become an Innovation Corps site. The designation marks Vanderbilt as one of the premier academic institutions nationwide that nurture entrepreneurship. The I-Corps site grant will support programs to match students and faculty with teams of […]

U Zurich, Novartis UZH Life Sciences Fund Invests in First Spin-off

CUTISS is a company with a vision: To use personalized skin grafts to heal people all over the world with skin defects, including burn victims. The UZH spin-off has developed a novel procedure whereby a postage-stamp-sized biopsy of healthy skin is harvested from the patient. This is then bioengineered to create a skin graft around […]

University of Alaska professor gets $75,000 investment for startup

An incontrovertible fact of Alaska life means black ice can spin cars out of control and winter snow dumps take up precious asphalt space meant for cars. At least, that’s the accepted normal. A new invention market-tested by University of Alaska Anchorage professor Joey Yang shows promise for help. Called Tundra Tape, it’s a technology […]

Wisconsin startup funding up 60% in 2016 | BizTimes Media Milwaukee

Eighty-four Wisconsin startups received $281.7 million in funding in 2016, up 60 percent from $177 million in 2015, according to the latest INvest Quarterly report from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The report tracks only companies the state has designated as Qualified New Business Ventures, which is open to high-tech, early-stage Wisconsin companies developing innovative […]

SD Venture Summit highlights university-developed tech to spawn start-ups 

If San Diego’s Grolltex is correct, bendable display screens for smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren’t the stuff of science fiction. They’re just around the corner. The two-year-old start-up has licensed technology developed at UC San Diego to mass produce graphene — a strong, conductive material that is Now used mostly by research labs – including contractors […]

TMCx Medical Device Companies Pitch at Expert Forum 

The TMC Innovation Institute hosted a successful Expert Forum last week featuring its 19 medical device cohort startups. The TMC Expert Forum, where the companies pitch innovations to a room full of potential advisors, mentors and key opinion leaders, closed out a three-week “boot camp” that the companies participated in at the beginning of the […]