Amazon’s Alexa Fund Fellowship adds 14 more universities for Innovation Fellowships

Amazon today announced the expansion of the Alexa Fund Fellowship, adding 14 new university partners, including MIT, University of Cambridge, and Dartmouth University. As part of the expansion, the Alexa Graduate Fellowship and Alexa Innovation Fellowship were also introduced. Participating education institutions will use the funding to support novel applications of voice technology, advances in […]

Toyota VC Unit Investing in Robotic Startups, U Michigan and Imperial College included

To solve some of the world’s biggest problems, it will take innovation in artificial intelligence (AI). That’s the goal of Toyota AI Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital (VC) subsidiary of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). Toyota AI Ventures invests in companies developing AI, autonomous mobility, cloud, data, and robotics technology. Toyota AI Ventures recently issued a call for innovation […]

University of Queensland biotech startup NexGen Plants bags $3 million 

Schenk tells StartupSmart the technology poses an alternative to genetically modified produce, allowing for cross-breeding of plants to introduce desirable traits by adding only the genome that’s required for that trait. There are big parts of certain plants’ genomes that are “hidden treasures”, Schenk says, and by extracting those genomes and placing them into other plants, the […]