What makes startup accelerator programs successful

New research from the University of Georgia links startup accelerator success with a few key program elements, such as mentorship and open discussion among participating startup founders. Recently published and forthcoming papers co-authored by Susan Cohen in Research Policy, Administrative Science Quarterly and Organization Science examined the variation among several accelerators. Accelerators are fixed-term, cohort-based educational programs for startups. There are about […]

The case for growth centers: How to spread tech innovation across America

he future of America’s economy lies in its high-tech innovation sector, but it is now clear that same sector is widening the nation’s regional divides—a fact that became starkly apparent with the 2016 presidential election. Based on “winner-take-most” network economies, the innovation sector has generated significant technology gains and wealth but has also helped spawn […]

University of Houston receives historic $13M gift for its entrepreneurship program

University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business has received its second largest donation to benefit its entrepreneurship program. The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, which was recently ranked the top undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the country, received the $13 million gift from its namesake foundation — The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Family Foundation — […]

They say it takes a village, and the village of investors in New Mexico would agree. New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Innovation Fund has seeded investments across the state, and now one of its business investments, Osazda Energy LLC, has grown its own wings to receive more than $1.5 million in grants this year alone […]

Clemson, Prisma Health invest in medical innovation 

Researchers at Clemson University and Prisma Health have received funding to collaborate on the development of new medical treatment and diagnostic technologies. Three Clemson-Prisma Health collaborations received investments from the recently created Innovation Maturation Fund, a joint effort between the Health Sciences Center (HSC) at Prisma Health and the Clemson University Division of Research. The […]

Student startups shine at Invent Penn State conference 

Shortly after the recent 2019 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference kicked off, Penn State President Eric Barron welcomed eight Penn State student researchers and entrepreneurs to center stage for them to participate in the Student Startup Showcase – a forum for the University’s best and brightest student entrepreneurs to share with venture capitalists and other […]

Polsky Center expanding undergrad track of New Venture Challenge

he Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago is expanding the undergraduate track of the nationally ranked Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge startup accelerator program by partnering with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The College New Venture Challenge will now serve the startup track of the University of Illinois’ City Scholars program, giving students […]

How Innovation Springs Forth At The University Of Georgia

A freshwater spring percolates over a one-block, daylighted stretch as an open creek alongside Spring Street in Athens, Georgia. Historically known as the town spring and the founders’ spring, the natural watercourse was one of the most important ecological factors in locating the University of Georgia (UGA) here more than two centuries ago – the birthplace of public higher […]