Michigan MEDC Strategic Fund Approves $6.5M for High-tech Startups 

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) in Lansing announced the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has approved a grant amendment for $6.5 million for the Michigan State University Foundation to support high-tech startup companies and innovative technologies in Michigan at the university level through the Pre-Seed III fund. The Pre-Seed Fund was created to provide early-stage […]

U Michigan Zell Founders Fund Announces $100,000 Investment in Just Enough Wines

The Zell Founders Fund, in collaboration with the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, announced today that it has contributed $100,000 to a recent funding round for Just Enough Wines, a premium quality canned wine company founded by University of Michigan alumna Kaitlyn Lo (MBA ’21) with her […]

Purdue fund expands scope to accept applications from startups in all agricultural disciplines 

Entrepreneurs whose startups commercialize Purdue technology in any agricultural field are now eligible to apply for a Purdue fund’s semiannual competition. The $2 million Ag-Celerator Fund was created in 2015 by the  College of Agriculture  and the  Purdue Research Foundation. It originally supported the commercialization of technologies to benefit only the plant sciences sector. The fund is […]

CIT GAP Funds Invests in ArchiveCore to Simplify Healthcare

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced that CIT GAP Funds, the direct investment program of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA) Investment Division, has invested in Roanoke, Va.-based ArchiveCore. ArchiveCore’s cloud-based distributed ledger technology reduces administrative delays and costs in the process of credentialing healthcare professionals. The startup will use this GAP Funds investment […]

Rowan Innovations: Moving great ideas from the lab to the marketplace 

Rowan University researchers are developing promising ideas and new technology in their labs—the trick is getting their new inventions out into the marketplace. The National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program accelerates the commercialization process. Since 2018, Rowan researchers have earned 10 national I-Corps awards, plus another through the National Institutes of Health—more than any other R2 […]

Driving Academic Innovation | Higher Ed Gamma

Higher education is beset by wicked problems, problems that are exceedingly difficult to solve because any proposed solution is divisive, expensive, difficult to implement and conflicts with other institutional values and priorities. Controlling costs is a wicked problem that institutions have attempted to address in ways that quite rightly provoke resistance: outsourcing services, increasing class […]