Minneapolis-based Vensana Unveils $225 Million Venture Capital Fund 

Vensana Capital, a venture capital firm focused on medical technology, on Wednesday announced its first venture capital fund. Known as Vensana Capital 1, the $225 million fund has received financial backing from a range of investing institutions, including public pensions, university endowments, foundations, and health systems, Vensana officials said in a news release. Investment interest […]

Osage University Partners raises $273 mln for third fund 

Osage University Partners (“OUP”), a Philadelphia area-based venture capital firm, today announced the closing of Osage University Partners III, L.P. (“OUP III”) at $273 million, exceeding its target of $250 million. OUP III marks the firm’s third fund dedicated to investments exclusively in startups that are commercializing university research, bringing OUP’s total assets under management […]

UAB establishes $500,000 innovation fund to support university start ups

The Bill. L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The University of Alabama at Birmingham has established a $500,000 Innovation Fund to support the development of early-stage discoveries and promising new university startups. Jan. 1, 2019, UAB whose research has demonstrated commercial potential may apply for up to $35,000 in funding to further develop […]

Volvo Launches a VC Fund to Keep Up With the Future

STARTUPS LOOKING TO cash checks had better start learning Swedish and get ready for meetings at the IKEA cafeteria. Today, Volvo announced it has launched its very own in-house venture capital fund. Working with an undisclosed amount of money, Volvo Cars Tech Fund will look to invest in startups it believes could help it keep pace in a […]

Millersville students will invest $200K out of university’s endowment with new Marauder Fund

It’s one thing for a university to trust its students to excel and represent their alma mater well. It’s quite another to trust students with its own money. By establishing its first student-managed investment portfolio, that’s exactly what Millersville University has done. Known as the Marauder Fund, students of the newly formed Millersville Student Investment […]

Texas Medical Center Announces $25 Million TMC Venture Fund 

The Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world, today announced the TMC Venture Fund, a $25 million initiative designed to support technologies and early-stage companies to flourish in Houston’s health care ecosystem and further the TMC’s mission to advance health, education and research. The Texas Medical Center unveiled plans for the TMC […]

Tucson Entrepreneurs Launch Venture Capital Fund Dedicated to University of Arizona

Founders of UAVENTURE CAPITAL, LLC today announced the launch of a new venture capital fund designed to support the commercialization of University of Arizona science, services and intellectual property.  UAVC has been formed by Fletcher J. McCusker, the business driver behind the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy spin out SinfoníaRx, Inc., and the founder of the public company Providence […]

NC State NSF I-Corps Site Boosts Commercialization 

NC State has received a $500,000 award from the National Science Foundation to advance the commercialization of research discoveries. This five-year award will be used by the Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures to establish the NC State I-Corps site. The I-Corps program was created by NSF in 2011 to teach university scientists and […]

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 […]