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2501, 2021

Binghamton University launches energy storage accelerator

Binghamton University and the Koffman Incubator are launching the empowerST Battery Fellowship, a first-of-its-kind R&D and accelerator program for outstanding entrepreneurially-minded scientists to translate their energy storage innovations into ground-breaking market-ready technologies. Over the course of the two-year program, the fellows will receive: Competitive salary; Up to $100,000 total support for their R&D efforts; Technical [...]

2001, 2021

University of Chicago’s Polsky Center Launches New Deep Tech Accelerator

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago has launched the Compass, a first-of-its-kind deep tech accelerator program for early-stage startups and technologies created by researchers at the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Participants gain access to world-class resources over the six month program [...]

2001, 2021

Indiana U launches tech acceleration program 

Indiana University has launched its Academic Accelerator program to promote the development of new high-tech ventures. The initiative launched in partnership with the National Security Innovation Network, a program within the U.S. Department of Defense, and Eccalon, a leading research and technology commercialization company. IU is one of four universities [...]

2001, 2021

Dana-Farber launches venture fund targeting incurable cancers

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is diving deeper into biotech financing, announcing Thursday the launch of Binney Street Capital, its first-ever venture fund. Binney will support new research and technologies as part of the institute's larger mission to help treat incurable cancers. The fund plans to invest in eight to 10 companies over the [...]

2001, 2021

University City Science Center is launching a new program for first-time entrepreneurs 

For Philadelphians, the University City Science Center is working to simplify the answer with a new program called OnRamp. The nonprofit innovation hub has been nurturing new and emerging founders through the business commercialization process for over half a century. Through carefully curated commercialization and incubation programming, such as QED Proof-of-Concept Program, the ic@3401 software incubator [...]

2001, 2021

DoD TCDM to Connect Inventors with “Trusted” Funding

On January 13, 2021, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the launch of its Trusted Capital Digital Marketplace (TCDM) to support qualified small and medium sized businesses (“Domestic Companies”) that make up the defense industrial base (DIB). The TCDM establishes a forum to provide selected innovative domestic companies with access [...]

2001, 2021

Startup funding touches new records amid pandemic

What began as a desperate year for startups, characterized by mass layoffs as the pandemic took hold, turned into a record venture capital funding haul. Despite the economic tumult wrought by the coronavirus, startup investing in the U.S. reached a record high of $130 billion in 2020, according to a new [...]

2001, 2021

$10M gift will help fuel discoveries at Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

Virginia Tech’s growing impact in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area will receive a significant boost thanks to a multimillion-dollar gift from Octo founder and CEO Mehul Sanghani and his wife, Hema Sanghani. The couple’s $10 million gift primarily supports the newly renamed Sanghani Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data [...]

1301, 2021

HX Venture Fund raising $75M for VC investments 

HX Venture Fund, which aims to grow Houston's venture capital ecosystem, is raising money for its second fund-of-funds. HX Venture Fund is raising $75 million from institutional limited partners for HX Venture Fund II, managing partners Sandy Guitar and Guillermo Borda told the Houston Business Journal. The fund-of-funds will have a series of rolling [...]

1301, 2021

First UK ‘Knowledge Intensive’ deeptech university fund

UK venture capital fund Parkwalk has launched one of the first Knowledge Intensive Funds to be approved by the UK government to invest in deeptech startups. The fund will invest in ground-breaking deeptech businesses spun out of UK universities, but with a facility to carry back income tax relief to the previous [...]

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