University Gap Funding and Accelerator Community News

2511, 2020

Harvard’s Wyss Institute creates research and innovation alliance with Northpond Labs

Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has established its first research and innovation alliance by joining forces with Northpond Labs, the research and development-focused affiliate of a leading science and technology-driven venture capital firm, Northpond Ventures. Through the alliance, Northpond Labs will provide $12 million to create a Laboratory for [...]

2511, 2020

Fund helps South African universities unlock benefits of homegrown IP

Technology and innovation incubated in South Africa’s universities is, as a result, edging closer to commercialisation, creating significant economic, investment and job creation opportunities. This also serves to elevate South Africa’s homegrown technological innovation on a global scale and prevent local skills from leaving South Africa’s shores in search of better [...]

2511, 2020

Innovation alliance will focus on student success at Arizona universities

Arizona's four-year public universities can be likened to cousins. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, knows the dynamic well. “Family arguments are probably the most intense arguments I’m ever in,” he said. “That’s like universities in the same state -- they’re competing for students, they’re competing for status, they’re competing [...]

2511, 2020

UNR-based tech accelerator program to expand statewide

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced recently it’s expanding a Northern Nevada-based program “to help technology entrepreneurs earn federal grant funding to support early-stage development of their businesses or innovations” throughout the state. Initially funded through the Federal And State Technology Partnership (FAST) at the University of Nevada, [...]

2511, 2020

MIT Faculty seed projects grow into pandemic research opportunities 

Global partnerships are a fundamental component of research at MIT — even during this time of suspended travel. MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) supports those connections via MISTI Global Seed Funds (GSF). GSF enables participating faculty teams to collaborate with international peers, either at MIT or abroad, to develop and [...]

2511, 2020

Duke, NC Central Launch Program to Showcase Black-Founded and Black-Led Businesses

DURHAM, NC -- U.S.-based college students and recent alumni who founded or lead growing businesses are invited to showcase their companies to investors who are committed to investing in Black-founded and Black-led businesses, and to compete for up to $25,000 through a new Duke University-North Carolina Central University program. “pitch: [...]

1811, 2020

MSU Conquer Accelerator launches first Grand Rapids cohort 

A Michigan State University Foundation accelerator program that provides funding, mentorship and network opportunities to emerging entrepreneurs launched a Grand Rapids cohort. East Lansing-based Conquer Accelerator last month launched its first Grand Rapids season and fall 2020 cohort. The 10-week accelerator welcomed five selected teams to its Grand Rapids program, [...]

1811, 2020

The Academia-Industry Innovation Collaboration 

As major corporations continue to reduce their basic research operations and also acquire small companies that possess appealing products/services, research-ready colleges and universities continue to engage the broader scenario with innovative products created in collaboration with corporate partners or, separately, developed entirely from scratch on their campuses and then commercialized.  [...]

1811, 2020

UofSC’s McNair Institute cultivating student innovators

Hayden Shipley got his first taste of entrepreneurship as a middle school student selling homemade potato chips. During the pandemic lull this spring, the sophomore finance student concocted a new recipe: this time, for a company that will pair families struggling with food insecurity with restaurants struggling to stay in [...]

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