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University Gap Funding and Accelerator Community News

2409, 2020

Kentucky creates partnership to commercialize tech innovations

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday the creation of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV), a new public-private partnership unique in the U.S. that aims to develop academic innovations into job-creating tech companies. “We all want to grow Kentucky’s tech sector and create the high-paying, knowledge-based jobs that follow. A big part of [...]

2409, 2020

MaRS in talks with University of Calgary to bring new innovation hub to Alberta

Toronto-based MaRS is in exploratory talks with the University of Calgary to bring a new innovation hub to Western Canada. MaRS confirmed to BetaKit Wednesday that it is hoping to bring its innovation hub model to Calgary in order to help accelerate innovation in the region. “We’re able to take [...]

2409, 2020

Grants support proof-of-concept and validation studies of Johns Hopkins inventions

Two Johns Hopkins research teams have received technology development grants totaling nearly $200,000 through the Louis B. Thalheimer Fund for Translational Research. Established through a $5.4 million gift from businessman and philanthropist Louis B. Thalheimer, the fund supports vital proof-of-concept and validation studies of valuable technologies at Johns Hopkins and [...]

2409, 2020

Biotech venture wins UB entrepreneurship competition – University at Buffalo

A company that provides immune cell isolation, analysis and storage and offers basic cryopreservation services for healthy clients took first place on Sept. 18 in the University at Buffalo’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC). James Cooper, MD/PhD student; Joe DiNardo, Daniel Fisher, PhD ’11; Dan Rera, [...]

2409, 2020

BioInnovation Center wins fed grant to kickstart stalled commercialization effort 

The New Orleans BioInnovation Center, an incubator aimed at jump-starting the city's biotech sector, has won a grant from the federal Economic Development Administration aimed at kickstarting its stalled efforts to turn promising startups into fully-fledged growth companies. The center, often referred to as NOBIC, was one of 29 organizations [...]

2409, 2020

NSF Convergence Accelerator Awards Second 

The Phase I Convergence Accelerator cohort was announced in 2019 and included the Competency Catalyst team as one of 43 projects to receive Phase I funding. The Phase II cohort includes just nine teams of the original 43 and will provide Competency Catalyst with up to $5 million in funding [...]

1609, 2020

Malta Maritime Seed Award: supporting technological innovations in the maritime field

Malta Marittima and the University of Malta have launched the Maritime Seed Award (MarSA) in a bid to support entrepreneurs and researchers in taking their maritime related ventures from concept to commercialisation.  The programme is run together with the support of the University’s Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO), TAKEOFF Business Incubator, [...]

1609, 2020

Pew Funds Six Teams to Pursue Cutting-Edge Biomedical Research

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today the six pairs of researchers who will make up its 2020 class of Innovation Fund investigators. These investigators—alumni of Pew's biomedical programs in the United States and Latin America—will partner on interdisciplinary research to tackle some of the most complex questions in human biology and disease. The teams [...]

1609, 2020

U.S. Department Of Commerce Invests $35 Million To Fuel High-Growth Entrepreneurship 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced today that 52 organizations — including nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and entrepreneurship-focused organizations — from 36 states will receive grants totaling $35 million to support entrepreneurship, acceleration of company growth, and increased access to risk capital across regional economies. Los Alamos Commerce [...]

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  • Research Universities, Hospitals, and Institutions

  • Accelerators and Incubators

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  • Corporate Innovation and Venture Groups

What We Support

  • Proof of Concept (POC) Gap Fund Programs

  • Startup and Venture Gap Funds

  • Translational Research Gap Fund Programs

  • Government-supported Innovation Initiatives and Funds

  • Angel Investors and Angel Networks

  • Corporate and Venture Capital

  • Student Venture Funds and Crowdfunding