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1301, 2022

UW Names Fisher Innovation Launchpad Winners 

Three student-led teams from the University of Wyoming that recently pitched their business concepts to a panel of independent judges have received funding from UW’s Fisher Innovation Launchpad. These entrepreneurs received advising from IMPACT 307 business counselors to start and grow their business concepts and then pitch their business models [...]

1301, 2022

University entrepreneurship centers are looking beyond campus to grow local economies 

The connection was on view in October, when leaders of university entrepreneurship centers from around the country filed into Johns Hopkins’ FastForward U innovation space in Remington to talk community. When it comes to universities and economic development, the conversation historically has been one of attracting students who will one day become [...]

501, 2022

The University of Utah celebrates innovation: successful P3s and precedent-setting $884 million in investments raised by U startup companies

In publishing the FY21 Innovation Report  the University of Utah’s (the U) PIVOT Center highlights several important partnerships, including Recursion and RenalytixAI. The report also celebrates some of the U’s innovation by promoting quantitative and qualitative metrics, such as the precedent-setting $884 million in investments raised by U startup companies; [...]

1612, 2021

UChicago’s Polsky Center Celebrates Three Startup Exits in Two Months

Three startups supported by the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation – NowPow, Pyxis, and Explorer Surgical – announced exits in just two months. Startup exits mark a critical new phase for a company, typically through an initial public offering (IPO) of stock, a merger, or an acquisition, where early investors [...]

1612, 2021

Prototype fund awards record amount to new startups at TTU 

The Prototype Fund, a partnership between the Innovation Hub at Research Park at Texas Tech University and the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA), part of Market Lubbock Inc., has awarded the largest amount of funding to date to 10 technology startups. The fund, designed to spur innovation in the West Texas community, has awarded a [...]

1612, 2021

Universities are front-runners in start-up support programmes

Universities, among others, are leading Egypt as a tech powerhouse for Africa as the country now rivals – and even sometimes surpasses – more established start-up ecosystems such as South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya for levels of entrepreneurial innovation and investment. Egypt is building up an impressive track record in [...]

1612, 2021

VTech Biomedical innovations take center stage during ‘Shark Tank’-style pitch competition 

Virginia Tech students pitched commercialization ideas for biomedical innovations to a "Shark Tank"-style panel of judges during the annual Health Sciences and Technology (HS&T) Hokie Pitch at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke on Wednesday. The competition involved students from the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health (TBMH) graduate program, who selected [...]

1612, 2021

Commercialization Fund awards support to six VCU innovators 

A refrigerated shipping container designed and powered by technology invented by Virginia Commonwealth University engineers someday could bring fresh food to people living in food deserts or disaster victims living without power. The VCU Commercialization Fund chose this project by Stephen Fong, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of [...]

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