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505, 2021

Boeing partners with Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, commits $50 million

$50 million, multiyear commitment from Boeing will help jump-start Virginia Tech’s effort to create the most diverse graduate technology campus in the United States, the university announced Tuesday morning. Boeing’s commitment will provide student scholarships, foster the recruitment of world-class faculty and researchers, and fund STEM pathway programs for underserved [...]

505, 2021

Startups Prove Ecosystem Power at IdeaFunding 2021 | Tech Launch Arizona

Of the four companies who made it to the finals of IdeaFunding 2021, Tucson’s premier pitch competition put on by Startup Tucson, three are startups that were founded to commercialize inventions developed at the University of Arizona – a visible and measurable indication that the UArizona entrepreneurial ecosystem is successfully connecting research, innovation and [...]

505, 2021

Introducing Lux Libertas Ventures: UNC’s first student-run venture capital fund 

Lux Libertas Ventures is UNC’s first student-run venture capital fund, specializing in Generation Z consumer investments. LLV focuses on pre-seed investments into consumer internet startups that attack the problems faced by Generation Z, such as mental health, digital wellness, consumer banking and other areas of exploration. The organization is run entirely [...]

505, 2021

CU Boulder begins accelerator for COVID-19 innovations

Venture Partners at CU Boulder, the technology-commercialization arm of the University of Colorado Boulder, has started a new accelerator to commercialize COVID-19- related research. The Pandemic Hyper Accelerator for Science and Technology, or PHAST, will work to commercialize diagnostics, environmental sensors, supply-chain innovations and more, according to an article posted [...]

505, 2021

CVS Health Launches $100 Million Venture Fund

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced the launch of CVS Health Ventures, a dedicated corporate venture capital fund that will invest in and partner with high-potential, early-stage companies focused on making health care more accessible, affordable, and simpler. "Consumers deserve a better health experience, one that puts them at the center [...]

2904, 2021

U. Maryland commits $25 million to incubator for quantum startups

The University of Maryland will house an incubator for quantum computing startups, offering access to high-quality internet and connections with potential customers, the school announced last week. The university will spend $25 million to create the Quantum Startup Foundry, according to a press release. The $25 million comes from state investment and [...]

2904, 2021

‘The Investment’ student startup TV show to air May 13 | Penn State University

The top six Penn State student startup teams from the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP)’s  2021 Inc.U Competition will compete on WPSU’s Shark Tank-style TV show “The Investment” for a chance at a share of up to $30,000 in funding for their startup. The show will air on WPSU-TV and can be streamed at live.wpsu.org at 8 [...]

2904, 2021

UNC Kickstarts New Sustainability Efforts with Champion Sustainability Fund 

UNC has received a $1 million investment from the Champion Athleticwear brand to kickstart a series of efforts aimed at creating a more sustainable campus and facilitating the continued innovation of new strategies by the university community. The brand, as part of a multi-faceted initiative, will not only fund sustainable [...]

2904, 2021

University of Minnesota and Launch Minnesota create Discovery Launchpad MN startup incubator to help entrepreneurs succeed statewide

The University of Minnesota and Launch Minnesota announced today a new startup incubator program that provides one-on-one coaching to help accelerate the growth of early-stage companies. Discovery Launchpad MN, operated by the UMN Technology Commercialization Venture Center and funded by the state’s Launch Minnesota program, offers a unique opportunity for [...]

2904, 2021

We have Liftoff! UCalgary students pitch inspiring venture concepts 

Calgary students put their entrepreneurial ideas into action and imagined a different future. For farmers: a tool to monitor seed quality before harvest. For young women: an educational skin-care product. For vulnerable populations: EcoDome housing. Innovative new products and services like these, and more, occupied centre stage when the Hunter Hub [...]

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