Liverpool universities grasp Sciontec
University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Liverpool City Council will launch the Sciontec Liverpool fund to drive works for the city’s $2.6bn Knowledge Quarter Liverpool project.
Maryland mulls $16m Tedco program
State lawmakers are considering plans to fund supports for Maryland’s cybersecurity and life sciences sectors administered by local economic development agency Tedco.
Morgan Creek mines $40m fund
An undisclosed endowment has signed up to a $40m cryptocurrency-focused fund managed by Morgan Creek Digital Assets that will make seed-stage and token-based investments.
Arkansas opens Gap Fund
The fund has an annual budget of $400,000 and will complement two other schemes under the university Chancellor’s Fund for Innovation and Collaboration.
Venturing in 2018 – the trends
Rob Lavine, News editor for Global Corporate Venturing, reviews the trends in venturing from 2018
UAVC sparks $100m second fund
Third-party venture firm University of Arizona Venture Capital raised its first fund last year and has since backed five Arizona-linked businesses with an average cheque size of $2m.
Australian universities secure public funding
Adelaide's ThincLab and University of New England's SRI AgTech incubators will receive $357,000 and $229,000 of government funding respectively.
Big deal: Stanford-StartX Fund reaches the end
The Stanford University-backed fund will halt new investments from July, seemingly as the accelerator reaches financial stability but in the midst of a legal battle.

Other News

Waterloo puts Velocity behind angel fund
University of Waterloo hopes to raise $1.2m to $1.8m for an angel fund to make equity investments in the winners of its Velocity Fund Finals competition.
Shimane ships in $1.9m for nanotech
The funding for Shimane's Nanotechnology Project Center came from San-in Godo Bank through an industry-academia cooperation program.
BGU plants $1m in Cactus Capital
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has announced a university venture fund called Cactus Capital to run in conjunction with a VC investment course for its students.
Ikove kindles $10m Ohio tech fund
Ikove Venture Partners has launched a $10m venture capital vehicle to help spawn spinouts based on projects at Ohio universities.
UCL eyes $126m second fund
University College London hopes to generate as much as $126m for its second Technology Fund, with British Business Bank thought to be among potential limited partners.
Tsinghua mulls Japan-focused fund
Tsinghua’s Tus-Holdings is weighing up a venture capital fund as part of a $584m push into Japan’s artificial intelligence, fintech and robotics sectors.

Editor's Picks

Big deal: OSI grows to $730m
University venturing fund Oxford Sciences Innovation has added an additional $290m to its assets as spinout Oxford Nanopore attracts another $126m in funding.
Big deal: MIT revs $150m Engine
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has unveiled an incubator that will provide funding, space and expertise to boost commercialisation activities on and off-campus.
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