venture capital

Greater Cleveland Partnership Announces Investment in New $20M JumpStart Fund

To support the growth of Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) announced a limited-partner investment in JumpStart's new for-profit $20M venture capital fund. Co-investing alongside other VCs and private-sector investors, the JumpStart NEXT Fund will invest in Ohio-based companies that need to raise $2 million to $8 million in private capital to continue their growth.

TBED Around the World: Measures Seek to Increase Venture Capital in EU, China

In an effort to increase the proliferation and participation of venture capital firms across the 28-nation European Union, changes are needed at the institutional level, according to the capital markets union plan unveiled last month. The plan, which was presented by EU Financial Services Commissioner Jonathan Hill, seeks to standardize rules across the EU, create tax incentives for venture capital investment, and create a pan-European fund-of-funds to invest public money in EU venture capital projects.              

SUNY Research Foundation Seeks Information on University-Focused Venture Investment

The Research Foundation for State University of New York (SUNY) is seeking feedback regarding the translation of SUNY research and innovation into meaningful startup company formation, acceleration and growth through targeted venture investing. In particular, the foundation seeks ideas on how SUNY could connect research experts to entrepreneurial leaders, advisors, or mentors in order to build upon emerging industry sector strengths. The group plans to use this information to open a dialogue to better understand the breadth of strategies for university-related venture investing that can be designed and implemented. Once completed, this request for information (RFI) RFI may lead to further partnership discussions including, but not limited to, the development of a venture fund committed to developing SUNY technology for both strategic impact and financial return.  Read the RFI...

U.S. Venture Capital on Track for Historic Year

In the first three quarters of 2015, U.S. venture capital firms have invested $47.2 billion, more than the year-end totals for 17 of the past 20 years, according to new data from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). About $16.3 billion was invested in 1,070 deals in the third quarter, bringing the 2015 total to $47.2 billion in 2,239 deals. Investment activity is on track to reach its highest annual level since 2000, and the second highest year since the beginning of PwC’s Moneytree report. Both dollars and deal slightly fell in the third quarter, but still managed to rank as the second most active quarter since 2000.

Georgia Venture Fund Raises $25M to Invest in GRA-Supported Companies

The GRA Venture Fund LLC, the private investment fund for companies originating from the Georgia Research Alliance's commercialization programs, has added another $25 million in venture capital. This latest round of funding brings the fund's total investment capital to $45 million. The fund currently has 10 portfolio companies. Combined, these 10 companies have collectively raised more than $241 million and have created over 400 jobs in the state of Georgia. To learn more about the GRA Venture Fund, LLC, visit

Investors Optimistic About U.S. Prospects, Express Doubt in Government

Venture investors around the world have more confidence in the U.S. market than any other in the world, according to the 2015 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Israel, Canada, China and the UK also ranked among the top five. The U.S. policy environment, however, received lower reviews. U.S.-based investors have very low confidence in the government’s ability to enact policies that support domestic investment. The U.S. ranked toward the bottom among participating nations, near Brazil and Sweden. Immigration reform was cited as the top policy concern. Venture fundraising also began to cool in the third quarter of 2015, after peaking in the previous quarter. Fundraising was down 59 percent by dollar commitments, the lowest since 2013. Read the NVCA analysis…

PitchBook: Alumni of Top 10 Universities for VC-Backed Entrepreneurs Attract $33.5B in 2010-2015

Undergraduate alumni from the top 10 universities for venture capital-backed (VC-backed) entrepreneurs launched over 3,000 companies that were able to attract $33.5 billion in VC funding from 2010 to 2015, according to the third edition of PitchBook’s Universities Report 2015-2016 Edition. Four public research institutions, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Texas, and University of Illinois, finished in the top 10. The authors conclude that public research institutions that ranked among the 50 top VC-backed undergraduate entrepreneurs represent the intersection of emerging or maturing startup ecosystems and academia. In addition to ranking the top 50 universities for VC-backed undergraduate entrepreneurs, PitchBook also ranks the top schools for M.B.A. students and female entrepreneurs in regard to their alumni’s ability to attract VC-backing. With regard to female entrepreneurs, the top 10 is driven mostly by private universities with only UC-Berkeley and the University of Texas cracking the top 10. The data presented in this report was tracked from PitchBook’s VC database of more than 25,000 valuations, 970,000-plus people, and over 78,000 VC-backed companies. Download the report…

New York Ventures to Oversee State’s Innovation Investment Funds

This week marked the launch of New York Ventures, an Empire State Development program dedicated to encouraging innovation and fueling economic growth in communities across New York. The program is derived of three separate funds: the $100 million New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund; the $45 million Innovative NY Fund; and, the $2 million Minority- and Women-Owned Business Investment Fund. As part of the New York Ventures launch, Empire State Development also announced the NYS Innovation Venture Capital Fund’s close on financing for two New York-based tech companies.

USDA Announces Investments in Projects to Support Rural Prosperity, Facilitate Private Investments

Last week, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a special meeting that include approximately 100 investors and venture capitalists to help stimulate private sector investments in rural infrastructure projects with the potential to spur economic development in small towns and rural communities across the country. Through its U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund, the USDA has helped to facilitate the investment of nearly $161 million in private capital toward 22 critical water and community facilities projects in 14 states.

Newark Venture Partners to Launch $50M Investment Fund, Accelerator for City’s Startups

Located just a 20-minutes from New York City, Newark has long existed in the shadow of its much larger neighbor. Despite this, Newark’s downtown received an important boost to its innovation ecosystem this week with the announcement of Newark Venture Partners, a venture capital fund and accelerator. Seeded with funding from and Prudential Financial and backed by city and state officials, Newark Venture Partners announced its intention to raise $50 million to form an investment fund dedicated to supporting local tech startups.


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