WSU launches health science incubator to build, grow startups in Spokane

Washington State University has launched a new incubator to grow early-stage health care and life science startup companies.

Spinout Space in Spokane – also known as sp3nw – will offer startups assistance with grant preparation; operational and intellectual property support; and legal and marketing services in the Ignite Northwest building at 120 N. Pine St., according to a news release.

It also will provide startups with a offices, lab space and an opportunity to interact with WSU faculty, a mentor network of established entrepreneurs and nearly three dozen consultants, investor groups and service providers. 

The network of consultants and mentors will aid in the process of commercializing health care products, while driving economic and job growth in the region, according to the news release.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded sp3nw with a $250,000 grant that will go toward attracting and retaining biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device companies,

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Singapore wants co-investors to pump $112M into deep tech startups

Singapore is seeking co-investors from the private sector with the goal to plow up to SG$150 million into its early-stage, deep tech startup community. It hopes to identify 10 to 15 such partners and target startups in three key sectors including health and biomedical sciences. 

Led by Enterprise Singapore’s investment arm Seeds Capital, the initiative will tap funds from the Startup SG Equity scheme, under which the government may invest in funds or work with qualified third-party investors to make direct co-investments into eligible startups.

With the new call-for-partnership, Seeds said in a statement Thursday it aimed to refresh and diversity its current pool of 30 co-investment partners across the three deep tech sectors, including advanced manufacturing and engineering as well as urban solutions and sustainability. These market segments were aligned with the country’s Research, Innovation, and Enterprise 2020 (RIE2020) Technology Domains, which aimed to boost Singapore’s research capabilities and

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Samsung Invites Startups Changing The World For Good To Enter The 2021 Extreme Tech Challenge

The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is the world’s largest startup competition for entrepreneurs addressing the globe’s most serious challenges. XTC is inspired by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and showcases innovators who are harnessing the power of technology to benefit humankind and make our planet a better place.

The competition provides game-changing startups with the opportunity to raise capital, network with global entities (corporations, VCs, partners), and gain the mentorship they need to pioneer technological breakthroughs and help power a sustainable future.

I caught up with Rajeev Rajan, Chief of Staff & Head of Marketing and Communications to the President & Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics, and Co-Managing Director of the Extreme Tech Challenge, to find out more.

Afdhel Aziz: Rajeev, welcome.Please tell us a little about what the Extreme Tech Challenge means to Samsung and how the company is involved in it?

Rajeev Rajan:

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Can Bay Area startup’s firefighting drones save us from catastrophe?

With flame-ravaged Bay Area communities still mired in a tough recovery after California’s worst fire season destroyed more than 1,000 Bay Area homes, a Silicon Valley startup says its artificially intelligent firefighting drones could help stop future catastrophes.

If drones from Rain Industries had been in position around the Bay Area during this August’s lightning storms, the aircraft could have contained 72% of the fires within 10 minutes of ignition, the Palo Alto firm’s co-founder and CEO Maxwell Brodie said. “This is a transformative technology,” Brodie said. “If it is us or someone else that does this, it doesn’t really matter. This will happen.”

After starting out with a smaller, six-rotor prototype drone that successfully doused small fires by dropping balls full of retardant, Rain is now testing autonomous aircraft resembling small helicopters that it says can fly preemptively during potentially hazardous wildfire conditions and use their infrared sensors to

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VCs Are Pouring Money Into the Wrong Education Startups

The Covid-19 pandemic has compelled students, teachers, and parents across the globe to embrace relatively new forms of education technology (edtech) quickly and on an unprecedented scale. At a glance, it would appear that edtech startups and their venture capital backers have responded swiftly and emphatically to meet this exceptional challenge. But a closer look also suggests some cause for serious concerns, particularly with respect to our most educationally vulnerable students.

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Thomas S. Dee is the Barnett Family Professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education and a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Though the pandemic brought about a sharp and sudden economic contraction, overall VC investments have remained surprisingly robust. This is likely the result of both the push of low interest rates as well as the pull of new challenges in fields such as health, climate change, and education. Education

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Google Opens Applications For Its Digital Accelerator Program From MENA Tech Startups

Google for Startups Accelerator: MENA to consider technology startups headquartered in the MENA region which have already raised seed funding.

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Google has announced that applications for its three-month digital accelerator program, Google for Startups Accelerator: MENA, have been opened for Seed to Series A technology startups located in the MENA region.

Launched in early October as part of the Grow Stronger with Google regional program, the Google for Startups Accelerator: MENA application periond will remain open until December 31, 2020.

With an aim to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to founder communities across the globe, the program is scheduled to be held virtually from January 2021.

A selected set of 10 to 15

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Roadside Attractions – A Startup’s Plan To Support Britain’s Green Car Revolution

Petrol driven cars are set to disappear from Britain’s roads rather sooner than expected. Under the government’s updated “Green Industrial Revolution” plan, every new car sold from 2030 onwards must be either electric or an approved hybrid. This replaces a previous deadline of 2040.   

All except the most hardened climate change skeptics will see this as a good thing, but a rapid transition to battery-powered mobility does pose certain short-term problems, not least in terms of providing a workable and user-friendly charging infrastructure.  

As things stand, even a rapid charging point will take around thirty minutes to pump up a battery from empty to full. Arguably that’s not too bad, but it compares unfavorably with the two or three minutes required to fill a petrol tank. Yes, you’re helping to save the planet but a half-hour wait is less than convenient.  

The

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Meet Ireland’s Latest Tech Startups Wednesday 2nd Dec at Demo Day!

Next week on Wednesday December 2nd it begins!

Well technically it begins at 4pm, but what exactly begins? Our Demo Day for the Startup Boost 2020 Ireland Pre Accelerator!

Over a 6 week volunteer lead program we have had the chance to work with speakers and mentors from including entrepreneurs, angel investors, VC’s, government and industry experts who all gave their time freely to help prepare our 8 startups for their next steps in building their companies, and we need your help.

After all of this amazing work it’s time to showcase all of this early stage tech talent at Demo Day. On the day we kick off at 4pm where you will get to watch for the first time at our hybrid live event pitches from this years Startup Boost Ireland cohort followed by a panel thoughtfully titled, “Show Me The Money!”

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This investment focussed panel features our Program

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The Tech Tribune: 2021 Best Tech Startups in San Diego

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in San Diego, California. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. TuSimple

Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2020 Best Tech Startups in San Diego

“TuSimple is a global self-driving truck company based in San Diego and operating self-driving trucks out of Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 2015, TuSimple is developing a commercial-ready Level 4 (SAE) fully-autonomous driving solution for the logistics industry. TuSimple’s trucks are the first and only capable of self-driving from depot-to-depot and do so every day for its

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Tech Startups Drive 100% Jump in IPOs on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

(Bloomberg) — Israeli startups are taking the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by storm this year, pushing initial public offerings to a three-year high and marking a shift away from homegrown technology companies opting to list abroad.

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Through October, 14 companies had conducted IPOs worth $650 million in Tel Aviv this year, with eight of those tech or innovation-focused startups, according to data from the exchange. That’s already double the total number of listings in 2019 and the most since 2017, with more tech offerings in the pipeline.

“We’re considered all over the world as a startup nation, but essentially the Israeli exchange didn’t participate in the new economy and high tech, and 2020 is the year of the breakthrough,” said Hani Shitrit Bach, the TASE’s head of listings.

Israel’s main trading venue has struggled since a 2010 decision by index compiler MSCI Inc. to upgrade the country from

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