U-M to lead statewide Tech Transfer Talent Network to bring more inventions to market

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To turn an invention into a marketable product that can benefit society, you need, above all else, the right people involved. That’s the premise behind a new $2.4 million statewide program called the Tech Transfer Talent Network. It is led by the University of Michigan and funded through a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The network includes seven universities and regions with strong research-based technology opportunities or clusters of talent, and in some cases, both.

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University Unplugged: Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Course Comes to London

Stanford University, one of the world’s great institutions for turning hi-tech ideas into huge businesses, is going to start teaching in London from the autumn.

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The Californian university, where Google began as a PhD project, is going to offer its “Stanford Ignite” entrepreneurship course in London for the first time from September.

Universities around the world have been experimenting in ways to teach students beyond their own campuses.

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Why Big Companies Want In

Corporate venture capital is picking up speed in the investment industry, as large companies start setting aside funds for external investment in fledgling companies or startups.

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Tech giants like Intel, Dell and AMD all have strong track records with their proprietary funds, and more companies like Microsoft and Salesforce are now entering the venture-fund game. During the past four years more than 475 corporate venture funds have started, bringing the worldwide total to more than 1,100, according to Global Corporate Venturing.

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