Why do Scientists and VCs have the Same Success Rate with Picking Startups?

Why do Scientists and VCs have the same success rate with picking startups?

This blog originally posted on LinkedIn July 1, 2021 Small Business Innovation Research grants are non-dilutive Federal awards for startups inventing novel technology. The goal is to move early-stage tech to proof of concept, after which the company can seek more traditional investment. Eleven Federal Agencies participate in the program, …

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START Winners Tackle Big Environmental Challenges

START Winners Tackle Big Environmental Challenges

Blog Post—July 15, 2021 Imagine air purification systems capable of destroying viruses and other sub-micron pollutants using technology based on the intricate nanostructures of a butterfly’s wings. Or, imagine a water-saving technology inspired partly by the fog-harvesting Namib desert beetle that helps power plants recover water from their cooling tower …

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Q&A with Cellino CEO and Co-founder Nabiha Saklayen

 Founder's Journey: Cellino CEO Nabiha Saklayen

June 2, 2021 Born in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Nabiha Sakalyen grew up in Germany and went to high school in Sri Lanka. Through her exposure to a variety of cultures, ideas and experiences, she developed a sense of deep curiosity for the world, and ultimately studied physics. Dr. Sakalyen was …

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In Memoriam of Bob Weiss

In Memoriam of Bob Weiss

MassVentures lost a friend and revered colleague last week. Robert F. Weiss, known to all of us as “Bob,” died suddenly on May 6. Bob was the driving force behind MassVentures’ START, a grant program that helps Massachusetts companies commercialize research funded through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) …

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Demystifying & Diversifying VC: The Aspiring VC Podcast

Demystifying & Diversifying VC:     The Aspiring VC Podcast

Blog post: April 26, 2021 In recent years, much ink has been spilled on the notoriously opaque and closed-off world of venture capital that first emerged nearly 70 years ago. From books to blogs to YouTube and Podcast interviews, there is an abundance of educational content that was simply not …

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Is Clean Tech Deep Tech?

Is Clean Tech Deep Tech?

Blog post: April 22, 2021 As another Earth Day dawns, it is both a time for reflection and action. Are we doing enough? MassVentures strives to do its part by supporting deep tech innovators across the Commonwealth who are making significant strides to urgently combat climate change in areas such …

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Ethics & Expectation Management in Entrepreneurship  

Ethics & Expectation Management in Entrepreneurship  

Blog post: April 14, 2021 Investors don’t often understand—or don’t remember—how difficult it is to start a business, or what it’s like to take equity out of a house for startup capital. At MassVentures, we have an investment team that has worked at startups or have been startup founders themselves, …

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