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September 13, 2023 | Tom Ballard

U News | FSU announces first-ever “FSU Discovery Days” celebration

Babson College students form an entrepreneurial acquisition club, while Yale receives another sizable donation to further its life science work.

From Florida State University:

The Tallahassee-based institution has announced plans for its first-ever “FSU Discovery Days,” a weeklong celebration of research, creativity, and discovery. Scheduled for the week of October 2, the event is described as having something for everyone — from concerts to “Shark Tank” style pitch competitions.

“Florida State University (FSU) has incredible faculty, students, and staff engaged in innovation, creativity, and discovery,” said Vice President for Research Stacey Patterson, the former Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development at the University of Tennessee System. “This is a celebration of our work while also giving the public a behind-the-scenes glimpse at university research and creative activity.”

Throughout the week, there will be a number of special events that showcase the variety of work done at the university. On October 3, a special concert will feature innovation in the arts and include faculty members from literature, music, and math. And on October 4, five FSU researchers will face off for cash prizes of up to $50,000 to help advance their technologies from the lab to the marketplace.

The full calendar of activities can be found here.

From Babson College:

There’s a different kind of ETA gaining traction at Babson College, and it’s a compelling — and popular — twist on Babson’s signature Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® (ET&ATM) methodology.

This ETA is the acronym for “entrepreneurship through acquisition,” and while it’s not new, it’s surging in popularity as a different path to entrepreneurship. For those able to purchase an existing small business, ETA, or entrepreneurial acquisition, provides a path to becoming an entrepreneur without starting from scratch.

In fact, it is so popular at the well-known college for aspiring entrepreneurs that there’s the new Babson Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Club that was formed last year, and the group is planning a conference on the topic on October 20.

Click here to learn more.

From Yale University:

The Blavatnik Family Foundation, whose historic gift in 2016 helped create what has become Yale’s flagship life science accelerator, has made an additional $40 million donation that will increase the number of research awards available to Yale scientists, support a wider range of biomedical innovations, and reach deeper into the Yale community to support new and innovative research.

Run by Yale Ventures, a campus-wide initiative that supports innovation at the university, the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation creates a bridge between early-stage, innovative research and the development of high-impact biomedical products and health technologies through the support of start-ups and industry partnerships.

Areas of focus include oncology, infectious disease, neurology, immunology, digital health, ophthalmology, metabolic disease, rare diseases, platform technologies, and biological tools.

Since its launch, the Fund has supported 63 distinct projects through more than $20 million in direct funding for research and fellowships. This funding has resulted in the creation of 19 spinoff companies that have raised $254 million in venture and non-dilutive funding, three projects that have achieved U.S. Food and Drug Administration Investigational New Drug (IND) status, and four clinical trials that have been initiated.


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