Endurance events startup Let’s Do This raises seed cash from Serena Williams, Usain Bolt

Let’s Do This is a YC alumni startup form 2018 which is a marketplace for endurance events, from a 5k fun run or an IronMan triathlon. It’s now raised a $5M seed round with Serena Williams and Usain Bolt participating.

Techopia Live: University of Ottawa’s Startup Garage scales up after 10 years

In the next 10 years, Startup Garage will move beyond its pre-accelerator roots. A new program called Scaleup Garage will launch this fall, aimed at student or alumni startups that are ready for scale.

Agreement with Osage University Partners strengthens IU Ventures’ network of potential co-investors

The connection between IU Ventures and Osage University Partners provides resource that could benefit high-tech companies.

ASU mourns the loss of J. Orin Edson, philanthropist and entrepreneur

J. Orin Edson built his first boat when he was just a kid boating around Lake Washington. After a stint in the Army during the Korean War, Edson pursued his boating interest in his garage and started a small company that he eventually built up into Bayliner Marine Corp. Four decades later, he sold the largest manufacturer of luxury boats. Edson died Aug. 27 at the age of 87, but his name and legacy live on at Arizona State University. In total, he has donated more than $65 million to ASU.

Supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs

John Daly reports on the successful drive by CIT to support ambitious students across a range of disciplines developing a business on campus.

Startup provides “grandkids on demand” to older adults who need a hand

Papa is a service that matches college students with seniors to assist them with basic chores, drive them to appointments, or just provide companionship

Tandon Startup Developed Method for Pesticide-Free Weed, Wine and Tea

Lighting up a blunt or sipping a glass of wine can result in ingesting a pesticide listed under one of the most hazardous classes of chemicals being used in the agricultural sector, according to the World Health Organization.

A recent startup — based at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering and using research from one of its professors — is commercializing a protein meant to detoxify these harmful pesticides which are most commonly found in weed, wine and tea.

Lowell startup tests food-sharing platform

LOWELL — Like Uber, but with food. And it’s free.

That’s how Ali Ahmed and Hamza Waheed described Curaee, a startup they launched this year to address food insecurity.

Ahmed and Waheed, a University of Massachusetts Lowell PhD student and recent alumnus respectively, brainstormed startup ideas for the last two years. After noticing food waste in local residences and restaurants, they thought, “Why not just share it?” Ahmed said.

Public health student rolls with high-pressure competition on Startup Bus

Helen Waller, a graduate student in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, boarded a Startup Bus bound for New Orleans as part of a team that would develop a tech startup concept, create original software and secure new users — all while the bus rolled between cities.

Programs empower underrepresented student entrepreneurs

W.E. (Women Entrepreneurs) Cornell and Black Entrepreneurs in Training are programs encouraging and enabling underrepresented groups in entrepreneurship. The deadline for joining either group is Sept. 11