This accelerator provides student entrepreneurs with housing, office space, cash stipends, advice, and mentorship — much like storied Y Combinator (“YC”) program, except its entrepreneurs won’t need to hand off a piece of their company.
Baltimore, Md.-based Profectus BioSciences, a biotech developing new strategies to attack HIV, received a $200,000 small-business innovation grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the effectiveness of anti-HIV antibodies. Last month, the company received a similar $300,000 grant (PDF link), just a few days after the company raised $3 million in a private placement.
Snowdon, a New Brunswick, N.J., drug developer, received a $500,000 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Science & Technology. The grant matches $500,000 the company raised in March from the Foundation Venture Capital Group.