Rand Notes GiveGab's Growth in User Base and University Adoption for Its Social Network for Volunteers and SciAps Launch of World's First Handheld LIBS Spectrometer

BUFFALO, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 20, 2014) - Rand Capital Corporation (www.randcapital.com) (NASDAQ: RAND), a Buffalo, New York based Business Development Company (BDC) and Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), notes that Ithaca, New York based portfolio company, GiveGab, Inc. (www.givegab.com) has reported significant and record increases in its user base, participating non-profit and University adoption and global usage in its social network for volunteers. The GiveGab press release can be seen at http://info.givegab.com/blog/2014/2/14/givegab-announces-record-breaking-year-in-2013.

In addition, Rand noted that Woburn, MA based SciAps, Inc. (www.sciaps.com) has announced the launch of the world's first handheld LIBS spectrometer, a portable analytical instrument named the "Z." The SciAps press release can be seen at http://sciaps.com/sciaps-introduces-z-high-performance-handheld-libs-analyzer/.

Daniel Penberthy, Rand's Executive Vice President, stated, "Both GiveGab and SciAps were new investments for Rand in 2013 and we are excited to participate in the early growth of these young businesses as they begin to execute on their business model. While the two companies are significantly different in their industries, they share an entrepreneurial spirit, and innovative passion of their respective CEO's and management team, which originally attracted us to these business opportunities."

"Rand Capital and Cayuga Venture Fund (Ithaca, NY) (www.cvf.biz) are the lead investors in GiveGab," Jennifer Tegan, Partner in Cayuga, stated. "GiveGab has made phenomenal progress in 2013 and we are looking forward to its growth taking off in 2014 with major new partnerships. We are thrilled to see the amazing feedback that GiveGab gets from all of its customers and users. This product was clearly needed to help stimulate and support the non-profit and volunteer ecosystem to create more, happy volunteers."

Chris Davis, Partner in Gefinor Ventures (New York, NY) (www.gefinorventures.com), a co-investor in SciAps with Rand, stated, "The SciAps technical team has solved many challenging problems putting LIBS technology into a handheld device. The new product can analyze every element in the periodic table, from hydrogen to uranium, where competing products are more limited in scope and range. We believe the device will have broad application within a number of industry verticals including petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, aerospace, metals and mining."

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Rand Capital is a publicly held Business Development Company (BDC), and its wholly owned subsidiary is licensed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC). Rand provides capital and managerial expertise to small and medium sized private companies primarily located in the Northeast U.S. Rand is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol "RAND" and is headquartered in Buffalo, NY. www.randcapital.com

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