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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

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According to MONEY's 2019 Best Places to Live ranking, the top 25 places to live in America right now are scattered across the map.

Per their methodology, the ranking measured places on factors like economic health, cost of living, diversity (both ethnic and economic), public education, income, health and safety, and amenities. However, economic factors, housing, health and safety, diversity, and cost of living held the most weight.

 

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The average tuition cost for public universities increased by 4% for the 2019-20 school year, according to US News & World Report. And with total student debt climbing to $1.5 trillion this year, college has never been a greater financial burden.

Thankfully, for families who simply can't afford higher education, a select few schools cost absolutely nothing.

Image: The United States Air Force Academy is one of several military academies that offer free tuition. Wikimedia Commons/Danny Myers, U.S. Air Force photo

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Every autumn the Arctic undergoes a radical metamorphosis. As the sun dips below the horizon one last time—not to rise again until spring—the icy seascape darkens, the temperatures plummet, and the sea ice swells into a brutal fortress, so thick that no icebreaker can penetrate it. Research vessels flee south, desperate to avoid getting trapped during the fearsome season. But this year scientists—and a few lucky journalists, including me—will dare to do just the opposite.

 

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By investing $1.83 trillion – about 2% of global GDP – per year in cutting urban emissions, governments would generate annual returns worth trillions more, according to new research published on Thursday (19 September).

The energy cost savings alone would amount to $2.80 trillion annually by 2030 and $6.98 trillion by 2050, according to the three-year research project led by a group of 50 international institutions under the ‘Coalition for Urban Transition’.

Image: Investing in cities would generate health and social benefits as it would contribute to clean the air, reduce traffic congestion and help create 87 million jobs by 2030 in sectors such as clean energy and public transport. (Will Hastings / Flickr)

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MWith its third fund Revolution Ventures stays true to its mission TechCrunchost of the venture capital firms covered in TechCrunch and other tech publications compete for a spot on the cap table of the hottest Bay Area, New York or Los Angeles companies of the moment. Few seek out companies in Indianapolis, Milwaukee or Tampa.

AOL co-founder and former chief executive officer Steve Case’s venture capital fund, Revolution, deploys capital to companies “outside of the hotbeds.” Revolution, the parent company of Revolution Ventures, the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and Revolution Growth, has evangelized its approach to backing companies in emerging markets, helping promote entrepreneurialism in geographies often overlooked by Silicon Valley’s Patagonia vest-wearing venture capitalists.

 

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One of the biggest dangers for trauma patients during the ambulance ride is undiagnosed, internal hemorrhagic bleeding. It’s currently undetectable with methods available on the ambulance ride. You can’t see it … but a robot can.

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Over the past decade, India’s startup ecosystem has burgeoned into the world’s third-largest in terms of market size. And that has attracted a lot of investor attention towards new businesses and innovations coming from India. It is a well-known fact that any new idea needs the right market timing and the resources to take it to market. Arguably, the most crucial of these is funding. And this is especially true during the early stages when even getting talent onboard is dependent on funding.

 

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Mike Partsch

A six-figure investment in a Wisconsin startup marks the latest effort by Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the nation’s oldest technology transfer office, to adapt to the changing innovation landscape. The investment, from the new WARF Ventures project, will help PROMISS Diagnostics in Milwaukee advance a technology to diagnose ovarian cancer from blood samples.

Image: Mike Partsch - https://news.wisc.edu

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The European Investment Fund, aka EIF, has just released a super interesting working paper based on the results of its second VC Survey, which asked venture capital general managers about their state of business and market activity, as well as their general perception of the European VC market as a whole.

The EIF has helpfully summarised 10 key findings from the paper, but you might want to download the full (free) report for more detailed reading.

 

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Service industries dominate modern economies, especially when measured by number of jobs. Yet service activities tend to be underrepresented in US economic research. For good quality research on service industries, it is helpful to look abroad to the European Association for Research on Services (RESER).

Image: https://smartincentives.org

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