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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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AS THE UNITED STATES SLOWLY EMERGES FROM THE GREAT RECESSION, A REMARKABLE SHIFT IS OCCURRING IN THE SPATIAL GEOGRAPHY OF INNOVATION.

FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS, THE LANDSCAPE OF INNOVATION HAS BEEN DOMINATED BY PLACES LIKE SILICON VALLEY—SUBURBAN CORRIDORS OF SPATIALLY ISOLATED CORPORATE CAMPUSES, ACCESSIBLE ONLY BY CAR, WITH LITTLE EMPHASIS ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE OR ON INTEGRATING WORK, HOUSING AND RECREATION.

 

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NCIIA - National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

The NCIIA 19th Annual Conference Call for Proposals just opened -- would you help us spread the word?

NCIIA is dedicated to fostering an emerging generation of young inventors and entrepreneurs driven to improve life for people and the planet. The conference, called Open 2015 and taking place March 20-21, 2015 in Washington, D.C., will gather together engaged faculty and students from across multiple disciplines to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in technology entrepreneurship education.

The NCIIA 19th annual conference--Open 2015--will be held March 20-21 in Washington, D.C. The conference will cover all aspects of tech entrepreneurship in higher education. Specific topics include program models, student perspectives, and entrepreneurship in low-resource settings. Call for Proposals now open: deadline 9/10.

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The value that comes from connecting your thermostat to the internet isn’t that you can now control it from your smartphone, or that it’s a theoretical home for new ads. The value is that you suddenly have access to cheap information about the temperature of your home, and by collating other data points or simple extrapolation techniques, you also have access to detailed information about what is happening in the home.

 

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Mark Suster

I just returned from 3 days in Cincinnati including attending the annual meeting of one of Upfront’s LPs – Cintrifuse.

I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future.

Cincinnati, like many startup communities in the US over the past 5 years, has revitalized important regions in its urban core, created accelerators, built co-working facilities, pooled together angel capital, attracted VCs, involved educational institutions and solicited the help of important corporations in a more cohesive ecosystem.

 

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5 Key Things Most People Forget When Crowdfunding Their Passion Project Under30CEO

Have you thought about starting your own passion project but feel like it isn’t possible because of limited resources?

Maybe it’s time you look into crowdfunding and how it can turn your project into reality by having the support of like-minded people. A successful crowdfunding campaign is all about community and how well you communicate your story to get people behind your cause. Through crowdfunding, I was able to raise funds and attend StartingBloc Institute where young adults from all over the world get together to tackle world’s challenges.

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Europe's new one-stop patent system is winning over companies despite initial criticism from lawyers and some multinationals of the scheme, which is expected to come into effect in 2016, according to a survey released on Monday (2 June).

The Europe-wide unitary patent system offers a cheaper, simpler solution for businesses seeking to protect their inventions, rather than having to register and enforce patents separately in individual European Union countries.

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Joey Ricard is the president of Development Capital Group OTCBB: DLPM, the first publicly traded tech accelerator.

Startups in Silicon Valley are queuing up to gain a place at tech accelerators like Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and Techstars; but only accredited investors can get in on the deals.

With Development Capital Group, anyone can invest in technology startups by buying public stock in DLPM’s portfolio.

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Are companies reluctant to invest in long-term innovations? The Harvard Business Review says they are—and guesses at why—in what its editors say is the journal’s “first formally crowdsourced” article, “The Capitalist’s Dilemma.”

No doubt you’ve heard of one of the two lead authors—Clayton M. Christensen, a professor of business administration at Harvard known for his work on disruptive innovation. His co-author was Derek van Bever, a senior lecturer in entrepreneurial management, but the list of contributors has well over 200 names and includes “community thought leaders” as well as members of a “working team.”

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“It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.” Steve Jobs

According to some writers and research, some of the “big names” of creativity and innovation share personal qualities with various sorts of “misfits.”

In her Forbes magazine article, writer Erica Swallow refers to the book “The Innovator’s DNA” which lists several “disruptive innovators” including a number of creative and business leaders such as Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Meg Whitman (eBay) and Sharon Aby (Beyond Ideas).

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In light of the Alibaba IPO and the ecommerce giant’s plans to expand in the US, there’s a lot of talk on how Chinese tech companies are now finally ready to go global. I’d argue that the ambition to go abroad has always been strong for Chinese companies. Since China officially joined the WTO in 2000, its government has promoted the “Go Global” policy for its companies to expand the footprint and soft power of the country.

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If you have even a passing familiarity with technology, you’ve probably at least heard of the Turing test. You’ll understand that it’s pretty exciting therefore that it’s been passed for the first time by a computer belonging to the University of Reading in the UK.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, The Turing test — named after computing pioneer Alan Turing — is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.

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When Patrick Dowd traveled to India on a Fulbright scholarship in 2010 to help lead the Jagriti Yatra — a train trip across India that encourages enterprise in small towns — he was inspired by the people he saw bringing ideas to life.

So inspired, in fact, that after less than a year on Wall Street he quit his job to create a similar project in the United States. Last summer, he and his team launched the Millennial Trains Project, a train ride taking participants from coast to coast and encouraging enterprise by supporting millennials' ideas.

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