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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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It's time to kickstart your dad's foray into the crowdfunding world.

Kickstarter, the popular site that helps people raise money for a variety of creative projects, is actually home to some cool products dads just might love.

There are all kinds of useful creations, from bags that charge your phone to tools that help you brew lager. All of the products we rounded up have successfully reached their goals, but most still have some time to kill on the site.

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Starting a new business is a serious undertaking. Yet many aspiring entrepreneurs I know approach it as a fun project, get-rich quick scheme, or perhaps an expensive hobby. Others quit their day jobs and commit everything to their new passion, without regard for their own well-being, or the welfare of others around them. Neither of these approaches bodes well for success.

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In the translational medicine space -- where medical research is "translated" into health tools and solutions for patients -- the majority of engaged physicians are either biomedical researchers interested in advancing our understanding of the basic science, or are practicing doctors who want to improve clinical practice while focusing on patient care. The number of physicians who receive training in understanding this translational research space is few, and even fewer are those who are able to take this skill set into the market to develop new technologies based off this understanding.

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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.

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Startup companies rely on funding to take off, but choosing the source of money is an important decision as they grow. Should they borrow from family? Find angel investors? Convince VC funds? As startups evolve, the way they raise funds to grow is evolving, too. “There is no hard and fast rule of how to raise funds and every startup is different,” David Aronoff, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, said Friday at the Nantucket Conference.

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In recent weeks in the Upstate Business Journal, several exciting local startups have made the news for their significant national and international successes: The Iron Yard expanding its code school to cities across the Southeast; KIYATEC winning a rare grant from the National Cancer Institute and being featured at the upcoming BIO International Convention; and Selah Genomics realizing a highly lucrative acquisition by a European diagnostics company.

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Robotic sperm is here and it s not just for fertilization it might help treat cancer too

Meet the humble “Magnetosperm,” a tiny, sperm-like robot with incredible potential in the medical world.

It’s approximately six times longer than a human sperm, and scientists at the American Institute of Physics say in a paper that Magnetosperm “technology could be used not only to help with fertilization, but also chemotherapy treatment.”

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A weekly report on small business owners and entrepreneurs in North Texas in which a local expert provides five recommendations on a useful topic. This week, attorney Kevin Vela talked to staff writer Hanah Cho about five tips for raising capital from friends and family. Vela is a founding partner at Dallas-based law firm Vela/Keller. He was named a 2014 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star. He focuses his practice on startups and small businesses.

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Startup Professionals Musings Small Business Success Doesn t Come Without Travel

With all the new technology available today for video conferencing, interactive social media, and webinars, you may think that travel is no longer a requirement for starting a small business. You would be wrong. According to a recent industry report on travel spending, small businesses buy 37% more airline tickets than big business travelers, and spend 24% more when on the road.

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