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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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San Francisco’s “Twitter Town” is a four-block stretch along Market Street from Seventh to 11th streets that is now considered ground zero for the “digerati” venture capital crowd. Trendy restaurants, murals on the walls and lots of coffee shops power millennial tech workers’ 24-hours-a-day hum. But Twitter Town is also reportedly one of the filthiest sectors of the town.

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A business plan is almost essential for entrepreneurs who are seeking to raise money to help fund their companies. In fact, business plans are so closely tied to fundraising that many entrepreneurs look at them as suited only for presenting to investors and overlook the management benefits of planning.

 

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European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker wants a “capital markets union” in Europe.

BRITAIN has long regarded itself as having a certain entrepreneurial flair that sets it apart from its continental cousins. And now it’s official. The recently released annual Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index placed Britain fourth in the world, and well ahead of its European neighbours.

Image: European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker wants a “capital markets union” in Europe.

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Anna Rosso, NIESR

Using 'big data', independent research think-tank NIESR has set out an alternative count of firms in the UK Government's 'Information Economy' industries, and compares these to estimates using conventional industry codes. The research builds on analysis conducted with Google in 2013, and is published by Max Nathan and Anna Rosso at NIESR, alongside Francois Bouet at Growth Intelligence and funded by Nesta.

Image: Anna Rosso, NIESR "Big data can shine a light on real-world economic shifts that are moving ahead of current administrative data and classifications."

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Keiretsu Forum, a global angel investment network, has added an accelerator that will work with digital health companies among other sectors. It is part of a wider trend of accelerator growth around the country as investors see the opportunity to shape companies’ development, specifically their investments.

 

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The Embrace wristband.

A new wristband from a startup called Empatica is built for people with epilepsy—it hopes to detect their seizures and alert family when they’re in the throes of one—but it could also appeal to people who simply want a sleek-looking gadget for logging activities and stress.

Empatica, which builds wearable devices to measure how biological signals relate to emotions, sought $100,000 in crowdfunding for the device, called Embrace, on IndieGoGo in mid-November. The company met that goal after a day of soliciting donations, and has since raised more than $50,000 on top of it.

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Yesterday, 26 November 2014, may go down in the history of the European Union as a historic date, comparable to the announcement of The New Deal in United States in the 1930s. The potentially historic event that took place was a speech in the European Parliament where the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a €315 billion investment plan to kick-start confidence in Europe’s economy.

 

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Televisions weren’t always smart. In fact, given how long people tend to hang on to their TVs, plenty of so-called “boob tubes” still dominate numerous living rooms across the country.

Fortunately, you don't need a smart TV to tune into Netflix and other streaming services. All you really need is a plug-in gadget. The add-ons come in a range of sizes and prices, anything from a HDMI streaming stick to a set-top box shaped like a hockey puck to a full-fledged console, with a range of features to suit a variety of users.

 

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