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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 seems that every locality these days has a business incubator, or is thinking about setting one up. Success is far, far more than just erecting a building with a shared reception and cool breakout spaces. In this article, Glenn Athey sets out some of the key lessons from past practice, and the key characteristics of business incubators and accelerators.

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Jean Maginnis

In 2008, Jean Maginnis was thinking about how to create a think tank to advance creative innovation in her home state of Maine, when a literal tank gave her an idea. Sprague Energy's giant white fuel storage tanks that line the Portland harbor represent traditional industry, but were also, she realized, huge blank canvases for creative expression. This idea launched both the nonprofit Maine Center for Creativity and the Art All Around competition, in which nearly 600 artists from 80 countries submitted designs to paint the 16 tanks.

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Marianne Hudson

Some amazing companies like Airbnb, Dropbox and SendGrid got their start in business accelerators. Even better, they brought great returns and a fun ride to their investors.  So what are the best ways for angels to leverage and support accelerators so they can find great startups like these?

Patrick Riley, CEO of the Global Accelerator Network, which supports 70 leading accelerators throughout the world, offered me some good advice.  It was a preview of what he and his colleagues will share at the largest gathering of angels in the world, the Angel Capital Association Summit in April.

 

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Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. First of all, it’s more of an investment in people than in a business, since the startup is usually an idea barely half-baked when they need your money. Secondly, the risk is very high, since as many as 90% of startups fail in the first five years.

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We’ve all done it. If you own a small business, you might not admit it, but you’ve done it. You might have thought about an unpaid bill from a client while in mid-conversation with your wife, or tried to respond to an email while your daughter was tugging on your shirt, asking to play. Maybe taken a client phone call during dinner?

As entrepreneurs, we wear so many hats that the dynamic nature of our work often blurs the line between work and family time — but you can find balance.

 

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SuperAgers, aged 80 and above — but with memories that are as sharp as those of healthy persons decades younger — have distinctly different looking brains than those of normal older people, according to new Northwestern Medicine research.

Understanding Superagers’ unique “brain signature” may enable scientists to decipher the genetic or molecular source and develop strategies to protect the memories of normal aging persons, as well as treat dementia.

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Blueprint Health Reveals 7th Class of Digital Health Startups

Blueprint Health, a NYC based mentor-focused health technology accelerator has revealed its Winter 2015 Accelerator class (seventh class) of seven digital health startups to its portfolio. Blueprint is a member of TechStars’ Global Accelerator Network. Today’s addition of seven companies brings the accelerator’s total to 60 digital health with more than 140 entrepreneurs in Blueprint’s alumni community. 

 

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Johns Hopkins University led the U.S. in higher education research spending for the 35th consecutive year in fiscal 2013, with $2.2 billion for medical, science, and engineering research, according to the National Science Foundation.

The university also once again ranked first on the NSF's separate list of federally funded research and development, spending $1.89 billion in fiscal year 2013 on research supported by NSF, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense.

 

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A simple blood test to diagnose breast cancer, a forensic device to trace the origin of tropical timber, and artificial veins inspired by marine sponges; these are some of the inventions to be developed by 59 outstanding researchers selected in the latest round of 'Proof of Concept' Grants from the European Research Council (ERC).

Worth up to €150,000 per grant, 'Proof of Concept' funding helps ERC grant holders to bridge the gap between their existing frontier research and its commercial applications. This top-up funding will enable the scientists to cover costs of technical validation, create a start- up to explore business opportunities, or establish intellectual property rights, for example.

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Delivered by DCU Ryan Academy in Dublin, Kauffman Fellows selected Propeller as the 7th best accelerator in Europe.

The only angel funded accelerator on the island, our funding comes solely from successful entrepreneurs. Not only do they invest during the accelerator, but several of our Propeller investors have followed their money and invested in subsequent rounds. The accelerator is delivered in partnership between the angel investors and DCU Ryan Academy.

 

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When it comes to attracting venture capital from the Silicon Valley, the Sacramento region has had limited success over the decades. But that may be changing as investors increasingly focus on food.

Millions of dollars have flowed east in the past year into food technology startups working in the Sacramento region and the Central Valley, said people involved in the effort to establish Sacramento as a hub for food research and policy.

 

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