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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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Even in a down economy, established and startup solution providers will find more opportunities for expansion and growth in states that foster entrepreneurial, innovative business environments. It’s why so much of the U.S. IT industry is clustered around a handful of technology hubs such as Silicon Valley, Boston, Seattle, Austin, Texas, and the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina.

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These Colleges Are Winning the Fight Against Covid 19 at Least for Now

The U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Covid-19 evaluation protocol has been one of the most aggressive in higher education, with some 385,000 tests administered so far, and a seven-day case positivity rate of just 0.35 percent.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign began the fall semester as a shining example of higher education’s can-do spirit: It reopened its doors for in-person instruction with an ambitious plan to test more than 40,000 students, twice a week.

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VC and corporate investment in startups developing technology enabled solutions to climate change, and the transformation to net zero emissions, grew at a faster rate than VC investment as a whole between 2013 – 2019. In that time, US$60 billion of early stage capital was invested globally into startups contributing to tackling the net zero challenge. 

 

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Ann Arbor SPARK, a nonprofit business accelerator, recently conducted its rescheduled virtual annual meeting, reviewed its work in 2019, and its assistance to the business community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Krutko, president and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK, detailed SPARK’s COVID-related efforts to support businesses throughout the region, distributing funds from the state of Michigan, Washtenaw County, and various foundations and private individuals.

Image: May Mobility was recognized as the Entrepreneurial Company of the Year during the Ann Arbor SPARK Annual Meeting. // Photo courtesy of May Mobility

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WWJ's Vickie Thomas talks with Candice Matthews Brackeen, General Partner, Lightship Capital and Margaret Trimer, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Delta Dental about a new $50-million venture capital fund coming to Detroit.  It’s the largest such fund raised by a Black woman in the country.  It will invest in women and minority owned businesses.  

 

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Thank you, Nyeemah, for the very kind introduction, and for being one of today’s masters of ceremonies. Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the first day of our program focused on ways to accelerate American innovation in the life sciences. Our goal is to enhance collaboration among innovative companies and researchers to solve one of the most vexing health problems we have faced as a country in the past century.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2016 portrait - Public Domain

As the nation mourned the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week, many tributes turned their focus to what her legacy will ultimately mean for women and the country. That legacy is no doubt far-reaching, considering Ginsburg’s scholarly and judicial influence on rulings seeking equal protection under the law for all genders.

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The summer break is over. Most of us remained at home on “staycations.” More daring people jumped into their cars for road trips or even took “masked” airplane flights. What do we find after our vacations? The coronavirus is still around. In many places, new COVID-19 infections are rising faster than they were before the summer break. Many people have been hit directly by this pandemic; some have lost friends or relatives, and many have had their livelihoods undermined. Most of us are starting to get tired—tired of the drawn-out pandemic, tired of the lack of interaction with colleagues and friends, tired of leading under pressure through the crisis.

 

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The restrictions regarding Covid-19 are changing on a weekly basis to deal with different situations effecting different areas, and there remains a sense of foreboding hovering over us all. Naturally, people are feeling stressed and anxious as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and its implications for society. However, we’re not as doomed as the media and mass-hysteria might lead us to believe. There is a solution to our current predicament. Technology! If you’re curious to find out more, then you should read on. Here are all the reasons why technology is key to humanity overcoming coronavirus.

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TWhen Will There Be a Coronavirus Vaccine Timehe cleverest of enemies thrive on surprise attacks. Viruses—and coronaviruses in particular—know this well. Remaining hidden in animal hosts for decades, they mutate steadily, sometimes serendipitously morphing into more effective and efficient infectious agents. When a strain with just the right combination of genetic codes that spell trouble for people makes the leap from animal to human, the ambush begins.

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