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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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Certain fats found in seafood may help keep you healthy for years to come, according to a new study published in the BMJ.

Higher blood levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids — healthy fats found in foods such as fish, nuts, leafy greens and vegetable and flaxseed oils — were associated with a greater chance of healthy aging, according to the observational research. Omega-3s found in seafood seemed to have the strongest effect, says study co-author Heidi Lai, a postdoctoral fellow at Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.


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Earlier this month, Brex, a credit card provider to startups, announced it had raised $125 million at a $1.1 billion valuation.

The round was impressive for a couple of reasons: The founders are a pair of 22-year-olds that had set out to build a virtual reality company before pivoting to payments, and they had only completed Y Combinator, a well-known Silicon Valley startup accelerator, the year prior.


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SNewImageince 2003, JumpStart has been working to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northeast Ohio. Its mission is to promote economic transformation by unlocking entrepreneurs' full potential.

Jeff St. Clair sits down with Ray Leach, CEO of JumpStart, to discuss entrepreneurism in Northeast Ohio.

Image: Ray Leach, CEO of Jumpstart, says businesses aren't actually moving out of Ohio -- they're staying and growing. JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU

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Wal van Lierop

Innovation in the industrial world is opaque to most of the billions of people who depend on energy, mining, forestry and manufacturing companies for many aspects of their daily life. I’d like to take you behind the scenes of industrial innovation.

The way Silicon Valley startups pump out mobile apps is nothing like the complex, capital-intensive innovation process in the industrial world. How resource-intensive industries innovate – or not – affects whether our societies can address systemic global problems like inequality, public health, biodiversity and carbon emissions.


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If you're looking for the best place to build a business, you may not have to look far.

The United States was ranked No. 1 in "business dynamism" in the World Economic Forum's 2018 global competitiveness report on Tuesday, scoring a global high of 86.5 points out of 100 in the category.

Image: The United States, where Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in 1994, is ranked No. 1. Ted S. Warren/AP

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The Henry Ford is looking to help make tomorrow’s workforce stay on the cutting edge. The organization announced a $150 million campaign to “launch the workforce of tomorrow.”

The Innovation Project will help The Henry Ford build digital and experiential learning tools, programs and initiatives to advance innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship.

Patricia Mooradian, president and CEO of The Henry Ford, announced the project on Oct. 17.

Image: Young inventors from across the country will converge on the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in June for the 2018 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo. Photo courtesy of The STEMIE Coalition

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Across the country, there are nearly 6.9 million scientists and engineers, representing 4.8 percent of the nation’s workforce. There are 20 states having at least 100,000 workers in these occupations. Scientists and engineers are concentrated around the nation’s capital, making up the largest share of the workforce in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. From 2003 to 2017, the number of scientists and engineers grew the fastest in Arkansas, North Dakota, and Utah. With an interactive map and downloadable spreadsheet, this article breaks down the changes in the science and engineering workforce across the United States over the last 15 years.


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Organizations need to invest in the cultivation of capacity for innovation and recognize innovators with varying talent and strengths. Innovation is about the future, without it, you lose sight of tomorrow. Innovation is an exceptional, exclusive, and realistic idea that separates you from others without a second thought. Innovation can happen anywhere in the organization and its ecosystem.


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Steve Blank

Columbia Senior Fellow for Entrepreneurship Steve Blank is a serial entrepreneur-turned-bestselling author and educator who has changed the way startups are built, how entrepreneurship is taught, and how big companies and the U.S. government innovate.

A defining voice in modern entrepreneurship, Steve will be honored in January with an award for entrepreneurial achievement by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). We caught up with Steve to congratulate him and dig in to how the startup landscape has changed over the years, how to judge a piece of advice, and the role that education can play in the future of entrepreneurship.


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