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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.

Swiss Precision Meets Messy Innovation

The Swiss love precision. You can see it in their watches and reliable trains. You can see it in their founding myth, the story of William Tell. He had to shoot an apple that was sitting on his son's head to gain his freedom, and his success sparked a rebellion that led to the formation of the Swiss Confederation. High stakes! In recent decades, Switzerland has been known for banking services. After the financial meltdown, it became obvious to many inside the country that Switzerland needed to innovate very rapidly to create the wealth-generating companies of the future. But innovation is a messy business, the opposite of cold precision. How is the Swiss startup scene managing to square this circle? I recently spent a few days in Zurich to find out.

launching a startup over just one weekend

What if I told you there is an a event where designers, developers, entrepreneurs and other innovators gather to network, share resources and ultimately launch startups over the course of a weekend?

Now imagine it’s not just a one-time event…but actually happens throughout the year and in cites across the globe!

First Growth Venture Network Welcomes Its Inaugural Vintage

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- First Growth Venture Network, a mentoring program for high potential seed and early stage start-up tech companies, today announced the selection of 15 seed and early stage start-up tech companies for its first class, or "Inaugural Vintage." At the first day of the two-semester program, selected companies will learn more about the program, meet with advisors and network with other members of the program who have committed to helping accelerate the "first growth" of promising entrepreneurs.

Nurturing the innovation reef

Marine biologists don’t fully understand what causes reefs to form, but we do know that human actions can nurture or harm the process. The same is true for innovation—a natural, chaotic, unpredictable process that is hard, perhaps even impossible, for well-meaning outsiders to foster.

BostonGlobe: The Friday Five: Tips on Getting Covered in Innovation Economy

Each Friday, I put together a five-item list called the Friday Five.

This week, it's tips on getting covered in my Innovation Economy column on Sundays and on this blog.

Just a note of context first: my goal with both the column and blog is to tell the most interesting stories about what's new in New England -- and those stories can originate from a tiny start-up firm in someone's basement, an academic lab, or a giant publicly-traded company.

U.S. Leadership in Medical Innovation Depends on Education and Immigration Policy,...

U.S. Leadership in Medical Innovation Depends on Education and Immigration Policy, Say Experts at Capitol Hill Briefing on 'Education & Immigration: Building Blocks of Innovation'

Council for American Medical Innovation Brings Together Political Leaders, Educators and Policy Experts at First in a Series of Briefings About Achieving "Recovery Through Discovery"

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Irish Innovation Center coming to San Jose

San Jose — The Irish are coming to America — again — this time to a new center slated to open in January in downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square.

Called the Irish Innovation Center, the facility will be located in the Linden Building at 177 W. Santa Clara St. and is expected to house as many as 35 companies looking to build a presence in the United States.

SSTI: U.S. Slips from First Place in Global Competitiveness Rankings

The United States fell from its position as the most competitive national economy according to the World Economic Forum's (WEF) recently released annual Global Competitiveness Report. Switzerland took the top spot as the U.S. fell to a close second place in the weighted ranking system. The report attributed the switch in positions to a number of growing weaknesses that have plagued the U.S. over the past year, while the Swiss economy remained relatively stable. Though the U.S. continues to perform well in measures of innovation, the country declined in indices of its institutional effectiveness and macroeconomic stability. The U.S.'s persistent fiscal deficits and trade imbalances were noted as a particular threat to the nation's mid- and long-term competitiveness.

 

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Hawaii: Innovation and Diversification Key to Future Growth

Hawaii has seen its tourism industry severely impacted by the economic downturn, but there have been some signs of stabilization. Pearl Imada Iboshi, state economist and economics research administrator, says signs of stabilization have shown up in the visitor count data that her department closely watches. “The slight increase in domestic passengers somewhat offsets the international, largely Japanese, market,” she says.