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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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There’s a lot of reasons you should consider visiting New Hampshire. The 9th state in the Union is picturesque and quintessential New England in its natural beauty and architecture. Lakes, mountains, and a tiny 18-mile coastline dot the state, making it a recreation lover’s paradise. And if retail therapy is more your thing, New Hampshire has no sales tax

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How do we conceptualize aging and disability in an era where there’s a heady excitement about a future reality that surpasses our current lived experiences of health and old age? Consider future tech such as Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a growing movement of people into posthumanism and of course fiction like the TV series Black Mirror with the incredibly poignant San Junipero episode giving a fictional account of life beyond our physical beings.

 

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Institutions of higher education have extensive resources, including specialized research, outreach, technology transfer, and commercialization capabilities, as well as recognized faculty expertise and sophisticated laboratories.

The EDA-supported University Center (UC) program is specifically designed to marshal the resources located within colleges and universities to support businesses and regional economic development strategies in regions of chronic and acute economic distress. The UCs, which EDA considers long-term partners in economic development, are required to devote the majority of their funding to respond to technical assistance requests originating from organizations located in the economically distressed portions of their service regions.

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Ibreakfastt's a hotly contested question in the nutrition world: is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Experts say that people who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat the rest of the day, but recent studies have found no difference in weight between those who skip their morning meal and those who don’t. In the meantime, skipping meals has become an increasingly popular part of modern life.

 

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As we know, Silicon Valley is home to the majority of the Unicorns in the world, partly because that is where over 43% of the global venture capital is deployed. It's impressive that this small geographic area has such wide impact to largest economy in the world. Evidence suggests that venture capital has had direct impact on the national economy in the United States by producing one fifth of the public companies and growing. No wonder so many economic indexes that measure economic productivity and competitiveness use the amount of venture capital as one of the key indicators.

 

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We have gotten a bit carried away with the “entrepreneur” label. Stop it. So many business people are now considered entrepreneurs that it is now easier to figure out who’s who if we just have the non-entrepreneurs raise their hands.

Too often, I see people confusing entrepreneurs with small-business owners. A lot more people are qualified to run a Jamba Juice than take companies from inception, through market traction, funding, growth and eventual IPO or exit.

 

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Shlanguage ould we all emulate Mark Zuckerberg and embrace speaking Mandarin? In April this year, U.S. President Donald Trump’s grandchildren (aged 5 and 2) engaged in soft diplomacy at the highest level when they sang in Mandarin for the Chinese president and his wife. Ten years ago, investor Jim Rogers even moved to Asia to provide his daughters with a strong Chinese learning environment.

 

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Chinese investors have begun to shift target industries in the US to the high-tech sector and the trend just took a big step in Boston.

The city's first innovation center founded by a Chinese pharmaceutical enterprise - Qilu Boston Innovation Center - its grand opening on Friday.

After launching, "QBIC will be serving as an incubator for biotech startups, with the aim of helping biotechnology startups implement their ideas, to sooner transform their research results into medicine to meet clinical needs and improving Qilu's domestic product lines," said Larry Cai, head of business development in New England at Qilu.

 

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This one chart says it all about the power of digital technologies to upend traditional industry paradigms. 

OK, so it isn’t healthcare, but you get the picture. This is in 10 short years.

And let’s remind ourselves of the argument for why brick and mortar retailers sat smugly when e-commerce first showed up. The argument was simply this: Oh, consumers want to touch and feel and/or try on before they purchase, so this online buying is never ever going to work.

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At some point in your career, even if you’re not a salesperson, you’re going to have to sell something — whether it’s your idea, your team, or yourself. So how can you improve your sales skills, especially if you don’t pitch people often? What should you focus on first? And what should you do if you lose a sale?

What the Experts Say Selling has a bad rap, says Thomas Steenburgh, professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. “Very few parents say they want their kids to grow up to be a salesperson,” he says. His MBA students are no different.

 

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