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ERIK ACTION and INTERREGIONAL COOPERATION – Upgrading the Innovation Capacity of Enterprises through Interregional Transfer

Tuesday 11 May 2010 - Florence, Italy DRAFT Programme – Version January 2010

An Exhibition Area of Photographs on “Cooperating to Innovate” and regional Good Practices on Innovation in SMEs will run throughout the day

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Dr. Mary Good, dean of UALR's Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT), will help host the first of a series of regional meetings of the National Academies Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy to highlight best practices in innovation and related new business creation.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Monday, March 8, and concluding at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the meeting at the Clinton Presidential Center will engage top-level Arkansas business, academic, and political leaders with high-level U.S. government officials and others positioned to help drive innovation and business incubation in the state.

"UALR is collaborating with Dr. Charles Wessner, director of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship for the National Academies, on this event, and we are confident this session and the cooperative efforts derived from it, have the potential to be genuinely useful, both for Arkansas and for the nation," Good said.

Participants also include Richard A. Bendis, president and CEO of Innovation America; David Thomison, vice president of Enterprise Services, i2E; Susan Hackwood, executive director of the California Council of Science and Technology; and Don Senich, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division, National Science Foundation.

Gov. Mike Beebe and his wife, Ginger, will host the board at a dinner Monday evening at the Governor's Mansion.

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March 3, 2010, Innovate in Canada: Bolstering Profitability in Greentech with Cross-Border Opportunities.

The Canadian Consulate General, representatives from the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and the Vale Columbia Center are co-hosting an interactive strategy session on how companies can increase profitability by engaging in cross-border research collaboration. Companies including IBM, GE, Trilliant and Fasken Martineau will discuss cross border greentech projects during the session, including how to harness Canada’s agressive R&D tax incentives.

Karl Sauvant, Executive Director of the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment will comment on the challenges of sustainable FDI, and the session will be moderated by Richard Bendis of Innovation America.

Date: March 3rd, 2010, 8:30am-10:00 am
Place: Reuters Building (3 Times Square, 30th Floor)
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Karl P. Sauvant, Ph.D.
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Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment
Columbia Law School – Earth Institute
Columbia University
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The theme of the two-day conference is Getting Wisconsin Back in the Race: Finding Success in an Evolving Economy””. More than 325 business leaders and economic development professionals are expected to attend. Keynote Speakers: Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton Lt. Governor Lawton will provide a snapshot of the state’s economic development successes and challenges. Richard Bendis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Innovation America There are many keys to innovating and invigorating states to become leaders in the entrepreneurial economy. Learn from one of the nation’s leader, Richard Bendis, who currently serves as the founding President and CEO of Innovation America (IA), a national 501c3 not for profit, private/public partnership focused on accelerating the growth of the entrepreneurial innovation economy in America. Mr. Bendis has distinguished himself as a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology based economic development leader, international speaker and consultant in the technology and healthcare industries..

To read the full, original article click on this link: 2010 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development :: Helios - Helios Calendar Event Management System

ASTRADr. Good has appointed the following individuals to an ASTRA Innovation Advisory Task Force that will assist the Board in assessing the many challenges we face regarding Innovation Policy developments.  Members to date include:

Richard Bendis, President & CEO, Innovation America (Philadelphia, PA)
John Kenny, Esq., Chief Operating Officer, Eliminate Group (Washington, D.C.)

The EU and the US have established a Transatlantic Innovation Dialogue during the last meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Committee (TEC) on October 2009. This is in line with an initiative by the Technopolicy Network (TPN) to strengthen ties between North America and European countries in the field of innovation. Goal of the Transatlantic Innovation dialogue is to join efforts to stimulate innovation, growth, productivity and entrepreneurial activity between North America and the EU. This includes the sharing of good policy practice and the improvement of the policy environment for innovative activities on both sides of the Atlantic. The EU is currently requesting input to help identify topics for cooperation, of the draft input paper (please follow this link to EU site). Comments can be submitted through their website up until 29 January.

The initiative follows upon the first international conference on Transatlantic Innovation in June 2009, by The Technopolicy Network. The Technopolicy Network aims to continue its Transatlantic Activities in 2010, planning a second Transatlantic Innovation expert meeting in Canada in June and starting up a Transatlantic Innovation Intermediary network in collaboration with Innovation America. To read about current developments, concerning this event, please visit our website .


This past summer we surveyed over 1,000 venture capitalists, and asked them a simple yes or no question: “Is the Venture Capital Business Broken?” Over 53% of the respondents said “yes.” This triggered a lot of conversation in the blogosphere and in the VC community.

It got me thinking about what exactly is going on and made me want to do a deeper dive. As a result, late in the fourth quarter I reached out to 50 general partners of venture funds across the country in Silicon Valley, Austin, Dallas, Tysons Corner, New York and Boston to gauge their sentiments about the state of the venture business.
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Business WeekJan. 7--A Wichitan, a software- giant executive and the son of oilman T. Boone Pickens are among the judges of Pipeline's Innovator of the Year competition to be held Jan. 21 in Overland Park.

The judges are Rich Bendis, president and CEO of Innovation America in Philadelphia and former CEO of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp.; John Pavetto of Wichita, chief information officer of Koch Industries; Tom B. Pickens III, CEO of Astrotech in Austin, Texas; Cliff Reeves, general manager of Microsoft's emerging business team in Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Bill Sanford, CEO of Symark in Cleveland and a board director of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
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patentsSince the beginning of time, it’s been entrepreneurs that drive the creation of innovation. True breakthroughs have been the result of an individual or small team who had an idea and the determination to see it through to fruition. In many cases, ignoring the advice of friends and the lack of what many would call standard market research/validation. While we enjoy the fruits of the rapid pace of innovations, it is the entrepreneur, slaving away alone or within a small firm, who is inventing the future.
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SonyInnovation America's tagline is "The Daily Pulse of Global Innovation". See the impact that Global trends and Innovation are having around the world by watching this short, thought provoking video. I liked it so much that I made it the lead article for the first Monday of 2010! IT IS A MUST WATCH !
Enjoy and Thanks to Tom Mathews for sending it to me.
--Rich Bendis

"NextWave for the New Economy" is an invitation-only summit for telecom, media and technology business leaders that focuses on the investment and market opportunities, and the regulatory and management hurdles, that will shape their success in the coming wave of post-recession growth.

Produced by Paul Hastings and designed for a select group of clients and industry contacts, NextWave briefs decision-makers on the issues their organizations will need to address when the “new economy” begins its next wave of growth. Keynote speakers and panelists will address critical issues including:

Original Article: "NextWave for the New Economy" - Preparing Your Company for the Next Wave of Economic Growth | Basecamp Business

CNNLondon, England (CNN) -- Coming up with brilliant, game-changing ideas is what makes the likes of Apple's Steve Jobs so successful, and now researchers say they have identified the five secrets to being a great innovator

Professors from Harvard Business School, Insead and Brigham Young University have just completed a six-year study of more than 3,000 executives and 500 innovative entrepreneurs, that included interviews with high-profile entrepreneurs including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Michael Dell, founder of Dell computers.
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EntovationOur Network continues to grow in substance and scope...

In the meantime, take the opportunity to welcome 13 new E100 from 10 countries added to our Global Knowledge Leadership Map – now representing 190 from 67 countries! Take a look at their capabilities and aspirations to see how they dovetail with your own.

Richard Bendis (USA) is Founder of Innovation America - He serves as a Senior Fellow with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and on committees, such as The White House, the National Governor’s Association (NGA), the National Academies (NAS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Council on Competitiveness.
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NYTTo improve science and mathematics education for American children, the White House is recruiting Elmo and Big Bird, video game programmers and thousands of scientists.

President Obama will announce a campaign Monday to enlist companies and nonprofit groups to spend money, time and volunteer effort to encourage students, especially in middle and high school, to pursue science, technology, engineering and math, officials say.
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