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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.


There’s no bigger pep talk than a college commencement speech. Someone who has achieved an admirable level of success takes the stage to give advice to those just starting their journey. This year, several speakers took the opportunity to get political, but there were also nonpartisan gems of wisdom that those of us without a brand-new diploma can appreciate.


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There are at least five ways an entrepreneur can be seen as important -- not just significant, not just noteworthy, not just successful -- but genuinely important.

He, or in each case she, can enjoy tremendous commercial success; his products or services must not just be widely adopted, they must also make money.

His company's products and services -- and the company itself -- can enjoy popular and critical acclaim. He can change an industry; not just "disrupt" (whatever that means) a model, but fundamentally change how other companies operate.


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Much of the U.S. media tends to see smaller cities as backwaters, inevitably left behind as the “best and brightest” head to the country’s mega-regions. The new economy, insists the Washington Post, favors large cities for start-ups and new businesses. Richard Florida has posited the emergence of a “winner take all urbanism” that tends to favor the richest cities, such as New York and San Francisco.


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Every conversation about education in the U.S. takes place in a minefield. Unless you’re a billionaire who bought the job of Secretary of Education, you’d better be prepared to answer questions about racial and economic equity, disability issues, protections for LGBTQ students, teacher pay and unions, religious charter schools, and many other pressing concerns. These issues are not mutually exclusive, nor are they distinct from questions of curriculum, testing, or achievement. The terrain is littered with possible explosive conflicts between educators, parents, administrators, legislators, activists, and profiteers.


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OTTAWA—The Trudeau government is opening the competition for its $950-million “supercluster” program that aims to bring together industry and academia as a way to lift the innovation economy.

Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains announced the deadline details and qualifying criteria Wednesday for a five-year initiative central to the feds’ innovation program.


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How many times have you wished for a shorter workday? Late Sunday night, you might think to yourself how much easier Monday would seem if it were a few hours shorter. The same thought might occur on Monday at 2:30 p.m., when you're feeling exhausted and ready to call it a day.


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The contemporary business world lauds those who are seen as creative. Innovators such as Elon Musk and Jony Ive have become household names. Yet, for many of us, despite our best efforts to be recognized as creative thinkers, our suggestions in meetings are ignored and our pitches to bosses get rebuffed.

If your colleagues have already formed an opinion of you as technically competent but a little staid, it’s going to take a lot to change their minds and get them to listen — a situation that’s especially true for women, who, research suggests, are often unfairly viewed as less creative than men.


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With the growth of technology and new ways of working, innovation is playing a huge role in the workplace. The most successful organizations are those that can prep for the future and push the envelope creatively to find the next innovative idea. But what if how we have been thinking about innovation is all wrong? Open innovation is a newer idea that is spreading across industries and changing how companies work together and plan for the future.


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Ihouset's a choice many home buyers face (from those buying their first home to those with saving for retirement in mind): the best location vs. the most space. Now, recent data from real estate website Zillow shows just how much space you'd be able to afford if you took your budget to a different city. Take Washington, D.C., where the median one-bedroom home costs $387,400. For that price, you could get a four-bedroom home in Nashville, Tenn. or Raleigh, N.C., according to Zillow.


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Tel Aviv

Israel continues to produce an impressive number of highly successful tech companies for a country with a population of just 9 million people. 

The Middle Eastern country is sometimes referred to as "Startup Nation" thanks to the sheer number of entrepreneurs building businesses there, particularly in cities like Tel Aviv. 


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When it comes to our smartphones, we seem to be more addicted than ever. 

Even as the tech industry is trying to figure out what a post-smartphone world will look like, smartphone users are spending more and more time with their handsets. Indeed, in various countries around the world, smartphone users last year spent at least an hour a day, on average, glued to their devices — and often much longer, according to research from Statista. In Brazil, the average hit nearly five hours!


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I know what you’re thinking. “Copy my competitors? Isn’t that unethical? Isn’t that illegal? I’m not doing that!” But wait—hear me out. I’m not telling you to cleverly steal their marketing plan and duplicate their strategies. I’m not asking you to plagiarize anything. What I’m asking you do is simple.

Look around your industry. Watch what’s going on. Study your competition. Follow what works. Why wouldn’t you? Your competitors are selling their wares to the same target market you are.


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