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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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The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center was called “2020’s Go-To Data Source” by the magazine. The dashboard, which reported Wednesday the U.S. recorded 250,000 coronavirus deaths, has tracked the spread of coronavirus around the world.

The annual list, which was announced Thursday, recognized 100 groundbreaking inventions that “are making the world better, smarter and even a bit more fun.”

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Photographs by Jessica Pettway for TIME; Prop styling by Stephanie L. Yeh

Every year, TIME highlights inventions that are making the world better, smarter and even a bit more fun. (See last year’s list here.) To assemble our 2020 list, we solicited nominations both from our editors and correspondents around the world, and through an online application process. We then evaluated each contender on key factors, including originality, creativity, effectiveness, ambition and impact.

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With the advent of COVID-19 more and more Americans are ever more reliant on the internet. From working from home to online shopping to even taking classes, or just simply staying connected the internet seems to be the go-to place. But internet users in some states are getting a much better deal than others.

According to the survey by HighSpeedInternet, users in the state of Wyoming on average pay $7.84 Megabits per second (Mbps) making it the most expensive in the USA. While internet users in Rhode Island pay on average $0.63 per Mbps.


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There are undeniable perks to entrepreneurship. Whether you are just beginning to nurse an idea through the nascent stages of a business or you’ve already launched your own endeavor, it’s important to recognize that entrepreneurship is also really hard. 

Consider this quote from Jeff Bezos, “All overnight success takes about 10 years.” Right. Even those entrepreneurs that seemed to have caught lightning in a bottle labored for years to get their business off the ground and thriving. Before you decide to rethink the risk vs. reward of launching a start-up, let’s unpack a few important truths that may help set a more realistic (and successful!) course. 


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I had a neat look into the world of mental health startup fundraising planned for this week, but after being slow-motion carpet-bombed by S-1s, that is now shoved off to Monday and we have to pause and talk about COVID-19.

The pandemic has been the most animating force for startups and venture capital in 2020, discounting the slow movement of global business into the digital realm. But COVID did more than that, as we all know. It crashed some companies as assuredly as it gave others a boost. For every Peloton there is probably a Toast, in other words.

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American agribusiness Cargill announced plans Thursday to invest in Seventure Partners’ Health for Life Capital II fund to boost its presence in the microbiome and life sciences research and development space.

The venture capital fund invests in companies involved with digital technologies and life sciences, as well as firms focusing on microbiome solutions for health and nutrition. Several prominent companies, including Danone, Novartis, and Lesaffre, have already become investors.


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European consumers discover the web via Google and use Chrome or web browsers from US firms. European consumers access mobile and apps through Apple and Google on Asian smartphones or iPhones. European consumers spend a massive amount of time interacting socially or getting entertained by the likes of Facebook, Google, Netflix, Snap, or TikTok. European consumers shop a lot on Amazon and pay through Mastercard or Visa.

European publishers and advertisers depend on Facebook and Google. European technology teams depend on US megaclouds and infrastructure. European startups depend on US investors or end up being acquired by US firms. European firms are slower to drive enterprisewide transformation than their US or Chinese counterparts.


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Finally, we are nearing the end of the 2020 tunnel and seeing encouraging glimmers of light. While the pandemic is not yet under control, we do have promising vaccine news as 2021 approaches, and many countries in the Asia-Pacific region have returned to on-site work. We see stabilization in US government after months of uncertainty, and the beginning of commitment and action to address longstanding racial and social justice inequities. At a more granular level, these months of operating in survival mode have provided valuable insight into how organizations and people can truly move forward from this disruption and position themselves to navigate the future disruptions that are bound to occur. In short, we see a path toward thriving, not merely surviving.


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The stories we tell about our innovations hold the potential to “make or break” the adoption, success, or failure of innovation initiatives. Yet the techniques, skills, and systems required to successfully communicate innovations — both internally and externally — are often not taught or prioritized among innovation teams.

There is increasing interest in innovation storytelling: the art and science of communicating new product developments, systems improvements, and groundbreaking new thinking. However, there is little empirical evidence to reveal the role storytelling plays in the innovation process.


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World Health Organization panel is now recommending against the use of the antiviral remdesivir in hospitalized Covid-19 patients, saying there is no evidence that the drug — which U.S. regulators have approved for the treatment of the coronavirus — improves mortality.

In a revised guidance issued Thursday night, the WHO’s Guideline Development Group said that it now has a “weak or conditional recommendation against” using remdesivir in hospitalized patients because of clinical trial data that showed the drug did not increase survival. The group’s review also found the drug had no meaningful effect on whether patients would need to be put on ventilators.

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BioCrossroads Report Spotlights Tech Transfer Inside INdiana Business

INDIANAPOLIS - BioCrossroads has released a report it says highlights the technology transfer efforts among Indiana's top research universities. The state's life sciences initiative says the report also reveals the increasing role of incubators and graduation facilities at research universities.

Patricia Martin, chief executive officer of BioCrossroads, says the state's three R1 research institutions, Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame, give Indiana "critical assets necessary to drive innovation."


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Finding your sweet spot as an entrepreneur needs to start with a meaningful personal purpose that is also a business opportunity. Some people are so passionate about a cause that they forget to consider the lack of business potential, while others are so enamored with profit that they jeopardize their ethics. Both ends of this spectrum fail to bring long-term satisfaction or success.

Many entrepreneurs are finding their “secret sauce” these days by combining a strong purpose with a good business opportunity. For example, the handmade-item platform Etsy sponsors free entrepreneurship courses for underemployed and unemployed people, including assistance in setting up a store on Etsy, thus adding more artists and artisan sellers to their platform.


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