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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.

Kyle Westaway

The pandemic has shut down the economy, left millions of workers out of a job and driven companies out of business. Given the current economic conditions, this may not be the easiest time to raise capital.

However, despite widespread fear that venture-capital investment would dry up, deal activity fell just 6% in the first half of 2020, compared with the same period of 2019.

 

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Biden steps up his clean energy plan in a nod to climate activists MIT Technology Review

A Joe Biden win and a blue wave have emerged as the preferred outcome for venture capital investors—earning full-throated endorsements from investors like Revolution CEO Steve Case and donations from the likes of SV Angel founder Ron Conway and Sequoia partner Michael Moritz.

The 2020 elections have struck a nerve with venture capitalists. Political donations from the VC industry have reached a record $69.7 million in the 2020 election cycle as of Oct. 23, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit that tracks campaign finance data. That total was nearly double the previous record of $37 million spent by the industry during the 2016 election.

 

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Success written on a chalk board

We’re surrounded by negativity everywhere we turn. The news we read, social media we peruse, and conversations we have and overhear. We absorb stress from our family, friends, and coworkers. And, it’s taking a toll.

 

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Man in Black Vest and White Dress Shirt Sitting on Chair Free Stock Photo

You know those days when it feels as though life is kicking you in the teeth? You get an unexpected bill for hundreds of dollars. You lose concentration and back into a parked car. You have a fight with your partner. You’re called into preschool because your child has been misbehaving. A beloved relative keeps forwarding you conspiracy theories, and you can’t take it anymore.

 

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March is National Nutrition Month—a nutrition education campaign focused on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.

The food choices you make affect nearly every aspect of your health—from sleep quality and skin appearance to your mood. Your diet over the long term can also affect your risk of developing certain critical illnesses—including cancer.1

 

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This incredible Google experiment lets you time travel to your hometow

In the 20 years he’d lived in New York, Raimondas Kiveris had seen the city change immensely. “It was a completely different place, a different town,” says Kiveris, a software engineer at Google Research. This got him wondering what his neighborhood looked like even before that—before he’d lived there, before he’d even been born. “There’s really no easy way to find that information in any organized way,” he says. “So I was starting to think, can we somehow enable this kind of virtual time travel?”

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Every aspiring entrepreneur I know is talking about the fact that there are over 2,000 billionaires in the world today, and how their innovative idea could make them one of the next ones. Most of you prefer to ignore the feedback from analysts that your chances of creating the next unicorn startup may be as low as one in five million. The big question is how you can beat these odds.

Image: https://blog.startupprofessionals.com

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When all the votes are cast and counted in this year’s momentous November 3 election, the results will have deep and potentially long-lasting impacts on numerous areas of society, including science. President Donald Trump and his challenger, former vice president Joe Biden, have presented vastly different visions for handling crucial issues—ranging from the deadly coronavirus pandemic to the damaging impacts of climate change and immigration policies.

 

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The Glocal Innovation Life Sciences Meet-Up is run by the UK/Europe based #coffeebuddies online Thought-Leadership community. This is headed by Prof Tony Sedgwick and Graham Combe, and has an Agile Leaders Advisory Board of 18 life science innovation leaders and investors.

This Meet-Up has been inspired by huge advances in technology that allow us to connect, engage, inspire and entertain life science professionals from around the world. There are no boundaries for our abilities to connect and network with other global Thought-Leaders. We started with connecting our #coffeebuddies community with networks in Australia and NZ which is a phenomenal success. This event is the first in the series where we connect with the East Coast of the Americas.

Image: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

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What gives you hope Inspiration from scientists entrepreneurs and innovators on eve of historic election GeekWire

Well, here we are: rattled, unsettled and full of anxiety.

Less than 24 hours before a historic U.S. election, we are perched on the edge of a precarious precipice. And we are not alone. A recent SWNS OnePoll just arrived in our inbox showing that 67 percent of Americans want 2020 to be over as soon as possible and that more than half of respondents anticipate Election Day being the most stressful day of their lives.

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