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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 Halo Business Angel Network plans to recruit 75 new business angels in 2019.

The new investors will have a combined total of at least €15 million available to invest in start-ups based in the island of Ireland.

The Halo Business Angel Network is an all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and an initiative of Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland.

Image: John Phelan, national director, Halo Business Angel Network - https://www.rte.ie

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When you say that you “don’t have enough time,” what you’re really saying is that you don’t have time for the activities that you want or need to do. You can’t actually create more time. We’ve all got a fixed 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. But in 2019, you can feel like you have more time every week by making different choices about how you allocate your hours.

 

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Given all the data showing otherwise, it’s hard to believe that institutional funders don’t know that women entrepreneurs have a harder time raising money. For example, investors ask male founders questions related to promotion or gain and female founders questions related to prevention or loss, according to Dana Kanze’s research among TechCrunch Disrupt competitors. The different focus resulted in men raising five times as much as women.

Image: Shabari Raje of Find Me a Shoe at Dell Springboard Women Funding Women event - SPRINGBOARD

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Richard Branson has made a career out of disrupting mainstream industries, from airlines and trains to mobile phones and media. Another industry, he writes on his blog, that "is particularly ripe for disruption" in today's world is "air conditioning."

"It represents a $100 billion market today and is set to grow to nearly four times that size by 2050," says the entrepreneur.

Image: https://www.cnbc.com

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When I call Alana, she’s busy packing for the Thanksgiving break—she’ll be heading back to the US for the holiday. Despite the stress of travelling, she’s eager to talk about what she deems her “scattered” career journey that took her to the MSc in Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School.

“My original plan was to go to a PhD in clinical neuropsychology,” she explains. Alana worked at Boston Children’s Hospital for almost three years doing neuropsychological assessments and research and afterwards cemented her interest in the field with a Masters in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Image: Alana is originally from Puerto Rico, and has studied at Northeastern University and Harvard - https://www.businessbecause.com

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A biotechnology venture capital firm is ringing in the new year with its latest fund, having raised a quarter of $1 billion.

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Atlas Venture said Wednesday that it closed its first Opportunity Fund, or AVOF I, with an oversubscribed fund raise of $250 million. The firm plans to invest the money in companies already in its portfolio.

 

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The US health care system relies heavily on private markets. While private insurers, provider organizations, and drug and device companies are familiar to many, little is known about the increasing presence of venture capital in today’s delivery system. The growth of venture capital and venture capital -backed, early-stage companies (startups) deserves the attention of patients and policy makers because advancements in medicine are no longer exclusively born from providers within the delivery system and increasingly from innovators outside of it. 

 

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As the fintech landscape continues to evolve, a look at the newest developments from across the globe.

Fintech, the portmanteau of finance and technology, represents the collision of two worlds—and the evolution of the use of technology in financial services. Financial services and technology are locked in a firm embrace, and with this union comes both disruption and synergies.

 

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