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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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Why did birds lose their teeth? Was it so they would be lighter in the air? Or are pointy beaks better for worm-eating than the jagged jaws of dinosaur ancestors?

Actually, birds gave up teeth to speed up egg hatching, a research paper published Wednesday suggests, challenging long-held scientific views on the evolution of the toothless beak.

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Xconomy Texas —  San Antonio — Two Texas startup programs are teaming up to run a “pre-incubator” for startups that are still developing their business ideas.

Called the Velocity360 program, the incubator is run over eight weeks by VelocityTX and its partner, EPIcenter. Entrepreneurs will work with VelocityTX and EPIcenter once a week on the viability of their ideas for new products and services, aiming to determine whether they need to proceed with, pivot from, or ditch their current business.

 

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Now that most Opportunity Zones have been designated, we thought it would be good to provide some insight on the basics of Opportunity Zones and how this tax incentive could be used to spur investment into low-income and underserved communities across the country. How should local communities with Opportunity Zones begin the important work of identifying potential investments and attracting investors? We review the basics in this post from the Council of Development Finance Agencies.

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GENEVA, Switzerland – May 22, 2018 – Research to develop life-saving products, including new vaccines and other products to protect against deadly drug-resistant bacterial infections, got a significant boost today.

The UK Government’s Global Antimicrobial Resistance Innovation Fund (GAMRIF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have joined the CARB-X partnership to support scientific research around the world to develop new vaccines, preventatives, and other products against drug-resistant bacterial infections, particularly among vulnerable populations in low- and middle-income countries.

 

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If money talks, then venture capitalists sure have a lot to say this year.

According to a research note from Goldman Sachs released Wednesday, May 23, CB Insights found total venture capital in private and emerging companies in the first quarter of 2018 totaled $22.1 billion. That's an increase of 21% sequentially and 49% annually, and it's the highest total funding amount Goldman has seen since it began tracking the data at the start of 2016.

 

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Sarah Wilson wears the same gym clothes every morning.

She always wakes up at 6 am, promptly changes out of her pajamas, and into the running gear she laid out the night before. And then, no matter what the weather is like, or what kind of mood she’s feeling, she goes outside.

 

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Tucson, Arizona, May 22nd, 2018 - ROI Research on Investment (ROI), an award winning global authority on investment attraction for economic development organizations, today announced that it will become the Investment Attraction Knowledge Partner of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP). Initially, ROI will host a sereis of webinars and training sessions to AURP membership on topics including: best practices related to lead generation, business development, benchmark assessment/value proposition formulation, cluster targeting and digital marketing.

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Services and technology have become the fastest-growing profit pool in the healthcare industry over the past five years, a trend driven by the significant value creation potential of technology-based and -enabled innovations. Major technological advances (e.g., interoperability, advanced analytics, machine learning, digitization, the Internet of Things) have found numerous applications in healthcare—and present important opportunities to address the half a trillion dollars of annual spending resulting from low productivity and waste.

 

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Anything worth doing involves overcoming obstacles—sometimes they’re small and other times enormous. Sometimes they’re expected and other times they are complete curveballs. One way to help get past setbacks is to remember that they are coming. There’s a slide I use in a lot of presentations and talks that I give. On one side of the slide there’s a picture of a grassy mountain on a sunny day, and I show a line pointing near the top, to the word “me.” On the other side there’s a photo of a steep, dangerous mountain on a dark and stormy day, and I show a line pointing to the very bottom, where it also reads “me.”

 

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Sahil Vora

I used to think that entrepreneurship is like running a marathon. Over the years I have learned that it is more like an Ironman (3.86 km swim, 180.25 km bicycle ride and a 42.20 km run, without a break). Not only will you need to grind it out like an ironman, but you will also need different skills during this journey.

 

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