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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 revised NAFTA agreement — now the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — has been making progress, and Canada is now proceeding with ratification of the deal. However, a challenge standing in the way of full ratification is objections to some of the life-sciences, copyright, and other intellectual property (IP) provisions established in USMCA’s Chapter 20.

 

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US states with the lowest college graduation rates Business Insider

Colleges across the US have different graduation rates, and as the map above shows, those rates vary from state to state.

The Department of Education provides data on the share of undergraduate students who complete their degree within 150% of the expected time — that is, graduating within six years for a standard four-year bachelor's degree. For each state, we took an average of those graduation rates among all the colleges and universities in that state that mainly award bachelor's degrees, as opposed to certificate programs or associates degrees.

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The summer college baseball season is in full swing. If you've never heard of college summer baseball, you're not alone--the games aren't usually well attended.

It's a different show in Savannah, Georgia--literally. How baseball became the family event of the season in town is a master class for anyone who wants to turn customers into raving fans.

 

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The Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) is the first stop we visited. Walking into its headquarters, I saw several young men and women standing on the grass chatting. They were brainstorming for an innovative project.

"Innovation has changed Israel" and "Innovation has changed our society" is the first thing JVP founder and chairman, Erel Margalit, said when meeting us.

This is by no means exaggeration. Data shows that high-tech industries provide about one-third of Israel's employment and contribute more than half of the country's GDP. Among the high-tech companies listed on Nasdaq, the total number of Israeli companies ranks the second, only after the United States.

Image: Photo taken on March 18, 2019 shows a sewage treatment plant in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Xinhua/ Guoyu)  

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We Need To Build An Innovation Economy For The 21st Century Digital Tonto

In a recent New York Times column, Bret Stephens argued that the political opposition needs to “celebrate prosperity, not deny or trivialize it.” He has a point. We are in the midst of a historic expansion, with record low unemployment, rising wages and low inflation. That is something to celebrate.

However, what Stephens failed to address is that, in the midst of all this prosperity, there is considerable anxiety about the economy. Some of this anxiety can be quantified in statistics like rising income inequality, national debt, credit card debt and the fact that 40% of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency expense.

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The onslaught of digital distractions is taking a big toll on businesses. A new survey from Udemy finds that it’s a special  challenge for Millennials and Gen Z workers, 36% of whom report spending two hours or more each workday “looking at their phones for personal activities.”

As they lose time to all the distractions around them, employees are “stressed, unmotivated, and feeling bad about themselves, their jobs, and their careers,” the poll found. Three quarters of those who have learned to reduce distractions say they’ve become more productive.

 

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Early investors and employees at Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc., and other tech companies are getting a double reward this year: a wave of initial public offerings that puts billions of dollars in their pockets, and a quirk in the law that means some of that money will be tax-free.

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New study finds 9 billion in technology sales following NCI funded research TechLink

If you’re skeptical about the value of qualitative market research, Jesse Caesar gets it. “I started out as a creative. I saw market researchers as these killjoys who came in and lifted their leg on all of my beautiful work to make it bland and palatable for the masses,” he says. “Obviously, as a market researcher, I think a little differently now.”

 

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The 50 Most Influential People in Health Care of 2018 Time com

Most research and training in sales focuses on acquiring customers, but, as ecosystems become increasingly dynamic and discontinuous, it’s also important to focus on winning back customers you’ve lost.

Reacquisition is especially important for B2B companies. Because of current trends— increase in the number and size of mergers, the variety of choice in global markets, and uncertainty about trade wars—customers are constantly re-evaluating their relationship with suppliers and making changes.

 

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