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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.

Steve Jobs at D8Steve Jobs lived up to the hype at D8 on Tuesday, forecasting a dim future for PCs and Google TV, offering candid comments on the Gizmodo iPhone incident, and more.

Thrown by All Things D and hosted by the Wall Street Journal's head tech writer, Walt Mossberg, this year's D conference (the eighth, hence "D8") is the first since 2007 in which Jobs has participated. Given the media attention, you'd think Jobs was the only one speaking.

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Lahttp://zervosc.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/oecd.jpgst week, the OECD held its 2010 Ministerial meeting and policy forum. The focus of the meetings was on economic recovery and sustained growth. One of the highlights was the release of OECD's Innovation Strategy -- a three year multi-disciplinary effort.

The Key Findings report outlines why it matters.

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More than a few Canadian companies are ready to go public, though only a handful - some gutsy tech startups with heavy backing -- are likely to brave the recent market turbulence and take the final step.

Over the past weeks, initial public stock offerings by Canadian companies have not fared so well, raising less cash than expected in some cases and dropping below their IPO price soon after trading began in others.

Despite months of preparation, sponsors of some issues have pulled or delayed them after prospective buyers proved disinterested.

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Allain AndryThe North Carolina Biotechnology Center, together with other partners, recently released a BioPharma Manufacturing Labor Market Analysis for the greater Charlotte, NC region. The study concludes that the people and skills in the regional labor force can support a major biomanufacturing facility. And the Charlotte region is already recognized for its existing transportation, distribution and energy infrastructure.

So, if a company is considering building a new biomanufacturing facility in the Charlotte region or anywhere else in NC, what economic incentives might be available?

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CFast Company Logohina is really frightening. Having spent the last three days meeting with Chinese startups and investors, I can see how their culture could easily eat our lunch. it is still difficult and expensive to get wi-fi here, so I will briefly summarize my thoughts and refer you to this presentation by Benjamin Joffee that tells it all. Benjamin is an Internet strategist who has been working here for five years. If what he’s seen is anything like what I’ve experienced on this return visit, my fourth over a 30 year period, it is mind boggling. Just look at the chopsticks in the preso and you will be convinced.

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http://i.cmpnet.com/infoweek/logos/iw_gov_logo.gifThe House of Representatives has reauthorized an act that provides $84 billion in funding to help the United States stay competitive in technology and science.

On Friday, lawmakers passed the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010, or H.R. 5116, which allocates the money over five years to the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other organizations that conduct research and development in science and technology.

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http://angelcapitalassociation.org/data/Image/Template/logo.pngSeveral states have instituted tax credit programs for angel investors. Below are links to relevant Web sites for individual states, often with links to the applications or forms needed to participate. Please note that the programs are very different by state, with a wide variety of details involved. It should also be noted that most of the tax credits are on income, and because some states do not have income tax, the credits would not work in every state.

Specific questions about individual state tax credit programs should be directed to the states, using contact information included in Web links. If you are aware of additional materials or states that should be included on this page, please contact Marianne Hudson or Public Policy Committee Co-chairs Liddy Karter or Robert Franklin.

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The Pleasures of Imagination 1How do Americans spend their leisure time? The answer might surprise you. The most common voluntary activity is not eating, drinking alcohol, or taking drugs. It is not socializing with friends, participating in sports, or relaxing with the family. While people sometimes describe sex as their most pleasurable act, time-management studies find that the average American adult devotes just four minutes per day to sex.

Our main leisure activity is, by a long shot, participating in experiences that we know are not real. When we are free to do whatever we want, we retreat to the imagination—to worlds created by others, as with books, movies, video games, and television (over four hours a day for the average American), or to worlds we ourselves create, as when daydreaming and fantasizing. While citizens of other countries might watch less television, studies in England and the rest of Europe find a similar obsession with the unreal.

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With more and more universities making a push to commercialize their research, five academic technology-transfer associations from around the world have formed a new organization that will set standards of professionalism for people working in the field.

Backers of the new organization, the Alliance for Technology Transfer Professionals, said it is designed "to help further professionalize and promote technology and knowledge transfer" on a global basis.

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Thttp://www.kauffman.org/SiteCssImages/logo.jpghe Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is pleased to announce the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program, an initiative of great significance to the faculty and students of your institution. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the Kauffman Foundation will award up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

This initiative will help launch a cohort of world-class scholars into this exciting field, thus laying a foundation for future scientific advancement. We hope that the findings generated by this effort will be translated into knowledge with immediate application for policy makers, educators, service providers, and entrepreneurs.

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Einztein Knowledge NetworkLast year I covered Berkery Noyes' first-ever Venture Capital Summit in Education held at Stanford, where VCs and private equity firms talked about the enormous potential in disrupting one of the world's biggest industries, one that still remains tantalizingly locked up by bureaucracies within bureaucracies. This year's edition will be held at the SoHo HQ of Scholastic, the ginormous kid's publisher, and co-sponsored by Startl, the "venture philanthropy" and educational startup incubator. Yesterday they announced the 10 early-stage companies that will be part of their showcase. These run the gamut of approaches to the challenges of better teaching and learning using technology.

There are the gamers: Muzzy Lane Software, which does immersive 3-D learning environments (like a really cool one of Boston's Chinatown), and Launchpad Toys, which makes Toontastic, "a storytelling and animation tool for the iPad" that debuted at this year's Maker Faire. There are the social networks: Everloop is for tweens and Notehall enables the sale of notes and tests, student to student (sounds a little shady!) There are iPhone/iPad based companies: Watermelon Express (test prep), Irynsoft (full course delivery, with social networking) and CCKF (an agnostic "adaptive learning" engine). Then there's the miscellaneous: Presence Telecare brings speech pathologists to work with students over video chat, and FairChoice Systems helps colleges organize their health information and deliver needed info to students on their smartphones.

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elevator bankWhen I first started attending panels and VC events, there was a lot of hype around the concept of an ”elevator pitch”. An elevator pitch is an overview of a new business idea that an entrepreneur can explain to an investor in the length of a chance elevator ride shared by the two parties. In approximately one minute, the entrepreneur needs to bait and hook a VC so that he can reel the investor in later.

At business plan competitions and pitch events, “pitch coaches” spent hours with entrepreneurs sharing with them the secrets of the arcane art of the elevator pitch. And once their disciples were fully indoctrinated, the newbies would get to show off their elevator pitching skills. Most entrepreneurs are trained to pack as much information as possible into that minute, driving most pitches to sound like they were being delivered by the spokesman for MicroMachines.

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