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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.

Two years ago print was going to soldier on another 10 years. Now it's five--or fewer.

What a difference two years makes.

In 2008, Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired magazine, told a reporter for the New York Observer that ten years hence (or sometime around 2018) ink on paper magazines would remain the dominant delivery mechanism for the contents of his publication. When asked whether magazines would be supplanted by then, he answered:

"In a decade time frame?" asked Chris Anderson, editor of Wired. "No. Technology adoption happens slowly. This is the editor of Wired telling you no. Obviously, newspapers are going to be changing dramatically over the next few years, but magazines are not newspapers. And I think magazines 10 years from now are going to look something like they do now."
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CAIRO: The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank approved a grant to Egypt, a loan of $1.2 billion Egyptian pounds to support the development of wind energy. 800 million pounds will be provided by the Clean Technology Fund, which will be a first for the fund in the Middle East and North Africa.

The project will support the strategy of Egypt towards renewable energy, which is attaching a high priority program to generate electricity on a wide range of renewable energy sources, “which help to achieve national objectives and regional savings in fossil fuels, environmental protection, creation of job opportunities that takes into account environmental considerations and technology transfer,” the ministry of environment told Bikya Masr on Sunday.

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In his 1931 classic Epic of America, James Truslow Adams defines the American dream as the ability of both men and women to reach their fullest potential. The American fitness dream follows the same idea, but with a slight addendum: minimal time and effort. That's where the Hawaii Chair makes its retail mark, because, honestly, who has time to go to the gym? With the Hawaii Chair, you can "take the work out of your workout," keeping fit while you sit at your desk. How? A 2,800-r.p.m. motor positioned beneath the seat simulates the hula motion at multiple speeds to tone muscle. It claims to be ideal when handling all work-related tasks, from answering phone calls to filing papers. But as Ellen DeGeneres , pouring a glass of water proves to be a stretch.

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The latest organization to spring fully formed from the brow of San Diego’s Life Sciences community was not Athena, but the San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange, which Denise profiled in March when the SDEE was preparing to hold its first meeting.

I’d guess close to 140 people turned out earlier this week for the group’s second meeting, which was organized around a case study presentation and discussion among local biotech entrepreneurs who were successful in winning Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the National Institutes of Health. These are small grants. David Larocca, the founder, CEO, and principle scientist of Mandala Biosciences, says a Phase I SBIR “proof of principle” grant is usually limited to $150,000, while a Phase II “commercialization” grant is typically limited to $1.2 million.

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Citypark We live in challenging times. Unemployment remains high, and the U.S. lead in technology and science is slipping as many foreign countries gain ground. But some U.S. cities, though slowed by the Great Recession, still thrive by lifting good old American innovation to new levels. And that will help put more Americans back to work and keep our international edge.

In Kiplinger's latest search for top cities, we focused on places that specialize in out-of-the-box thinking. "New ideas generate new businesses," says Kevin Stolarick, our numbers guru, who this year evaluated U.S. cities for growth and growth potential. Stolarick is research director at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank that studies economic prosperity. "In the places where innovation works, it really works," he says.

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altaltRichard Bendis is participating as a plenary speaker in The Technopolicy Network Annual Conference "Building a World-Class Knowledge Region", Heidelberg, Germany, 29 September - 1 October.

Against the backdrop of Biotechnology Region Rhein Neckar (BioRN), Germany's award winning top-cluster, The Technopolicy Network is organizing its 7th Annual conference. The conference will focus on the aspects that are needed to create a knowledge region that is truly of world-class. To this extend the importance of international alliances will be stressed. Bendis is a globally-recognized expert in shaping innovation-based clusters and a front runner in strengthening ties of innovation intermediaries across the Atlantic. Bendis is chairman of The Technopolicy Network's Transatlantic Innovation initiative to strengthen ties between Europe and North America in the field of Innovation. This comes at a moment that globalization and growing competition increases the necessity of strategic alliances to preserve ones’ leading position in knowledge intensive innovation. The work group anticipates and promotes a more intensive collaboration between European and North-American countries in the innovation field. Outcome of last year’s Transatlantic Innovation event, which Bendis also participated in, includes the setting-up of transatlantic innovation intermediary networks, transatlantic  investment formats (for VC’s or business Angels) and connecting public funds for more intense transatlantic collaboration between universities and companies.

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threaded wooden business cardToday we have come up with some Cool Business Cards which will show you how much scope of creativity business card designing has. It’s said “First Impression is the Last Impression” and business cards are a vital part of any professional’s imprint on Client. These designs give a new direction to its inventing & implementing. Enjoy!
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Silicon Solar Solutions is commercializing a technology to create large grain polysilicon that can reduce the cost of solar cells by 26%, or $0.42 per watt. The fully in-line process reduces the labor requirements significantly when compared to traditional processing which enables cost competitive local manufacturing. Closing the NASDAQ is part of winning the Stuart Clark Venture Challenge and will be broadcast onto the NASDAQ tower overlooking Times Square. All of the company’s employees will be in attendance in addition to representatives from the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Innovate Arkansas, Green Valley Development, and private investors.

Steve Rust, president and CEO of Green Valley Development said, “We are proud to be associated with such forward thinkers for the Arkansas economy. Silicon Solar Solutions is an extraordinary local company that fits our mission to attract the world’s best sustainability innovators, grow local companies, recruit new companies and technologies and then coordinate just in time delivery of the capital, resources, and services needed for a Green Valley company to excel in the world market.”

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The Global Innovation Index is a global index measuring the level of innovation of a country, produced jointly by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and The Manufacturing Institute (MI), the NAM's nonpartisan research affiliate. NAM describes it as the "largest and most comprehensive global index of its kind".

The International Innovation Index is part of a large research study that looked at both the business outcomes of innovation and government's ability to encourage and support innovation through public policy. The study comprised a survey of more than 1,000 senior executives from NAM member companies across all industries; in-depth interviews with 30 of the executives; and a comparison of the "innovation friendliness" of 110 countries and all 50 U.S. states. The findings are published in the report, "The Innovation Imperative in Manufacturing: How the United States Can Restore Its Edge."

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What’s cooler than a rotating house? One whose solar panels produce five times the energy the house uses. That’s pretty incredible, considering that even zero-energy structures are rare.

German architect Rolf Disch built the home, called Heliotrope, to follow the sun throughout the day. The structure features triple panes of thermally insulated glass to strike a balance between letting light in and keeping the house cooler inside.

A giant 6.6-kilowatt-capacity rooftop solar panel called the Sun Sail slurps up the rays of energy, pumping them into the home and grid. Solar thermal collectors on balcony railings act as water heaters and radiators. On cloudy days, the house can be heated with wood chips and solar thermal heating.

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financial careersWhat is a "Lifestyle Entrepreneur"?

All work and no play are making too many entrepreneurs a rather dull bunch in this day and age. With their careers taking up a major part of their time, they have very little time and energy left for their friends and family, and even their personal well being.

The title "lifestyle entrepreneur" is given to anyone who starts a business not for financial gains, but for lifestyle rewards. The biggest motivation for all lifestyle entrepreneurs is an overwhelming desire for independence. They dream of working for themselves, and running a business that is in tune with their lifestyle. Therefore, practically anyone with an independent bent of mind can take up lifestyle entrepreneurship.
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Received a note from someone at Santa Clara University, which is currently running a “boot camp” on social entrepreneurship as part of the Global Social Benefit Incubator. One of the big pushes for this year’s program is renewable energy. But what caught my attention as I was reading this email was the highlight on solar companies that fell outside the normal technology manufacturing, financing and integration crowd that I usually interview. Here are three of those companies, proving that solar could have an impact on far more than home energy consumption or for keeping one of your gadgets charged on the beach.
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