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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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Dashboards like this are a popular way to share information on government program performance. Economic development organizations are increasingly developing their own dashboards or transparency portals to provide better data on incentive use and program outcomes.

The TNECD Performance Metrics platform’s purpose, according to COO Ted Townsend, is to “serve as a valuable resource for citizens who want to engage with TNECD.” Transparency advocates within Tennessee have praised the new dashboards for making “data useful to ordinary citizens” and showing how the TNECD is working to bridge the gap from where the state’s economy is to where it wants to be.

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Americans are identifying the need for more healthcare innovation, according to a recent survey.

A Klick Health consumer survey, conducted by Maru/Matchbox, found that only 17% of people rank health-related sectors as most innovative, but 40% think they should be.

“Even in today’s modern world, people think that healthcare innovation will help physicians better treat patients most,” said Keith Liu, Klick SVP of Products and Innovation. “This suggests that, when it comes to healthcare, people still want a human connection, empathy, and other benefits that can only be obtained through the patient-physician experience.”

 

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This summer 12 new recruits will report to NASA Johnson Space Center to start a two-year boot camp for “astronaut candidates.” They will train in teamwork, spacewalking and spacecraft operations, as well as learning Russian—a skill they will need to communicate with cosmonauts on joint missions. Yet when and where they will eventually fly is still unclear. The lucky 12 beat out a record 18,300 applicants to become astronauts at a time when the job description is somewhat unspecified. Will they live and work on the International Space Station (ISS) as astronauts do today? Probably, although NASA has not said exactly how long it will continue to operate the station. The agency plans to run it until at least 2024, but could decide to extend its tenure until 2028.* Might they fly to new destinations, like Mars, or revisit the moon? It’s anyone’s guess.

Image: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston following the introduction of NASA's 2017 astronaut candidate class on June 7, 2017. Credit: NASA

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Popular TV shows such as HBO’s Silicon Valley, AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and movies such as The Social Network, Jobs make it seem like all tech jobs are in the San Francisco Bay area. Although California is home to a high number of tech giants per capita, the state does not even make it into the top ranks for the most U.S. tech workers per capita.

In fact, Massachusetts, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, Minnesota and Maryland have the largest tech workforces per capita, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These states’ most common tech jobs include software developers, management analysts, computer systems analysts and computer user support specialists.

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Dreamit Ventures, a renowned accelerator program topping the entrepreneurial ecosystem, is expanding its successful accelerator with a new program focused on Urban Tech. Dreamit has launched over 300 companies that have raised $500 million in funding and have a combined valuation of more than $2 billion.

Dreamit UrbanTech invests in and nurtures startups that solve issues for urban areas and that impact the built environment. This includes startups in real estate tech, smart cities, energy efficiency, construction tech, and transportation.

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Mercedes-Benz wants to bring autonomous transportation to the masses. 

Last year, the company's semi-autonomous bus, called the Future Bus, drove a little more than 12 miles from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport to Haarlem, a city just outside Amsterdam. The bus's journey was especially impressive because the route included traffic lights, tunnels, and required the bus to navigate around people. 

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A pair of Kansas City venture capitalists were recently selected to participate in the highly-esteemed investor program Kauffman Fellows.

As part of an Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation program announced in October, Kauffman Fellows awarded scholarships to Stray Dog Capital CEO Lisa Feria and Flyover Capital partner Thad Langford. The program also awarded scholarships to Scott Bernstein, principal of St. Louis-based Lewis & Clark Ventures, and Victor Gutwein, founder of Chicago-based M25. The four will undergo the program’s two-year venture capital and leadership program based in Silicon Valley.

Image: Flyover Capital partner Thad Langford and Stray Dog Capital CEO Lisa Feria - http://www.startlandnews.com

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Apple still isn't making any promises about whether it will release a self-driving car in the future, but the company's CEO Tim Cook recently acknowledged that the company is working on the brains of one.

During an interview with Bloomberg Television's Emily Chang at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5, Tim Cook said the Cupertino tech giant is currently working on what it believes to be "the mother of all AI projects."

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Big data analytics are entirely transforming business paradigms. Automated databases are enabling businesses to perform mundane tasks more efficiently. And, the commercial sector isn’t the only area to benefit from data analytics. Its impact is widespread and is being seen across many different sectors, including healthcare.

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Democrats Believe In Starbucks Republicans Believe In Exxon

In January, when Starbucks announced a plan to hire 10,000 refugees over five years, it may have hoped to gild its reputation for doing good. But, if so, it was in for a rude surprise. By mid-February, its brand perception score had fallen by two-thirds, according to one ranking.

Apparently many consumers were influenced by a #BoycottStarbucks outbreak on Twitter (a patriotic “movement” according to Breitbart) and by a meme suggesting the coffee giant was privileging foreign workers over veterans (even though Starbucks has a separate program for veterans).

Image: The 10 brands consumers say have the most “purpose.” (Image: courtesy Enso)

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Let’s be real for a second: You don’t have a monumental bit of news to report every time you have to give a presentation. Maybe the third Tuesday of the month has just rolled around, and it’s time to update your team on the latest batch of figures. And whatever status report, project review, or operational details you’re going to share with them, you know it’ll be dull.

So how do you make those basic facts and figures more than a form of ritualized torture? Here are a few pointers.

 

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To fill a pair of life-sciences buildings on the East Side it built during the past decade, Alexandria Real Estate Equities recruited big pharmaceutical companies, like Eli Lilly and Roche, as anchor tenants. Now the firm is focusing on startups it hopes will spur the next wave of growth at its Alexandria Center for Life Science campus.

Image: Photo: Courtesy of Alexandria Real Estate Equities - Alexandria Center for Life Science

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