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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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If you are an entrepreneur these days, or trying to grow an existing business, everyone is telling you that you need to use social media. There are many ‘experts’ out there telling you how to do it, or even offering their services. But very few are talking about how to measure your results and return on investment (ROI), and the right metrics for optimizing your marketing environment.

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The Baruch S. Blumberg Institute is proud to partner with Widener University to offer a Master of Organizational Development and Leadership at our campus at 3805 Old Easton Road, Doylestown (next to Doylestown Airport). This degree can be earned in one year through evening classes designed for working professionals. Learn more at an upcoming Information Session on March 21, April 6 or April 11, or visit www.widener.edu/odl.

Beginning this summer, the unique program will allow students to continue working full-time as they earn a professional Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership, with a specialization in Life Sciences Management and Entrepreneurship.

 

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Lisa Caldwell

Innovation: A word more and more manufacturing companies are placing at the heart of their business strategy. But do they really understand what it means and, crucially, do they know how to turn it from an industry buzzword into a real, scalable plan of action?

Scale, not speed

Ask 100 people to describe innovation and the majority will probably tell you innovation is about ideation — about coming up with the next big thing.

 

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Switching careers can feel intimidating, but you’ve got to make some moves if you’re spinning your wheels at your current job. Tech industry jobs are hot right now, and you can make great money once you’ve got the know-how to compete with other tech candidates. Here’s a breakdown of the fields with the best opportunities.

 

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Most of the world’s great market-creating innovations – innovations for which there was previously no offering for a particular consumer, or no affordable offering - have transformed economies, nations, and created entirely new segments of consumers.  Most passionate innovators lie awake dreaming of the potential ubiquity of something they create. But now there’s something else they can dream about as well.  Through their market-creating efforts, they can imagine potentially lifting millions out of poverty.

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When I entered the venture capital industry, I admired the work of “father of venture capital” George Doriot – taking risks on revolutionary ideas and seeing them pay off. But I was a little mystified by the venture capitalists (VCs) of the current era. Based on the public versions of their success stories, I thought they were extremely lucky or they had a special gift of predicting the future or a combination of both. I also found them very intimidating, unapproachable and unrelatable. I didn’t want to do business the way they did.

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St. Patrick’s Day

Every March 17, the United States becomes an emerald country for a day. Americans wear green clothes and quaff green beer. Green milkshakes, bagels and grits appear on menus. In a leprechaun-worthy shenanigan, Chicago even dyes its river green.

Revelers from coast to coast celebrate all things Irish by hoisting pints of Guinness and cheering bagpipers, step dancers and marching bands parading through city streets. These familiar annual traditions weren’t imported from Ireland, however. They were made in America.

 

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In 2018, no other country in Europe saw more patents filed relative to population size than Switzerland. This has been found by a new report from the European Patent Office. The most Swiss patent applications come from the Basel pharmaceutical giant Roche.

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RYDER CARROLL

Ryder Carroll didn’t set out initially to develop the Bullet Journal Method– a productivity system and mindfulness practice that has thousands of devoted followers using it to live more productive and meaningful lives. His more modest post-college goal was to afford to live in NYC, have a steady paying job and carve out some time on the side to pursue his side passions. In this interview, I speak with Ryder on our From the Dorm Room to the Board Room podcast about the reality of finding your way in the professional world. The following excerpt from that interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

 

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GAITHERSBURG, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 11, 2019--The Maryland Tech Council (MTC) has announced the finalists for its annual Industry Awards Celebration (IAC). Winners will be revealed at a celebration on May 22, 2019 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The event, which draws more than 500 executives from the technology and life sciences communities, celebrates individuals and companies that have made a significant impact in their sectors.

 

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European universities need to embrace change by continuing to forge alliances with innovative companies and independent research groups to use and develop their knowledge in cooperation with the outside world, experts agreed at the 8 March launch of the European University Association’s new report The Role of Universities in Regional Innovation Ecosystems.

 

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Gov. Tim Walz's budget proposal includes $9 million to create a new Minnesota Innovation Collaborative.

If approved by the legislature, the effort would funnel grants and other aid to help start, grow or attract high-tech start-up firms in Minnesota.

The collaborative plans to rely on a host of new state grants, apprenticeship programs, and new office or lab space that will be dedicated to outreach, education and training.

 

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