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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.

The Ocean Cleanup device is redesigned and ready to try again

In late 2019, the giant Ocean Cleanup device—a huge floating barrier created to catch pieces of plastic trash floating in the sea that for years was the just a theoretical idea (and the subject of much press attention)—headed out for its  first mission to the middle of the Pacific Ocean for a second time. The big question: Could the system actually work?

Image: courtesy The Ocean Cleanup

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A tourist or even a demographer may sit at a café near the Louvre and imagine that the architecture and development of Paris looks the same, all the way to the urban fringe. Yet Paris is much more than the city proper (“Ville de Paris”). It is surrounded by the balance of the Paris urban area (“unité urbaine”), the continuous urban footprint that extends up to 20 miles (32 kilometers) in each direction and is largely suburban.


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Malini Saba

We all have heard one fact from every entrepreneur about the success that it doesn’t come up with reading articles in newspaper or websites. The process begins with the idea. Everyone’s definition is different about this very topic but it concludes with ‘paving your own path’. Some become millionaires while some with their hard work and knowledge are billionaires. So, what distinguish billionaires from millionaires?


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In their book, Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People, authors Jeffrey Pfeffer and Charles O’Reilly claim that there is mounting evidence that delegating more responsibility for decision making increases productivity, morale, and commitment, all of which impact company culture. A 2015 Gallup study of the entrepreneurial talents of 143 CEOs on the Inc. 500 list showed that companies run by executives who effectively delegate authority grow faster, generate more revenue, and create more jobs.


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The Maui Food Innovation Center is now offering the Maui Food Industry X-celerator program on-line to support the Hawaiʻi’s food “startup” community.

The Maui Food Industry Accelerator Program (MFIX) is the first food-industry business accelerator program in the state of Hawaiʻi.  MFIX allows businesses to identify areas for growth and improvement geared towards the special challenges and opportunities of the food industry for Hawaiʻi-grown and manufactured food products.


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WOODSIDE, Calif. — There’s a house situated on a wooded hillside in this wealthy Bay Area town, its entryway shaded by a pergola covered in vines, the mountains framed by wood-trimmed windows, stones paving a sweeping garden.

But it isn’t your typical multimillion-dollar Bay Area home. Instead of a couch and a television, the living room is dotted with desks. Instead of T-ball trophies and family photos, the gallery wall in the hallway is plastered with prints about startups working on men’s fertility tests, subscription plans for egg freezing, and catheters for chemotherapy. (The kitchen, however, is still stocked with snacks.)


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Having a set of graphics for your crowdfunding campaign is a must. But the challenge lies in how you balance all of the different types of graphics in one place. This blog highlights the types of graphics you need for your campaign with examples of those who've done it right so far.


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san francisco

As the home of Silicon Valley and global success stories from Google to Apple, the United States tops the global ranking of the best countries to be an entrepreneur. With a highly-skilled workforce, competitiveness and openness for business, as well as having easy access to capital for entrepreneurs, the U.S. rates highly across the board. The country comes first in the overall “best countries for entrepreneurship” index, 2019.


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EDA Update

EDA is encouraging its economic development partners to think of Opportunity Zone investment as a new arrow in their quiver to not only enhance ROI for business interests, but also to encourage the public/private partnerships needed to drive private investment to distressed areas.  

We now have an EDA Opportunity Zone Web page for economic development stakeholders and others to use as a resource to further help foster job creation and attract private investment to support development in economically distressed areas across the United States.


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University of Wisconsin

Although public colleges do not dominate the Forbes America’s Top Colleges List — only a quarter of schools in the top 100 are public and less than half of the overall list is made of public institutions — public schools provide some of the most accessible and high-quality education in the country.

More than 5 million students attend the public colleges that make America's Top Colleges List. The average in-state cost of attendance for the public colleges on the America’s Top Colleges list is nearly $30,000 a year less than private colleges on the list: $25,759 compared to $57,128.


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