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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 first few weeks of a new quarter bring a predictable pattern: We look back on past goals and set our sights on fresh, new ambitions. But while plans are projected in months, we know the true progress happens by the week, day and hour — where all the distraction traps are laid and it’s easier to lose your way.

It’s on those time horizons where competing priorities clamor for our limited time, and finding focus becomes all the more vital, despite the stumbling blocks that stand in our way.


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With the increasing importance of the small firm sector to national economies, there has been a progressive attempt by many governments to develop policies specifically targeted at supporting the development of small firms.

However, given that small firms are meant to operate within a free market economy, why should the government support small firms?

One of the primary arguments for the development of specific small firm policies is that they are disadvantaged in the market relative to larger firms. There are four major areas of market failure that might justify the development of policies to support and promote small scale enterprise.


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Scientists at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have printed the world’s first 3D vascularized engineered heart using a patient’s own cells and biological materials. Their findings appear (“Printing of Personalized Thick and Perfusable Cardiac Patches and Hearts”) in Advanced Science.

“Generation of thick vascularized tissues that fully match the patient still remains an unmet challenge in cardiac tissue engineering. Here, a simple approach to 3D-print thick, vascularized, and perfusable cardiac patches that completely match the immunological, cellular, biochemical, and anatomical properties of the patient is reported. To this end, a biopsy of an omental tissue is taken from patients.

Image: A 3D-printed, small-scaled human heart engineered from the patient's own materials and cells (Advanced Science. © 2019 The Authors.)

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RICHMOND HILL, ON, April 15, 2019 /CNW/ - The success of Canada's economy and our ability to create good, middle-class jobs depends on the capacity of Canadian businesses to innovate and take those innovations to market. The Government of Canada, through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), is delivering on its commitment to support the growth of Canadian businesses and create jobs by making significant investments in innovation.


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Scale Up New Zealand

Introducing Scale-Up NZ: the gateway to New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem

A free online platform connecting New Zealand businesses with funders, incubators, multinationals and other collaborators launches today.

Scale-Up NZ, from Callaghan Innovation, shines a light on our thriving innovation ecosystem. It delivers accurate insights on ambitious, innovative New Zealand companies, removing information gaps that too often prevent our businesses from achieving their potential.


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Gil Press

The venture capital industry is under attack. Prominent VC firm Andreessen Horowitz is “blowing up the venture capital model,” transforming itself into a “financial adviser” so it can beat “antiquated rules about what is and isn't a ‘venture capital’ investment.” The customers are also dissatisfied: VC funding isn’t right for most startups says founder Bryce Roberts, voicing the concerns of a growing number of entrepreneurs who are “jaded by the traditional [VC] playbook.“ And millions of participants in the stock market (about half of U.S. households own stocks) watch haplessly as a number of “unicorns” finally go public this year, “after large gains have been captured by elite early investors.”


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In honor of the new JLABS @ Washington, DC – a 32,000 square foot facility located on the new Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC in partnership with Children’s National Health System[1] (“Children’s National”) - Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS announces the JLABS @ Washington, DC Children’s QuickFire Challenge.

Visionaries within the fields of pediatric oncology, pediatric surgery and influenza are invited to submit innovative ideas for a total of up to $150,000 in grant funding*; one year of residency at JLABS @ Washington, DC with the use of a bench, workstation, and access to the JLABS @ Washington, DC community; and mentorship from experts at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.


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It should be no surprise that the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas are considered strong for life sciences. This is BioSpace’s BioCapital Hotbed. This is, after all, the location of the National Institutes of Health. The NIH is made up of 27 separate institutions. The National Center for Biotechnology, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) are just a few.


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The heart of New York’s Silicon Alley won itself another tenant this week, but this one was not Google, Facebook or Amazon. New York landed a deal to construct a 21-story high-rise for what will become the NYC Tech Hub, an imaginative hybrid space — part incubator, part skills training center and part office for technology startups.


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For most of my working life, I’ve felt way too busy. Sometimes heart-stoppingly, wildly so — working long hours, missing out on family time or fun, and stressed beyond belief. And yet, a few years ago, as I was cleaning out my file cabinet before leaving the Washington Post after nearly 20 years, I found folder after folder of half-reported stories that would have been good. Really good. If only I hadn’t been too busy to actually work on them.


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There is no shortness of risk in an entrepreneur’s life. When you’re trying to get a brand-new company off the ground, you need to put yourself out there like you’ve never done before -- and it’s scary!

In my early days of starting my own business, I let the fear of those risks control my decisions. I was scared of failing, of making the wrong decisions and of losing everything I had worked so hard to create. However, I quickly learned that playing it safe meant I was suffocating my own business growth. I was making small gains, but they weren’t enough to bring my agency to the next level.


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