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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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We've all had to perform in front of an audience for one reason or another: to give a speech, offer a toast, or present a business . If you are an entrepreneur, then you will have to persuade partners and investors and, of course, sell your product or service.

Speaking in public is one of the most persistent fears and phobias, and not without reason: the survival instinct takes control of our body and our mind when we feel insecure, threatened or under stress, and the threat of social cost is one of the more pressing. Just as we know that almost everyone suffers from some level of stage fright, we also know that it can be educated and controlled to deliver powerful, effective, and humane speeches.

 

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Why is San Francisco doing so much better than Detroit? I know that sounds like a silly question, or at least one that requires no special brainpower to answer. San Francisco is a beautiful city with a gorgeous ocean setting and two world-class universities to attract talented people who find it appealing to live there. Detroit has no scenic advantages and has for most of its life been utterly dependent on one rustbelt industry that has largely left, forcing massive unemployment and poverty. You can make the same inquiry about Seattle and Cleveland, and not have to dig very hard for a solution. Seattle became the take-off city for Amazon, Microsoft and a host of other high-tech businesses that grew up around them. Cleveland had no such luck.

 

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Bobby Stuckey flipped through receipts this month, surprised to see a huge increase in cocktail sales, the highest in the 17-year history of his restaurant, even though the bar section has been closed. The septuagenarians are back.

“Every night we are seeing another couple or a pair of couples in the dining room, and they feel so much relief,” said Mr. Stuckey, the owner of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colo. “Covid was hard on everybody, but you can’t even think of the emotional toll in this group. They haven’t gone out. They want to have the complete experience. It is just joyful to see them again.”

 

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Green energy investment is hot again in the US. To some, the new boom will raise the spectre of the clean-tech bust that followed a streak of exuberance a decade ago. But there are reasons to believe that this time the trend is no bubble or mirage. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, there was an explosion of investment in clean technology—renewable energy, plus other technologies to reduce carbon emissions. At first, the money came largely from venture capitalists (VCs), but then the federal government stepped in and began providing cheap loans and subsidies. Then in 2011, solar manufacturer Solyndra spectacularly failed, causing an immense political backlash. And that was only the most prominent failure; overall, investors lost about $25 billion when the sector crashed. Money dried up fast. For years, “clean tech" was a dirty word for VCs.

Image: We’re past the ‘trough of disillusionment’ with clean-tech. (Photo: Bloomberg)

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2021

In the beginning of February 2020, COVID-19 seemed to have little to no impact on venture capital investing in the United States.  Fast forward a few weeks later: concerns quickly spread over the entire industry about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on venture investing, its impact on startup companies and the U.S. economy in general.  Emerging growth companies instantly went into “conserve cash mode” and applied for PPP loans.

 

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Enterprise Ireland has opened up the third call for expressions of interest in the agency’s Seed and Venture Capital Scheme.

The scheme is open to venture fund managers focused on early-stage investments, such as backing pre-seed, seed and Series A rounds, supporting companies in Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-up programme and scaling companies.

 

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Critical shortages of essential medicines for children are a serious problem that has only gotten worse during the pandemic. Now, 12 major children’s hospitals and phlow have formed a first-in-kind coalition with hospitals like Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Children’s National Hospital to find solutions for this problem and to look for ways to fix the nation’s broken medical supply chain.

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As an entrepreneur, you’re going to battle stress, busyness, and likely even exhaustion from time to time. While these episodes might feel discouraging, they’re not permanent, and you’ll be able to push through and find motivation again. 

The ability to keep up your energy and mental stamina begins with good, healthy habits. Below, a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council members shared habits they adhere to in order to maintain productivity:

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For the longest of time in India, innovation was either tucked away in the R&D centres of government enterprises, academia and the MNEs or was strewn around unorganised markets in the form of the cheap Jugaad. But in the last decade India has seen an unprecedented rise in its innovation ecosystem. With over 35 Unicorns (and counting), India has become the third-largest hub of Unicorns globally, something that is not even remotely replicable by others in similar class of economies (middle-income group). From playing a catch-up game in the post-liberalisation decades to creating genuine innovations that solve real unmet needs and disrupt categories - at scale, India has outperformed despite obvious constraints.

 

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ — The Association of Entrepreneurship USA is looking for students to apply for its 2021 AFEUSA Student Award Program.

Officials with the organization said they are looking to award students who can showcase their idea, their goals, and what they hope to achieve in the field of entrepreneurship.

"It provides education, resources, and networking opportunities to benefit its members across all 50 states," AFEUSA President Charles Jackson said from his Scottsdale home.

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