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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.

David Meltzer

Nick Francis, the founder and owner of SkySprout, discusses his beginnings in marketing, from running a haunted house business as a teenager to eventually launching his own digital marketing agency. Nick shares what he’s learned about traditional and non-traditional education through his personal experiences, as well as what he looks at when hiring a new employee.


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Parenting and entrepreneurship have one thing in common; they are both demanding in terms of resources and time. As more parents become entrepreneurs, and more entrepreneurs become parents, a crucial balance between parenting and entrepreneurship should be maintained. Any job can be challenging when you’re trying to juggle it with parenting. Entrepreneurship is inherently a demanding role and one you need to put a lot of time into; it makes it even more difficult to balance parenting with your career. Here are some pieces of advice, for parents who double as entrepreneurs, on how they can lead healthy lives in both roles.


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That means the co-living solution offered by California-based company PodShare is $2,400 cheaper per month than the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city. The only thing renters have to give up is their privacy.

According to CNN Business reporter Anna Bahney, tenants have access to a bed, locker, and WiFi. Currently, there are seven PodShare locations: six in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco.

Image: PodShare's bunk-bed style co-living solution costs $1,200 a month in San Francisco. PodShare

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Watch this video on the Dutch biopharmaceutical industry in the Netherlands and get inspired by the Dutch. The perfect location to build your biopharmaceutical business. We open our doors for you!

Special thanks to: PharmInvest Holland, Invest in Holland, Association Innovative Medicines, MSD, Mimetas, Galapagos, HollandBIO and all other Dutch partners.


Sea levels are rising, and that is sending more ocean water into streets, sewers and homes. For people who live and work in coastal communities, that means more otherwise-sunny days disrupted by flooding.

"Really the future is now in terms of sea level rise impacts," says William Sweet, an oceanographer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Average sea levels have already started rising as a result of global climate change. "The ocean is at the brim. It's clogging storm water systems and it's spilling into streets."


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Baiju Shah

The Cleveland Foundation has brought on Baiju R. Shah, former CEO of BioMotiv and co-leader of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development, as the Steven A. Minter Senior Fellow for Innovation.

With funding from the Steven A. Minter Fellowship Fund, Shah will consult the foundation leadership to develop strategic initiatives and partnerships that advance Cleveland's innovation economy, according to a news release.


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Start-ups are known to flaunt their successes with raising funding , as it goes to show the value of their products and services. But what exactly are these Series A funding rounds and seed capital? Small businesses should know the terminology today, as the race to find the next unicorn heats up.

The earliest funding round one can think of is when money is received or invested with no returns in sight. This is the Pre-seeding funding, and is given to simply get a new venture up and going. There is no exchange of equity. The fund can come from one’s own resources as a way to bootstrap the business. It is also the stage where nearly a third of startups fail, as they don’t have enough resources to continue with their operations.


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Eurostat, the statistical agency of the European Union (EU) indicates that Paris is the largest metropolitan area in the EU, Switzerland and Norway, with 12.8 million residents, according to the latest estimates. This is slightly more than number two London --- which may soon be outside the Union --- with 12.4 million residents.


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artificial intelligence

Venture capital (VC) funding in artificial intelligence (AI) startups hit a record high in 2018 with the top 10 VC investors participating in a total of 150 funding rounds, which is an increase of 66,7% over the 2014-2017 average. Eight of the global

top 10 VC investors in the AI tech space in 2018 were headquartered in the US, according to data and analytics company GlobalData.

The total proportionate investments by the top 10 VC investors also increased by 120.9% in 2018 compared to 2014-2017 average.

The US and China collectively accounted for more than 60% of the total VC investment volume and around 80% of the total investment value in 2018. IDG Capital and Baidu Ventures were the only two non-US companies to feature in the top 10 list.


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Your business needs it, you ask employees for it, you incent them to deliver it, but in the end, do you really get it? I’m talking about innovation. When the Conference Board queried CEOs in 2018, it found that one of their most important concerns was “creating new business models to adapt to disruptive technologies.”


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