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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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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - K-State Innovation Partners raised over $2.8 million in licensing revenue and over $2.1 million in facilitated sponsored research to Kansas State University.

K-State Innovation Partners says it ended the 2019 fiscal year with 70 invention disclosures, 15 patents and 26 licensed technology and fundraising provided over $2.8 million in licensing revenue and over $2.1 million in facilitated sponsored research to Kansas State University.

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Coronavirus glossary Key terms around the pandemic Los Angeles Times

For all the mysteries that remain about the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes, scientists have generated an incredible amount of fine-grained knowledge in a surprisingly short time.

In the graphics that follow, Scientific American presents detailed explanations, current as of mid-June, into how SARS-CoV-2 sneaks inside human cells, makes copies of itself and bursts out to infiltrate many more cells, widening infection. We show how the immune system would normally attempt to neutralize virus particles and how CoV-2 can block that effort. We explain some of the virus's surprising abilities, such as its capacity to proofread new virus copies as they are being made to prevent mutations that could destroy them. And we show how drugs and vaccines might still be able to overcome the intruders. As virologists learn more, we will update these graphics on our Web site (www.scientificamerican.com).

 

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When I was in high school, my dad brought home a copy of Black Enterprise’s annual list of the largest black businesses. I was mesmerized. I decided immediately that I would be an entrepreneur like them. I wanted to create my own company, where I could make the rules and race would not be a factor. What the teenage me didn’t know was that the path I set myself on would set me up for a confrontation with the overwhelmingly white world of venture capital. In 2020, there are far too many obstacles to realizing the dreams of aspiring African-American entrepreneurs.

 

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“I don’t know how you do it.” Whether it comes at the start of a videoconference or a call, this is one of the most frequent comments I hear from clients, colleagues, and even friends these days as we’re doing our usual pre-meeting check ins.

The statement always surprises me. I’m a professor who teaches and a consultant who advises various organizations, now virtually. I am a researcher, engaged with colleagues on several projects. I am a partner, married to a committed working spouse, trying to be creative about having fun dates during lockdown. I am the mom of four children: the oldest is seven; the youngest is just over six months old. When I hear “I don’t know how you do it,” my answer is “I don’t!” — at least not perfectly and sometimes not even well.

 

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Times of crisis create an explosion of opportunities for the companies that are prepared to seize them. COVID-19 is no exception: Indeed, hundreds of pandemic-related innovations have already sprung up globally, fueled by initiatives such as Startups Against Corona in Germany.

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1 of venture backed startup founders are Black Here s how one entrepreneur beat those odds VentureBeat

Just 1% of venture-funded startup founders are Black, according the Crunchbase startup database. This means Joe Bayen, who runs a small company called Grow Credit, has beaten the odds.

In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, Bayen got in touch with me to talk about how he wants to inspire other Black entrepreneurs to succeed. He published a Black founder’s guide to raising a seed round in a recent Medium post, and he has also written an essay about personal responsibility versus societal responsibility.

Image: Grow Credit tries to help people establish credit without outrageous rates. Image Credit: Grow Credit

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“Never let a crisis go to waste!”, People may say this when facing some sort of significant challenge, and trying to turn it to their advantage. As COVID-19 has become a global crisis, it presents enormous opportunities to some people. In fact, this crisis is no idle time for many entrepreneurs. They are among the first to offer and deliver innovative responses. If some of them act selfishly or wrongly, many others are moving swiftly and creatively to make permanent and valuable changes in the world. Their innovations, technological and otherwise, have alleviated the effects of the crisis; harnessing their best entrepreneurial impulses will help find ways out of it.

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Daniel Priestley

With a barrage of doom and gloom in the media, combined with all sorts of strange information flying around on social media, you could be forgiven for feeling that it’s a terrible time to be an entrepreneur. Maybe you've even considered updating your CV and applying for a few jobs.

I like to think in terms of “first principles” — fundamental ideas that can prove or disprove a theory without needing to rely on opinions or rumors. 

 

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AZTechBase

AZTechbase offers a wealth of information related to technology companies, people and investors

The Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today launched AZTechBase, an online platform that provides a comprehensive listing of companies, people and investors in Arizona’s technology industry. The goal of AZTechBase is to further elevate the state’s technology ecosystem by providing accurate, current datasets and making the data easily accessible to the community.

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Oliver Isaacs

Try, try, try. Fail. And try again until you succeed and achieve your goals. This is hard work. Hard work isn't a one-time thing. It's a series of continuous efforts in a particular time span, with pure dedication and a clear vision of the goal you want to achieve.

For the vast majority of us, nothing in life comes easy. Business is no exception — unfortunately, there is no secret to success beyond motivation and hard work. As Thomas Edison put it, "The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense." These weren’t just words: Edison, one of the most successful inventors and businessmen of all time, famously worked 20 hours per day.

 

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Creative Artists Agency and the Silicon Valley capital firm New Enterprise Associates announced a new investment partnership that aims to support early-stage businesses centered on commerce, content and media.

The two companies formed Connect Ventures, which launches this week with $100 million, with plans to invest up to $400 million. Its initial focus will be on supporting projects in a post-COVID-19 environment.

Image: Creative Artists Agency headquarters in Century City.(Benny Chan / Fotoworks/CAA)

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