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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.

Govt committed to supporting R&D

Ms Ayittey said this in a speech read on her behalf at the opening of the Fourth Biennial National Delegates' Conference of the Senior Staff Association of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at Bunso in the Eastern Region. The Minister said government was committed to ensure increase in agriculture production so as to achieve food security and employment. She commended the CSIR for its contribution in agricultural research in respect of varietals trails, crosses research techniques, yield improvements and pest control.

EDC Expo speaker (Richard Bendis) to discuss capital, mentorship value

An experienced hand at developing capital resources will headline the Entrepreneurial Development Center’s fourth annual Expo.

Richard Bendis, president and CEO of Innovation America, a national private/public partnership focused on entrepreneurism, will talk about capital fundraising challenges at the Sept. 1 event at Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education in southwest Cedar Rapids.

How To Start A Business From Your Dorm Room

These are grim days for college students looking beyond the quad and into the job market. Some students are taking a proactive approach before graduating and setting up shop while in school.

Student-run businesses have moved beyond staples like proofreading and babysitting. Instead, students are taking advantage of technology to create sophisticated dorm-room businesses, in part because they view owning a business as less risky than working for one.

A Final Ted Kennedy Innovation: A New Way To Use Twitter

Today, with Ted Kennedy in repose, his family bears responsibility for a technological advance, one that, if replicated by others, will save time, money and mental bandwidth. It seems small potatoes: instead of using e-mail to distribute information about funeral arrangements, the family has set up a Twitter account, @kennedynews. The handle will be used to provide updates about timing, logistics, even VIP arrivals to various events. This will undoubtedly prove more efficient than press releases, which must be clicked on and skimmed until the particular piece of information is communicated. The 140-character limit will force the info to be communicated quickly, unadorned with extraneous words.

U.S. Continues to Tread Water in Global R&D Tax Incentives

Although once offering the most generous R&D tax credit in the world, the United States now ranks 17th out of the 30 OECD countries.  The United States’ R&D credit has fallen so far behind compared to other nations it would have to increase the Alternative Simplified Credit from its current value of 14 percent to 47 percent to once again be the world leader in R&D tax generosity.

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Larta Institute Wins National Science Foundation (NSF) Contract

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 27, 2009 -- The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that Larta Institute (www.larta.org), one of the best-known and largest commercialization services companies in the U.S., has been tapped to design and manage a commercialization assistance program aimed at small-company grantees across the U.S. NSF joins other U.S. agencies, specifically the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Telemedicine Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), in recognizing the Institute's work on behalf of innovation and commercialization.