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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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The recent Nairobi Innovation Week saw government officials, diplomats and representatives from UN agencies committing their support to tech innovators and start-up entrepreneurs as a way to create employment and business opportunities for graduates in Kenya.

The two-day annual event, held on 13-14 June at the University of Nairobi, is designed to support and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in East Africa’s leading economy.

 

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25 Everyday Items That NASA Invented

Contrary to popular belief, NASA did not invent Tang or velcro — but there are numerous products, technologies and other things NASA invented that we use every day, from baby formula to tires. Keep reading to see the everyday products invented by rocket scientists.

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How Your Zip Code Could Affect Your Lifespan Time

Predicting lifespan isn’t an exact science. U.S. life expectancy is currently estimated at 78.6 years, but that one number doesn’t tell the whole story. Genes, gender, lifestyle and luck all play an important part, but it’s impossible to know exactly how much and in what proportion each ingredient influences a person’s longevity.

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Major universities have big endowments in the tens of billions. These funds, often a result of donations, support financial aid, teaching and improved resources for the universities. Perhaps more importantly, with billions of dollars to invest you can afford some of the best investors to manage your money. So, what can investors learn from Harvard and Yale's approach to investing?

 

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The Norwegians are coming to New York with startup companies, fresh ideas and millions in capital.

And hundreds of these startups are raring to go, say business executives.

The city is the gateway for a growing number of fledgling companies from Norway, lured here by much lower US tax rates and lighter regulations than in their domestic market.

 

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It can be daunting for a young 20-something to transition into adulthood, but living in the right location can ease the process.

MoneyRates.com recently ranked the best states for young millennials to live in, including Washington, DC. It grouped eight sets of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau into three major categories — job market, affordability and access, and lifestyle, awarding each state an average ranking in each category.

 

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Siraj Dhanani

Medical technology, a vast sector that encompasses everything from bandages to MRI machines, is an integral part of an effective healthcare system. Medical technology (MedTech) includes diagnostics, hospital equipment, consumables, surgical tools (including multi-million dollar robotic systems), implants, software, and various other kinds of life-saving and life-enhancing technologies. While smaller than the pharmaceutical sector in terms of sales, MedTech is as critical in the provision of effective healthcare all over the world.  The MedTech industry in India is estimated to be Rs.50-70,000 crore, growing briskly at 15per cent annually, and is expected to reach Rs.150,000 crores by 2025. Globally, the sector is also growing, from $500 billion today, to an expected $600 billion by 2025.

 

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The Ugandan government is promoting innovation in universities leading to the registration of patents and has set a target of registering 6,000 patents by 2040, but awareness around intellectual property (IP) is low and the drive to register patents is still relatively under-emphasised in the country’s universities.

 

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Think of just about any major challenge we will face over the next decade and materials are at the center of it. To build a new clean energy future, we need more efficient solar panels, wind turbines and batteries. Manufacturers need new materials to create more advanced products. We also need to replace materials subject to supply disruptions, like rare earth elements.

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Mary Jim, who is noted for championing the wellbeing of rural women, says passion has been one of the factors behind her success.

It usually takes desperate times for families or communities to turn a new leaf.

“When the needs to make changes arise, nothing else matters,” Mary said when met after her return from a conference in Siberia, Russia, recently.

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