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Author: John Hoffmire


Source: Deseret News


Interest: Entrepreneurs are somewhat of a mascot for the U.S. economy — nothing embodies the American dream more than an entrepreneur. Consequently, we’ve been trained to think there’s a positive correlation between the number of start-ups and the health of the economy. But Daniel Isenberg, professor of entrepreneurship, and Fernando Fabre, president of Endeavor Global, argue otherwise. Real, high impact entrepreneurship comes from “scale-ups” instead. Scale-ups are growing businesses that...


Link: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865614049/A-broader-definition-of-entrepreneurs-How-scale-ups-enable-a-stable-economy.html

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Author: Hannah Kuchler


Source: Financial Times


Interest: Banks are among a new wave of companies including technology and industrial conglomerates taking stakes in cyber security start-ups in the hope that they could play a a key role in the fight against hackers.


Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/63d7798e-5b03-11e4-b449-00144feab7de.html#axzz3HRAgaRiV

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Author: Nancy Dahlberg


Source: Miami Herald


Interest: Norma Kenyon is the vice provost of innovation and chief innovation officer at University of Miami. In her role she has put a keen focus on commercializing UM technologies as well as helping startups in the UM ecosystem.


Link: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/biz-monday/article3365794.html

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Author: Irish Independent


Source: Irish Independent


Interest: Dublin is host to some of the biggest technology companies in the world, but only ranks among the third tier of European cities in terms of the number of tech startups.


Link: http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/ireland-attracts-the-top-tech-firms-but-startups-thrive-elsewhere-30691190.html

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Author: Evelyn Fok


Source: The Economic Times


Interest: The foundation is one of several initiatives launched in India by students at some of the most prestigious universities in the US. Armed with a global mindset, access to capital and an innovative spirit, they have created ventures that address some of India's many social needs, from helping rehabilitate acid-attack victims to imparting awareness on menstrual hygiene among underprivileged school girls and providing cheap eye care.


Link: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-10-25/news/55422076_1_young-girls-rural-girls-ventures

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Author: Jeff Schweers


Source: Gainesville.com


Interest: Infinity Hall, a first-of-its kind public-private partnership between the University of Florida and Signet Development, will have dorm space for 308 students to live, eat and sleep, and another 20,000 square feet of space for them to pursue their projects.


Link: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20141026/ARTICLES/141029731/1002/news01?Title=Innovative-new-UF-dorm-will-combine-living-learning

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Author: Foster's Daily Democrat


Source: Fosters.com


Interest: UNHInnovation at the University of New Hampshire recently announced the establishment of a new center as well as a mentoring network and a seed fund to expand entrepreneurship throughout the university and the state using the research output of faculty, staff and students to drive economic development in the state.


Link: http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20141026/GJBUSINESS_01/141029467/0/SEARCH

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Author: Diane Mastrull


Source: Philly.com


Interest: "I call this a disruptive innovation in higher education," says Donna De Carolis, dean of new Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship.


Link: http://articles.philly.com/2014-10-26/business/55451114_1_close-school-drexel-university-business-school

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Author: Jeffrey M. Gallagher


Source: Times Dispatch


Interest: The research conducted at Virginia universities is a major contributor to the state’s economic development and a significant component of its higher-education enterprise.


Link: http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/their-opinion/gallagher-academic-research-yields-impressive-returns/article_a8d84c32-f20e-58ff-b026-6b9737028221.html

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Author: Jeremy Quittner


Source: Inc


Interest: As a small company, you have a number of things going for you because of your size: You're agile. You can react quickly to market changes. You can still innovate on a whim. Big businesses know this all too well, which helps explain what's driving an increase in the number of corporate venture capital arms cropping up in the past few years.


Link: http://www.inc.com/jeremy-quittner/corporate-venture-capital-drives-innovation-for-big-companies.html

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Author: Amina Elahi


Source: Chicago Tribune


Interest: Chicago is home to some great businesses, but Peter Thiel says a focus on capital instead of ideas could be an obstacle to what he considers true greatness. And he’s still waiting for the city’s breakout company. “Austin had Dell, Seattle had Microsoft and Amazon,” said Thiel, who was part of PayPal’s founding team and is a co-founder of San Francisco-based Founders Fund. “There is something about getting some sort of large breakout success that I feel Chicago hasn’t quite had yet.”


Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/chi-peter-thiel-zero-to-one-bsi-20141021-story.html

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Author: HIROKO TABUCHI


Source: The Seattle Times


Interest: Vestaron makes an eco-friendly pesticide derived from spider venom. Bagaveev uses 3-D printers to make rocket engines for nanosatellites. Transatomic Power is developing a next-generation reactor that runs on nuclear waste. They all have one thing in common: money from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.


Link: http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2024829860_venturecapitalistsxml.html

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Author: CHRISTOPHER MIMS


Source: The Wall Street Journal


Interest: One of the things you hear a lot when you talk to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists is that they want to change the world. Some of them even mean it. One of those people is Bryan Johnson, who has committed $100 million—a substantial portion of his personal fortune—to a new venture-capital fund aimed at what Mr. Johnson himself calls “crazy” projects.


Link: http://online.wsj.com/articles/humanitys-last-great-hope-venture-capitalists-1413817498

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Author: Andrew Ward


Source: The Financial Times


Interest: City professionals will be urged to pour some of their personal wealth into medical research and technology this week as part of a push to attract more angel investment into UK life sciences. Bankers, lawyers and business executives are among the targets of a campaign to match wealthy individuals with early-stage biotech and medical technology companies in need of funding.


Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8584ac2a-5705-11e4-a45c-00144feab7de.html#axzz3GsaVYgN4

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Author: MICHAEL SUGERMAN


Source: The Michigan Daily


Interest: In an effort to secure a more sustainable cycle of funding and donations, the Center for Entrepreneurship has paired with two different venture capital firms to continue supporting entrepreneurial endeavors throughout Ann Arbor and Michigan. Seven individuals, five of whom are affiliated with Michigan eLab and two of whom are associated with Pinnacle Ventures, have agreed to donate a percentage of their salaries to the CFE on an annual basis. Those from Michigan eLab will each...


Link: http://www.michigandaily.com/news/cfe-courts-outside-investors

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Author: JENNY CALLISON


Source: Wilmington Biz


Interest: The entrepreneurial journey is being viewed through several different lenses as University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business holds its sixth annual Entrepreneurship Week Monday through Friday. “We’re trying to ramp up the entrepreneurship virus at the Cameron School of Business,” said Stephen Harper, a professor of management, who coordinated the week’s events.


Link: http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/education/2014/10/20/uncws_entrepreneurship_week_ideas_hard_work_welcome/12453

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Author: JACKIE KORHONEN


Source: Financial Review


Interest: The Abbott government’s competitiveness agenda, released last week, has received mixed reviews from those in the technology and entrepreneurial community. The $12 million in new funding for STEM education and $3.5 million committed to teaching computer coding will certainly address a gaping hole in early ICT education, so that perhaps more Australian children become the producers and not merely the passive consumers of technology.


Link: http://www.afr.com/p/technology/corporate_australia_ready_and_willing_B7zAVHo4kEMgRupZ2XltqJ

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Author: Bruce V. Bigelow


Source: Xconomy


Interest: Venture capital activity descended from the stratosphere during the third quarter, but it was still flying high, as venture firms invested nearly $9.8 billion in 879 deals across the United States, according to a report released today by the financial data firm CB Insights. The amount invested during the quarter was down 30 percent from the $13.9 billion that VCs deployed in the previous quarter, and the deal count was down by 10 percent from the 974 deals that CB Insights counted in...


Link: http://www.xconomy.com/national/2014/10/14/venture-firms-turn-down-funding-volume-but-still-rockin-in-q3/

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Author: PR Newswire


Source: PR Newswire


Interest: CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 21, get access to The EC's Innovation Council and network with Chicago business leaders who are driving innovation within their enterprises at the first Innovation Council Program of the 2014-2015 season hosted by Baxter International. At this breakfast, hear a panel of thought leaders discuss how they are using collaborative innovation to position their organizations at the cutting edge of their industries.


Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-executives-club-of-chicago-innovation-council-program-panelists-to-discuss-collaborative-innovation-279020231.html

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Author: The New York Times


Source: The New York Times


Interest: The technology industry is clearly prospering, but has it entered a period of irrational exuberance? There are good reasons to worry that it has and that the bursting of this bubble could be painful, to investors in and employees of tech firms as well as to the broader economy.


Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/13/opinion/will-boom-lead-to-bust-in-silicon-valley.html?_r=0

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