MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

With this last issue of the TII newsletter in 2017, the TII Board of Management and Secretariat would like to wish all our members and subscribers an excellent festive season and an innovative and bright new year 2018.

 

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OSCARS OF SCIENCE AWARD $22 MILLION IN PRIZE MONEY

In true Hollywood style, the most glitzy event in the scientific calendar took place at the beginning of December when the Breakthrough Foundation gave away $22m (€18.65m) in prizes to dozens of physicists, biologists and mathematicians at a ceremony in Silicon Valley. The winners this year include five researchers who won $3m (€2.5m) each for their work on cell biology, plant science and neurodegenerative diseases, two mathematicians, and a team of 27 physicists who mapped the primordial light that warmed the universe moments after the big bang 13.8 billion years ago.

Now in their sixth year, the Breakthrough prizes are backed by Yuri Milner, a Silicon Valley tech investor, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and his wife Priscilla Chan, Anne Wojcicki from the DNA testing company 23andMe, and Google’s Sergey Brin. Launched by Milner in 2012, the awards aim to make rock stars of scientists and raise their profile in the public consciousness.

The annual ceremony at Nasa’s Ames Research Center in California provides a rare opportunity for some of the world’s leading minds to rub shoulders with celebrities, who this year included Morgan Freeman as host, fellow actors Kerry Washington and Mila Kunis, and Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough.

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IDEAS ON BRINGING MACRON’S EUROPEAN INNOVATION AGENCY TO LIFE

In his speech at the Sorbonne University in September 2017 Emmanuel Macron called for the creation of a new European funding agency “for disruptive innovation” based on the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the research arm of the Pentagon which has spawned some of the most transformative inventions of our times. Macron’s vision is that such an agency would help the EU catch up with the US and Asia in breakthrough technologies such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology.

Researchers at the Jacques Delors Institut in Berlin explore the agency’s potential structure and remit at https://sciencebusiness.net/framework-programmes/viewpoint/how-bring-macrons-vision-european-innovation-agency-life

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EU AND GATES FOUNDATION PLEDGE OVER €500 MILLION FOR INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE

At the One Planet Summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron on the two-year anniversary of the Paris climate accord, the  EU, which is the largest donor of development aid, and the  Bill  and  Melinda  Gates  Foundation, which is the larger philanthropist  organisation in this field, have pledged more than €500 million to  work together  on  a  joint  initiative  to  drive  research  and  technical  and  organisational innovations  across  agricultural  and  food  systems  in  developing  countries.

Given the size of the challenge and the need for urgent action, this high profile public-private partnership has already  started  identifying  priority  investments  for  putting research  into  use,  fostering  innovation  in  farming  and  food  systems,  and  ensuring  their climate relevance. The  generation  of  scientific  knowledge  and  applied  innovations  will  encompass  agronomy for  primary  production,  technology  for  all  steps  of  processing,  general  organisation  along the value  chains, and  focus  on major  activities to increase job  creation  and food  security and  nutrition.

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UP TO € 75,000 EQUITY-FREE FUNDING FOR START-UPS AND SMES IN THE SMART CITIES SECTOR!

frontierCities2 has launched its 2nd call for Market Acceleration Grants (MAG2) which offer up to €75 000 equity-free funding for start-ups and SMEs in the smart cities sector.  The Market Acceleration Grants aim to support start-ups and SMEs in the Smart Cities sector using proven FIWARE-enabled solutions from Phase 1, 2 and Phase 3 (FIWARE A16 Acceleration Programme) of the FI-PPP Programme. The funding available for the MAG 2 grants is between € 25 000 – € 75 000 per project out of a total budget of €300 000 with 7 months of coaching and mentoring offered.

Applicants must prove that their powered by FIWARE application has been piloted in a real life environment, with a relevant number of users in collaboration with a city and/or corporate/industrial partner and/or other institutional entity and for a reasonable period of time.

An application pack is available at https://www.frontiercities2.com/applicant-area and the deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 January 2018 at 17:00 CET.

 

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HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT INNOVATIVE PITCH

In a recent issue of InnovationManagement.se, Eva Wislow, an entrepreneur and career coach from Pittsburgh, USA, gives readers some effective strategies and good tips and tricks for succeeding in pitching their innovation to potential investors.

Eva argues that if you want to win, you need to be smart. As a pitch presenter, you need not just to capture the attention of your prospects but also win their hearts. In today’s marketplace, innovation is highly appreciated and wanted. Coming up with a brilliant new product idea is the first aspect. The second is about how you present it to those who might be interested in getting involved.

Read on at http://www.innovationmanagement.se/2017/11/28/how-to-present-a-perfect-innovative-pitch/

 

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WORKING IN THE OPEN – BEYOND OPEN INNOVATION

The concept of organisational openness builds on the idea of open innovation, which proposes that the free exchange of information and knowledge promotes the development of new ideas. In an organisational setting, this means overcoming the barriers to knowledge exchange between layers of hierarchy, between business functions and between geographic divisions. According to a survey of European business executives, conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Android, the biggest benefit of pursuing organisational openness is improved engagement among employees.

Click here to read more http://opendigital.economist.com/open-organisations

 

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