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Google to bring its internet, energy projects to India - The Times of India

Google to bring its internet, energy projects to India - The Times of India | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“Google said it was working with the Indian government to bring its balloon-powered internet and its kite-powered wind energy to the country.”
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This holds a lot of promise! Excerpt: "MUMBAI: Google said it was working with the Indian government to bring its balloon-powered internet and its kite-powered wind energy to the country. Codenamed Project Loon, the internet project envisages use of high-altitude balloons to provide affordable internet to around five billion people globally who currently have no access."
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Five Reasons I'm Going to India

Five Reasons I'm Going to India | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“When it comes to the defining issues of our future, India will have a seat at the table....”
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Nothing new... But good reasons, nonetheless...
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Are Software Inventions Patentable In India? - Mondaq News Alerts (registration)

Are Software Inventions Patentable In India? - Mondaq News Alerts (registration) | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“13 Oct 2014 - India - Intellectual Property - Are Software Inventions Patentable In India? - InvnTree IP Services Pvt.”
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Patent law is complicated. This article provides a perspective on the patentability of software inventions in India.
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Cash-on-delivery rail tickets on IRCTC radar - Livemint

Cash-on-delivery rail tickets on IRCTC radar - Livemint | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
Livemint Cash-on-delivery rail tickets on IRCTC radar Livemint However, they will have to figure out the right economic model for the business to make sense, given there will be cost of delivering and payment collection,” said Ashvin Vellody,...
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Cash on delivery of booked rail tickets?  Will be interesting to see how this model works out!

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New report ranks world’s most entrepreneurial countries

New report ranks world’s most entrepreneurial countries | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“Oracle Capital Group launches The Global Entrepreneurial Report India the most entrepreneurial country globally Ireland shrugs off austerity as Europe’s most entrepreneurial country UK & Germany lag far behind with lower tolerance for risk...”
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Interesting report. This link is to the summary, that also links to the full report. Excerpt: "The report presents a ranking measure of entrepreneurism in 33 major industrial nations and emerging economies, measuring the opinions, attitudes, experiences and activity that contribute to entrepreneurism, by looking at factors such as “perception of entrepreneurs”, “attitude to risks involved in starting a new venture”, “fear of failure”, “willingness to risk personal finance” and “national levels of entrepreneurial activity”, amongst others. The findings provide a comparative study of factors driving and discouraging entrepreneurism in these economies versus the impact of these trends on the growth of national economies. The report also provides data on key aspects of wealth development and distribution such as governmental support for entrepreneurship, as well as the attitudes of entrepreneurs to emigrating or remaining in their country of origin."
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Jill Lepore: Disrupt or die? - New Yorker

Jill Lepore: Disrupt or die? - New Yorker | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
Jill Lepore: Disrupt or die? New Yorker Things you own or use that are now considered to be the product of disruptive innovation include your smartphone and many of its apps, which have disrupted businesses from travel agencies and record stores to...
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To disruptively innovate? Or not to disruptively innovate?..Or perchance to ponder what disruptive innovation really means before you decide.... Read this thought-provoking essay by Jill Lepore in The New Yorker:

 

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The eighteenth century embraced the idea of progress; the nineteenth century had evolution; the twentieth century had growth and then innovation. Our era has disruption, which, despite its futurism, is atavistic. It’s a theory of history founded on a profound anxiety about financial collapse, an apocalyptic fear of global devastation, and shaky evidence.

Most big ideas have loud critics. Not disruption. Disruptive innovation as the explanation for how change happens has been subject to little serious criticism, partly because it’s headlong, while critical inquiry is unhurried; partly because disrupters ridicule doubters by charging them with fogyism, as if to criticize a theory of change were identical to decrying change; and partly because, in its modern usage, innovation is the idea of progress jammed into a criticism-proof jack-in-the-box...."

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Innovation procurement and value creation

Innovation procurement and value creation | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
Innovation has become a buzzword for companies worldwide. Mention the word 'innovation' and most people begin envisioning extraordinary inventions created by solitary geniuses. Simply put, innovati...
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This is a nice essay on collaborative innovation. Worth a read:

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"....It is not sufficient for companies to operate in silos to identify unmet needs and pursue innovation alone. The most innovative organizations collaborate with external stakeholders to implement an idea that is truly relevant. Suppliers are one such stakeholder group with large innovation potential. Suppliers tend to be familiar with the needs and demands of their customers, i.e., companies. A study indicates that the involvement of suppliers at the early stages of the product lifecycle can help companies reduce product development costs by 18% and improve their time-to-market by 10%-20%. For example, half of Unilever’s innovation pipeline now comes from its suppliers....."

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Start-ups at the heart of economic growth in India - The National

Start-ups at the heart of economic growth in India - The National | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“Start-ups at the heart of economic growth in India The National “An ecosystem geared towards fostering start-ups vis-à-vis Silicon Valley has not quite developed in India.”
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Interesting commentary on the challenges to innovation in India. Excerpt: "Sanjeev Malhotra, an entrepreneur and the founder of Alia Group, a marketing services company based in Mumbai, says there are several factors in India that work against aspiring entrepreneurs right from the outset. “When anybody wants to start off on a path of entrepreneurship — whether you’re a young teenager wanting to start out or an old retirement guy who wants to do something on his own — cities like Bombay and Bangalore give you that opportunity, otherwise the typical entrepreneur is faced with so many challenges.” However, he adds that what those two cities have to offer is “still nowhere close to what is really needed” for aspiring entrepreneurs. “Let’s talk of a young kid starting out — his family’s against him. We’re risk-averse, extremely god-fearing. Imagine how this gets into the psyche of the guy who’s starting. More often than not the father of the family wants them to go on the path which they believe us right,” he says, adding that these cultural challenges mean many Indians with great entrepreneurial potential are “non-starters”. Funding is a “major challenge” and if entrepreneurs do manage to raise funding, often their investors would give the venture only about five years to succeed, whereas the process of setting something up in India can often take much longer, he says. Mr Malhotra adds that India lacks innovation, so there also needs to be a shift in the nation’s mindset. “Our innovation is to copy,” he says. “Our innovation is not to create something new. It requires every stakeholder to come into this — government first of all. If the government just sets up in their mind that they want to back entrepreneurship, it would send out such a strong signal. Can we set up zones where entrepreneurs thrive? Even if someone wants to form a company, they don’t know who to go to.”......." Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/the-life/start-ups-at-the-heart-of-economic-growth-in-india#ixzz32G5w6C55 Follow us: @TheNationalUAE on Twitter | thenational.ae on Facebook
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Persistent Systems, Intel Ventures India, Zensar, Deloitte join hands to ... - Economic Times

Persistent Systems, Intel Ventures India, Zensar, Deloitte join hands to ... - Economic Times | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“Economic Times Persistent Systems, Intel Ventures India, Zensar, Deloitte join hands to ...”
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New public-private start-up mentoring partnership i4C formed to enhance culture of innovation in India. Excerpt: "There are a huge number of ideas that people in this country have that would make for great products. However, we often don't hear about them for various reasons. Through i4C, we will work towards a common goal of promoting the culture of innovation in India," Persistent SystemsBSE 1.42 % CMD and founding Director of i4C Anand Deshpande told PTI. The primary objective of i4C is to scout, showcase and mentor technology innovators and help them market products, which have the potential .. " Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/35320480.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
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Indian research engagement - VP Research - Simon Fraser University

Indian research engagement - VP Research - Simon Fraser University | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
"The key to global success will be dev. of affordable innovation that makes a societal impact." SFU-India partnership http://t.co/L9H4D4dnt2
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Ryerson, Simon Fraser University  and the Bombay Stock Exchange in alliance to improve "affordable innovation".

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GE plans to make India tech and innovation centre - Economic Times

GE plans to make India tech and innovation centre - Economic Times | India: Innovation | Scoop.it

Economic Times GE plans to make India tech and innovation centre Economic Times MUMBAI: US-headquartered GE is planning to make India into a technology and innovation centre for its products and not looking at it as a low-cost manufacturing hub.


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India emerges as a hotbed of software product entrepreneurship

India emerges as a hotbed of software product entrepreneurship | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
Events such as InTech50 are instrumental in India's shift from IT services to software products. InTech50 is a "matchmaking" event, where 50 Indian software product startups pitch to 50 CIOs.
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#innovation.  #InTech50.

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What are the business accelerator/incubator models that work the most (for-profit)?

What are the business accelerator/incubator models that work the most (for-profit)? | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“Adrian Stone's answer: I assume that you're thinking of starting an accelerator? In that case, you should reconsider; esp. if you're in it for the money.”
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First Draft Of India's National IPR Policy: Encouraging Indigenous Innovation - Mondaq News Alerts (registration)

First Draft Of India's National IPR Policy: Encouraging Indigenous Innovation - Mondaq News Alerts (registration) | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“Faced with the constant scrutiny of its Patent laws, Indian Government decided that it was time to move beyond the rhetoric surrounding the patentability thresholds for pharmaceutical innovations and have a comprehensive IP Policy in consonance...”
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Why Self-Driving Cars Will Change Retirement - Wall Street Journal

Why Self-Driving Cars Will Change Retirement - Wall Street Journal | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“Older adults who would otherwise be homebound could be the earliest adopters of self-driving vehicles, some predict.”
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Considering the mess of traffic India, this article may be irrelevant, but the idea is so interesting, I decided to include it. How liberating it would be for seniors, who normally would be dependent on others to drive them places, to have transportation on demand!
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India eyes Finland for tech cooperation to give 'Make in India' a boost

India eyes Finland for tech cooperation to give 'Make in India' a boost | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“HELSINKI: With the new government keen on making the country a global manufacturing hub, India is seeking to engage with Finland, known for its knowledge-based economy and clean technology,...”
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This article has some pertinent facts about commercial agreements and working relationships between India and Finland.
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Aromar Revi | India as a Pioneer of Innovation: Constraints and Opportunities

Aromar Revi (Director IIHS) talks about India as a Pioneer of Innovation: Constraints and Opportunities. At the University of Pennsylvania.
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Extremely insightful and thought-provoking presentation discussing the multi-sectoral changes occurring simultaneously in India. Aromar Revi stresses the need to understand fundamental questions that affect social innovation and social transformation, both of which are extremely important to economic progress.

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Canada's CPPIB bets $332 million on Indian infrastructure projects | Reuters

Canada's CPPIB bets $332 million on Indian infrastructure projects | Reuters | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said on Monday it plans to invest about $332 million in infrastructure projects in India through an investment with engineering and construction (With new Prime Minister in #India #CPPIB...
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"The investment will be converted into equity in the L&T unit by 2018 and give CPPIB at that point in time a minority stake in the L&T subsidiary, which owns the largest toll-road portfolio in India and connects some of the most important cities, ports and economic corridors in the country."

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Entrepreneurship is not the prerogative of IITs alone - Economic Times

Entrepreneurship is not the prerogative of IITs alone - Economic Times | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“Economic Times Entrepreneurship is not the prerogative of IITs alone Economic Times Though there is a support system for encouraging entrepreneurs , no one tells youngsters how to go about entrepreneurship," says Ajit Rangnekar, dean, Indian School...”
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Interesting pilot program initiated by the Indian School of Business (ISB) to educate and encourage entrepreneurship in young people. Excerpt:.... ""The idea is to get youngsters excited about entrepreneurship. Though there is a support system for encouraging entrepreneurs , no one tells youngsters how to go about entrepreneurship," says Ajit Rangnekar, dean, Indian School of Business . The premier B-school has initiated the Technology Entrepreneurship Programme (TEP) offered as an elective to engineering students in the third and fourth year. The programme is adopted by 26 engineering colleges across Andhra Pradesh on-board , will train students in business education and combine technical mentorship and prototyping with the support of faculty and business mentors. "We do not expect students to turn into entrepreneurs immediately after college as it is not the first career choice for many," says Aruna Reddy, associate director of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at ISB. The two-year pilot programme in collaboration with the AP Society for Knowledge Networks has set a corpus of Rs 2.5 crore for seed funding business ideas selected at the end of the programme, apart from angel investors willing to participate ."....
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How technology is set to transform India's fragmented education system

How technology is set to transform India's fragmented education system | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
India has no strategy for technology in the classroom, but
entrepreneurs and nonprofits are braving the odds in the sector. By Anika Gupta (RT @MumbaiSmilesNGO: Change begins from you and me.. A story of innovation, making a difference to many!
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Zaya, a company offering an interesting social innovation product with great potential, in spite of the obstacles. Excerpt:

".. [Companies have]  previously focused on delivering services to India's high-end private schools, says D’Souza, where teachers were more technologically literate and where the revenue model was proven. But Zaya focuses on the growing number of low-income private schools, where many teachers aren’t regular technology users. “The teacher is the key person to deliver,” says D’Souza, who says Zaya offers teaching assistants and spends hours on training.

But Zaya faces challenges when it comes to profits. Affordable private schools charge fees between Rs. 300 and 1,500 [£3-£15] per student per month. In order for an ed tech solution to be viable in this space, it should ideally be priced at less than Rs. 50 [50p] per student per month, says Shabnam Aggarwal, founder of the ed tech advisory Perspectful. She says that’s a very difficult target for most companies to meet...."

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FOCUS: Innovation in India - The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site

FOCUS: Innovation in India - The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“Hot off the press! Learn more about #innovation in #India in this month’s FOCUS http://t.co/t0mcL1K5PR http://t.co/coiOfzHd6w”;
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From Cisco's Tech news site, the May 2014 issue of The Network focuses on Innovation in India.
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Israeli discovery could reverse Alzheimer’s damage

Israeli discovery could reverse Alzheimer’s damage | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
“TAU professor has uncovered a protein that may protect brain cells from harm by dementia-based diseases (#Israel #innovation #BDSfail http://t.co/Rl7QLk7uAC)...”
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Hope for an Alzheimer's cure! Read on.
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Deloitte report: The shifting global business landscape - Mail & Guardian Online

Deloitte report: The shifting global business landscape Mail & Guardian Online One of the key trends highlighted in the report is the democratisation of innovation, and the shift away from reliance on closed, protected R&D hubs within...
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#Innovation #TechTrends

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Thomson Reuters’ Report on Research and Innovation Performance: India sees increase in research output; patent applications stable for the past decade

Thomson Reuters’ Report on Research and Innovation Performance: India sees increase in research output; patent applications stable for the past decade | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
Thomson Reuters has recently come out with a report titled ‘Research and Innovation Performance of the G20’ where scientific research and patent informa (Thomson Reuters’ Report on Research and Innovation Performance: India sees increase in...
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Scroll.in - News that matters

Scroll.in - News that matters | India: Innovation | Scoop.it
Scroll.in is a digital daily of political and cultural news for India. Our focus is on analyses, reportage and commentary.
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An interesting new site. The right panel has links to news items trending on Scroll.  Click on icons down the left panel to link to news topics classified under opinions, India votes, Inside politics, economic view, culture beat, India report, the World, science and tech review, and essential books and cinema.

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