The draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2016-2017 has just been published, and includes a list of opportunities for innovation in the water sector. If you're interested, you might want to check first the following opportunities:
After reading that angels would be the No. 1 losers due to the explosive growth of crowdfunding, angels like me have been keeping a wary eye on equity crowdfunding. Some reports in the press have suggested that crowdfunding could actually replace angels as a capital source.
So far, the warnings have turned into a big yawn. But here are the concerns for angel investors, along with my perspective on the situation today:
Has crowdfunding negatively affected total angel investment in the United States?
The short answer is no. According to Jeff Sohl, director of the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, total angel investment in the US has grown steadily since 2010 when the JOBS Act was passed, from $20 billion annually to an estimated $25 billion in 2014. Yet as crowdfunding grows, total angel investing might be undermined.
How much capital is flowing to entrepreneurs through online platforms in the United States? Read more: click on title or image.
Internet se transforme progressivement en un réseau étendu, appelé « Internet des objets », reliant tous les objets devenus connectables. Cette évolution soulève de nombreuses questions concernant la croissance économique et les mutations sociales, mais aussi les libertés individuelles et la souveraineté nationale, auxquelles les décideurs publics devront au plus tôt répondre.
Des voitures aux lunettes en passant par les vêtements ou l'électroménager, les objets du quotidien sont de plus en plus connectés. Les Français sont bien placés pour prendre leur part de ce marché estimé à plus de 14.400 milliards de dollars dans la prochaine décennie.
Dylan Purcell-Lowe, one of Somabar's creators, walks us through the entire Kickstarter process.
Somabar -- a Wi-Fi connected craft cocktail kitchen appliance that, after you've selected a custom-made drink via an app, promises to concoct the beverage in five seconds flat -- stemmed from frustration.
"The idea was an amalgamation of being annoyed by waiting in long lines for drinks at bars combined with the difficulty of making good cocktails at home…especially when you've had a few," says creator Dylan Purcell-Lowe, who came up with the idea for the "world's first app controlled automated bartending appliance" back in 2011 with CTO Ammar Jangbarwala.
After three years tinkering with a series of prototypes, in which the duo "worked out of our garage like stereotypical entrepreneurs" the product launched on Kickstarter. It was a runaway success, reaching its $50,000 goal in less than two weeks, and raising a total of $312,707 by the close of its 53-day campaign, which ended last week.
Entrepreneur spoke to Purcell-Lowe about how he prepared for the campaign, his experience on Kickstarter and what's next for Somabar. Read more here: http://snip.ly/wrgU
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Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine think they’re on to something. People share a lot of information about themselves on social media, including their health. There may be a way to use this information, with their permission of course, to glean insights on patients’ well being.
The study results suggest that not only are many adult Facebook and Twitter users willing to share their social media data and medical data for research purposes, but that by building a language databank, it may be possible to link social media content to health outcomes, according to a statement about the study from Penn Medicine.
Here’s a description of the study:
Patients visiting an emergency department were asked if they used social media, and if they would be willing to share their social media data and electronic medical data with health researchers, for the purpose of building a research database. Similar to existing banks of genomic data, the research database of language and other social media data allows researchers to draw correlations between participants’ online content and their health. More than 1,000 participants consented to share their social media and medical data over seven months. Analyzing content from as far back as 2009, the shared social media data consisted of nearly 1.4 million posts and tweets to Facebook and Twitter, comprising almost 12 million words.
Former Brand Capital executive has been appointed managing partner.
Taking cue from Azim Premji and NR Narayana Murthy, the business tycoons who floated their own venture investment arms, Sajjan Jindal, chairman of $11 billion JSW Group, is launching a venture fund with an initial corpus of Rs 100 crore ($15 million).
JSW Venture Fund, which will be overseen by Parth Jindal, son of Sajjan Jindal, who is currently pursuing his MBA in Harvard Business School while the group has appointed Gaurav Sachdeva as managing partner of the upcoming venture which awaits regulator’s approval.
When contacted, Seshagiri Rao MVS, joint managing director and group CFO of JSW Steel, said, “We are at an exploratory stage and still working on the details. Therefore, we are not commenting on it.”
A company spokesperson too declined to offer more details and questions emailed to him remained unanswered. A report in The Economic Times two days ago had said the fund would be up to Rs 100 crore and it was confirmed by an official who did not want to be named.
Sachdeva, who was formerly general manager of Brand Capital, the strategic investment arm of the media house Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), will be setting up a team in the next few months, said the official mentioned above.
“It will take one-two quarters for the fund to kick-start operations,” he said. “If the fund finds more opportunities to invest, the corpus can become larger,” he said. Read more details, click on image or title.
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Project MEDTOUReThink is conceived originally as MED-TOUR and is developed in line with the EU Blue Growth objectives.
The aim is to develop the project plan and submit an application for funding late in 2015.
MEDTOUReThink project aims at "Conceiving, planning, developing and implementing a strategy for the development of the tourist sector in the Mediterranean in an integrated manner, which will motivate cooperative efforts of decision makers, stakeholders and local societies of the Mediterranean regions, in seeking for a smart, sustainable and inclusive future tourist development pattern".
Interested partners from European Union and Mediterranean partner countries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Local Authorities, Universities, Research centers, Chambers and Associations, Tourism Authorities, Port and Airport Authorities, Sea and Air Charter, companies, Tour Operators, SME's, NGO's, Non-for-profit organizations.
For more information please contact by email email@example.com
Le 24 mars dernier, deux membres de la rédaction lançaient un défi aux constructeurs d'objets connectés : les transformer en marathoniens les plus connectés du monde, à l’occasion du Marathon de Paris qu'ils courront ce dimanche 12 avril. De nombreuses start-up et entreprises ont répondu à l’appel. Présentation en 16 photos de tout ce qui mesurera leur course et leur état de forme dans les moindres détails.
Researchers at Carlos III Universidad de Madrid have developed a system for detecting adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs by tracking information generated by patients on specialized blogs or social networks such as Twitter in real time.
Assetz Capital is going to the crowd to finance its young peer to peer lending platform. Led by CEO and co-founder Stuart Law, Assetz Capital is seeking a raise of £2 million in a convertible offer on Seedrs.
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