Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week.
Branson: I Would Have Turned to Crowdfunding
Sir Richard Branson has said he would have used crowd-funding to start his Virgin empire if it had existed in the 1960s. The billionaire entrepreneur, who started the brand selling records, last week invested in the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. He told The Telegraph in an interview that he likes how the business is changing the way people think about finance.
Why Germany Dominates the U.S. in Innovation
Reading the headlines, you might think that the most urgent question about national success in innovation and growth is whether the U.S. or China should get the gold medal. The truth is: Germany wins hands down. Germany does a better job on innovation in areas as diverse as sustainable energy systems, molecular biotech, lasers, and experimental software engineering.
12 Questions To Ask About Accelerator Programs
Blue Sky Innovation
What questions should entrepreneurs ask when considering an accelerator program?
Is State Money Best Way to Fund Startups?
The Irish Times
Is government support for venture capital funds the most appropriate way of funding start-ups – or does government money, as The Economist last week suggested, spur conservatism, encourage companies to sell early, dampen returns and prevent an influx of US-style private investors?
A Map of Where Canada’s Angel Groups Are Located and How Much They Invest
A report entitled "Angel Investing Activity in Canada: Accelerating the Asset Class" produced by the National Angel Capital Organization has mapped out Canada's angel investment groups, revealing where they're located and how much each regions invests.
Dominican Republic Joins Regional Push for Healthier Startup Ecosystems
Silk Way Renaissance in Kazakhstan