How many investors are currently available to you for cross-border impact investing?

Of over 120 million investors in the United States, only about 0.3 % are professional investors. The total number of professional investors in the United States is in the neighborhood of 350,000. This includes approximately 300,000 active angels, 1,200 VC funds, 4,200 private equity firms and 6,000 family offices – and some 35,000 miscellaneous professional investors. 60 % of[…]

Brief look at national AI strategies

From Venture Beat: Canada’s Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy is a five-year, $94 million (CAD $125 million) plan to invest in AI research and talent. The EU Commission has committed to increasing its investment in AI from $565 million (€500 million) in 2017 to $1.69 billion (€1.5 billion) by the end of 2020. In two policy documents, “A Next Generation Artificial[…]

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From smart cities to quantum nations: what to watch to lead innovation in the 21st century

Year-round election cycles: national, local Mining and material production cycles Global value chains Semiconductor deployment by country Public debt (including provincial, municipal) vs government’s science and infrastructure budgets Impact financing gap vs levels of certified project manager concentration levels per country Inequality of productivity gap and sociology of knownledge research that explains that gap Workforce[…]

Oleh Martychenko, R&S Quantum CEO, (right) attended an energy efficiency partnership forum organized by the  State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine in Kyiv, on April 12, 2019.

R&S Quantum attends an energy efficiency partnership forum organized by the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine in Kyiv

On March 12, 2019, Oleh Martychenko, R&S Quantum CEO, attended an energy efficiency partnership forum organized by the  State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine in Kyiv. There he met, among others,  Dmytro Yanushevskyy, Head of Invest in Rivne, a company that analyses and funds energy efficiency projects in Ukraine and Belarus. The two[…]

Joint development and transfer of knowledge that government agencies are able to foster with startups, makes a difference

An international team of researchers at the University of Cambridge, the Technical University of Munich, and the University of Maryland reports that startups which collaborate with government agencies file 73% more patent applications than those who do not pursue such collaboration. The study also found that every time a cleantech startup licensed a technology developed[…]

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Our partner Kakaire Foundation visits Uganda Industrial Research Institute in Kampala

In line with SDG #17, for a couple months now, we have been consulting Uganda’s Kakaire Foundation on international partnership network development. Referred to us by Mateusz Dobkowski, Head of Przedsiębiorczości Społecznej incubator in Olsztyn, Poland, Mukisa Izaac is a trained accountant who heads Kakaire Foundation that helps underpreviledged children with skills development and reduce the level of[…]

Science commercialization is still marginal in Africa, despite uptick in cross-border research networks

Sub-Saharan Africa is set to double in population by 2050, which translates into a growing demand for quality youth formation in Africa. This trend equally translates into a greater need of the professor corps as well as science commercialization specialists. Currently, Africa counts some 8 scientists/engineers per 100,000 people compared to some 15, 250 and 400 in Brazil, Europe[…]

So far, just a handful of nations really work on national digital health strategy

Hungarian Dr. Bertalan Meskó — aka The Medical Futurist — and his team have been our big inspiration around all things digital health. Here is a summary of their latest take on the state of national digital health strategies around the world. Public expenditure on health and long-term care in OECD countries is set to increase from around[…]

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Out of 212 private equity firms investing in 27 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, 27 fund education, 26 energy projects

212 private equity firms with 298 offices are physically based across 27 sub-Saharan African countries, according to consultancy Asoko Insight and Africa Capital Digest, a research firm. Among them, 10 largest firms, defined by funds under management, have over $1 billion each. They are: Actis African Capital Alliance African Infrastructure Investment Managers Brait Development Partners International[…]

Strongest cluster initiatives are unafraid to “pick winners” from the broad array of potential alternatives

The most successful cluster initiatives have five traits according to researchers at Brookings: 1. Focused on establishing a robust ecosystem, not quick job gains Cluster initiatives must be focused on establishing a robust and regenerating ecosystem that produces the innovation, talent, and economic opportunities that firms need to thrive. These initiatives must be first and[…]