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[…]

Out of over 1,000 water bodies reported to be in New Delhi in 2017 nearly 80% just exist on paper

In March 2019, the National Green Tribunal pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to take remedial measures for tackling industrial and any other pollution in the state’s Hindon, Kali and Krishna rivers. Millions of people living along the banks of the Hindon and its tributaries are consuming groundwater that has been contaminated by hazardous[…]

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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[…]

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Four TED talks about science and technology augmenting human body

The Age of Genetic Wonder Gene-editing tools like CRISPR enable us to program life at its most fundamental level. But this raises some pressing questions: If we can generate new species from scratch, what should we build? Should we redesign humanity as we know it? What Your Breath Could Reveal about Your Health The latest[…]

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[…]

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10 US states count universities as their largest private employer

While Walmart is America’s biggest private employer in 22 states, employing some 1.5 million people in all 50 states (versus Amazon’s 500,000+ workers), 10 states count universities as their largest private employer. These are: University of Hawaii University of California University of New Mexico University of Nebraska University of Iowa University of Wisconsin University of Michigan University of[…]

2019 Climate change mitigation, energy mix and organic agriculture trends

The world needs to commit to a virtual target of 1.4C warming above pre-industrial levels to achieve a 2C goal. Concentrations of CO2 are now 46% greater than the levels in the atmosphere before the industrial revolution. According to UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world needs to spend US$2.4 trillion every year until 2035 to[…]

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[…]