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Relevant Health Accelerator Now Recruiting Inaugural Class of Health Tech Startups for... ...

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ROCKVILLE, Md., May 20, 2015  -- Today, Relevant Health, a newly launched innovative health technology startup accelerator focused on bringing products to market, announced that it is now accepting applications from health tech startups for its Fall 2015 class. Additionally, the accelerator launched its website and the portal to its streamlined application process. U.S. and international startups are encouraged to apply.

Relevant Health's five-month program involves an intensive product-focused curriculum that gives founders of health tech startups the skills to define, develop, position and launch a viable health tech product. The new accelerator will be based out of a brand-new cowork space in the Rockville Innovation Center, centrally located in the heart of the Montgomery County (Maryland) life sciences corridor. Companies admitted to the accelerator will have access to the cowork facility along with other support that includes up to $50,000 in funding, mentorship, development support from a pool of software engineers, and access to the local health tech ecosystem.

 

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5 Myths -- and 1 Really Big Truth -- About Being an Entrepreneur

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Do you dream of starting the next Snapchat or GrubHub? With an abundance of business success stories permeating every corner of the media, most aspiring entrepreneurs don’t get to hear about the reality of what business ownership is like for 99.99 percent of those who start a new venture.

Here are five of the most common myths -- and one really big truth -- about entrepreneurship you need to know before getting started. 

 

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Are open plan offices insane?

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Is too much noise and unwelcome distractions from work colleagues killing your productivity and creativity?

And have efforts to create trendy open-plan offices and hot-desking left you feeling isolated, lacking privacy and having to work longer to catch up?

So much for productivity, creativity and feeling part of the joint. 

I considered the downside of open-plan offices and excessive hot-desking after a few recent story interviews went astray because of crazy workplace design.

 

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City Report - The Young and Restless and the Nation's Cities

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The Young and Restless—25 to 34 year olds with a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education, are increasingly moving to the close-in neighborhoods of the nation’s large metropolitan areas. This migration is fueling economic growth and urban revitalization.

• Well-educated young adults are disproportionately found in a few metropolitan areas. Two-thirds of the nation’s 25-34 year olds with a BA degree live in the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas, those with a million or more population.

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College Grads Face Skills Gap in Workplace - Deloitte CIO - WSJ

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Are institutes of higher education adequately preparing graduates for the business world? As nearly 2 million students in the U.S.¹ get ready to turn their tassels, this question persists. And judging by the responses of nearly 8,000 millennials surveyed on behalf of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. (Deloitte Global)² regarding the skills needed for work, the answer appears to be no.

 

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8 Truths You Need to Know About Cancer | Robyn Stoller

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The statistics are staggering: 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This means that cancer will very likely affect each and every one of us at some point in our lives -- whether it is through our own personal diagnosis or through that of someone we love. In light of this, I'd like share eight things that we as survivors and potential targets of this disease need to know.

 

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SBIR Insider Newsletter

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I'm never happy when we have to "take on" one of our SBIR agencies for what could be viewed as a deceitful practice to cover up their pitiful support of the SBIR/STTR programs. However, such appears to be the case as we look into the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) as to their seriously degraded support for small businesses as well as underserving the DoD agency components trying to support the SBIR/STTR programs.

One the other hand we have positive news as many of you are looking forward to the HHS/NIH release of their Omnibus SBIR/STTR solicitation which will hit the streets in early June, and we look forward to the National SBIR/STTR meeting coming up June 15-17 in DC.  

 

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10 Ways Entrepreneurs Foster Team Accountability - Startup Professionals Musings

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Getting things done effectively in a startup requires total individual and team accountability. You can’t afford excuses and multiple people doing the same job. In my view, “taking responsibility” is the core element behind accountability. Many people hear responsibility as an obligation, but I hear it as “the ability to respond.”

 

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The terrifying moment an Orca nibbles at your paddle board

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A man got the scare of his life when a curious killer whale swam up to his paddle board and had a nibble. The board fortunately didn't taste like food and the man did not have the appearance of a Sea World handler, so the whale let it slide.

 

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To fund or not to fund? The innovation policy conundrum for developing countries | Brookings ...

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National and local governments around the world often struggle to design and implement new policies to foster the creation of new firms. The rationale is that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are engines of labor creation. For example, in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau, SMEs employ about half of the labor force. This share is typically higher in developing nations.

 

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New Europe-wide open data incubator programme offers startups €100k equity free funding | ...

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The new, EU funded, Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODInE), which involves academics from Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, is today calling out to startups across the UK and Europe, to apply for a place on its new programme with the chance to secure up to €100k grant funding.

Image: http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk

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4 lessons business leaders can learn from hockey legend Steve Yzerman

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Even when my New York Rangers or San Jose Sharks don't make the cut, I love the Stanley Cup playoffs. As I watch things heat up this year, I keep fixating on the legacy of Steve Yzerman — it's one that business leaders should study and emulate.

"Stevie Y," as he's commonly known, became captain of the Original Six Detroit Red Wings at age 19 and was the team's captain for 20-plus years. Eventually, he retired as the longest-serving captain in the history of major North American sports.

 

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What is The Best Way to Explain Your Startup? | Bothsides of the Table

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Anybody who reads the blog regularly will know that I’m long video. I’ve made 5 investments in the sector and I hope to make 5 more. Between the US & Europe alone the video sector is worth around $500 billion. And TV / Film / Video Games / Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality and frankly the Internet will all merge. Western countries watch > 5 hours of TV per day. Why? Because we’re visual storytellers. We simply can’t escape our history as hunters & gatherers sitting around a fire and explaining the world to our community.

 

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Why This Could Be A Great Time To Be Unemployed | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

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Low unemployment coupled with the capability to search and apply for jobs online and via mobile is giving candidates more control than ever.

Tara Sinclair, PhD and chief economist with Indeed, believes the war for talent is on. Driven by the aggregated data from Indeed users and from the Bureau of Labor statistics in her latest research for Indeed’s Hiring Lab, Sinclair's latest report shows there are several dominant trends based on what job seekers are searching.

Image: http://www.fastcompany.com

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What The Heck Are My Startup Options Worth?

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

When joining a startup, there are seven important questions you should ask in order to answer the question: “What the heck are my stock options worth?”

You just received a job offer from a startup which includes 50,000 stock options. That is wonderful…or is it?

 

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MIT Report Shows Strengthening State Manufacturing Is A Pathway To Improving Innovation Economy ...

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A new report released by MIT’s Industrial Performance Center shows if Massachusetts can help facilitate more collaboration among manufacturers, it would help strengthen the innovation economy within the state.

Manufacturing is vital to any economy, yet its importance to the U.S. has been steadily declining for decades. Despite that fact, the United States remains the world’s second largest manufacturer.

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Social Entrepreneurship 101: Building Companies That Make a Difference

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Joey Hundert — social entrepreneur, start-up consultant and founder of the “Sustainival,” the world’s first green carnival — has been working for a decade and a half to promote ventures that both make money and make the world a better place. And, when he can, he spends some time at Wharton as the School’s social entrepreneur in residence.

In a recent interview, Wharton management professor Tyler Wry talked with Hundert about his experience as an entrepreneur, the social enterprise energy among students, and what it takes to succeed in a business that has dual social and financial aspirations.

 

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Venture for America Want to Cure Income Inequality? The Answer is Entrepreneurship - Venture ...

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O ne of the most pressing issues for our society today is income inequality. That is, the rich get richer while the poor struggle to access meaningful opportunities. Janet Yellen, President Obama, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich have all cited it as a growing concern for our economic well-being.

 

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Put A Smile In Your Voice | Idea Sandbox

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The image below is a relic from my first out-of-college job with the Disney Company. A page from a “While You Were Out” message pad. (I re-discovered this as a bookmark in my copy of George Orwell’s 1984).

I was a marketeer at the Disney Vacation Club (Disney’s non-timeshare timeshare) when it first launched in ’92. We call it DVC, for short.

 

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American Innovation Lies on Weak Foundation - NYTimes.com

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The iPhone in your pocket has more computing power than the Voyager spacecraft that left the solar system two years ago. High-tech cancer drugs are being approved every month. A few years into the future, Google’s Calico project promises to extend our life span.

It’s easy, indeed, to be excited about the scientific and technological prowess of American companies.

Apple, Procter & Gamble, 3M — American businesses dominate the list of the most innovative companies in the world. And new companies trumpeting new products, financed by dynamic venture capital operations, continue to emerge from Silicon Valley, the Boston region, New York, Northern Virginia and elsewhere.

Image: Charles A. Haas, an engineer, inspects a model of the Telstar experimental communications satellite at the Bell Telephone Company lab in 1962.  - Associated Press

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