Wisconsin helps GE power a healthier world

Investing in the future of Wisconsin makes sense. That’s why this past week has been so exciting for all of us at GE in the Badger State. We’ve just finished the Wisconsin leg of a national “GE Works” series of events, where we again experienced the spirit of a state that’s committed to growth and innovation for the future.

Community Environmental Council Hosts Annual Green Gala Fundraiser; Be Green Joins in the Festivities


This past weekend, the Community Environmental Council (CEC) threw the ‘greenest party of the year’ at the historic Armory building in downtown Santa Barbara.  The event, which attracts local environmental, business, innovation, and philanthropic leaders, is intended to help the CEC reach its annual fundraising goals so that the organization can continue its tireless mission of promoting environmental education and social change in the Santa Barbara region.

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Building the Relationship Between Home and School for Student Success Takes a ‘Whole Village’: The Second-Place Innovative Idea In The ING Unsung Heroes® Awards Program

The ING Unsung Heroes® Program Has Given Nearly $4 Million to Honor Innovation and Creativity Among the Nation’s Educators
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(3BL Media) Windsor, Conn. - Sept. 14, 2012 - ING U.S., a financial services company and leading provider of retirement plans and programs for educators, announced today that Tosha Rooks, a curriculum facilitator at Clara J. Peck Elementary School in Greensboro, N.C., has received the second-place prize in the national 2012 ING Unsung Heroes® awards program. Through this program, ING U.S. awards grants to educators throughout the U.S. for innovative teaching ideas.

KPMG Study Says Health IT Key to Sustainable Business Model; U.K.s Healthiest Company Project to Index Corporate Programs; Prolor Biotech & Abiomed Picked by Investors - Health Minute for September 13, 2012

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A new KPMG study finds that healthcare providers, payers, and pharmaceutical firms view health IT as a crucial factor in the impending changes in healthcare. 92 percent of providers that deployment of health IT across the whole spectrum of healthcare was “very important” to develop a more sustainable business model. 27 percent of providers view their current business model as “unsustainable.”

Elsevier Offers Entire Collection of Journals and Books to Innovators in Developing Countries Through the Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) Program

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(3BL Media) Amsterdam - September 12, 2012 – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, now offers its entire collection of books and journals on its online platform ScienceDirect, as well as access to its abstracts and citation database Scopus to innovators in 105 countries for free or little cost through the ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) program.

A New Miracle to Save Africa: Michel Rolland and Montesquieu Winery Join Forces to Turn Wine to Water

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YOUNTVILLE, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012 / 3BL Media / PRNewswire/ -- Confronted with a water crisis in drought-stricken Ethiopia, renowned winemakers are responding with a miracle of their own making: turning wine to water.

Sourcing Innovation to Solve Healthcare Challenges

by Ingo Elfering, GSK Business Transformation

Some weeks ago our team approached me asking if I wanted to participate in the judging panel for the Harvard Innovation Lab (iLab). I immediately said yes because it was an opportunity for me to champion the idea of innovation in healthcare and see what others are doing.

FedEx Inspires Business Innovation Among Hong Kong


Six secondary school students in Hong Kong have devised winning strategies to capture a share of the entertainment services business in India as part of the local leg of the FedEx Express / Junior Achievement 2012 International Trade Challenge.

They will represent Hong Kong at the regional competition which will be held in Hong Kong on August 27-29. These Hong Kong winners will compete with 24 other teams from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Cisco to Invest USD 15 million in Venture Capital Fund Redpoint e.Ventures to Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Brazil

The fund will invest primarily in technology and digital economy early stage Brazilian startups
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(3BL Media) Sao Paulo, Brazil - July 24, 2012 - Cisco announced today the investment of USD 15 million in the venture capital fund Redpoint Brazil, RPeV, a joint venture between Redpoint and BV Capital/, two successful venture capital funds based in Silicon Valley. The locally managed and operated RPeV fund is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The fund has closed USD 130 million on July 19th, with Cisco committing $15 million.

The new venture capital fund will focus on early-stage investments in Brazil, a key market for Cisco.  


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