New Report Names Edinburgh as Key Global Innovation Hub

Edinburgh boasts more than 160 research institutions, making it one of Britain’s major R&D hubs.

Edinburgh has been named as one of the most innovative cities in the world, according to a newly-published report. The Active Capital report, published by real estate consultancy Frank Knight, ranked 288 major cities around the world based on a range of variables, including data related to strength of research outputs, economic prosperity and quality of life.


The Underside of Silicon Valley’s Co-Founder Mantra

It was both maddening and somehow unsurprising to see that only 2.1% of VC dollars so far this year have gone to all-female teams. The number had crawled up to 2.7% in 2019, but in the throes of pandemic uncertainty, investment capital for female founders slipped back to a three-year low. The laments are loud—but the attempt to solve a problem without understanding it is doomed to fail. The entire technology and venture ecosystem is steeped in sexism.


Silicon Valley-grade education arrives in Peru

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Holberton School, a project-based college alternative educating the next generation of software engineers today announced the opening of a new campus in Lima, Peru. This opening brings Holberton School’s total campus count to 16 worldwide, spanning five continents and nine countries. Holberton School comes to Peru in alliance with social entrepreneurs Valery Vargas and Gabriel Bedoya. Before the pandemic, it was estimated that Peru had a deficit of 17,000 software engineers, a number estimated to grow dramatically due to COVID-19 acceleration on digital transformation for all industries.


UK becomes first country to authorize Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine, first shots roll out next week

London (CNN)The United Kingdom has become the first Western nation to authorize a Covid-19 vaccine, a landmark moment in the coronavirus pandemic that paves the way for the first doses to be rolled out across the country next week.”Help is on the way,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Wednesday morning, after UK regulators granted emergency authorization for a vaccine made by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.


DOORDASH PLANS TO RAISE $2.5B WITH IPO

Third-party delivery company DoorDash plans to raise $2.54 billion in an initial public offering, with shares priced at $80 each, according to newly filed Securities and Exchange Commission documents. The company said it will use the funds primarily for “general corporate purposes” such as working capital and operating expenses. Some of the proceeds could also go toward acquiring or investing in other businesses, though it has no such agreements right now, DoorDash said.


Caring for our international students

About 1,200 of Cornell’s 7,000+ international students are studying outside of the United States this semester. These are undergraduates, graduate, and professional students who are joining their classes remotely from their homes and from Study Away campuses around the world. The majority of these students were unable to return to campus in fall 2020, due to pandemic-related travel restrictions and visa delays.


THE TRUSTEE

The bells and dings of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at North Memorial Hospital can be both reassuring and unnerving – reassuring that the whirring undercurrent of machinery is sustaining the lives of children on the wing, yet unnerving because of the sensory overload reminding parents of the critical needs of their baby. James and Alice Baker remember the sounds, but they heard them differently. They sounded like church bells.


University of Strathclyde pushes button on major entrepreneurship plans

The University of Strathclyde is to offer every student and staff member entrepreneurship training under new plans that also include the roll out of a £7.5 million investment fund. The “Strathclyde Inspire” programme will see the development of an entrepreneurship hub in the heart of Glasgow City Innovation District and the introduction of senior enterprise fellows from business and industry to encourage and support the next generation of entrepreneurs.


Engineering startups harness Cornell’s entrepreneurial energy

Growing up in Huntington, West Virginia, Austin Hickman had always envisioned “wheeling and dealing” as a businessperson. As he gravitated toward more concrete subjects in high school, such as math and science, practicality gained the upper hand.  “But it never really left me, the thought that entrepreneurship is exciting,” he said. 


Medellín proves why it could be the “Silicon Valley of South America”

Medellín is no stranger to reinvention – after all, the city has gone from being dubbed as “the most dangerous city on earth” to the “Silicon Valley of South America” in less than three decades. That evolution is showing no signs of slowing thanks to an ever-expanding startup scene. Entrepreneurship has grown to become an important part of business not only in the city’s region of Antioquia, but nationally in Colombia.