US Gov wants to spread the wealth with open competition for $200M in early stage investment

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The Obama Administration’s plan to spread the country’s wealth around has made its way to struggling technology entrepreneurs. This past Tuesday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting applications for the $200 Million “Early Stage Innovation Fund.” The new fund will allow venture funds to augment privately raised capitol with a grant up to a 1-to-1 match, to be used for early stage investments (around the $1-to-$4 million range).

The program is an extension of the Administration’s StartUp America campaign to catalyze job growth through the engine of small business entrepreneurs. Most importantly, according to Sean Greene, a Special Advisor for Innovation at the SBA, the new fund will inject much-needed capitol in to what the Administration feels are underfunded areas outside of the typical startup zones (i.e. California and Massachusetts)…

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Teacherless Education and the Competition that will Change Everything

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Nephew Mikaia showing Grandpa Norman what he knows

Futurist Thomas Frey: Over the past couple months I’ve become enamored with watching my two-year-old nephew Mikaia learn the letters of the alphabet, colors, and numbers. Even though he doesn’t have them all perfect, he’s scoring in the high 90% when we quiz him verbally.

Next up, the periodic table of elements?

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Arturo’s Desert Eagle: World’s biggest paper airplane soars across Arizona desert

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The giant paper plane is hoisted from the Earth in preparation for its maiden flight.

Paper planes may normally be the work of kids, but it’s fair to say you’d struggle to fly this particular model across a classroom.  A team of designers and aviators have made young boys’ dreams a reality by erecting what is thought to be the world’s biggest paper airplane. (Pics)

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Mud run – world’s messiest fitness trend

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USMC Mud Run North Carolina 2010

All types of runners are going wild for mud runs. A mud run is a  hybrid of Marines training and adventure racing, the multi-mile events mix running and military-style obstacles such as wooden walls, water crossings, and mud pits to challenge competitors. These grimy races have exploded in popularity—hundreds of competitions are scheduled in 2011, and there’s still time to sign up for one near you. Here’s a guide to popular mud runs across the country.

 

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DaVinci Institute unveils eight competitions for mankind

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Thomas Frey, futurist and executive director at the DaVinci Institute.

Thomas Frey, a futurist and executive director at the DaVinci Institute, has  been drawing inspiration from the success of large-scale incentive-based prize competitions as he announced a series of eight massively difficult competitions during his keynote July 10th at the World Future Society’s “WorldFuture 2011″ event in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

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Futurist Thomas Frey to introduce challenge: Mankind’s Eight Greatest Competitions to World Future Society

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Frey to Deliver Closing Keynote at “WorldFuture 2011” in Vancouver, BC

On Sunday, July 10, 2011, futurist Thomas Frey will outline a series of eight massively difficult competitions as part of his closing keynote to an audience of over 1,000 people attending the World Future Society’s “WorldFuture 2011” event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

 

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Does the Gender Pay Gap Come Down to Boys Being More Competitive?

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Girls shy away from competing even if they know they are going to win.

A new study has found that there is a gender gap between the sexes when it comes to competition with boys much more likely to want to compete with others than girls.  As early as four years of age boys are more competitive than girls and remain so into adulthood, according to new a study. That could explain why men earn more than women.

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Health Provider Offers $3 Million for Algorithm That Can Predict if You Will Get Sick in the Future

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HPN wants better predictive health care.

It’s almost as if Heritage Provider Network set out to create the perfect story by mashing up all of our favorite things: clever algorithms, a multi-million dollar intellectual competition, and the future. The California-based health care provider has put up a purse of $3 million for the person or group who can come up with a predictive algorithm that accurately identifies people at risk for hospitalization in the next year, thus encouraging predictive medical measures and reducing unnecessary hospital stays.

 

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