Here’s what happened when four Polish seniors founded a quantum startup May 16, 2022, 8:44 a.m.
They’re a collective 284 years old, with five grandchildren and dozens of patents and research papers between them. When I sit down for a Zoom call with three of them — two in San Diego, one in Warsaw — there’s no Web3 babble, no talk about aiming for unicorn status. They’re just having a great time plotting how they will successfully sell their quantum random number generator (more on that later) to a multinational like Apple or Qualcomm.
5GTurbo Stage 1 - 20 startups selected for the largest accelerator program on urban mobility May 15, 2022, 5:16 p.m.
EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019 we have been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. We aim to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility. Co-funding of up to € 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, will help make this happen.
A Hawaii-based startup launched the world's first ocean carbon removal pilot plant May 14, 2022, 3:06 p.m.
The company pumps saltwater into a machine that applies electricity to rearrange the molecules in the water and reduce the acidity. The acid is removed in the form of hydrochloric acid, which can be stored and sold separately. The process also produces hydrogen and oxygen as byproducts, which can also be stored. The water, meanwhile, is returned to the ocean, where it will help to capture CO2.
Nanomagnetic Computing Could Drastically Cut AI's Energy Use May 13, 2022, 10:31 a.m.
As the Internet of Things expands, engineers want to embed AI into everything, but the amount of energy it requires is a challenge for the smallest and most remote devices. A new “nanomagnetic” computing approach could provide a solution.
Fabriquer soi-même ou sous-traiter, le dilemme des start-up industrielles May 10, 2022, 1:51 p.m.
Créer son usine est-il une étape incontournable ? Approvisionnement, compétences, cadences… L’industrie est un monde sévère pour les jeunes pousses, qui peuvent dilapider leurs maigres ressources en voulant passer ce cap. «Une start-up industrielle doit choisir ses combats : la tendance à tout internaliser n’est pas forcément un bon calcul», avertit Vincent Despatin, du bureau d’accompagnement Kickmaker, qui cite les drones Parrot, conçus en France mais produits en Chine, comme exemple d’externalisation réussie.
How To Organize Innovation For High Performance May 10, 2022, 9:34 a.m.
There's no single correct way of organizing the overall structure of an organization. In this context, the so-called "best practices" don't work well – and that’s especially true for large organizations due to their complexity. Structural and organizational problems are nearly inevitable in big corporations. And when it comes to innovation, the challenges posed by the overall structure become even more evident. Indeed, innovation means constantly introducing change, and most organizations aren't designed for that. Nevertheless, there are six archetypes or common approaches most organizations have at their disposal and can use as the foundation for their efforts to organize and govern innovation.
Ideas Are Not Enough. What's Your Innovation ROI? May 10, 2022, 9:33 a.m.
Innovation leaders who lack either the knowledge of innovation measurement or lack good numbers may initially be tempted to dodge the ROI conversation. But again and again, we see that leaders who preempt the question, “What results have you produced from all of this innovation investment?” are in a better position than leaders who indulge the belief that innovation can’t be measured, or that soft metrics are good enough.
Ce qui distingue les femmes à haut potentiel intellectuel May 10, 2022, 9:32 a.m.
Elles sont plus nombreuses qu’on ne le croit, et portent une singularité parfois inconnue d’elles-mêmes. Un mode de fonctionnement atypique et très intense, qui ne laisse jamais indifférentes les personnes qui les croisent. Quelles sont donc ces caractéristiques qui distinguent les femmes qu’on dit à haut potentiel intellectuel ?
14 corporate seed-stage investors you need to know May 10, 2022, 7:48 a.m.
Most corporates don’t invest in startup seed rounds. At this early stage, the companies are usually still pre-revenue, they may only have a prototype ready and it can be difficult to predict when they will be ready to commercialise their technology. It can require a lot of patience to be a seed-stage investor, longer than the 3-5 year strategic plans that big corporates tend to work to. For all these reasons, corporate investors typically tended to be seen in Series C and later rounds.
From Seed to Late Stage Funding May 10, 2022, 7:25 a.m.
Early stage, including seed and series A, funding is on the decline however the size of funds per raise are increasing. Companies which demonstrate a product market fit and show signs of scaling quickly and efficiently have it easier to attract series B funding, with only 26% of seeded companies making this shift. For investors to engage in series C funding, continued growth at scale needs to be in place. Any fundraising beyond series C dilutes even further as companies attempt to manage the growth vs profitability formula.
Europe has a deeptech scaling problem, here’s why May 10, 2022, 7:21 a.m.
The problem is that European investment in and development of fundamental technologies is lagging behind competitors in the US and Asia. That's mostly due to a lack of corporate investment in cross-sector technologies like quantum computing, digital infrastructure and next-gen materials. 
The Three Internal Barriers to Deep-Tech Corporate Venturing May 10, 2022, 6:05 a.m.
Chief innovation officers must tackle not-invented-here syndrome, risk aversion, and top-down cultures to successfully collaborate with deep-tech startups.
Global Deep Tech Landscape May 10, 2022, 6:04 a.m.
Scientific discoveries have had a long history. Penicillin, electricity, the internal combustion engine and others have had profound impact saving lives, improving healthcare and enhancing transportation. Deep Tech will create a similar impact in the coming years. Governments around the world are stepping up their involvement and investments in this sector.
De la recherche à l'industrie - Les micro-écrans de Microoled May 9, 2022, 2:32 p.m.
Fondée en 2007, la start-up grenobloise Microoled, issue du CEA-Leti, conçoit et fabrique des micro-écrans OLED pour de multiples applications, des appareils photos aux lunettes de réalité virtuelle en passant par des appareils ophtamologiques.
Cheezam : le Shazam des fromages pour identifier toutes les variétés May 9, 2022, 10:26 a.m.
En développant sa propre intelligence artificielle, l’application peut déterminer les différentes sortes de fromage grâce à la reconnaissance visuelle et une base de données regroupant plus de 9 000 photos. Le petit plus : une fois la photo scannée, elle propose également le vin idéal que vous pourriez déguster en accompagnement.
Vu de l’étranger, le paradoxe des passions tristes françaises May 6, 2022, 6:02 a.m.
La sinistrose qui touche la France laisse perplexe certains correspondants de presse anglo-saxons, qui ont une vision moins critique de notre pays. Notre obsession décliniste trouve en partie ses origines dans l’histoire.
Technology adoption in the US May 6, 2022, 5:39 a.m.
Smartwatch adoption is occurring nearly as fast as early mobile phone adoption. Last year, an estimated 1 in 4 Americans owned a smartwatch or fitness tracker. The rise of wearables, which can gather millions of data points on a user each day, will likely have a “profound” effect on health and lifestyle. Beyond healthcare and wellness, wearables have implications for manufacturing, payments, life insurance, fashion, and more.
How to Create a Competitive Advantage Through Innovation May 5, 2022, 7:18 p.m.
In the modern world of business, innovation is both an equalizer and a differentiator. It can give tiny startups an edge over global conglomerates and enable industry leaders to develop competitive advantages. But what exactly is innovation? In short, innovation is the introduction of something new and different to an established product, process, or way of thinking. And in a rapidly shrinking and commoditized world, it’s in greater demand than ever. If you want to drive more business innovation, you’ll need to continually improve operations and services. If you fall into a period of stagnation, you’ll certainly lose your competitive edge.
L’Oréal lance un fonds d’investissement en faveur de l’économie circulaire May 5, 2022, 5:55 a.m.
À l’occasion de la Journée de la Terre, le 22 avril, le géant français des cosmétiques a annoncé jeudi le lancement d’un fonds d’investissement destiné à l’économie circulaire.
Des scientifiques montrent comment des systèmes chaotiques peuvent se synchroniser May 4, 2022, 8:34 a.m.
Le chaos. Pour le commun des mortels, il est synonyme de confusion, de désordre. Les physiciens, eux, s'en font une idée très précise. Un système chaotique se comporte, selon ceux qui l'étudient, comme un système aléatoire. Il a beau suivre des lois déterministes, sa dynamique reste amenée à changer de manière totalement erratique. Le fameux « effet papillon » qui rend un système chaotique imprévisible. Pourtant, dans les années 1980, des chercheurs ont découvert qu'il arrive que des systèmes chaotiques se synchronisent. Et aujourd'hui, des physiciens de l’université Bar-Ilan (Israël) tentent de nous expliquer comment c'est possible.