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Reno’s Venture Gamble

Reno, Nevada, used to be the butt of jokes across America, but today it is growing a viable venture ecosystem that’s ushering in a bright future. And it’s doing it in an unusual manner: instead of the usual hi-tech startups, this “Biggest Little City in the World” is leveraging its unique assets to specialize in a completely different, yet very effective, niche. Read an article by Jack Wroldsen, part of the new City Venture issue of Coller Venture Review, and the accompanying CIV City Case, and explore the evolution of Reno from derision to riches: a story that shows how a combination of humility and pluck, aided by well-planned action at the state and city levels, can create success in surprising ways even in unlikely places.

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Hyper-Local Venture Development – The Case of Newark, NJ

This article by Prof. Michael Ehrlich goes beyond the theory to share a real-life success story: the implementation of a Health IT cluster in Newark, NJ, as a demonstration of the development of a hyper-local cluster in practice. Specific program details, implementation strategies, and promising early outcomes are shown in the article and the accompanying CIV City Case, available now for download.

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What is De-Know-Polization?

The 20th-century monopoly that universities had on knowledge is being attacked. Watch a 2-minute trailer, where Prof. Yesha Sivan explains the concept - an excerpt from an interview of Prof. Yesha Sivan to Benjamin Butler (Emerging Future)

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The Role Of Ventures In Strengthening The Fabric Of The City

A city can support ventures... and should, because ventures return the favor in ways you might not expect. This article by CIV International Research Affiliate Thillai Rajan A., and Vikram Kapur, shows how the presence of venture can energize the hosting city, leading to a virtuous symbiotic equilibrium. It uses as a case study the South Indian city of Chennai, founded in 1639, which is one of the thriving metropolitan cities of India today, presented in an insightful paper and a CIV City Case.

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Corporate Innovation and Corporate Venture Capital 2017 – Lessons from the Startup Nation

Though a small country, Israel has one of the world's most vibrant and innovative tech sectors and boasts more startups per capita than any other country in the world. An increasing number of German corporates have ventured into Israel to buy a window into this powerful talent pool and tech cluster. This was the focus of the upcoming Corporate Innovation and Corporate Venture Capital 2017 event, held on 11-May-2017 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The event featured internationally-renowned speakers, including Prof. Eli Talmor, Chair of the Coller Institute of Venture; Joerg Rheinboldt, CEO of Axel Springer Plug&Play Accelerator; Dr. Paolo Bavaj of Henkel; and Prof. Hossam Haick of the Technion Find out more and read relevant city cases inside.

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