Winner of 2014 Creative Business Cup

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2014 USA Creative Business Cup Press Release

For Immediate Release, July 28, 2014

Winner of 2014 USA CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP

Contact: Dennis Cheek, Executive Director, 904-859-6088

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The National Creativity Network (NCN) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 USA Creative Business Cup. The Creative Business Cup (www.creativebusinesscup.com) is an annual competition that culminates with the world finals in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 17-19, 2014 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Over fifty nations are expected to take part in this year’s finals before a distinguished panel of 20 global judges, dignitaries, and potential investors. Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded along with extensive free mentoring and other services leading up to and going beyond the competition and the potential of private deals between investors and the competing creative businesses. The competition focuses exclusively on recent business start-ups that draw upon the talents of the creative industries, e.g., design, architecture, advertising, publishing, music, film & video, arts & crafts, IT, radio & TV, gastronomy, and leisure activities.

 

2ndLifeTech of Winston-Salem, NC (www.2ndlifetech.com) is the 2014 winner of the USA Creative Business Cup. 2ndLifeTech is a design solutions company that focuses on inaperçu waste – waste that is right under our very noses but frequently not perceived. Its first product, BatteryVampire (www.batteryvampire.com), is a patent-pending small unit that takes the place of a second AA battery in a device and uses the one remaining battery to power it. This groundbreaking approach uses up all of the energy in the battery and hopefully over time significantly reduces the 10 billion batteries a year placed in landfills. Dennis Cheek, Executive Director of the National Creativity Network, hails 2nd LifeTech as a potential energy-saving breakthrough that battery by battery helps the environment by both greatly reducing energy wastage and diminishing landfill toxins that threaten groundwater. He notes that “it speaks to the power of teams of designers to reimagine even longstanding existing technologies and use creative ideas to launch the very kind of new creative businesses that are the core focus of this exciting annual international competition.”

 

David Smith, founder of 2ndLifeTech, said, “I am excited and honored that our company will be going to Copenhagen to represent the USA, North Carolina, and particularly the blossoming, creative, entrepreneurial economy within the Piedmont Triad region of our state.” 2ndLifeTech has derived a great deal of assistance in its entrepreneurial journey from The Center for Creative Economy in Winston-Salem, NC who nominated them for this national award as a member of the Creative Economy Coalition, a working group of the NCN. “We are thrilled that this highly creative business will now compete for the prestigious global Creative Business Cup in Denmark,” said Executive Director Margaret Collins, “This award showcases David’s company and the opportunities available for creatives in Winston-Salem and North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad.”

 

The National Creativity Network (www.nationalcreativitynetwork.org) is a US-registered international nonprofit that seeks to advance the skillful application of imagination, creativity, and innovation to positively improve commerce, culture, education and government across North America. The NCN works with regional coalitions, tribal nations, and national organizations across Canada, Mexico, and the United States and global partners with similar goals.


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“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.” – Albert Camus

 

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” – Albert Einstein

 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

 

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.” – Alan Alda

 

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“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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Learning the Physics of Skateboarding Engages Kids in Science
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7 talks to make you love science
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What Does London Get Right in Tech, Innovation?
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6 lessons on innovation from Bill and Melinda Gates: number 4 will break your heart
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The Link Between Leadership And Innovation
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Guest commentary: State leaders should encourage innovation, not kill it
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How To Measure Innovation (To Get Real Results)
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NBC News.com

 

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Medical Daily

 

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Bloomington Pantagraph

 

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ydr.com

 

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The opportunities that emerge to transform our nation are largely dependent upon the degree to which we are connected to each other. Our connection will become a catalyst:

 

to enhance the flow of relevant information,

 

and to improve the ease with which key nodes of creativity, be they in the domains of Education, Commerce, Culture or across disciplines, can gain access to the best thinking, best questions, and most successful practices as well as other resources their ventures may require.

 

Our strategy is to engage thought leaders across North America to create a powerful network for transformation.

 

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“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato

 

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Brookings report: How University City fits among U.S. ‘innovation districts’
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Four Policy Trends in Innovation
Brookings Institution

 

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Creative Economy On The Rise: Art Meets Hacking For Digital Innovation
Forbes

 

Unlocking The Brain: Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Neuroscience?
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US brain-map project could dwarf its European rival
New Scientist

 

Beakerhead returns with smash-up up of science, art and engineering
Calgary Herald

 

Cities Promote ‘Innovation Districts’ for Economic Development
Governing Magazine

 

The 2014 State New Economy Index
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

 

Is There One Right Way to Achieve Creativity? (Spoiler Alert: No) | Michael Levin
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The Golden Era of Innovation is Upon Us | Daniel Burrus
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Spectrum for All? Rubio’s Wireless Innovation Act Aims to Do Just That
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Too-Big-To-Innovate Is Not About Innovation
Forbes

 

Canadian Insights – 2013 Global Innovation Survey
PwC Canada

 

Your summer reading list: Picks from the TED community
TED Blog

 

Standing in meetings makes workers more creative
Telegraph, UK

 

When art meets manufacturing
Winston-Salem Journal, AP

 

Elon Musk Releases Tesla Patents To Fuel Innovation
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Music Industry Officials Agree on Need for Licensing Rule Changes, but Little Else
The New York Times

 

Amazon Stops Taking Advance Orders for ‘Lego’ and Other Warner Videos
The New York Times

 

Entrepreneurship’s Role in Economic Development
Kauffman.org

 

China Focus: China aims to realize dream through innovation
GlobalPost

 

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Columbus Business First

 

How Marvel’s API Will Change Cultural Criticism
Fast Company

 

Creativity is Their Business
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Art teaches through art teachers
Shreveport Times

 

Even better than an app?
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What Real Women In Tech Look Like
ReadWrite

 

2014-06-11 Interview with John Howkins
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U.S. appeals court rules against authors in book-scanning lawsuit
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How Twitter Is Preparing For The World Cup
Fast Company

 

Gates Foundation Urges Delay in Using Tests to Rate Teachers
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Are you too Busy to Innovate?
Creativity at Work Blog

 

The battle for talent: What cities are doing to attract urban professionals

Soapbox Cincinnati

 

Florida school pulls Cory Doctorow’s book, he sends it to students
Los Angeles Times

 

Free Music, at Least While It Lasts
The New York Times

 

Consequential Design
Art Works | National Endowment for the Arts

 

Phila. Funding Crisis Threatens Spread of Innovation
Education Week

 

The Future of Open Source: Speeding Technology Innovation | Fred Simon
The Huffington Post

 

Non-Tech Businesses That Created Their Own Tech
Mashable

 

Entrepreneurs Who Rewrote the Rules of Business
Mashable

 

Microsoft Protests Order to Disclose Email Stored Abroad
The New York Times

 

How Bill Gates Pulled Off the Common Core Revolution
Governing Magazine

 

Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up?
Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

 

Couple Turns Science into Community Affair
Voice of America News

 

Why Gender Diversity Should Matter to Investors
Financial Planning

 

Tenured Professor Quits Lead Scientific Researcher Position In Stand For Creativity
Baystreet.ca

 

Xi Urges Greater Innovation in ‘Core Technologies’
The New York Times

 

Twenty Questions with Artist-Scholars Kip Jones and Patricia Leavy
The Creativity Post

 

11-Year-Old Designs Unbreakable Cup For Parkinson’s Sufferers
PSFK

 

Innovate Like Pharrell
Innovation Excellence

 

30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking
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An Innovator has an Obligation to… Implement
Innovation Excellence

 

The Benefits of Yes and No in Creativity
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The Innovator Dating Service
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Yes, the Humanities Are Struggling, but They Will Endure
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Taking the Creative and Economic Pulse of the City | John M. Eger
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The vanished grandeur of accounting
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Women and work: Opt out or pushed out? The story in data.
The Washington Post
How women founders view Chicago coworking spaces
Blue Sky Innovation | Chicago Tribune
Too Much Technology Is Bad for the Brain | Steve Nelson
The Huffington Post
STEM Needs to Be Updated to STREAM | Rob Furman
The Huffington Post
How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene
Both Sides of the Table


Misfits and Innovators
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Congress Versus Hobbit
The New York Times

 

Where Does the Brain Stop and the Mind Start?
LiveScience

 

City giving new arts innovation hub $2.3-million
The Globe and Mail

 

Undergrad creates UCSC’s first student-run scientific magazine
Santa Cruz Sentinel

 

Mathematicians Urge Colleagues To Refuse To Work For The NSA
Forbes

 

Universities are NOT Patent Trolls
IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

 

This Mom Built An R&D Empire To Save Her Child
Fast Company

 

Performing Arts in the Wearable Age
Arts Management and Technology Lab @ Carnegie Mellon University

 

Richard Dawkins is wrong to dismiss the power of fairytales
Books | The Observer

 

Also
On the Importance of Fairy Tales
Dreaming for Freud | Psychology Today

 

Is Innovation Simple?
Innovation Excellence

 

Culture Feasts on Innovation: Here’s What you Can Do About It
Innovation Excellence

 

Making Ideas Real, Simplicity & TED Talks
Innovation Excellence

 

Stoked: Why Action Sports is The Ultimate Culture of Innovation
Innovation Excellence

 

30Weeks: An Experimental New Design School, Backed By Google
Co.Design | Fast Company

 

Using Your “Dark Moments” To Inspire Creative Solutions
Fast Company

 

Robotic sperm is here, and it’s not just for fertilization — it might help treat cancer, too
MedCity News

 

Tom Walsh: Innovation could be what drives Detroit’s economic growth
Detroit Free Press

 

Mad Hackers event launches The Innovation Center
NewsTimes.com

 

Get over your inferiority complex, Ottawa: tech visionary
Technology – Ottawa Business Journal

 

Techweek Chicago cancels Black Tie Rave after controversy
Blue Sky Innovation | Chicago Tribune

 

Innovation Hub: Businesses Know You’re Biased
Xconomy

 

Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies
The New York Times

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Have you found an article you’d like to share?  Email the link to george.tzougros@wisconsin.gov.

 

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The National Creativity Network believes that by fostering creativity in our society as a whole, and specifically with future generations, America can remain a leader in innovation and free enterprise. The very future of our communities and institutions depends on our ability to nurture and harness imagination to creatively solve problems. If creativity is to be nurtured, systems, institutions and networks must be transformed.

 

The opportunities that emerge to transform our nation are largely dependent upon the degree to which we are connected to each other. Our connection will become a catalyst:

 

to enhance the flow of relevant information,

 

and to improve the ease with which key nodes of creativity, be they in the domains of Education, Commerce, Culture or across disciplines, can gain access to the best thinking, best questions, and most successful practices as well as other resources their ventures may require.

 

Our strategy is to engage thought leaders across North America to create a powerful network for transformation.

 

Join Us!

 

For more information, please go to our web site or

 

National Creativity Network

133 West Main Street, STE 100

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73102
http://nationalcreativitynetwork.org

 

Visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.