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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A Taste of Innovation for the Giants of the Food and Beverage Industry [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The biggest players of the Food & Beverage Industry are positioned to innovate internally, creating new food concepts through their own well-funded research and development. Increasingly these corporate giants are also expanding their resources outside the company to innovate externally by nurturing smaller, sometimes more cutting-edge food start-ups. One means for expanding their portfolio of products is inviting creative and successful foodpreneurs to the innovation table, and in some cases, investing in their companies. General Mills, Tyson, Whole Foods, and Kellogg, for example, all offer pitch days and accelerator programs for startups looking for funding and expertise to bring more of their innovative products to market. Industry leaders who avoid diversifying their product lines to represent growing consumer demand are destined to see their food expired and forgotten on the supermarket shelves. Let's examine some areas the Food and Beverage...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Roaring Twenties, a period of economic prosperity following the end of World War I, was marked by changes to American life through advancements in manufacturing, consumer products, travel, medicine, entertainment, and upended social norms. What we’ve experienced so far in the 2020s has some referring to this current period as The Soaring Twenties – a time that will be remembered for massive economic growth and incomparable technological innovations…but only for the organizations that take bold action, have connected teams of creatives and analytical minds that work collaboratively, and trust in their leadership to uphold the vision of new possibilities for their companies, software, and services. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1647363232861{background-color: #f9f9f9 !important;}"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="44px"][qodef_blockquote text="``Not to innovate is the single largest reason for the decline of existing organizations. Not to know how to manage is the single largest reason for the failure of new ventures.`` — Peter F. Drucker" title_tag="h4" width="100"][vc_empty_space height="44px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] If You...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]Look your best while feeling good about your impact on the environment with fashion-forward brands reinventing the supply chain in the textile industry. It’s becoming trendy to source your next ensemble from a sustainable and globally conscientious clothing company. The fashion industry is trying on new methods of sourcing materials and is producing garments within a vibrant and growing circular economy.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] The Spinning Wheel of Innovation at Spinnova [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]Spinnova is an innovator bringing new textile technology to an age-old product. Fabric has long been associated with cotton, a resource that requires massive water consumption and pesticides. Polyester also had its heyday, yet it relies on the non-renewable resource of petroleum. An innovative development is creating a new kind of fabric that is made from recycled materials like ground up wood pulp and agricultural waste spun into a creative new wool for performance fabrics in consumer apparel goods....

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]The intersection of design and technical innovation come close to home in our workplaces and dwellings. Architects of today are tasked to design new buildings with emerging, energy efficient technology for the practical structures of tomorrow while maintaining beautiful and intriguing design elements. Home builders are provided a variety of new opportunities to make construction or renovations of their existing house more energy efficient, livable, green, and cost conscious. Ezassi supports innovation in architecture and building to make the environments we live and work functional and appealing.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text] Look to Switzerland for the Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technology [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]A great example of this new building initiative is a collaboration of Switzerland’s ETH, a premier technology research university, and NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies), a modular research and innovation organization accelerating the innovation process in the construction sector. Their most recent projects include the HiLo building, the...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The collaboration and innovation of human health researchers and life science industries are a vital partnership to support a healthier global population. From solutions that provide basic human needs to the the latest epidemic fighting technology to inventions that improve the health of marginalized people with disabilities, organizations are innovating to provide a better standard of life for millions.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Collaboration for Clean Water is the Current Mother of Invention [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Water makes up 70% of the Earth’s surface, but only 2.5% is drinkable. In 2018 the World Bank and the U.N. released a joint report that claimed 40% of the world population suffers from water scarcity and that by 2030, 700 million people may be displaced because of it. If you live in an area where you have filtered water, you might not be thinking of the 159 million people who depend on untreated water (rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams). Such...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space height="22px"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text] Innovative Ideas to Reclaim Our Natural Environment [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text]You alone can not save the world.  Neither will our governments. How about industry?  Will they have the Earth’s best interests in mind when they create their next product for market? We ask, who are the real trail blazers along this confusing and winding path of necessary environmental change? It is not until the powerful, the inventive, and the noisiest change makers collaborate across industries, governments, universities and environmental NGOs with new green technology research, design, and significant strategies that will we see the greatest environmental challenges solved.  [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_column_text] New Green Technology for Recycling [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="22px"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Where does all the trash go and how can we dramatically reduce what’s headed to the landfills? Recycling is a not a new effort, but it is losing efficacy and studies show even the most mindful consumers recycle incorrectly. Luckily efforts are underway to bring new technology to an inconsistent,...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] New Industries' Solutions for Moving to a Zero Carbon Footprint [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Is zero carbon possible? The bright ideas coming from creative innovators prove we are developing and harnessing new technologies to eliminate the burning of fossil fuels to off set carbon emissions. The world emits about 43 billion tons of CO2 a year and 87% comes from the burning of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and oil. As the Earth's need for power grows, so does the necessity for innovative clean power solutions. University researchers, startup incubators, and power industry collaboration show promising disruptive technology to reach carbon zero goals. The commercialization and the opportunity for partnerships across these innovating platforms will bring positive and lasting change to the carbon emission reduction goals of countries worldwide.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Carbon Neutral Start-up Technology [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Industries worldwide are focusing on how to achieve carbon neutrality. Innovative ideas and clean power solutions are appearing across university research labs...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Technology and trends tend to move and change at alarming rates.  No industry is impervious to evolution. The only way to stay relevant is to make sure you are looking toward the future landscape and anticipating changes within your business before they happen. If you don't have a functioning crystal ball, research and analysis are the best way to predict the future.  A strong indicator of how technology and trends are changing in real-time is to pay attention to how you currently consume television and video content at home. Gone are the days of spending a Friday night at Blockbuster buying or renting physical copies of movies to bring home. It also seems the days of cable and satellite solutions are quickly on their way out. Streaming services are the future of in-home entertainment consumption, but that leaves broadcast TV searching for a new way to create revenue or else risk...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Understanding your company's "technical right-to-succeed" is critical to the success of your business: it's what sets you apart from your competition. It allows you to provide the best products and services your clients and users have come to expect. It's essential to understand the entire landscape of your company's current technology and how it compares to the technology of your competitors and the future of technological innovation. This is where technology scouting and technology landscaping research reports come in to play an integral part in building your company's technology portfolio. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text] Technology Scouting [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text]Technology scouting is an element of technology management in which emerging technologies are identified, technology-related information is channeled into an organization, and supports the acquisition of technologies.  The focus of technology scouting is on identifying solutions to an unmet technical or business need. When technology scouting, it's essential to precisely define your unmet need and create a roust...

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[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dr. Robert Blizek, a former senior technologist with NAVAR, shares the lessons learned that drove his decision to use Ezassi’s Knowledge Scouting application.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_width="grid" content_aligment="center"][vc_column][qodef_elements_holder][qodef_elements_holder_item horizontal_aligment="left" vertical_alignment="middle" hover_animation="default"][vc_column_text] The Challenge [/vc_column_text][qodef_separator position="center" color="#6b6b6b" border_style="solid" width="70%" thickness="20px"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text] Growth of World Population and the History of Technology [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11326" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="10px"][vc_column_text] Figure 1.  Globalization and the Internet have dramatically accelerated technology development. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][/qodef_elements_holder][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There are three challenges to address if one is to keep abreast of technology development for investments, optimal partnership selection, or roadmap planning.  First, critical technological advances can come from anywhere. A recent study by the government accounting office (GAO) noted that, only two decades ago, 70% of science and technology development for the DoD was developed exclusively within DoD- industry partnerships.   Today, that 70/30 split is reversed with the private sector eclipsing the DoD’s pace of breakthrough technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence, quantum engineering, and cyber security. The second...

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