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Impact Innovation Group Newsletter May 2021

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May 2021 Newsletter.

Innovation news, research, opportunities, and insights from Impact Innovation Group.


An innovative team of French engineers designed a yacht called ‘The Manta’ that feeds on plastic waste for power. The 56m catamaran scoops up plastic and converts it into fuel to power the boat. The vessel uses other several renewable technologies too, including solar cells and wind turbines. Read More

The new growAG. platform offers a centralised showcase for Australia’s agrifood innovation opportunities, success stories, and a comprehensive database of Australia’s current agrifood research projects. All the information on the platform is free to access and allows farmers, investors, industry, and government to locate information and opportunities to deliver innovation back to the farm and the food supply chain. Read More
We know caffeine is the fuel of choice for many innovators. But could your addiction to coffee be your parent’s fault? New causal genetic evidence suggests that our genetic code may drive our desire for caffeinated drinks. Read More

Electric cars in Germany, Europe’s largest auto market and the fourth largest in the world, accounted for 13.5% of sales last year – a huge jump up fr
om 2019’s overall share of 3%. With Volkswagen’s ID.4 now rolling off the production lines, analysts expect that share to climb to over 25% by the end of 2021. Read More

High-tech body armour can make the wearer super strong and tireless. This technology, more specifically called an exoskeleton, is increasingly being worn around the world. And one manufacturer – California’s SuitX – expects it to go mainstream. Read More


The Innovation Stack
by Jim McKelvey.

From the cofounder of Square, an irreverent first-person look inside the world of entrepreneurship and what it takes to build a resilient, world-changing company.  How did Square beat Amazon, one of the largest companies on the planet? McKelvey claims to have found the key: a strategy he calls the Innovation Stack.



“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation”

 Zig Ziglar


What makes a great innovation champion? Submit your top tips (Online, closes 30 May) We’re compiling a list of top tips from innovation managers around the world about how to choose effective innovation champions. Submit your own advice, and discover what your peers think, on our online ideas platform powered by Brightidea. We will publish the top ten tips (with credit to the contributors) next month.
Innovative New Business Challenge (Online, closes 17 May) Enel Group are looking for new ways of leveraging internal and external data to create new business, products or solutions that can create new revenue streams.  Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on May 17, 2021. There is a guaranteed award for at least one solution with the total payout being $20,000.

Water Toxicity Sensor Challenge (Online, closes 26 July) The United States Environmental Protection Agency is requesting new design solutions for biologically based sensors for use in water systems that can detect the activation of one or more human toxicity pathways.  The potential award is $15,000 for a written proposal that meets all requirements.  Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM (U.S. Eastern Time) on July 26, 2021.

GovHack (Online/NSW, 20-22 August) – This hackathon gives you the opportunity to use open government data to come up with ideas for problems worth solving.

Charting the Future (Online, 9-11 June). Innovation Leader conference featuring sessions connecting you with peers from Ford, Ralph Lauren, REI, Fortune Brands, SwissRe, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, General Mills, and more. Futurists discuss the trends that matter in 2021 and beyond.




 Even the most committed greenies struggle with how to line the household rubbish bin. Here’s a solution. Created explicitly as an alternative to single-use rubbish bags, bioplastic and otherwise, the TOMbag is waterproof, washable and made from recycled plastic bottles. Available in two sizes and with a handle at both the top and bottom, TOMbags are easy to use, easy to clean, and are helping to stop a hidden cause of plastic pollution.  Read More



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