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Minority and women innovators often miss out on venture capital funding. - 

This week is Hurricane Awareness Week, which precedes the official start of the hurricane season. While storms like Hurricane Sandy are still unusual, protecting populated coastal areas like New York City is a technological challenge.

Innovation requires brains, but also requires money -- and the early money often comes from venture capitalists. But all too often minority and women innovators miss out on venture capital funding.

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