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Looking Back and Moving Ahead

As PDE prepares to expand in the fall and to move to kauffman.org, we look back today at ten of the most popular posts to date as we say farewell to entrepreneurship.org. Post a comment and let us know what you thought.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 25, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the return of America's cities, the importance of experiential education, the value of doomed startups, how VCs are using crowdfunding sites -- and how the two aren't so different after all.

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Mark Marich
on August 25, 2014
Category:  General 
Cautious? Optimistic? How About Both?

It has been a while, so we thought we should check in on the Small Business Optimism Index compiled by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The last time we highlighted the index, it showed entrepreneurs’ confidence trending higher overall but slipping somewhat in the fall of 2013. Since that point, entrepreneurs appear to have rallied and are feeling a bit better about their prospects – but that still looks to be more like cautious optimism than a full-fledged celebration.

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Mark Marich
on August 18, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including rising rates of entrepreneurship in middle America, a new space to drive innovation in Philadelphia, a $30 million initiative from JP Morgan Chase to support small business clusters, a British minister's call for UK universities to embrace entrepreneurship and the explosion of mobile internet investment.

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Mark Marich
on August 18, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including a new state funding program for high-tech entrepreneurs, teaching the value of intellectual property, the graying of American companies, tech giants driving venture capital and the elusiveness of patent trolls.

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Mark Marich
on August 11, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the next tech bubble, challenges for women seeking venture capital, the economic development trend toward innovation ecosystems, science and technology dividends for Oklahoma and the trouble between SBIC and VC.

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Mark Marich
on August 04, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the importance of failing fast, the rise of female entrepreneurs, a new approach to preparing a modern workforce, a new printable battery to power wearables and streamlining the future of travel (and everything else).

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Mark Marich
on July 28, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including a look at the next generation of female entrepreneurs, crowdfunding vs. venture capital, Silicon Valley as the world's top economic hotspot, ignoring the top science students in the U.S. and outcomes for companies that raise seed capital.

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Mark Marich
on July 21, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including entrepreneurship education, Google Venture making moves in Europe, what the U.S. can learn from global investors, the digital future of healthcare and the question, "Has Silicon Valley jumped the shark?"

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Mark Marich
on July 14, 2014
Category:  General 
Maximizing Dividends from Female Entrepreneurs

Those of us living in the United States are reminded each Independence Day of the many blessings we enjoy in terms of equality and individual liberty. The level of cultural capital for entrepreneurs is obviously linked to a nation’s cultural norms, stigmas and role models – or lack thereof. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of female entrepreneurship where unaddressed challenges allow women’s creativity, problem-solving capacity and even key science and technology skills to lay idle in our societies.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 07, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the trend toward entrepreneurial development by cities and states, the massive and growing demand for developers, help for older entrepreneurs, angel investing in Canada and a cautionary note about U.S. innovation.

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Mark Marich
on July 07, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including an idea to leverage student research in American universities, a not-as-crazy-as-it-sounds idea to divide California into six states, the burgeoning startup scene in Phoenix, tech transfer in Ireland and the 'weird' world of venture capital.

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Mark Marich
on June 30, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the factors that make it easier to launch a startup today than ever before, the economic impact of accelerators to the state of Michigan, the UK public's attitudes toward innovation, bitcoin investing and a rash of new languages for web developers.

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Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Category:  General 
Survey Suggests Streamlining Regulations Over Cutting Taxes

For each of the past three years, small business owners throughout the United States have been surveyed to assess how 'friendly' their states are toward entrepreneurs and small firms. And each of those three years, Utah, Idaho and Texas have appeared in the top five. Those three states were joined by Virginia and Louisiana in receiving A+ ratings in the latest Small Business Friendliness Survey from Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In contrast, small business owners have placed California and Rhode Island in the bottom five each year. Those two states and Illinois were the only ones to receive an "F" this year.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including explosive growth in education and crowdfunding, finding impactful federal research and development, legislation that would help biotech firms acquire capital and entrepreneurs bypassing venture capital for crowdfunding.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  General 
Startups Finding the Funding Sweet Spot

When it comes to raising capital for a startup, more is not always better. If you are looking to maximize the return on an exit though, there are a couple of "sweet spots" identified in a new report by Exitround,  which bills itself as a "private, anonymous marketplace for buyers and sellers of technology companies from the small to mid-market."

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Mark Marich
on June 09, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the graying of entrepreneurship in America, the possible pitfalls of of venture capital, the link between entrepreneurship and jobs, how MOOCs are shaking up traditional education and the changing VC landscape in Wisconsin.

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Mark Marich
on June 09, 2014
Category:  General 
Accredited Investors: Definitions & the Pool of Startup Capital

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 required the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to review in 2014 the definition of an accredited investor in 2014. The SEC is thus currently analyzing the balance embodied in the definition in terms of investor protection, the public interest and the economy. 

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Mark Marich
on June 02, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including Richard Branson's rising interest in crowdfunding, government supported venture funds, Germany's success with innovation and growth, mapping Canada's angel groups and questions entrepreneurs should ask themselves before joining an accelerator. 

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Mark Marich
on June 02, 2014
Category:  General 
Dell Names Its First 'Founders Club 50'

The 'world's largest startup' is shining a spotlight on and providing support to a group of promising American startups that have technology as a critical backbone. Last week, the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs announced its first-ever Founders Club 50. The class includes companies from 17 U.S. states that are on the verge of significant growth, collectively receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, while making an impact across various industries, including analytics, healthcare, enterprise solutions, entertainment, IT and mobile computing.

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Mark Marich
on May 19, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including a discussion between women at the forefront of the crowdfunding movement, thoughts on scaling vs. starting a new business, venture dollars moving away from startups, breakthrough technologies and the state of big data.

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Mark Marich
on May 19, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including a handful of countries that are blazing tech trails, Y Combinators status in the accelerator space, a new bill on crowdfunding, Baltimore's innovation ecosystem and why nonprofits are acting like startups.

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Mark Marich
on May 12, 2014
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurs Increasingly Confident About U.S. Economy
While members of Congress will be listening this week to Fed Chair Janet Yellen testify about the national economic outlook, they received an early glimpse last week with news that U.S. entrepreneurs' confidence continues to rise. The latest Kaufman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index showed that 91 percent of the nation's newest business owners were confident or very confident that their companies' profitability would increase in the next 12 months.

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Mark Marich
on May 05, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the need to start and scale quickly, insights into the German entrepreneurial ecosystem, the rise of computer science and the best jobs of 2014 and the cities that provide them.

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Mark Marich
on May 05, 2014
Category:  General 
Local Entrepreneurs Lead to Long-term Growth

A pair of recently released reports by the Kauffman Foundation focus on efforts at the local level to create jobs and build long-term economic growth. When viewed alongside one another, the message to policymakers seems clear -- focus on nurturing local entrepreneurs over attracting out-of-state firms with financial incentives. 

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Mark Marich
on April 28, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including how to build your local entrepreneurial ecosystem, interesting entrepreneurial developments on college campuses, a competitor to Google Fiber and whether aspiring entrepreneurs should pursue an MBA or an accelerator program. 

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Mark Marich
on April 28, 2014
Category:  General 
U.S. Entrepreneurial Activity Drops for Second Straight Year

'Necessity entrepreneurship' isn't a phenomenon that occurs only in emerging economies and countries reeling from natural disasters like the Philippines -- it happens here in the U.S. as well. And as the overall health of the economy improves, the number of individuals engaged in entrepreneurial activity as a way to 'make ends meet' continues to drop. This shift away from being self-employed contributed to a drop in business creation rates for a second straight year.

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Mark Marich
on April 21, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the rise of hackathons, entrepreneurship on campus, the inherent inequality of the digital economy and  Silicon Valley's dominant startup environment and why one well-known entrepreneur and investor avoids it. 

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Mark Marich
on April 21, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on the next big wave of innovation, the perpetual race for higher broadband speeds, the coming robot revolution, entrepreneurial thinking in hospitals and San Francisco's 'me too' problem. 

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Mark Marich
on April 14, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on the shift in America's tech and startup scene to urban centers, technology transfer, the need for more 'public entrepreneurs', disruptive technologies in the year ahead and how one team from Stanford is reinvening the entire internet.

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Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  General 
Angels On the Upswing Still Targeting Tech

Despite reason for concern with the Q3 2013 numbers on angel investing, the total figures for 2013 as a whole show that angel activity is on the rise with more high-valuation deals closed in 2013 than the previous year. They also show a continued trend toward investment in technology that mirrors a jump in venture capital dollars in the sector

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Mark Marich
on March 31, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on crowdfunding in Europe and Canada, the expanding boundaries of Silicon Valley, the power of human networking and encourage entrepreneurs in India. 

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Mark Marich
on March 31, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week.

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Mark Marich
on March 24, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on Dell's switch from public to private, inequalities brought about by entrepreneurship, the rise of entrepreneurial activity among those over the age of 50, thoughts on the accelerator bubble and serial entrepreneurs. 

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Mark Marich
on March 17, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on government support for tech-based innovation and entrepreneurs, patent trolls, the creative economy and a push for stronger patent rights for university faculty. 
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Mark Marich
on March 10, 2014
Category:  General 
Surviving the Entrepreneurial Life

A new series released by Kauffman Founders School tackles the issue of work-life balance with insights from Meg Cadoux Hirshberg, an Inc.com columnist and author of the award-winning book For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families which draws on her experiences when she was helping her husband build his company and on her hundreds of interviews with entrepreneurs and their families.

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Mark Marich
on March 03, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on the role of universities in advancing entrepreneurship and why that bodes well for the U.S. as well as young entrepreneurs shaping the Middle East and Africa.

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Mark Marich
on March 03, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on a new accelerator from Mastercard and Silicon Valley Bank, the digitization of American health care, the amazing abilities of 3D printers, crowdfunding in biotech and Daymond John's impact on entrepreneurship among minorities.

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Mark Marich
on February 24, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on the role of universities in new business starts, entrepreneurial ecosystems enhancing economic diversification, knowing when to accept venture capital and growing confidence from venture capitalists.

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Mark Marich
on February 10, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on President Obama's State of the Union speech, the arrogance of Silicon Valley, Palestinian accelerator graduates, crowdsourcing and the shrinking need for tech transfer offices.

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Mark Marich
on February 03, 2014
Category:  General 
Angel Deals Still Down

Toward the tail end of 2013, we highlighted a couple of reports that pointed to a fairly stable angel market in the U.S. The latest from one of those reports, the Halo Report — from Angel Resource Institute (ARI), Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and CB Insights — may suggest reason for a bit of concern. According to the report, median angel round sizes are down $180,000 per deal since Q1 2013 ($700,000 to $520,000).

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Mark Marich
on January 27, 2014
Category:  General 
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Bit by bit, entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. are picking up confidence along the road to economic recovery — and they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. The latest Startup Confidence Index from the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom shows a greater willingness from entrepreneurs to put personal savings toward new business ventures. Personal savings as a means for funding the startup jumped from 66 percent in 2012 to 86 percent in 2013.

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Mark Marich
on January 27, 2014
Category:  Growth & Poverty  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on developing entrepreneurial ecosystems, Bitcoin, the Series A crunch, state-sponsored VC and entrepreneurship trends for 2014. 

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Mark Marich
on January 20, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week. You can also find a recap of its most popular stories from 2013. [More]
Mark Marich
on January 13, 2014
Category:  General 
How Did Your State Fare in the Bloomberg Rankings?
One new trend in innovation and entrepreneurship data is to produce a comprehensive picture of the ecosystem. Bloomberg followed this practice and recently analyzed data from each U.S. state and the District of Columbia to rank them on innovation. [More]
Mark Marich
on January 06, 2014
Category:  General  Education  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week. You can also find a recap of its most popular stories from 2013. [More]
Mark Marich
on January 06, 2014
Category:  General 
Top 10 PDE Stories from 2013

A lot has happened over the last twelve months in terms of the entrepreneurial economy. Twitter went public with the most-talked about IPO of 2013. Moving the other direction, Dell went private as Michael Dell emerged victorious in a very public and contentious battle with activist investor Carl Icahn--and then claimed Dell as "the world's largest startup." There were also major entrepreneurship gatherings in Brazil (Global Entrepreneurship Congress) and in a number of other countries -- like Malaysia, Libya and Kenya -- that don't immediately come to mind when one thinks "startup hotbed."

Now that 2013 is largely behind us, we take a look at the 10 most popular PDE posts from the last year at entrepreneurship.org. In fact, it's a post on one of those emerging hotspots that tops the list. 

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Mark Marich
on December 16, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: [More]
Mark Marich
on December 16, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  General 
Talent Leads to Innovation—In Switzerland and Around the World
Back in the summer months, Switzerland came out on top of INSEAD’s 2013 Global Innovation Index that measures an country’s innovation capacity. It should stand to reason then that Switzerland does well in terms of attracting and developing the human capital necessary to drive that innovation. In its new Global Talent Competitiveness Index, INSEAD again points to Switzerland as the place to be. 
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Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  General 
Startup Accelerators Decelerating?
Following persistent speculation that a startup accelerator bubble was forming — fueled by the exploding popularity of bootcamps, hackathons, co-working spaces and all-things-startup — a new report on TechCrunch suggests the trend may be losing steam.
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Mark Marich
on November 25, 2013
Category:  General 
Insights for an Entrepreneurial City
Metropolitan entrepreneurship issues are the focus of two new Kauffman Foundation reports released last week at the Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week.
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Mark Marich
on November 25, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 25, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 18, 2013
Category:  General 
GEW Policy Survey Tracks Opinions in 30 Countries
What do entrepreneurs in America have in common with entrepreneurs in Qatar? More than you might imagine, according to a recent survey sponsored by the organizers of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
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Mark Marich
on November 18, 2013
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurs Lack Recognition of Celebrities, Politicians and Athletes

Americans know their celebrities, living or dead: a full 96 percent recognize the name Marilyn Monroe.

But say "Steve Jobs" to a U.S. resident, and the odds are barely better than 50/50 that you'll get a nod of recognition for the founder of Apple.

Even entrepreneurs who have made extraordinary contributions to the U.S. economy – and to daily life for millions – have relatively low public awareness, according to a study released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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Mark Marich
on November 18, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 11, 2013
Category:  General 
Kauffman Accepting Nominations for Junior Faculty Fellowship Grants
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced last week that the nomination period is now open for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF). The Kauffman Foundation will award up to seven Junior Faculty Fellowship grants to junior faculty members in the United States whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship.
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Mark Marich
on November 11, 2013
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurs' Confidence Rises Despite Economic Uncertainties
Ceaseless uncertainty in Washington and mixed signals from economic indicators have not dampened the outlook of new business owners, who express rising confidence in their prospects in the third-quarter 2013 Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index. Released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom, the Index reports that entrepreneurs’ confidence climbed to 86 percent, setting a new high for the study, which was initiated in first quarter 2012.
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Mark Marich
on November 04, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 04, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 28, 2013
Category:  General 
Cautious Optimism in U.S. Angel Market
A pair of reports coming out in the last week point paint a picture of a fairly stable angel investing market in the U.S. The Q2 2013 Halo Reportfrom the Angel Resource Institute and the Q1 Q2 2013 Angel Market Report from the Center for Venture Research suggest that year-on-year numbers were either fairly flat or trending upward slightly.
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Mark Marich
on October 21, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 21, 2013
Category:  General 
Is Entrepreneurship Contagious?
You can file this under "the impact of networks"--or perhaps more simply, "it takes one to know one." A new paper from the Kauffman Foundation shows that there is a link between knowing an entrepreneur and being one yourself. And while "Getting the Bug: Is (Growth) Entrepreneurship Contagious?" doesn't necessarily suggest causality, it doesn't take a leap of faith to think that connecting the uninitiated to more entrepreneurs would increase the likelihood that they would become entrepreneurs themselves.
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Mark Marich
on October 21, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 14, 2013
Category:  General 
Small Business Confidence Slipping
Last week, we mentioned some of the negative impacts of the government shutdown on small business owners and entrepreneurs. The most recent Small Business Optimism Index from the National Federation of Independent Businesses says that while the September figures might be too early to really measure the full impact of the shutdown, the economic outlook is definitely depressed.  [More]
Mark Marich
on October 14, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 07, 2013
Category:  General 
Kauffman Foundation Launches Founders School

Startups and entrepreneurs at every stage have a new resource to help them launch and grow. The new Kauffman Founders School—curated from years of the Kauffman Foundation's experience in developing and supporting entrepreneurship programs—is an online education portal that provides on-demand content that enables entrepreneurs to learn anywhere at anytime. 

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Mark Marich
on October 07, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on September 30, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on September 23, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on September 16, 2013
Category:  General 
Startup Confidence Continues Gradual Climb

Eighty-five percent of startup owners in the U.S. are confident that the next 12 months will bring greater profitability. The figure is a one percent increase over the first-quarter results of the Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index and the highest level since the young study began in early 2012.

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Mark Marich
on September 09, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on September 09, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on August 19, 2013
Category:  General 
Smallest Startups Are Biggest Job Creators

While elected officials have long extolled the virtues of the small business and its powers of job creation, more attention has been paid recently to the age of firms instead of the size. But what happens when you mix the two and look at the smallest new startups? That is where the real growth happens. Since the late 1970s, new companies with 1 – 4 employees accounted for 86% of new firms. During roughly that same time period, startups with 1-4 employees have created more than 1 million jobs per year while those with 5 – 9 employees have created 500,000 per year. The figures come from the latest Business Dynamics Statistics report from the Kauffman Foundation.

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Mark Marich
on August 12, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on August 12, 2013
Category:  General 
Scaling Up Female Entrepreneurship

America needs all the talent it can get at home to spur job creation and economic growth. Recently, we have given a lot of attention to the untapped potential of immigrant entrepreneurs. Today, I take a look at other data and ask what we can do to enable more women in America to achieve their full potential as entrepreneurs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on August 05, 2013
Category:  General 
Early Stage Investments Keep VC Numbers Positive

According to the latest MoneyTree report from PwC and the National Venture Capital Association, the number of deals and dollars are up from earlier in the year. Venture capitalists invested $6.7 billion in 913 deals in Q2 2013—an increase of 12 percent in terms of dollars and 2 percent in the total number of deals. However, both are the lowest totals for the same quarter since the global financial crisis wreaked havoc in 2009.

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Mark Marich
on July 29, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on July 29, 2013
Category:  General 
Angels Stay Local with Investments

According to a recent report on angel investing in the United States, more than 8 in 10 angel investments in the last 12 months were completed in the home state of the investor group and company. The Q1 2013 Halo Report—published by the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights—is based on 207 deals totaling $222 million invested.

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Mark Marich
on July 22, 2013
Category:  General 
KC Entrepreneurs Need Mentors, Not Money

High-growth entrepreneurs in Kansas City have a lot going for them—Google Fiber, the Kansas City Startup Village, 1 Million Cups and access to an array of programs and resources from the Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation. Still, more can be done to boost the region’s already dynamic startup scene and help young companies thrive.

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Mark Marich
on July 22, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on July 22, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on July 15, 2013
Category:  General 
Small Business Optimism Dips in June

After two consecutive months of increases (April and May), small business owner confidence dropped in June according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The latest Small Business Optimism Index shows a continued see-saw trend that remains mired between the depths of the recession in 2009 and the heights of the economic expansion of 2004-2005.

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Mark Marich
on July 15, 2013
Category:  General 
Switzerland Tops 2013 Global Innovation Index

While debate continues whether the world is in economic recovery or facing a long-continuing crisis, Switzerland continues to go about its business. The small European nation held on to the top spot of the 2013 edition of the Global Innovation Index, co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO, a specialized agency of the United Nations).

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Mark Marich
on July 08, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on July 08, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on July 01, 2013
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

There are no hearings scheduled for the week ahead as members of Congress left Washington this past weekend for the annual Fourth of July recess. Each recess is typically met with at least a couple of media stories about how it is ill-timed or even undeserved vacation. But don’t fall into the trap of thinking it’s a vacation. Last week, Roll Call, the pre-eminent publication for Capitol Hill and everyone who follows it closely, highlighted some findings from a Congressional Management Foundation survey about members’ work habits and how they spend time on recess.

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Mark Marich
on July 01, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on June 24, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on June 17, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on June 10, 2013
Category:  General 
Startups & Small Business Feel the Love Locally

When it comes to supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the U.S., local government and ecosystem players get the nod over those at the state or national level. And while they are largely an optimistic bunch about their prospects for growth in the coming year, they worry about sustaining their success.

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Mark Marich
on June 03, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on June 03, 2013
Category:  General 
North Dakota ‘Most Enterprising’ State

If you are looking for a job, you may want to consider looking in North Dakota. According to a new survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the job growth rate in North Dakota is far beyond that of any other state. As policymakers across the country work to foster strong entrepreneurial ecosystems, Enterprising States: Getting Down to Small Business takes an in-depth look at the priorities, policies and programs of the 50 states that are vital for job growth and economic prosperity.

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Mark Marich
on May 20, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on May 20, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on May 13, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on May 06, 2013
Category:  General 
Economic Confidence On the Rise

Last week, confidence on Wall Street was sent soaring to all-time highs following the April jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor—employers added 165,000 jobs for the month and unemployment fell to its lowest point since the end of 2008. The confidence of entrepreneurs is on the rise as well according to the latest Startup Confidence Index.

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Mark Marich
on May 06, 2013
Category:  General 
Botswana: Startups Needed

Botswana is among Africa’s richest countries and the continent’s oldest functioning post-colonial, multi-party democracy. It has low taxes and a stable government that has been ranked as Africa's least corrupt. But it needs entrepreneurs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 29, 2013
Category:  General 
Number of Angel Investors, Early Stage Investments Drop

While the overall number of angel investors dropped substantially last year, don’t blame women angels—the percentage of women involved in angel investing nearly doubled within the past year.

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Mark Marich
on April 29, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on April 29, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on April 22, 2013
Category:  General 
Angel Activity Remains Stable

Last week, we brought you the latest news from the venture capital industry. This week, we hear from the angels and the overall message is a bit more positive—at least that overall angel investing for 2012 was “stable with prior years.”

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Mark Marich
on April 22, 2013
Category:  General 
Jobs Up Entrepreneurial Activity Down

As the unemployment rate fell in 2012, another economic indicator dropped too: the overall business creation rate. According to the annual Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity released recently, the 2012 rate declined slightly from 0.32 percent of American adults per month starting businesses in 2011 to 0.30 percent in 2012.

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Mark Marich
on April 22, 2013
Category:  General 
Utah Most ‘Friendly’ State for Small Business

How friendly is your state to small business owners? Apparently very friendly, if you live in Utah or Texas—and not so friendly if you live in California. Utah took the top honors as the friendliest state to small business while Texas had three of the top five cities in the latest survey from Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation.

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Mark Marich
on April 08, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on April 08, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on April 01, 2013
Category:  General 
GEC Commits to Startup Policy Platform

Last Friday, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress adjourned in Rio de Janeiro, ending a week of intense sessions that engaged over two thousand people from 130 countries in discussions around building stronger entrepreneurship ecosystems back home. While the Congress included Global Entrepreneurship Week host country delegations, investors and entrepreneurs, it opened last Monday with a new session for policymakers and researchers. The experiment was a success and ended with a commitment by organizers to make government policy a mainstay of the annual Congress in the future.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on March 25, 2013
Category:  General  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on March 25, 2013
Category:  General 
‘Leaning In’ to Encourage Women Entrepreneurs

The Kauffman Foundation recently announced a partnership with Lean In, a nonprofit organization founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg that is committed to offering women encouragement and support to achieve their goals—specifically to help cultivate more balanced teams and more female leaders and entrepreneurs.

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Mark Marich
on March 25, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on March 11, 2013
Category:  General 
Fresh Data Paints a Picture of Startup Environment

Part of the challenge of analyzing data and research while making policy decisions is that the figures are typically based on a not-quite-so-current set of data. A new survey of owners who formed their companies in 2012 is out and it helps shine a light on the environment most startups encounter in the early stages.

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Mark Marich
on March 04, 2013
Category:  General 
3D Printing for All?

In the mid-1980s, a series of technological advances gave birth to desktop publishing (do you remember Aldus Pagemaker?) and made it possible for individuals and small organizations to self-publish—at a fraction of the cost it would have through commercial printing. Fast forward about 25 years and we could be looking at the same thing happening to 3D printing. An 83-year old inventor has created an extruder that converts plastic resin pellets into filament for use in low-cost 3D printers—and he is practically giving it away.

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Mark Marich
on March 04, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on March 04, 2013
Category:  General 
'The Real World' Meets Startup World in Kansas City

More than 20 years ago, MTV launched the reality TV genre by throwing a group of strangers together in the same house to live and work. The show started in New York and has been filmed in 27 cities since. While Kansas City never had a chance to “find out what happens when people stop being polite... and start getting real” it is getting something even better—and certainly much less annoying—the Brad Feld’s KC Fiberhouse.

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Mark Marich
on February 25, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on February 25, 2013
Category:  General 
An Update on Entrepreneurship Data

Readers of this blog know that we credit the greater availability of data on entrepreneurship for the healthy race to build the best start-up ecosystem that is going on around the globe. By revealing weak areas in a country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and enabling cross-country comparisons, data can yield important implications for economic and regulatory policy.

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Mark Marich
on February 25, 2013
Category:  General 
Startup Global

Thousands of people from 135 countries have already confirmed their participation for next month’s week-long Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) and festival in Rio de Janeiro. As chair of the GEC for the past few years, I have witnessed the emergence of this global platform for collaboration among entrepreneurs, their investors and national leaders held outside the United States. So what happens at the GEC?

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Jonathan Ortmans
on February 25, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on February 11, 2013
Category:  General 
FTC Report Examines Privacy in Mobile Marketplace

Mobile app developers are the lifeblood of startup communities everywhere—don’t take our word for it, just visit a Startup Weekend and see how many ideas are pitched for new smartphone applications. However, a new set of recommendations from the Federal Trade Commission may make things a bit more difficult for them, calling for new ways to help safeguard consumer privacy.

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Mark Marich
on February 04, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week

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Mark Marich
on February 04, 2013
Category:  General 
Stanford Top MBA Program for Entrepreneurship

Stanford business school students put it at the top of the list of business schools—at least in regards to its offerings for entrepreneurship. As part of its rankings of the best business schools from the class of 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek asked students at 82 U.S. and international schools to rank their entrepreneurship programs.

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Mark Marich
on January 28, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on January 28, 2013
Category:  General 
VC Dollars Continue Rebound, Pass $20 Billion in 2012

Is the venture capital industry back? The latest report from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association shows that U.S. VC firms raised $20.6 billion from 182 funds during 2012. After being nearly cut in half from 2008 ($25.6 billion) to 2010 ($13.7 billion), it marks a second straight year of growth despite the number of funds dropping slightly (187 in 2011 to 182 in 2012).

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Mark Marich
on January 14, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on January 14, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on January 07, 2013
Category:  General 
A Look Back at innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on December 17, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on December 10, 2012
Category:  General 
New Leadership Named at Kauffman Foundation

The Board of Trustees of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation last week announced the election of Thomas A. McDonnell as the Foundation's new president and chief executive officer. McDonnell, an experienced business leader with a track record of building global organizations that are both innovative and philanthropic, recently stepped down as CEO of DST Systems, Inc. He has been a Kauffman trustee since 2003 and chairman of the board since 2006. McDonnell succeeds Carl Schramm, who served as the Foundation's president and CEO from 2002 to 2011. Since January of this year, Kauffman trustee Benno Schmidt has served as interim CEO while the board conducted a national search for a new leader.

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Mark Marich
on December 10, 2012
Category:  General 
Massachusetts Tops List of New Economy States

Massachusetts is still the top state in the country when it comes to the new economy, according to the latest State New Economy Index from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The report is the sixth in the series from ITIF with previous indexes published in 1999, 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Massachusetts has claimed the top spot in each year.

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Mark Marich
on December 10, 2012
Category:  General 
Young Firms Lead Economic Recovery

A new report from the Kauffman Foundation reveals that the pace of recovery in hiring and job creation since 2008 is stronger in newer firms – those two years old or younger – than in more established companies. Job Creation, Worker Churning, and Wages at Young Businesses is the seventh report in a series using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Business Dynamic Statistics.

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Mark Marich
on December 03, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on December 03, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 26, 2012
Category:  General 
Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF). The Kauffman Foundation will award up to seven Junior Faculty Fellowship grants to junior faculty members in the United States whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship.

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Mark Marich
on November 19, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 19, 2012
Category:  General  Global 
Ghanaian Tech Startup Garners Grand Prize in Global Startup Open Competition

WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 12, 2012 – Dropifi’s web messaging platform that seeks to supersede the traditional “contact us” form has earned the Ghanaian tech startup the grand prize of 2012 Startup Open, a competition for startups with high-growth potential featured as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2012. Dropifi was selected today out of 50 companies announced last month as the “GEW 50,” the best and brightest new startups around the globe.

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Mark Marich
on November 12, 2012
Category:  General  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 12, 2012
Category:  General  Global 
What Next for Startup Weekenders?

The next two weekends will see thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs working frantically in more than 130 cities at Startup Weekend events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Anonymous
on November 05, 2012
Category:  General 
Global Entrepreneurship Week On the Horizon

Tomorrow, roughly 100 million Americans will cast their vote for one of two men who have stressed the importance of entrepreneurs and of course, small business to the country—and claimed to be the best candidate to empower them. Meanwhile, one week from today, policymakers, researchers and millions of nascent entrepreneurs in 130 countries will be taking matters into their own hands through a collection of 40,000 events, activities and competitions during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on November 05, 2012
Category:  General  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 05, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Entrepreneurship Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 29, 2012
Category:  General 
What's Next for Finland?

One of the major supporters of DEMO Africa and LIONS@frica with me in Nairobi last week was Nokia. As I took a look at just how much innovation Nokia has created, I was curious to look further into the current startup culture in its home country of Finland and see just how important high-growth entrepreneurship is to its economy.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on October 29, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 22, 2012
Category:  General 
Creating Sustainable Startup Communities

Brad Feld, managing director of the Foundry Group and tireless advocate for entrepreneurs and startups everywhere, is featured in a new sketchbook video from the Kauffman Foundation.

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Anonymous
on October 15, 2012
Category:  General 
Angels in Recovery—But Still Have a Ways to Go

According to the latest survey from the Center for Venture Research a the University of New Hampshire, the angel investor market is showing promising signs of recovery—across the board in terms of dollars invested, total numbers of investments and total number of investors.

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Mark Marich
on October 15, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 15, 2012
Category:  General 
Target High-Growth, Not High-Tech

If someone asked you to name the U.S. city with the highest percentage of high-growth companies, the safest response--and one given by most everyone--would be San Francisco, probably followed by Boston. But while those two are in the top 5, they trail Washington, DC, Salt Lake City and Austin. In fact, the nation's capital even comes out on top when it comes to raw totals.

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Mark Marich
on October 08, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 08, 2012
Category:  General 
Startup Jobs Dropping

A recently released briefing paper by the Hudson Institute shows job creation from new firms at an all-time low. “The Collapse of Startups in Job Creation” paints a bleak picture where the number of new firms being created today is even smaller than two years ago when the worst of the recession ended.

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Mark Marich
on October 01, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on October 01, 2012
Category:  General 
Renewing the Entrepreneurial Strength of the American Economy

Where some people see problems, entrepreneurs see opportunities. The optimistic natures of people who start innovative companies – backed by a few policy reforms – are the keys to building a stronger U.S. economy. That's the premise of Better Capitalism, a new book being illustrated in the latest Kauffman Foundation sketchbook.

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Anonymous
on October 01, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on September 24, 2012
Category:  General 
The JOBS Act and the History of Crowdfunding

Earlier this year, we followed the progress of the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act as an example of how business should get done in Washington, DC. Most of the attention has been--and continues to be--focused on crowdfunding and how it can help startups and small businesses raise capital to launch and grow their businesses.

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Mark Marich
on September 17, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on September 17, 2012
Category:  General 
Economic Confidence Dips Among Entrepreneurs

The latest Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index points to a continuing decline in expectations for the U.S. economy. Almost 40 percent of startup owners believe the economy will deteriorate over the next 12 months, an increase from 36 percent in the second-quarter survey and 31 percent in the first-quarter. Not surprisingly, the number of entrepreneurs who were “somewhat confident” in future profitability dipped as well.

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Mark Marich
on September 17, 2012
Category:  General 
Checking Up on Optimism—Or Should We Say Down?

Each quarter, the Chamber tracks the outlook of entrepreneurs and small business owners on their businesses, the local economy and the U.S. economy. In the latest survey, overwhelmingly, they think the national economy is not headed in the right direction. However, the numbers improve as the focus narrows to the local economy (47% said it was on the right track) and their own business (68%). Unfortunately, that may not translate to more jobs though as only 20% thought they would add employees in the year ahead.

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Mark Marich
on July 23, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on July 23, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on July 16, 2012
Category:  General 
Iterative Startups

While the startup genome in Silicon Valley is always mutating, some formulas are becoming basic tenets in the science of startups. A critical mass of email about my use of the word “iterative” in my blogs prompts me to revisit one such startup fundamental—the so called “Lean Startup” formula.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 09, 2012
Category:  General 
Top 5 Attributes to Hone Before Launch

Chances are if you are an entrepreneur you already have a fair amount of self-confidence—assessing risk and measuring opportunity. So it’s no surprise that most entrepreneurs rated themselves highly on many of the 17 personal characteristics, traits and skills that bode well for taking an entrepreneurial plunge.

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Mark Marich
on July 09, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on July 09, 2012
Category:  General 
Dell Announces New Innovators Credit Fund

Dell made a splash last week with its announcement of the Dell Innovators Credit Fund—a $100 million initiative intended to amplify the effects of venture or angel funds recently invested by a select group of VCs or angel investors. Once startups are approved, they can borrow up to 10% of their funded amount—up to $150,00—for an added boost to their growth trajectory.

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Mark Marich
on June 18, 2012
Category:  General 
Small Businesses Keeping Positive

Confidence is on the rise among small business owners. A new survey from Citibank shows a sizable jump in the number of those who said their own business is better than it was a year ago—from 24 percent in August 2010 to 43 percent in June 2011. The sentiment seems consistent with others targeted toward entrepreneurs—including the Startup Confidence Index from the Kauffman Foundation.

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Mark Marich
on June 11, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on June 11, 2012
Category:  General 
Kauffman Accepting 2013 Dissertation Fellowship Program Proposals

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will award up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship. The program is open to students at U.S.-accredited institutions who are in the process of formulating their dissertation proposals as well as doctoral candidates with recently approved dissertation proposals. It is expected that applicants will complete their dissertation during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Mark Marich
on June 04, 2012
Category:  General 
Atlanta, Miami Entrepreneurs Optimistic—What About Others?

Entrepreneurs in Atlanta and Miami are an optimistic bunch—even in the face of uncertain economic times. A new survey released today by Dell and Intel reveals a bright local outlook for startups and small businesses in the two southern cities—showing a favorable view of the local economy and local organizations supporting businesses as well as healthy expectations for growth.

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Mark Marich
on June 04, 2012
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurs Gauge States’ Friendliness: Idaho #1

If you are reading this, chances are you have seen any number of surveys and indices that rank the U.S. states according to their climate towards small business and entrepreneurs. Unlike other rankings, a new survey from Thumbtack.com has gone straight to the source. Partnering with the Kauffman Foundation, Thumbtack.com conducted a two-month survey of over 6,000 small business owners nationwide on the friendliness of states towards small business and about small business finances in order to measure states and cities along 21 metrics.

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Mark Marich
on May 21, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on May 21, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on April 30, 2012
Category:  General 
Seeding Civic Startups: Apply Now

In 2009, Jennifer Pahlka had an idea. What if the best and brightest technology minds in America could “give back” by putting their talents to work in revolutionizing local government.

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Mark Marich
on April 23, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on April 23, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on April 16, 2012
Category:  General 
‘Weekend’ Warriors To Go .CO

Thanks to a new partnership, all Startup Weekend participants can help kickstart their businesses with a .CO domain registration at no cost for the first year. The .CO domain name scholarship program will kick off at over 40 Startup Weekend events to be held during the month of April in China, India, Norway, France, Algeria, Albania, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Czech Republic, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Belarus, Iceland, Denmark, Canada, Australia, Poland, Turkey, Uganda, Mongolia, the Philippines, and the United States.

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Mark Marich
on April 09, 2012
Category:  General 
Confidence--and Some Mixed Signals--from Entrepreneurs

When we last checked in on the confidence level of entrepreneurs, most saw higher profits in their immediate future despite the fact that there was a considerable amount of uncertainty with the overall economic outlook for the next 12 months.

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Mark Marich
on April 09, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on April 09, 2012
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurs & ‘The Coming Prosperity’

A new book out takes a look at the long-term trends that are ushering in a new era of global prosperity—and you can probably guess the common thread. ‘The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy’ offers analysis of economic and historical trends brought to life through the stories of entrepreneurs making a difference.

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Mark Marich
on April 02, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on April 02, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on March 26, 2012
Category:  General 
New Business Startups Declined in 2011: Arizona Tops List of U.S. States

The latest Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity shows that the rate of new business creation dipped during 2011 and startup founders remained more likely to go it alone than to employ others—quite possibly due to the continued recession and the typically higher rate of necessity entrepreneurs during periods of economic distress.

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Mark Marich
on March 19, 2012
Category:  General 
Innovation from 'User Entrepreneurs'
Mark Marich
on March 13, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on March 13, 2012
Category:  General 
Small Biz Numbers Up in February

When we last reported in on the Small Business Employment Index, released monthly by Intuit, it was sharing good news and bad on the January numbers. One month later and the picture is a little brighter as both jobs and wages are heading in the right direction.

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Mark Marich
on March 05, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on March 05, 2012
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurs Optimistic About 2012

While economics bloggers are apparently a consistently gloomy bunch, it seems to make sense that entrepreneurs are by nature a bit more optimistic—tackling risk head on in pursuit of their dreams and ideas. That was the gist of the first Startup Confidence Index released recently by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom.

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Mark Marich
on February 27, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on February 27, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on February 13, 2012
Category:  General 
Economics Bloggers Outlook Bleak but Improving

Despite a continued cloudy view of the U.S. economy, some top economics bloggers are beginning to see a ray of hope on the horizon. According to the latest Kauffman Economic Outlook: A Quarterly Survey of Top Economics Bloggers, 14 percent of respondents now believe the economy is “strong and growing” or “strong with uncertain growth,” an improvement over last quarter.

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Mark Marich
on February 06, 2012
Category:  General 
Kauffman to Air PSA During Super Bowl

For years, anticipation surrounding what commercials would play during the Super Bowl has almost matched that of the game itself. Some spots—like 1984’s Apple: 1984 or 2003’s Terry Tate: Office Linebacker—have so much staying power that you can probably close your eyes and picture them still today (before clicking on the links to watch them on YouTube, of course).

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Mark Marich
on January 30, 2012
Category:  General  Global 
Small Biz Owners Optimistic?

As the White House fine tunes its messaging for the upcoming State of the Union Address, small business owners are starting to feel a bit more confident about the economic outlook, according to the latest survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. A commonly used phrase in the NFIB work last year was ‘stubbornly cautious’. However, the new numbers show continued growth in optimism--the December figures were positive for the fourth consecutive month.

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Mark Marich
on January 23, 2012
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on January 23, 2012
Category:  General 
A Year for Entrepreneurs

Welcome to 2012 – a year which, without any official proclamation, will likely be an excellent year for entrepreneurs. In so many respects, advocates in 2011 for startups and entrepreneurs could not have done better in setting up 2012. Better data, more relevant policy and legislation, streamlined programming and more widespread public support should give all reason to be optimistic that more people will take a risk, unleash an idea and make a job. And we should expect even more new developments that will shape even better entrepreneurship ecosystems across the world.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on January 09, 2012
Category:  General  Capitol Hill 
VC Industry Continues Consolidation in 2011

According to the latest figures from the National Venture Capital Association, dollars invested are on the rise while the number of funds continues to fall. In the US, thirty-eight (38) venture capital funds raised $5.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011—representing an increase of 162% in commitments. While the total number of funds for 2011 held constant in comparison to 2010 totals, the fourth quarter total of 38 marks a low point since the third quarter of 2009.

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Mark Marich
on January 09, 2012
Category:  Growth & Poverty  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 21, 2011
Category:  General 
Incubating Success

Recently, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) funded a research study to examine the relationship between incubator best practices and client outcomes.

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Mark Marich
on November 14, 2011
Category:  General 
Millenials Waiting to Launch Startups

In a beleaguered economy, the country needs entrepreneurs – the nation's job creators. Fortunately, a recent poll shows that the so-called millennial generation – those ages 18-34 – are an entrepreneurial bunch. Unfortunately, a few key barriers are holding them back, especially the economy.

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Mark Marich
on November 14, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 14, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Mark Marich
on November 07, 2011
Category:  General 
VC Continues Slow Improvement

For the first time since recession hit in 2008, venture capital performance broadly improved over last quarter according to a study by Cambridge Associates for the National Venture Capital Association.

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Mark Marich
on May 23, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (May 17 - 23)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: CMU Debuts Entrepreneurship Fund for Alumni (Pittsburgh Business Times)...

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Mark Marich
on May 23, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (May 10 - 16)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Google, Kansas City and the Nation's Gigabit Economic Policy (GigaOM)...

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Mark Marich
on May 16, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (May 03 - 09)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Primer on Funding Trends for Early-Stage Startups (Forbes)...

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Mark Marich
on May 09, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Apr. 26 - May 02)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Why Economic Growth Is Getting Harder -- And What To Do About It (Huffington Post)...

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Mark Marich
on May 02, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Apr. 12 -18)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Recalibrating the Innovation Metrics System (Innovation Management)...

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Mark Marich
on April 18, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Apr. 05 - 11)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Startup Incubators Multiplying Like "Mosquitoes" (Reuters)...

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Mark Marich
on April 11, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Mar. 29 - Apr. 4)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: The Changing Picture of Entrepreneurship (Bloomberg Business Week)...

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Mark Marich
on April 04, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Mar. 15-21)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Top 10 University Tech Transfer Events of 2010 (Blogging Innovation)...

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Mark Marich
on March 21, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Mar. 08-15)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Why Silicon Valley Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Returning Home (TechCrunch)...

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Mark Marich
on March 15, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Mar. 01 -07)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: State Governments: The Latest Venture Capitalists (Governing)...

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Mark Marich
on March 07, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Feb. 22-28)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Arizona Competitiveness Package (Arizona Technology Council)...
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Mark Marich
on February 28, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Feb. 15 - 21)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Why US Productivity Can Grow Without Killing Jobs (McKinsey Quarterly)...

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Mark Marich
on February 21, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Feb. 08 - 14)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: 10 Up-and-Coming Startup Hubs from Around the World (Grasshopper Group)...

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Mark Marich
on February 14, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Jan. 31 - Feb. 07)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Startup America: A Campaign to Celebrate, Inspire and Accelerate Entrepreneurship (TechCrunch)...

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Mark Marich
on February 07, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Jan. 25 - 31)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: 2010 State Technology and Science Index: Enduring Lessons for the Intangible Economy (Milken Institute)...

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Mark Marich
on January 31, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Jan. 18-24)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: How 'Super Angel' Investors are Reinventing the Startup Economy (Fast Company)...

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Mark Marich
on January 24, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily Jan. 04-10

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: New Gold: Mining for Entrepreneurs (The Economist)...

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Mark Marich
on January 10, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily Dec. 28 - Jan. 03

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Top 10 Signals of Positive Momentum for Entrepreneurs in 2010 (JumpStart)...

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Mark Marich
on January 03, 2011
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily Dec. 14-20

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: How Many Billionaires Does It Take to Push Economic Recovery? (Entrepreneurship.org)...

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Mark Marich
on December 20, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily Dec. 07-13

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: The 10 States Where Income and Quality of Life are Soaring (Business Insider)...

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Mark Marich
on December 13, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily Nov. 23-29

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation -- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Build Your Own Silicon Valley? (Campus Entrepreneurship)...

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Mark Marich
on November 29, 2010
Category:  General 
Expeditionary Economics: A New Approach to Post-Conflict Development

Earlier in November, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released the inaugural paper in its Expeditionary Economics Research Series, setting a research agenda to reconsider the United States' approach to military and civilian development in areas stricken by conflict and natural disasters.

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Mark Marich
on November 29, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Nov. 16-22)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: The Future of Indian Technology (Tech Crunch)...
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Mark Marich
on November 22, 2010
Category:  General 
President Obama Proclaims National Entrepreneurs' Day

President Barack Obama and his Administration have sent a strong signal in support of the entrepreneurs who power the national economy. Last week, the president proclaimed Friday, November 19th as National Entrepreneurs' Day in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, founded and sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation.

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Mark Marich
on November 22, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily Nov. 09-15

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: The Crowdfunding Revolution (Innovation America)...

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Mark Marich
on November 15, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily Nov. 02-08

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: University of Arizona Takes Tech Transfer Private (Inside Tucson Business)...

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Mark Marich
on November 08, 2010
Category:  General 
1,300+ U.S. Organizations Gearing Up for Global Entrepreneurship Week

The U.S. is gearing up for the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on Nov. 15. More than 1,300 U.S. organizations in all 50 states are collaborating to celebrate entrepreneurship Nov. 15 – 21. These organizations include top universities, non-profit organizations, successful entrepreneurs, government agencies and corporate sponsors. The state of California is the most active with over 106 partner organizations, closely followed by Michigan (100 partners).

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Mark Marich
on November 01, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Oct. 26- Nov. 1)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Top 5 Tech Trends for 2011(Information Week)...

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Anonymous
on November 01, 2010
Category:  General 
DC Plans for Global Entrepreneurship Week

This month, millions of people around the globe will participate in the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship. As thousands of events take place in more than 100 countries during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Washington, DC, is planning on making its mark through a number of policy events.

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Mark Marich
on November 01, 2010
Category:  General  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Oct. 19-25)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Venture Capitalists, Super Angels and the State of Startup Funding (Mashable.com)...

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Mark Marich
on October 25, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Oct. 12-18)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Tech Startups Aren’t Relying on Venture Capital (The Gazette)...

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Mark Marich
on October 18, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Oct. 05-11)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: 20 US Cities That Have Totally Missed the Economic Recovery (Business Insider)...

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Mark Marich
on October 11, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Sept. 27 - Oct. 04)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Start-up Odds of Survival Depend on Industry (Smart Business Trends)...

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Mark Marich
on October 04, 2010
Category:  General 
Global Entrepreneurship Week Growing Closer

In November, millions of people around the globe will participate in the world's largest celebration of entrepreneurship. Thousands of events in more than 100 countries will celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 (GEW), Nov. 15-21. Now in its third year, the event will bring together aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, helping them embrace originality, imagination, and ingenuity through local, national, and global activities.

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Mark Marich
on October 04, 2010
Category:  General  Global 
Measuring Entrepreneurship Around the World

I returned this weekend from the Aspen Institute’s annual meeting of development entrepreneurs in New York where fresh thinkers were hard at work looking for new approaches to impactful international economic development. USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah sought out the opportunity to present his new vision for his agency, and Carl Schramm, President of the Kauffman Foundation, challenged the traditional strategic and intellectual platform that has driven the tired policies of decades of Washington consensus thinking around how we stimulate global economic growth.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on October 04, 2010
Category:  General  Growth & Poverty 
Startup Weekend: Coming Soon to a City Near You

Startup Weekend, a nonprofit organization focused on educating entrepreneurs through community building, innovation and education, recently received a grant from the Kauffman Foundation to expand its efforts. The typical Startup Weekend event educates aspiring entrepreneurs and helps move them from idea to market all in the span of a 54-hour event over – you guessed it – a weekend.

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Mark Marich
on October 04, 2010
Category:  General  Growth & Poverty 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Sept. 21-27)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Discussion: How Angels’ Growing Influence Affects Venture Capital (from The Wall Street Journal)...

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Mark Marich
on September 27, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Sept. 14-20)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: To Create Jobs, Nurture Startups (The New York Times)...

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Mark Marich
on September 20, 2010
Category:  General 
Supporting Women & High-Growth Entrepreneurship

While data show that women start more than 50 percent of all businesses, their participation in high-growth startups remains extremely low. In an effort to change this, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has announced a $500,000 grant to Astia, a premier business accelerator that works with women-led startups. The grant represents a commitment from both organizations to strategically work together to advance the participation of women in high-growth entrepreneurship.

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Mark Marich
on September 20, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Sept 7-13)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Causes for Firm Formation & Job Creation Reveal Keys to Growing Economy ( Kauffman Foundation)...

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Mark Marich
on September 13, 2010
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurship Rhetoric vs. Action in Washington

Venturebeat.com had an interesting guest column last week by Jeff Bussgang, a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners.  In “Who will champion entrepreneurship in Washington?” Bussgang reflects on President Obama’s speech on Iraq, where he declared that “Our most urgent task is to restore our economy and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work…We must unleash…innovation…and nurture the ideas the spring from our entrepreneurs.”

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Mark Marich
on September 13, 2010
Category:  General  Growth & Poverty 
Start-Ups Continue to “Bloom” in Argentina

In the 90s, Argentina became Latin America’s Internet center, which was a good sign of an entrepreneurial spirit among its people. Endeavor, the United States nonprofit that helps foster high impact entrepreneurship, had its first success in the developing world in Argentina just before the country’s last major financial collapse. Given Argentina’s turbulent economic history, I thought I would take a quick look at the role of entrepreneurs over the past 10 years since Argentina’s Internet startup boom.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on September 13, 2010
Category:  General  Global  Growth & Poverty 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Aug 30-Sept 6)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Innovation Cities Top 100 Index of the Global Innovation Economy (Innovation-Cities.com) ...

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  General 
Does Silicon Valley Need a DC Lobby?

LinkedIn founder and venture capitalist Reid Hoffman was reported by The Hill saying that entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley could benefit from a stronger lobbying presence in Washington D.C. because their concerns are often ignored in favor of older interests.

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  General  Growth & Poverty  Capitol Hill 
National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Work

On Wednesday (09/02/2010), the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship held its first official meeting in Washington, DC. This 26-member Advisory Council is part of the Secretary's Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and its mission is to “identify and recommend solutions to issues critical to the creation and development of entrepreneurship ecosystems that will generate new businesses and jobs.” It will also serve as a vehicle for ongoing dialogue with the entrepreneurship community and other stakeholders.

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  General  Growth & Poverty 
Obama Administration Weighing Tax Incentives
Several news sources reported at the end of last week that the Obama team is seriously weighing a package of business tax breaks worth hundreds of billions of dollars with the hopes of boosting employment. The Washington Post reported that under consideration are a temporary payroll-tax holiday and a permanent extension of the now-expired research and-development tax credit.
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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  General 
The Structural Features of Entrepreneurial Capitalism

The extraordinary contribution of jobs from new and young firms often is treated as something unique to these firms. A new Kauffman Foundation study, Neutralism and Entrepreneurship: The Structural Dynamics of Startups, Young Firms and Job Creation,reveals an important structural context in which firm formation and job creation occur that helps explain why new and young companies dominate net job creation.

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  Growth & Poverty  General 
Small Business – Small Office – Big Deal

Until late 2008, Tom Sullivan served as the Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the Small Business Administration. While he is now back in the private sector, he is still championing the cause of entrepreneurs and small business owners everywhere.

In a recent blog post on AmericaSpeakOn.org, Sullivan reflects on the President’s recess appointment of his successor:

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Mark Marich
on August 30, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Aug 16-22)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: China Launches One-Stop Shop for IP (from People's Daily Online) Startups on a Shoestring...

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Mark Marich
on August 25, 2010
Category:  General 
Calling all Education Entrepreneurs for Startup Weekend in San Francisco

Startup Weekend is an organization whose mission is to be among the most valuable and influential organizations in startup ecosystems around the world through community building, innovation and education. During August 27-29, 2010 at San Francisco’s Pier 38, it will focus on entrepreneurship in education through “Startup Weekend-Education”.
The event will feature a select group of entrepreneurs, developers, marketers and designers from the Bay Area and beyond who will ...

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Mark Marich
on August 25, 2010
Category:  General  Education 
What Our Language Says About Us

Recently, the Oxford English Dictionary released its annual list of new words in the English language. I was struck by how the list reflects the current times in our country, not only in popular culture, but also in our current political and economic climate.

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Cameron Cushman
on August 20, 2010
Category:  General  Digesting DC 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Aug 9-15)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Senator Shaheen Proposes New Federal Grants to Support Sci-tech Programs (from Boston.com) Ohio Fund Supports...

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Mark Marich
on August 16, 2010
Category:  General 
Betting on Entrepreneurial Growth

Cities and states focused on attracting big box stores and corporate behemoths like Dell Computers are going about it all wrong. If they want to promote sustainable economic growth, they need to bet on age instead of size -- putting their energies into cultivating an environment conducive to new, entrepreneurial startups.

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Mark Marich
on August 16, 2010
Category:  General  Growth & Poverty 
Kauffman Foundation introduces iStart

The following press release was just issued by the Kauffman Foundation about the iStart, a new Web-based platform that helps organizations simplify how they market and administer business plan competitions worldwide. New Hub for Business Plan Competitions to Create Access, Transparency for Entrepreneurial Community Worldwide (Kansas...

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Anonymous
on August 16, 2010
Category:  General  Global  Technology Transfer 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Aug 2-Aug 8)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Obama's Business Innovation Hubs: Down, But Not Out (from Justmeans.com) Innovation...

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Mark Marich
on August 09, 2010
Category:  General 
Assessing Skill Building Programs for Entrepreneurs

With nearly all net job growth in our country coming from companies less than five years old, Congress has debated this year what the role of government should be in developing programs and interventions that support entrepreneurship. While the World Bank’s Doing Business project reported a record number of new pro-entrepreneurship legal and regulatory reforms around the world in 2009, governments and multi-national institutions continue to be tempted to develop entrepreneurship development programs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 09, 2010
Category:  General 
Tracking Early Stage Investors

Access to funding is often mentioned in meetings about how to enable high impact entrepreneurship. We are always reminded that bank lending to small businesses remains tight. Even loans subsidized by the Small Business Administration have dropped off in recent months. Venture capital was prominent historically for its role in financially catalyzing high-growth companies, but has over the years become less significant in spurring entrepreneurship. So what are angel investors up to this summer?

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 03, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (July 26-Aug 1)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week

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Mark Marich
on August 02, 2010
Category:  General 
Roadblocks to Startup Success

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Financial Reform Legislation Gives Angel Investors a Break (from Small Business Trends) Venture-Capital...

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Mark Marich
on July 21, 2010
Category:  General  Immigration 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (July 12-18)
 Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Wanted: Passionate, Aspiring Founders of High-growth, Scalable Education Venture (from the Kauffman Foundation) MIT's... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 18, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (July 5-11)
 Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Job growth in US driven entirely by startups, according to Kauffman Foundation... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 11, 2010
Category:  General 
Research Opportunities with SBA Office of Advocacy
The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy has two new research opportunities open for interested applicants. In addition to increasing knowledge about small business and entrepreneurship in general, these areas are noteworthy because they may provide policymaking insight or serve as a foundation for further research.These... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 30, 2010
Category:  General 
An Update on Federal Data Efforts
A recent forum held at the Brookings Institution pulled together a fairly select group from the U.S. statistical agencies, academia, and other experts to discuss the current state of entrepreneurship and innovation data at the federal level. Following the Kauffman 2010 Interagency Forum on Entrepreneurship... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 28, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Talent and Networks Drive Economic Development (by Richard Bendis, Innovation America) The Poor,... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 28, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily (June 14 - 20)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: EDA moves into the technology commercialization business (from The Intangible Economy) The Great Escape:... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 20, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily (June 7- 13)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take alook at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: STAR METRICS: New Way to Measure the Impact of Federally Funded Research (from The... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 14, 2010
Category:  General 
Be Grateful You’re A Bootstrap Entrepreneur
Tech Crunch guest writer Vivek Wadwha wrote recently in "Startups: Poverty is Underrated. Be Glad That You’re Not Rich" that money is often a curse for entrepreneurs. “When a company is running on a tight budget, it will usually perform far better than a company that... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 07, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily (May 21-June 6)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: NSF releases first data from new Business R&D and Innovation survey (from The... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 07, 2010
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurship in the EU and Beyond
The European Commission’s Directorate-General “Enterprise and Industry” has been studying, for the past 10 years, the development of entrepreneurship in EU Member States, and has compared European opinions with those outside of Europe, especially in the US. Last week, the European Commision published a new... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 07, 2010
Category:  General 
Calling for a National Entrepreneurs' Day
Have you ever wondered why there isn't a National Entrepreneurs' Day? Then sign the petition that was launched this month by Grasshopper and help support the cause to make this a national day in the United States. This year Entrepreneurs' Day will be November 19, 2010,... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 01, 2010
Category:  General 
Are You an Entrepreneur?
Are you following a dream, pursuing an opportunity, taking charge of your own destiny? Are you bringing something of value to society, making a job for yourself and for others, and creating wealth that benefits your family, your community, your country, your world? If you answered yes to... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 13, 2010
Category:  General 
America's Organic Startup Culture
Having focused last month on efforts to further entrepreneurship abroad leading up to the global Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, this week I wanted to focus squarely on the United States ahead of next month's Global Entrepreneurship Week Partners Forum convened at the Kauffman Foundation in... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on May 10, 2010
Category:  General 
Economic Bloggers Have Mixed View
The nation's leading economics bloggers have a more balanced outlook than last quarter, according to a new Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation survey. Anticipating positive movement in the gross domestic product and other key indicators, 59 percent of economics bloggers who responded to the second Kauffman... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 07, 2010
Category:  General 
Bringing Change to Washington, Through Attrition
When Barack Obama was still a presidential candidate, he promised to change the way Washington worked. He was swept to power on this mantra of change accompanied by seemingly insurmountable majorities in both houses of Congress. But due to a multitude of factors, major membership... [More]
Cameron Cushman
on May 03, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  General  Digesting DC 
Entrepreneurship and National Security
The University of California – San Diego hosted Richard Boly on April 26 at the UCDC center for a presentation on “Why Entrepreneurship is a National Security Initiative.” Our report of the event follows: Richard Boly, Director of the Office of eDiplomacy at the U.S. Department... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 28, 2010
Category:  General 
VC & Startups Roundtable
According to PWC Money Tree 90% of “startup capital” comes from angel investors; who are these angels? How do angels and professionally managed angel groups contribute to the life cycle of a company; where do angels invest? where do VC’s invest? Also, the SBA Business... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 23, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily (April 12-18, 2010)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Strange bedfellows – Government and innovation (from The RIC blog) Does policy influence... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 19, 2010
Category:  General 
Mathematic Inevitability: Young Firms and Job Creation
Paul Kedrosky, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, has a very interesting post on growthology.org ("Drunks, A Wall, Entrepreneurs and Jobs") where he explains the mathematic inevitability of the relationship between young firms and job creation. He parallels the relation to the "drunkard's walk" concept... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 14, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily (April 5-11, 2010)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Camp-like "accelerator" programs are the new startup incubators (from VentureBeat) Open innovation in regional... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 12, 2010
Category:  General 
An Economist for the Court?
Last week, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement kicking off one of Washington's favorite pastimes --  speculating on potential Supreme Court nominees, their political leanings and whether or not the opposing party will turn the confirmation process into a bloodbath. Tim Kane, senior fellow... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 12, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
Picking Winners?
Can and should the government pick “winners”? That was the question driving the debate hosted today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).   James Fallow (National Correspondent, The Atlantic) moderated the debate which had Rob Atkinson (President, ITIF) and Clyde Prestowitz (President, Economic Strategy... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 08, 2010
Category:  General 
Start-ups and Broad-Based Employee Ownership
Last October, Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for Economics for her work on the role of the commons in economic governance. Now, more and more scholars are exploring the intersection of start-ups and employee ownership. Some of the research underway is evaluating in particular... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 07, 2010
Category:  General 
Young Entrepreneurs, Here’s a Chance to Tell your Story!
The Center for International Private Enterprise invites young people to share their ideas on how to create opportunities for youth to strengthen democracy and the private sector in their own countries. One of the essay categories is “Entrepreneurship and society.” The concept of social entrepreneurship is... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 07, 2010
Category:  General 
Jobs Come from Start-Ups, Not Bailouts
Thomas Friedman has an interesting column in the New York Times titled “Start-ups, Not Bailouts.” He points to many barriers to entrepreneurship that need to be removed for our economy to thrive. Here are a few highlights from Friedman’s argument: Message: If we want to bring... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 05, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily (March 29-April 4, 2010)
  Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here,wetake a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: A Funding Fix For New Businesses (Forbes) Startups Get Hit By Shrapnel In The Banking... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 05, 2010
Category:  General 
Intangible Assets: A New Method of Financing
For innovative start-ups finding sufficient funding can be difficult, especially when much of their value takes the form of intangible assets.  In light of this, there is an emerging practice of funding companies based on intellectual property (IP) and other intangible assets including worker expertise,... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 02, 2010
Category:  General 
Trends in the Angel Investor Market for 2009
The angel investor market of 2009 has reflected a tendency for cautious spending and an appetite for new technology, according to the newly released analysis from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire.  Investments totaled $17.6 billion in 2009, a decrease... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 31, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily (March 22-28, 2010)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation --courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, wetake a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: What's Stopping Innovation? (Harvard Business Review) America's Real Dream Team.......Look to our... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 28, 2010
Category:  General 
The Global History of Entrepreneurial Innovation
A new book published by Princeton University Press, The Invention of Enterprise, offers the most comprehensive history of entrepreneurship ever compiled—from Ancient Mesopotamia to modern times. Edited by economists David S. Landes, Joel Mokyr and William J. Baumol, The Invention of Enterprise gathers together, for... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 24, 2010
Category:  General 
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs
Susanne E. Jalbert, Ph.D. has contributed an article to the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) focusing on women entrepreneurs and the role of women’s business associations.  “Women comprise more than 50 percent of the world’s population. Yet in spite of their numbers, they own... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 24, 2010
Category:  General 
Postdoctoral Entrepreneurs Recognized for Excellence
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has presented it two inaugural Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Awards at the 8th Annual Meeting of the National Postdoctoral Association on Friday, March 12. This represents the first time that the entrepreneurial performance of postdoctoral researchers in the scientific community is being... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 22, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily (March 15-21, 2010)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation --courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, wetake a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:   If You Want to See Entrepreneurs, Go to China (BusinessWeek) Entrepreneurial Spirit Soars... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 22, 2010
Category:  General 
Improving the America COMPETES Act
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has released a new report: “Eight Ideas for Improving the America COMPETES Act.” Robert Atkinson, ITIF President, argues that reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act provides an opportunity to continue policies the U.S. needs to compete in the innovation-based... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 16, 2010
Category:  Education  General 
Geography and Entrepreneurship
A Harvard Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston has been sponsoring a series of talks on geography and entrepreneurship. Now, it has released a Policy Brief that explores the question of “Why are some metropolitan areas so much more entrepreneurial than others?” For example, startups can... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 16, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily (March 8 - 14, 2010)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation -- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:    Tech Entrepreneurship: Does the City You Live in Even Matter?  (from... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 15, 2010
Category:  General 
States and Cities Efforts to Help Small Businesses
Elizabeth Olson’s New York Times article “What States and Cities are Doing to Help Small Businesses” highlights several initiatives at the state and municipality levels to save small businesses and jobs. The local approaches are as varied as subsidizing wages for new hires, running a... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 10, 2010
Category:  General 
Nationwide 'Startup Tour' to Find the Best Startups in America
Robert X. Cringely, author of the technology blog “I, Cringely” (www.cringely.com), has launched a plan to restart the economy called “Cringely's (NOT in Silicon Valley) Startup Tour.” People are invited to nominate startup companies in six different categories, discuss them, and vote for favorites on... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 10, 2010
Category:  General 
Job Generating High-Growth Firms
According to a new Kauffman Foundation study, High-Growth Firms and the Future of the American Economy, high-growth firms account for a disproportionate share of job creation despite their relatively small numbers. More specifically, the study showed, that so-called “gazelle” firms (ages three to five) comprise... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 10, 2010
Category:  General  Immigration  Technology Transfer 
A Look at Innovation Daily (March 1-7, 2010)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation -- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:    And Google Begat... (from BusinessWeek) Why CEOs Don't Get Innovation... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 08, 2010
Category:  General 
New “Invest in America Alliance” to Support Start-ups and Create Jobs
Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini announced that Intel will spearhead a $3.5 billion technology investment initiative in a speech titled "Rebuilding the Foundations of American Growth," delivered at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. The Invest in America Alliance represents the venture capital industry’s commitment... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 04, 2010
Category:  General 
The ARPA-E Innovation Summit
From March 1st-3rd, policymakers, thought leaders, award winners and investors gathered in Washington, DC for the first ARPA-E Innovation Summit. Secretary Chu announced that the third round of ARPA-E funding of $100 million will be made available to accelerate innovation in three new areas for... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 04, 2010
Category:  Energy  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily (Week of Feb 20 to Feb 26)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation -- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled from last week: Five nations boosting their culture of innovation (The Christian... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 01, 2010
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurship, a Social Phenomenon
Carl Schramm has new article explaining why “All Entrepreneurship is Social.” Writing for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Schramm explained the dangers of using the modifier social: One danger, however, is that the use of the modifier social will diminish the contributions of regular entrepreneurs—that... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 01, 2010
Category:  General 
Pediatric Medical Device ‘Idea Campaign’ Launched Online
In an effort to stimulate early stage innovation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today an eight-week online “idea campaign” to encourage innovations and collaborations to meet the growing medical needs of children. Parents, doctors, researchers, entrepreneurs and others have eight weeks to post and... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 24, 2010
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
DARPA’s Approach to Innovation
PDE staff were on hand today for the Woodrow Wilson Center and MIT’s Innovation Policy Discussion Group meeting. Our report of the event—DARPA’s Approach to Innovation—follows: Today, the Deputy Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel, offered insights into how... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 24, 2010
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
Watch Governors Explore Ways to Spur Startups and Clean Technology
Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Governors from across the country will gather at the Kauffman Foundation to explore ways to build their economy by spurring clean energy entrepreneurship. You have an opportunity to watch a live webcast at 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST. The webcast... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 23, 2010
Category:  Energy  General 
The World's Most Innovative Companies
Fast Company has released its list of The World's Most Innovative Companies 2010, featuring stories of extraordinary innovative efforts under way in businesses across the globe and across sectors, from technology to politics. For example, three-year-old Politico, ranked #49, is “doing the unthinkable: making money... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 18, 2010
Category:  General 
Manhattan Links Scientists, Entrepreneurs and Investors
In his State of the Borough Speech, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer outlined a plan to diversify the city's economy and spark new job growth in the tech sector. Stringer announced the creation of an “intermediary” that will foster linkages between scientists, entrepreneurs and investors.... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 17, 2010
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
The Entrepreneurial Experience of US Presidents
On Presidents day (Feb. 15), several articles pointed out that many of America’s presidents had an entrepreneurial background. USA Today’s Steve Strauss offered the following examples, among others: •    Abraham Lincoln: In 1833, Lincoln and William Berry opened a general store (with Lincoln going into debt... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 17, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation -- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled from the last week:  How Colleges Can Better Nurture Startups  (from ReadWriteStart) New Tools for... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 15, 2010
Category:  General 
Lack of Female Entrepreneurs: A Societal Failure
Vivek Wadhwa recently discussed why women are so poorly represented in tech and other high-growth businesses in Boy's Club: The Dearth of Female Entrepreneurs. Wadhwa argues that the lack of female entrepreneurs is a societal failure, citing evidence that men and women entrepreneurs are similar in... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 10, 2010
Category:  General 
Race and Entrepreneurial Success
Why do Asian American-owned businesses do well in comparison to white-owned businesses, and why do African American-owned firms do poorly in relation to both? Economics professor Robert W. Fairlie and Kauffman senior research fellow Alicia M. Robb explore these issues in Race and Entrepreneurial Success:... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 10, 2010
Category:  General 
Leading Economics Bloggers Share Grim Outlook
The Kauffman Foundation has released the findings of its inaugural Economic Outlook: A Quarterly Survey of Top Economics Bloggers.As we reported on Monday, more than 200 top economics bloggers who participated in the mid-January survey graded on an A to F grading scale U.S. institutions... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 03, 2010
Category:  General 
Facts on Job Creation
In light of President Obama's State of the Union pledge to make the creation of a million jobs his priority in the year to come, the Kauffman Foundation has compiled a list of related facts and studies:•    Why it is that young firms—not necessarily small... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 03, 2010
Category:  General 
Bloggers to Grade Economic Institutions
On an A to F grading scale, top economics bloggers grade U.S. institutions and organizations that influence the economy in a new Kauffman survey that is coming out tomorrow. The nation's top economics bloggers give the highest marks to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 01, 2010
Category:  General 
Tapping your Entrepreneurial IQ
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) have launched a new online program to identify the entrepreneurial mindset. “Mindset: Tapping your entrepreneurial IQ” provides an inside look at the underlying beliefs that drive behavior that enables entrepreneurs to succeed. Are entrepreneurs... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 28, 2010
Category:  Education  General 
Entrepreneurial Households Fare Better
New research from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy suggests that business-owning households are more likely than others to have higher income and wealth.Income and Wealth: How Did Households Owning Small Businesses Fare from 1998 to 2007?  by George W. Haynes examines how... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 28, 2010
Category:  General 
The Future of Community Development Venture Capital
When President Barack Obama called for sweeping new restrictions on the ability of commercial banks to make a variety of investments, some started worrying that the restrictions could include investments in community development venture capital (CDVC) funds.  The Wall Street Journal reported in “Bank Rules... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 27, 2010
Category:  General 
EDA Recognizes Importance of New, High-growth Firms
In a keynote address to a summit hosted by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Northwestern University in Chicago on January 15, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez called for more high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation planned and run by regions’ entrepreneurs and civic... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 27, 2010
Category:  General 
Friedman: “More (Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs”
Thomas Friedman had an excellent piece this past weekend on New York Times titled “More (Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” where he called for a more entrepreneur-friendly environment. I recommend that you read the entire op-ed, but here are a few excerpts that drive the... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 25, 2010
Category:  General 
Real Support for Entrepreneurs: What Are We Waiting For?
So we know that entrepreneurs are the primary engines of job creation in the United States. Research study after research study has confirmed that it is young firms that drive improvements in the employment situation. From 1980–2005, firms less than five years old accounted for all... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on January 25, 2010
Category:  Education  General  Immigration  Red Tape  Tax Code  Technology Transfer 
Lending to Small Business Shrinks $1B
Last Friday (Jan. 15), the Treasury Department released a report finding major banks have cut small business lending by $1 billion in November 2009.This marks the seventh straight month of decline in small business lending. The banks' total lending dropped 4.6% in that seven-month period.... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 20, 2010
Category:  General 
The State of Entrepreneurship Address: Policies to Help History Along
 An archived webcast of the "State of Entrepreneurship Address" by Carl Schramm of the Kauffman Foundation is now available. Citing sobering new datathat show a majority of American entrepreneurs do not expect to createjobs in 2010, Schramm delivered "The State of Entrepreneurship" address in which... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 20, 2010
Category:  General 
EDA Makes $37 Million Available to Create Jobs and Support Entrepreneurship
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced that nearly $37 million in grants is available to help communities suffering from the adverse effects of import competition develop ways to more effectively compete in the global economy. The funding is available under EDA’s... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 19, 2010
Category:  General 
Early Career Scientists to Receive Funding to Support Research

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that 69 scientists from across the nation will receive up to $85 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for five-year research grants. This effort is part of DOE’s new Early Career Research...

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Mark Marich
on January 19, 2010
Category:  Energy  General  Technology Transfer 
Watch the Webcast: State of Entrepreneurship Address
Watch a live Webcast of the Kauffman Foundation's State of Entrepreneurship Address, taking place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ESTKauffman President and CEO Carl Schramm will assess the outlook for  entrepreneurship in 2010, including the challenges... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 18, 2010
Category:  General 
NESTA's Big Green Challenge Winners
The UK’s National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) has announced the winners of its Big Green Challenge. The Big Green Challenge is NESTA’s £1 million challenge prize designed to stimulate and support community-led responses to climate change. The winners, who had until... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 18, 2010
Category:  Environment  General 
U.S. Commerce Secretary Highlights Innovation System Weaknesses
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke pointed to severe weaknesses with the US innovation system when he took part in a meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) on January 7. “America simply doesn’t have an efficient system to take new ideas... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 15, 2010
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
Steady New Company Creation
A new Kauffman Foundation study, Exploring Firm Formation: Why Is the Number of New Firms Constant?, reveals that the annual new-business creation in the United States remains remarkably constant across time. This indicates that economic conditions, population growth, scarce or abundant capital, technological advances and... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 14, 2010
Category:  General 
Ranking the States: South Dakota Down to DC
South Dakota was recently named the most entrepreneur friendly state in the Small Business Survival Index put out each year by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. The 2009 edition again ranks the policy environment of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia -... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 11, 2010
Category:  General 
A Lost Decade? Look to New Firms for Growth
A new story in the Washington Post paints a pretty grim picture of the 2000s. Consider the fact that since the Great Depression, there have been six decades of continuous job growth -- and that it just ended. The decade that began with extravagant millennium... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 04, 2010
Category:  General 
Access to Credit Improving... Barely
A number of sources are indicating that banks are relaxing lending standards -- leading to a slow increase in small business demand for loans. The graph below from the December issue of The Small Business Advocate suggests that brighter days are ahead. The latest report... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 04, 2010
Category:  General 
2009 Hot Research Topics: Entrepreneurship, Jobs and Recovery
The nation's largest funder of entrepreneurial research, theEwing Marion Kauffman Foundation, announced that the most popular research in 2009 explored pastrecession trends and entrepreneurs' roles in economic recoveries.The Kauffman Foundation has compiled throughout the year itsmost in-demand research, which was mentioned in news stories generating... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 18, 2009
Category:  General 
U.S. Gives Green Light to Green Tech Patents
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced last week that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has put in place a new pilot program that will fast-track the review of green technology patents. To be eligible for the expedited review, the patents must materially contribute... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 17, 2009
Category:  Energy  General 
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: What Drives Them
Robert Litan, Vice President for Research at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a Senior Fellow of Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution explains why entrepreneurship is so important and how it can be promoted in an article for Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) titled... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 14, 2009
Category:  General 
Bailout Funds for Small Businesses
In a speech at the Brookings Institution last Tuesday, President Obama proposed creating incentives for small businesses to hire more workers as part of recent efforts to boost job creation. "There is only so much government can do," Obama said. "Job creation will ultimately depend... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
Pessimism Over Economy Continues
Last week, we reported on the results from DISCOVER Small Business Watch survey which indicated small business confidence in the economy is still weak.  The National Federation of Independent Businesses’ (NFIB) latest Small Business Optimism Index shows similar results. The Index decreased 0.8 points from... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 11, 2009
Category:  General 
Leaders in the Philippines Look to the U.S. in New Tech Transfer Initiatives
A new Tech Transfer bill that models the US system is under consideration in the Philippines, where only an estimated 10 percent of university-research output is being transferred into industries. The Technology Transfer Act borrows heavily from the US Bayh-Dole Act.Philippine Senator Angara, co-sponsor of... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 04, 2009
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
Small Business Confidence Declines
According to the latest DISCOVER Small Business Watch survey, economic confidence among America's small business owners plummeted in November, as more owners cited serious concerns about cash flow and declining economic conditions. Here are a few findings:•    52 percent of owners say they have experienced... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 03, 2009
Category:  General 
The Challenges for Youth Entrepreneurship in Ghana
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) has recently released the first place winner of the 2009 CIPE International Essay Competition in the category of entrepreneurship and employment. The article by Saeed Mahmoud Jajah examines “The Current State of Youth Entrepreneurship in Ghana.”After Ghana attained... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 30, 2009
Category:  General 
President Obama Proclaims Support During Global Entrepreneurship Week
As Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to a close in the US and 88 countries around the world, U.S. President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation supporting those efforts, proclaiming November 16 - 22 to be a national Entrepreneurship Week. In doing so, Obama called "upon... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 20, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General  Global 
The Economic Impact on Firm Starts and Exits
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 16 – 22), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today unveiled the first indications of how the economic slump has impacted entrepreneurship in the United States and 11 other countries in 2008 and most of 2009.... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 19, 2009
Category:  General 
Policymakers in Egypt Launch Global Entrepreneurship Week
In Cairo, the Minister of Education, the President of the Financial Supervisory Authority and other high-ranking officials gathered on November 15 for the Launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. At this event, participants shared knowledge on how to build an entrepreneurial environment. Egyptian leaders tapped... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on November 19, 2009
Category:  General 
Recipe for Success: Experience, Management and Luck
While there has been an increased interest among policymakers in supporting small businesses as a way to spur job creation and to end the current recession, little has been known about the factors that cultivate and support entrepreneurialism. In conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 18, 2009
Category:  General 
Rising Interest in Entrepreneurship Career Choice
A new Kauffman Foundation study revealed that interest in entrepreneurship among first-year college students has risen over time. Trends in Business Interest Among U.S. College Students bases its findings on data available through the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, which for 40 years has conducted the... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 18, 2009
Category:  Education  General 
New Perspectives on R&D and Innovation
On October 22, the European Investment Bank (EIB) held a “Conference in Economics and Finance 2009”, which brought together academics, policy makers and companies to discuss R&D and innovation-related policy issues. Among the topics discussed were the size and productivity effects of investment in R&D... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 10, 2009
Category:  General 
Sarbanes-Oxley Exemption for Small Businesses
On Wednesday November 4th, the House Financial Services Committee approved legislation that would permanently exempt some small businesses from having to comply with provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The amendment would exempt companies with a market cap of less than $75 million from having to... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 10, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
Global Entrepreneurship Week... Coming Soon to a Venue Near You
What do Snoop Dogg, Prince Charles & Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have in common? They are just a few of the VIPs and world leaders involved in Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative taking 87 countries by storm next week. Some of the... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 09, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
Cultural Capital for Entrepreneurs
The record number of pro-entrepreneurship legal and regulatory reforms in the past year among the economies studied by the World Bank’s Doing Business project is welcome news during a time of global economic recession. Prioritizing reforms and learning from global best practices hold enormous potential... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on November 09, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
Census Data Analysis Shows New and Young Firms Drive Job Creation
Today, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released the study Where will the Jobs come from? which shows that companies less than five years old created nearly two-thirds of net new jobs in 2007. These firms create more net new jobs than their older counterparts, as... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 05, 2009
Category:  General 
Homepreneurs' Impact on the Economy
A new analysis by Emergent Research, Homepreneurs: A Vital Economic Force, argues that home-based businesses are not only operating successfully, but also making contributions to employment and the economy. The researchers analyzed data from U.S. Census and the Small Business Success Index, along with Small... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 04, 2009
Category:  General 
China Aims to Bolster High-tech Sector with VC funds
In an effort to support the country's growing high-tech sector, China's economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, announced the launch of venture capital funds totaling 9 billion yuan (equivalent to USD $1.32 billion). The funds are jointly backed by the state (1... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 03, 2009
Category:  General 
Federal Grants for Youth Entrepreneurship
On Oct. 29, the U.S. State Department's Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (NEA/PI) announced on grants.gov that it expects to award a maximum of two discretionary cooperative agreements for projects that will encourage youth entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa.This funding... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 03, 2009
Category:  General 
Small Businesses Important Players in the Economic Future
The SBA Office of Advocacy’s new Small Business Profile for the United States highlights that small businesses are important players in U.S. business and job growth.The profile includes details about small business employment, business starts and closings, bank lending in 2008, the demographics of business... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 30, 2009
Category:  General 
Trends in Angel Investment Behavior
Angel investors pulled back in the first half of 2009, according to the newly released analysis by for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Total investments in first and second quarters of 2009 were $9.1 billion, a decrease of 27 percent over... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 28, 2009
Category:  General 
The Jobless Economic Recovery
The New America Foundation organized a symposium on “The Jobs Deficit: The Challenge of Putting America Back to Work.” Our report of the event follows:The New America Foundation event gathered a large crowd of economic and political analysts, policymakers and public opinion leaders, who considered... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 23, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
Achieving Scale in Entrepreneurship
The economic downturn has renewed interest on how to generate more “job creators” in our economies. A new global movement will launch a celebration in November, promising to unleash entrepreneurial potential around the world: Global Entrepreneurship Week. Founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 21, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
A Shift in Mandate: Federal Bailout Funds for Small Businesses
It seems like some policymakers have decided to invest directly in the most powerful job creators, small businesses. The Washington Post unveiled this morning that there are a few plans under discussion in Washington to boost job creation and the recovery by making bailout funds... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 15, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
The Under 30 Entrepreneurial Generation
Inc. just launched its annual 30 Under 30 list. I encourage you to take a look at the site featuring profiles of young minds that are changing everything from office settings to the way other start-ups can succeed. For example, Elliot Bisnow started the Summit... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 15, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
Top Cities to Launch a Start-up
This week, the Fortune Small Business magazine and the Kauffman Foundation announced the 50 best places to launch a business in the United States. The top 10 large cities (defined in the study as having a population of 1 million or higher) are: Oklahoma City, OK Pittsburgh,... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 15, 2009
Category:  General 
The Entrepreneurial Potential of Postdoctoral Researchers
The Kauffman Foundation welcomed its inaugural class of Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellows for its fall program workshop. The weeklong workshop "From Postdoc to Startup" will introduce the 13 selected Fellows to experts who can help them commercialize their innovations and start new firms."From Postdoc to Startup”... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 09, 2009
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
Entrepreneurship Guidance in the Career Center
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has recognized an important player in entrepreneurship education. It has awarded a grant to The Launch Pad, the entrepreneurship resource component of the Toppel Career Center at the University of Miami that helps students explore and launch new firms while... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 06, 2009
Category:  Education  General 
Third Age Entrepreneurs
The UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) has recently published a report on The grey economy. Authors Ron Botham and Andrew Graves argue that as the UK population is getting older, the economic contribution of people aged 50 and over is... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 02, 2009
Category:  General 
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Boulevard of Broken Dreams is the title of Josh Lerner’s forthcoming book where he provides the first extensive look at the ways governments have supported entrepreneurs and venture capitalists across decades and continents, and why some are successful and others are not.Josh Lerner is the... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 01, 2009
Category:  General 
New Office for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Last week, the U.S. government took a bold move in favor of entrepreneurs. At the Inc. 500/5000 conference, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announced the formation of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as a National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Secretary... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 01, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
America’s Last-place Performance
On Monday, September 28, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Senior Analyst Stephen Ezell presented findings from a report appearing in September’s Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. In the report, Ezell discusses the strategies of the worlds’ ten most innovation-forward countries. Ezell argues that the... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 01, 2009
Category:  General 
How to Train Future Innovative Entrepreneurs
Universities and colleges have increasingly established entrepreneurship education programs in the past few decades. In an effort to more fully understand the outcomes of this education, the SBA’s Office of Advocacy released an initial analysis of the impact of entrepreneurship programs.The report, “Toward Effective Education... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 25, 2009
Category:  Education  General 
Entrepreneurs' Movement Launches at Inc. 500
In a piece on the Huffington Post, Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, outlines the rationale for a new movement to support America's entrepreneurs. Schramm points to the fact that "since 1980, all net job growth has come from businesses less than... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 23, 2009
Category:  General 
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Despite the gloomy outlook from entrepreneurs on the status of the U.S. economic recovery, a recent story in the Wall Street Journal suggests that entrepreneurs are typically a happy bunch. Somewhat surprising numbers considering the risk and long hours involved in running one's own business, but... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 23, 2009
Category:  General 
What Do Entrepreneurs Think?
A new survey of American entrepreneurs conducted by theEwing Marion Kauffman Foundation revealed that entrepreneurs continue tostruggle despite increasing optimism about the economy on Wall Street and thatthey want government to do more to encourage entrepreneurship. Conducted one week before Federal Reserve Chairman BenBernanke... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 23, 2009
Category:  General 
Challenges to Translational Research
PDE staff participated in a Capitol Hill briefing on translational research sponsored by the Council for American Medical Innovation. Our report of the event follows:On Thursday, September 17, the Council for American Medical Innovation brought together policy experts for its Capitol Hill briefing “Translational Research:... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 21, 2009
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
NSBA on Small Business Energy Efficiency
The National Small Business Association (NSBA) released a new report on energy efficiency, “On-Bill Financing:  Helping Small Business Reduce Emissions and Energy Use While Improving Profitability.” The report argues that small business could collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 259 million tons each year if... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 21, 2009
Category:  Energy  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy
Tuesday, September 22, 2009Senate Committee on Finance - Open Executive Session"Business meeting to consider an original bill providing for health care reform."9:00 a.m.Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216   [more info]  Tuesday, September 22, 2009Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Roundtable"Small Business... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 21, 2009
Category:  General 
Developments in Washington from the Perspective of Small Businesses
PDE staff participated in a Virtual Summit organized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Our report of the event follows:On September 15, the NFIB held a Virtual Summit featuring interesting debates on the impact of health care reform proposals and the state of... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 16, 2009
Category:  General  Health Care 
Matching Youth Unemployment with Entrepreneurship
Youth unemployment rates are soaring worldwide. That rate recently reached 15% in the UK, a record 25.5% in the U.S., and much higher numbers in other countries whereeconomic growth and opportunity have long failed to keep pace with thegrowing number of young people entering the labor force. However, youthunemployment... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 14, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
'Doing Business' Rankings Stimulating Reform
The overview of the Doing Business Report 2010 is now available. Since 2004, the World Bank’s Doing Business project has been tracking regulatory reforms in 10 areas of business regulation that record the time and cost to meet government requirements in starting and operating a... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 10, 2009
Category:  General 
US Falls in Global Competitiveness Rankings
The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010, an assessment of the productive potential of nations worldwide, is now available. Switzerland tops the overall competitiveness rankings, followed by the United States. The U.S. fell to second position after several years at the top of the... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 09, 2009
Category:  General 
Small Businesses FAQs
The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy released its annual update to its “Frequently Asked Questions” document.  It estimates that there were 29.6 million small businesses in the U.S. in 2008. An estimated 627,200 new employer firms began operation in 2008, and 595,600 firms closed... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 08, 2009
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurs As a Solution to Policy Challenges
In the past few months, we have highlighted through articles and factsheets how public policy can make the path easier for entrepreneurship and innovation. With the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, we hope to emphasize not only how policies can foster entrepreneurs, but also how entrepreneurship can directly be part of... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 07, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  General  Global  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Liability Litigation  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Tax Code  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Modernizing the Labor Movement: “The Entrepreneurial Union”
Amy Wilkinson, senior fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Business and Government and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has been researching and writing about entrepreneurial leadership. In a recent piece for the Stanford Social Innovation Review titled “The Entrepreneurial... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 03, 2009
Category:  General  Health Care 
Regulate Venture Capitalists?
A discussion on regulating venture capitalists is building up as new legislative proposals in Congress would require private pools of investment capital to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The objectives of such legislation are to protect the public from abuses and... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 02, 2009
Category:  General 
Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Deadline Approaching
This is a reminder that the deadline for the 2010 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program is approaching quickly -- all proposals must be submitted by 7:00 p.m. (Central) on Wednesday, September 23, 2009. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation supports doctoral students through the Kauffman Dissertation... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 01, 2009
Category:  General 
Boom in Entrepreneurship Just Down the Road
Earlier this summer, we reported on a recent study by Dane Stangler of the Kauffman Foundation that showed Baby Boomers are sparking a rise in entrepreneurship and that young, tech-savvy upstarts like Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin Rose were still outliers. Yesterday, Carl Schramm, president and... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 01, 2009
Category:  General  Workforce 
Quarterly Indicators: Optimism Increasing Slightly
Thelatest update to the SBA Office of Advocacy’s Quarterly Indicators: TheEconomy and Small Business is now available. Real GDP fell only 1 percent in the second quarter of 2009compared to the previous quarter's 6.4 percent drop. Accordingly, smallbusiness owners seemed more optimistic in the second... [More]
Mark Marich
on August 24, 2009
Category:  General 
Fellowship will Nurture 'Scientist-founders'
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced recently that it has selected 13 leading scientific postdoctoral researchers to become the first class of Kauffman Postdoctoral Fellows. The thirteen postdoctoral Fellows will receive support from an academic advisor to mentor him/her on matters beyond research, and an... [More]
Mark Marich
on August 14, 2009
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
Small Business Costs and Employment Across Countries
A newly released paper by John Schmitt and Nathan Lane from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) argues that, contrary to popular perceptions, the United States has a much smaller small-business sector (as a share of total employment) than other industrialized countries. The authors... [More]
Mark Marich
on August 13, 2009
Category:  General 
Silver-lining Views among the Laid-Offs
A new SnagAJob.com survey, suggest that some laid-off workers feel encouraged.  For an analysis of this survey, check out this article highlighting the companies started by laid-off people during this recession.Other studies and data have already made the case for entrepreneurship during recessions. We now... [More]
Mark Marich
on August 12, 2009
Category:  General 
Credit Card Debt Threatens Startup Survival
According to a new study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, while credit card debt often fills startup firms' equity gap, it reduces the likelihood that a new business will survive its first three years of operation.Credit card debt provides needed short-term funding, but it... [More]
Mark Marich
on August 12, 2009
Category:  General 
Broadband Internet Grants
Two broadband internet grants guides became available this week for small businesses interested in applying for $4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to bring broadband internet service to underserved and rural communities across the nation. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on August 07, 2009
Category:  General 
Rebound in VC Cleantech Investment
In the second quarter of 2009, VC investment in cleantech companies reached $572 million, an increase of 73% in terms of capital, with 48 financing rounds, a 100% increase in number of transactions compared to the first quarter of this year, according to an Ernst... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2009
Category:  General 
SBIR Temporarily Extended
On Friday, July 31, President Obama signed into law “The Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act Temporary Extension” (S. 1513), which temporarily reauthorizes the Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs until September 30, 2009. This new two... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on August 03, 2009
Category:  General 
“Can Washington Power Up Inventiveness?”
That was the title of the July 20 event of the New America Foundation, in which the Kauffman Foundation’s Bob Litan laid out some principles to provide a sense of direction in the heavy debate on whether innovative entrepreneurship lies in the hands of government... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on July 31, 2009
Category:  General 
Research Contracting Opportunities at the SBA
The SBA Office of Advocacy is receiving research proposals on the status of small businesses, which may provide policymaking insight or serve as a foundation for further research.  Areas of continuing interest include:-    The Tax Gap and Small Business-    Credit Markets for Small Businesses in... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on July 29, 2009
Category:  General 
Access to Credit Studies
The SBA's Office of Advocacy recently released “Small Business In Focus: Finance," a compendium of studies offering insights into the ways small businesses have used financing over recent decades. These insights are based on data from the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Small Business Finances... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on July 29, 2009
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurship Law Website
The Kauffman Foundation now offers “e-Law,” an online community and tool devoted to expanding legal entrepreneurship curriculum and education. The eLaw website is made up of two sections. The public section contains current information for lawyers, CPAs, engineers, scientists, and the general public regarding legal... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on July 29, 2009
Category:  General 
Recognizing Outstanding Scientific Entrepreneurs
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the National Postdoctoral Association announced today that nominations have opened for the Outstanding Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award, which recognizes a researcher who has successfully brought his or her discovery to market. The winner of the award, which includes a $10,000... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 20, 2009
Category:  General 
Indicators of Entrepreneurial Tendencies
A newly released report by the Kauffman Foundation, Anatomy of an Entrepreneur, reveals that the majority of entrepreneurs had early propensity toward starting companies, judging by their academic performance and socio-economic backgrounds. For the study, author Vivek Wadwha surveyed 549 entrepreneurs in high-growth industries, including... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 13, 2009
Category:  General 
Gender and High-Tech Entrepreneurship
A new research paper, Sources of Financing for New Technology Firms: A Comparison by Gender, shows that women continue to use a different financial strategy and lag behind men-owned firms in numerous performance measures over time. The study is fifth in a series of Kauffman... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 13, 2009
Category:  General 
Dissertation Fellowships Available
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is now accepting proposals for the 2010 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program. The Kauffman Foundation supports doctoral students through the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program. The Foundation will award up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 10, 2009
Category:  General 
Inc.'s Lemonade Stand Contest
Who says that the little guys never get any recognition? Inc. magazine is calling for entries into its annual "Best Lemonade Stand in America" contest to highlight the entrepreneurial chops of business-savvy 5 - 12 year olds.  Top prize last year went to a pair... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 06, 2009
Category:  General 
Calling All Entrepreneurship Scholars
Over the past decade, study of the field of entrepreneurship has expanded considerably -- both in terms of curriculum offered for students as well as academic research and the volume of data it generates. Two items of interest for those who focus on the latter.Over... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 29, 2009
Category:  General 
Next Cities Attract Innovative Youth
What does it take for a city to attract young professionals? Next Generation Consulting asked just this in compiling its "Next Cities" rankings of the best places to live and work for young professionals (defined as 20-40 year olds). “Simply being the cheapest place to... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 19, 2009
Category:  General 
An Entrepreneurial Silver Lining
While reports on our current recession are inescapable, there is one positive piece of news -- rates of entrepreneurship increase during times of recession. Admittedly, a number of new firms can be attributed to necessity entrepreneurs -- those who start a firm because they have... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on June 15, 2009
Category:  General 
Where are the Friendly Banks?
The SBA Office of Advocacy released its latest annual study of banks’ and other financial institutions’ small business lending. The study “Small Business and Micro Business Lending in the United States for Data Years 2007-2008” revealed that the growth of small and microbusiness lending remained... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 01, 2009
Category:  General 
Saving Detroit
Will propping up the flailing automotive industry save Detroit? Not likely. Any sustainable solution is going to have to center on fostering entrepreneurial activity which will generate new jobs. A new partnership between the Kauffman Foundation and the New Economy Initiative (NEI) for Southeast Michigan... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 26, 2009
Category:  General 
Schramm to Students: "Join the Army of Entrepreneurs"
In his commencement address to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign last Sunday, Kauffman Foundation President and CEO Carl Schramm told students:"We need an army of the smartest, most passionate young people to try their hand at building a business--people who will take their heads... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 22, 2009
Category:  General 
No Business Plan? Don't Worry
Business plans are an important tool for entrepreneurs, but a new study revealed that when it comes to obtaining venture capital, business plans are of little importance. Researchers Brent Goldfarb, David A. Kirsch, and Azi Gera from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 19, 2009
Category:  General 
The Mind of an Entrepreneur
How do entrepreneurs think about themselves? A recent study from Australia offers some insights. "Entrepreneurial Attitudes and Action in New Venture Development" considers the motivations and attitudes of entrepreneurs in explaining their actions both before and after the launch of a new venture. The study... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 18, 2009
Category:  General 
Policymakers, Mark your Calendars!
In these tough economic times, policymakers should certainly look to entrepreneurs to boost recovery, job creation and innovation. Here is an opportunity to gather ideas. The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) will be hosting its 49th Annual Conference titled "Energizing Entrepreneurship: Monitoring Progress,... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 06, 2009
Category:  General 
A Tough Quarter for Venture Capitalists
The latest data from the National Venture Capital Association show that venture capitalists have had a tough 2009 so far. Forty VC funds raised only $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2009, representing one of the slowest quarters in recent years. Even worse news... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 04, 2009
Category:  General 
Competition Promotes Entrepreneurship in New Orleans
States and localities are recognizing that business plan competitions can help generate local interest in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Idea Village, a New Orleans-based entrepreneurial network, has developed an interesting approach with its 504ward program (the name is a play on the New Orleans’ area code).... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 01, 2009
Category:  General 
New Report Shows Entrepreneurship on the Rise
A new report by the Kauffman Foundation shows that the level of entrepreneurial activity in the U.S. increased slightly from 2007 to 2008. The latest Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity shows that approximately 530,000 new businessesstarted up each month, representing a .02 percent increase over... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 30, 2009
Category:  General 
The First 100 Days
Facing a country reeling from the Great Depression and demanding immediate action, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt pushed through a remarkable number of new programs during the first 'First Hundred Days.' Since then, it has become a milestone for every president and this week, I take... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on April 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
Read Any Good Books Lately?
Twice each year since 2003, we highlight a number of new books that cover topics related to entrepreneurship, business trends, and the like. Our “Summer Books” issue is coming out in June, and we’re looking for your suggestions of books that have been published in... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 27, 2009
Category:  General 
Top 50 Innovations in Government
Finalists for the prestigious Harvard Innovations in American Government Awards were recently unveiled by the school's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. The fifty cited programs will be winnowed down to six final winners who will be officially announced in May.This larger group of... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 27, 2009
Category:  General 
Top Social Networks for Entrepreneurs
Mashable, a popular blog covering social media and Web 2.0, recently offered its take on the top 10 social networks for entrepreneurs. If you’re looking to link up with other entrepreneurs or with potential customers, partners, or friends, you should check out some of these... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 27, 2009
Category:  General 
Cleantech VC Funding Takes Temporary Hit
The venture capital industry is not immune from the current economic downturn. It appears that VCs, like many of us, have paused to assess the impact on their portfolio companies.The first quarter of the year saw a drop in venture capital investment. The level of... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 20, 2009
Category:  General 
Business Lessons from Miles Davis
If you’re a jazz fan, chances are you’re also a fan of Miles Davis’ seminal 1959 album, Kind of Blue. In honor of the album’s fiftieth anniversary, a group of Harvard Business School researchers sought to tease out some business lessons from the recording.  They... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 20, 2009
Category:  General  Workforce 
In Good Times & Bad, Innovation Can't Wait
Human nature in times of crisis tells us to avoid rish and make the safe play. This week, I explain why the exact opposite message is needed when it comes to entrepreneurial activity in times of recession. Here is the lead:Every day—while building roads, giving... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on April 20, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
Payne Recognized for Angel Investing
Allow me to be one of the first to congratulate Bill Payne for being given the 2009 Hans Severiens Award for his contributions to angel investing. I had the chance to talk a bit with Bill at the Inc. 500 conference in Savannah, Georgia a... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 16, 2009
Category:  General 
A State-by-State Look at Job Growth
A new study by Moody's, an economic consulting firm, is getting some attention on USAToday.com. While the 2009 forecast for the US shows a drop of 3.3%, it projects gains for 2010-2012 across all job sectors--even the sluggish manufacturing industry. In the meantime, what does 2009... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 15, 2009
Category:  General 
Succeeding Through Failure
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. This week's essay encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to never give up.  Here is the lead:“Lizard King” John Bello describes his first entrepreneurial venture as a miserable failure. Bello launched South Beach Beverage Co. in 1995. Despite the... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on April 13, 2009
Category:  General 
Defending Capitalism
With a magnificent stumble highlighting a global recession, capitalism has been kicked numerous times while its down. There is even a new term popping up--"casino capitalism"--to paint it as too fast and too loose. But let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.A recent... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 13, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
New Benchmarking Reports: Cyberstates and Rich States, Poor States
Two new national economic benchmarking reports were recently released.The annual Cyberstates study, produced now by TechAmerica, examines national and state trends in technology industry (primarily information technology-related sectors) employment and growth. Despite glum economic news, the technology industry had a pretty good year in 2008,... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 10, 2009
Category:  General 
New Approaches to Measuring Innovation
Last year’s report from the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Measuring Innovation (chaired by the Kauffman Foundation's Carl Schramm) has stimulated a lot of additional research on the thorny issues of how best to track innovation at the business, community, region, and national levels.... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 10, 2009
Category:  General 
Going High-Tech in West Virginia
Business and political leaders in West Virginia are getting serious about nurturing technology and innovation in the Mountain State. TechConnect West Virginia, the state’s advocate for technology-based economic development, has unveiled a new blueprint for strengthening the state's technology sector. West Virginia’s economy has traditionally... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 10, 2009
Category:  General 
Grow the Economy... Support Entrepreneurs
New firms create more jobs--if they survive--than older, established firms. That's a pretty important message with the national unemployment rate at 8.5% and on the rise for six consecutive months. That translates to 13.2 million people out of work (according to seasonally adjusted figures released... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 08, 2009
Category:  General 
Bloggers Say Innovation & Entrepreneurs Key to Job Creation
What happens when you put a bunch of economics bloggers in the same room? A significant amount of discussion about speeding up the economic recovery process. Led by Growthology’s Tim Kane, a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, some of the country’s leading... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 06, 2009
Category:  General 
The Promise and Perils of Self-Employment
While recent booms in entrepreneurship and self-employment have generated many benefits for the American economy, these trends are not necessarily a “free lunch” according to a new article in City Journal, a publication of the Manhattan Institute. Patterns of self-employment have changed in recent years.... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 06, 2009
Category:  General 
The State of Entrepreneurship in Montana
Montana is among the most entrepreneurial states in the US, at least that's the message from a new study from Montana’s Workforce Information Center. The study assesses entrepreneurial activity in Montana according to a number of different metrics, including new business starts, new business growth,... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 30, 2009
Category:  General 
Who Do You Trust? Government or Entrepreneurs?
Who will lead us out of this recession? The answer seems fairly clear for a majority of the American public. A new survey by the Kauffman Foundation shows a strong public sentiment that government should be doing more to encourage entrepreneurship. Nearly 3-to-1 (63 percent... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 23, 2009
Category:  General 
Innovation at Small Firms
The latest report from the Intuit Future of Small Business series takes a look at how small firms innovate. The report notes that, while small business owners are natural innovators, few view themselves in this manner. Instead, they refer to “tweaks,” “improvements,” or “experiments.” To... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 23, 2009
Category:  General 
Innovation in Manufacturing
A new Boston Consulting Group study examines how American manufacturers view innovation. Not surprisingly, they recognize that innovation is a key to future success, but they are not happy with their own firms’ performance. Only 43 percent of surveyed executives are happy with the return... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 23, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
The Power of Entrepreneurial Development Systems
Several years ago, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided grants to six rural regions to begin an effort to develop local entrepreneurial development systems, which were designed to provide a range of support services to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The Aspen Institute has recently published... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 22, 2009
Category:  Education  General 
Entrepreneurship=Recovery
File this under "I'm pretty sure everyone saw this coming": The World Bank predicts that the global economy will enter recession this year for the first time since the Second World War. The Washington-based bank added that global trade was heading for its steepest decline... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 12, 2009
Category:  General 
Ten Emerging Technologies
Technology Review has just published its latest list of ten emerging technologies which always provides interesting insight on cool new innovations. What's hot this year? How about "modeling surprise" -- the use of data mining and computer models to help predict and foresee unusual events.... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 09, 2009
Category:  General 
Measuring Entrepreneurship & Innovation
As part of an effort to address limitations to both the collection and monitoring of data on entrepreneurship and innovation, the Kauffman Foundation organized yet another Data Symposium. The 2008 Data Symposium took place last November in Washington DC and brought together more than 180... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 02, 2009
Category:  General 
Rewarding Entrepreneurial Spirits
The Kauffman Foundation recently recognized a number of individuals for their contributions to research on entrepreneurship. Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in EntrepreneurshipThe Kauffman Prize Medal, which includes a $50,000 prize, is awarded every two years to one scholar under the age... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 01, 2009
Category:  General 
30 Top Innovations in 30 Years
Way back in 1979, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) began its regular broadcasts of The Nightly Business Report. Thirty years later, the show is still going strong. In honor of this anniversary, the show has compiled a list of the top thirty innovations of the... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 27, 2009
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurs: Engines for Job Creation & Innovation
Unemployment rates are more than just numbers. For each number, there is a personal story to be told. For some, it's a temporary inconvenience. For others, it is a lengthy process that creates a economic hardship. And for still others, it is a necessary nudge... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on February 23, 2009
Category:  General 
'Team Obama' Efforts Recognized by Fast Company
Fast Company’s latest list of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” contains many of the usual suspects we see on lists of this type. It’s pretty commonplace to see Apple, Google, Cisco, and Intel in lists of innovative firms. However, this year’s No. 1 company... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 23, 2009
Category:  General 
NYC Among Those Looking for 'FastTrac' to Recovery
In times of recession, entrepreneurial activity can experience an uptick as displaced workerslook to make their own opportunities. As the unemployment rate increases across the country, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other community leaders are turning to the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac program to train these... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 19, 2009
Category:  General  Workforce 
Energy Discovery-Innovation Institutes
The quest for clean and green energy is generating a lot of interesting ideas and policy proposals. The latest comes from a group of researchers affiliated with the Brookings Institution that recommend the creation of a nationwide series of Energy-Discovery Innovation Institutes. The institutes would... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 16, 2009
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
Patterns of Recovery from the Recession
What do past recessions--and subsequent recoveries--tell us about how companies will recover from the current economic downturn? A new McKinsey Quarterly article sifts the historical evidence. Researchers examined the past four recessions, and found that, contrary to popular belief, the current recession is not... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 16, 2009
Category:  General 
Do Business Plans Matter?
Given all the attention paid to business plans as precursor to business start-ups, you would think that there would be strong evidence that such plans lead to better business outcomes. Somewhat surprisingly, the linkages aren’t quite so clear.New research sponsored by the US Small Business... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 16, 2009
Category:  General 
Women-Owned Firms Underperforming
Last week, we highlighted an effort to promote entrepreneurship among women. According to new research from the Kauffman Foundation, women owned 6.5 million privately-held firms that generated $940 billion in sales and employed 7.1 million people in 2002. And they also underperformed relative to male-owned firms... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 09, 2009
Category:  General 
Reigniting the Innovation Economy: Where Do Universities Fit In?
As Washington debates a final agreement on the economic stimulus, we know that America’s colleges and universities are going to play an important role in revitalizing and strengthening the innovation economy. But, how can we be sure that new public investments have the greatest impacts... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 09, 2009
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the States
As economic challenges pile up, states are facing tough times. While slashing budgets and cutting services, Governors and other state leaders also recognize that the path to prosperity will depend on how their states succeed in supporting the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship of local businesses... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 09, 2009
Category:  General 
The Graying of Social Networking Sites
Facebook, MySpace, and many other social networking websites got their starts as places for college students and other youth to interact online. Today, as a new Pew Internet and American Life report shows, online social networks are regular part of the online experience for all... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 09, 2009
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurs Promoting Social Value
Kudos to BusinessWeek for getting the focus right, if not the label. It is looking for the 'most promising social entrepreneurs' in the U.S. – those who aim to both turn a profit and solve social problems.Social entrepreneurship as a concept--using entrepreneurial skills and principles... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 04, 2009
Category:  General 
The Effects of Race on Entrepreneurship
Assuming you are one of the few brave DC residents that don't mind braving a snow flurry--and you don't already have lunch plans--head on over to the Hudson Institute today for a luncheon discussion on the effects of race on entrepreneurship. Robert Fairlie, professor of... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 03, 2009
Category:  General 
The Pathway to Prosperity
What can policymakers do to stimulate economic growth? The Monitor Group, a business consultancy, has recently released an interesting look at global patterns of entrepreneurship. The study, Paths to Prosperity: Promoting Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century, reports on the findings of the Monitor Entrepreneurship... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 02, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
Calling All Women Entrepreneurs
Make Mine a Million, a non-profit focused on helping women entrepreneurs build high profile businesses, has recently announced a new initiative, The M3 Race. The Race is a year-long business growth marathon where women entrepreneurs sign up to meet certain business goals, such as generating... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 02, 2009
Category:  General 
Stimulating Entrepreneurship
Everyone, everywhere is focused on the stimulus package being debated on Capitol Hill. My latest essay suggests policymakers can and should do more to leverage the role ofentrepreneurs in stimulating our economy, but they must do socarefully.Here is the lead: Congress is considering the American... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on January 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
A Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship
Chances are, you've noticed our new name, our new look and our new home on entrepreneurship.org. I've written a quick essay about these changes and what you can expect to see down the road. Here is the lead: For the past five years, the National... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on January 20, 2009
Category:  General 

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