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Measuring the Impact of Entrepreneurship Education

Entrepreneurship education and training programs have rapidly proliferated in recent years. However, impact evaluation to determine what really works versus what doesn't in preparing the next wave of entrepreneurs has not kept pace. A couple of organizations have set out to address such challenge of increased investment in educational entrepreneurship programs without corresponding research or evidence to support decisions, including the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN), a collaboration of research organizations around the world.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Global  Education 
New Policy Digest Makes Case for Startup Visa

The first in a new series of policy digests from the Kauffman Foundation highlights strategies for how a 'startup visa would allow immigrants to start businesses in the U.S. after satisfying certain funding, employment and other requirements. The Economic Case for Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs features an analysis of possible economic contributions of one proposal currently before Congress and goes on to offer the following research-based strategies to maximize the benefits of any startup visa:

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Immigration 
The Lean Startup Goes to Washington
Evidence-based policy, iteration, and innovation are making their way into government. [More]
Posted by: Anonymous
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Hungary's Slow But Steady Startup Roadmap

Instability within several former socialist economies prompted me to look at their developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and check in on whether the entrepreneurial mindset is emerging among new generations. Given that it stands at 54 in the ranking of 189 economies on the ease of doing business, Hungary seemed like a good place to start.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

There are a couple of congressional hearings this week focused on the central nervous system of countless startups and corporations alike -- the internet. The House Energy & Commerce Committee sets its sights on a lofty goal with a hearing entitled "Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience and Freedom of the Global Internet." Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee asks if the Commerce Department is the best overseer of ICANN, a nonprofit that manages the global domain system. Other topics covered include: a look at the current employment situation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the benefits and risks of bitcoin, the SBA budget, intellectual property, empowering women as a strategy for economic growth, protecting personal data and more. 

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
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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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  General 
The Steady Rise of Women Entrepreneurs
While the war of words continues about women cracking the boys' club of Silicon Valley, female entrepreneurs are starting 1,288 new businesses each day -- double the rate from only three years ago. The 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express OPEN, estimates more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. (compared to 8.6 million in 2013) that generate more than $1.4 trillion in revenues and employ 7.9 million people.
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Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 31, 2014
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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Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 31, 2014
Category:  General 
Angel Investors Spread their Wings
Referred to as “mentor financing”, business angels continue to make great contributions to startups. Last week, I talked with some of them in Washington, DC, about the latest trends in angel investor pools outside the United States. Encouraged by improving policy frameworks, I found that they are now spreading their wisdom and seed capital to new parts of the world.
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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on March 31, 2014
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

There are a couple of congressional hearings this week focused on the central nervous system of countless startups and corporations alike -- the internet. The House Energy & Commerce Committee sets its sights on a lofty goal with a hearing entitled "Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience and Freedom of the Global Internet." Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee asks if the Commerce Department is the best overseer of ICANN, a nonprofit that manages the global domain system. Other topics covered include: a look at the current employment situation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the benefits and risks of bitcoin, the SBA budget, intellectual property, empowering women as a strategy for economic growth, protecting personal data and more. 

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 31, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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