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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

If you Google 'government shutdown' and 'Congress' you should get a pretty fair picture of what the focal point is this week on Capitol Hill. Last week the Joint Economic Committee held a hearing called "The Economic Costs of Debt-Ceiling Brinkmanship." This week, the Senate Budget Committee explores a similar topic in "The Impact of Political Uncertainty on Jobs & the Economy." Meanwhile on the House side, Congressional Budget Office director Doug Elmendorf is scheduled to appear before the Budget Committee on the CBO's long-term outlook.

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Mark Marich
on September 23, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
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 
Jobs Act Crowdfunding Measure Goes into Effect Today
Today marks a new era in entrepreneurial finance as the measure in the 2012 JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act) allowing “emerging growth” companies to ask accredited investors for equity investments publicly (e.g., through social media) without having to register the shares for public trading goes into effect.
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Jonathan Ortmans
on September 23, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Ecosystem Physics - Lessons from Egypt
With all the chatter around the Middle East, we welcome a guest post from Mike Ducker. Over the last two years, he has been the Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the U.S. State Department's Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) in Egypt, a project funded by USAID and centered on starting, growing and facilitating financing for Egyptian entrepreneurs. His observations show once more the remarkable similarities around the world in terms of how to support startups. [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 23, 2013
Category:  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 September 16, 2013
Category:  General 
State Rankings More Art Than Science

Over the years, the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship has featured an assortment of rankings that examine just about everything you can imagine to do with the economic well-being of all 50 U.S. states. Of course, most informed readers understand that different organizations lead to different points of emphasis, different methodologies and you guessed it—different results.

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Mark Marich
on September 16, 2013
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

As the search continues for a possible second suspect in the Washington Navy Yard shootings, and the Senate cancelled its Monday session, Capitol Hill nervously looks to the week ahead. Things remain quiet on the topic of startups and entrepreneurship in Senate committees for the week ahead. On the House side, the Small Business Committee looks at "Private Sector Initiatives to Educate Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs" and others focus on intellectual property, regulatory flexibility and PPACA / "Obamacare." Meanwhile, the Joint Economic Committee hopes to shine a light on the "Economic Costs of Debt-Ceiling Brinkmanship."

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Mark Marich
on September 16, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Startup Community Warming Up in Iceland

Despite the profound impact of the banking sector collapse in 2008 on Iceland’s economy, the island nation ranks 13th in this year’s Global Innovation Index, 14th in the Ease of Doing Business rankings, and 23rd in the Index of Economic Freedom. There has been much debate and disagreement regarding the key steps that put this social-market economy on a path to successful recovery but no one denies the contribution of the more silent actors transforming the economy for the better—its entrepreneurs. I recently sat down in Reykjavik with President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson to learn about the entrepreneurs who are building what they call an “anti-fragile” entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on September 16, 2013
Category:  Global 
G20 Leaders Suggest Entrepreneurship Education to Combat Youth Unemployment

The G20 Leaders Summit concluded last week in St. Petersburg, Russia, producing a 27-page G20 Leaders' Declaration document that outlines a plan for strong and sustained global economic growth. Weak growth in the aftermath of the global recession and persistently high unemployment—especially among youth—were at the top of the list of challenges.

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Mark Marich
on September 09, 2013
Category:  Global 
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 

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