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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 
Croatia’s Entrepreneurial Impulse

Proud to have beaten the odds arising from a transition to independence since 1991 and the legacy of a war that only ended in 1995, Croatia officially joined the European Union on July 1, 2013. Last month, I accepted an invitation to visit with President Ivo Josipovic at his retreat on the Brijuni Islands and found a nation already embarking on its next mission.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on September 09, 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 09, 2013
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

As Members of Congress return to Washington from their August recess, all eyes are on Syria and whether or not they will approve the use of military force to punish the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Another issue looming is the debt ceiling and (seemingly perpetual) threat of a government shutdown that will require yet another temporary spending bill. Unsurprisingly, that doesn't leave much room or attention for hearings relevant to entrepreneurship. There are however a few in House committees already scheduled for this week.

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Mark Marich
on September 09, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Right Rules and Incentives

Entrepreneurs start and grow companies in spite of government. But Chris Schroeder’s new book Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East reveals a quiet, unnoticed uprising in the midst of front page uncertainty surrounding the region after the Arab Spring. The entrepreneurs leading the revolution illustrated in his book have not been waiting for government direction and resources. To the contrary, they have become the leaders.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 19, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global 
Colorado at Center of High-Tech Job Creation

Granted, Silicon Valley has the sheer volume, but when it comes to the density of high-tech startups you have to look to Boulder--and Fort Collins--and Denver--and Colorado Springs. A new report that contrasts the job creation dynamics in the innovative tech sector against the entire private sector ranks the top 10 metro areas for high-tech startup density and Colorado dominates the list.

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Mark Marich
on August 19, 2013
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
Younger Entrepreneurs Slowing Down

A few years back, a report from the Kauffman Foundation shook up the common perception that there were hordes of young tech geeks—all looking to build the next Google or Facebook—driving an entrepreneurial revolution. The Coming Entrepreneurship Boom showed that 55-64 year olds had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity while 20-34 year olds had the lowest. Last week, a new survey from American Express OPEN shows that the Great Recession didn’t exactly make things any better for Generation Y.

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Mark Marich
on August 19, 2013

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