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Kirk Named to Head EDA's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Julie Lenzer Kirk, an entrepreneur and author, has been appointed by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Economic Development Administration. Kirk had been serving as the executive director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and was the co-founder of Startup Maryland.

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Mark Marich
on May 02, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Switzerland Once Again Tops Global Innovation Index
Mark Marich
on March 10, 2014
Category:  Global 
Entrepreneurship Data Analysis in 2013
In my final post of 2013, I summarize my top of mind developments in the world’s entrepreneurship data chest. Next year will herald a new era in evidence-based programming and policymaking as practitioners and policymakers alike—now committed to new firm formation—demand better data and analysis around what entrepreneurship promotion efforts are working and what is hype.
 
I know few of you plan to comb through entrepreneurship data and analysis over the holidays but the following summary might be helpful to all of us as we embark upon a renewed effort in 2014 to fill the gaps in what we can tell those who are eager to help founders start and scale new firms. This list is by no means comprehensive but rather what was most visible to me as a global observer and commentator. Please let me know what I missed.
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Jonathan Ortmans
on December 16, 2013
Category:  Global 
Pair of Bills Pass House
In last week’s This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy post, we talked about a couple pieces of legislation to make it easier to start and scale new firms that were getting a close up look and vote from the House Rules Committee. Both of them—the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) and the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105)—passed the House last week and are now on their way to the Senate.
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Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Senate Explores Measures to Modernize the Tax Code
December is here already, but some policymakers in the U.S. are not ready to end the year with entrepreneurship-enabling legislation on the back burner. Taking an “across-all-industries” approach, the Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act introduced last month in the Senate aims to stimulate investment in research-intensive startups.
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Jonathan Ortmans
on December 02, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Corporate R&D Hits Record High, Does It Matter?
The world’s largest 1,000 public corporate R&D spenders recently hit a record high of US$638 billion ensuring life-changing innovation at every turn. Or does it?
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Mark Marich
on October 28, 2013
Category:  Global 
Entrepreneur Visas, Other Policies to Promote Startups in France

‘Entrepreneur visas’ aren’t only being discussed in Washington, DC. Recently, French President Francois Hollande announced a series of measures aimed at jump-starting entrepreneurial growth that included capital gains tax reforms, support services for SMEs and entrepreneur visas for those looking to launch and grow startups in the country.

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Mark Marich
on May 13, 2013
Category:  Global 
EU Closing Innovation Gap with US

The innovation performance in European Union countries is on the rise—cutting in half the gap between it and the United States. However, the internal gap between EU member nations is widening.

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Mark Marich
on April 01, 2013
Category:  Global 
America's Loss is India's Gain

This week we can expect President Obama to speak to immigration reform and a new immigration proposal to be unveiled in the Senate. I have discussed in this blog the importance of creating a U.S. Startup Visa for high skilled immigrants—but only in the context of America’s loss. We take a look today on what America's loss in terms of brainpower and innovation skills means for one nation—India.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on January 28, 2013
Category:  Global 
Poland’s Regional Play

The Polish startup scene is looking increasingly vibrant. For some time now, technology blogs have been covering Polish startup expos, competitions and meetings such as Startup Weekend, PitchRally, E-nnovation and Startup Fest that are happening with some regularity across major cities. And Poland was one of the first winners of a Global Entrepreneurship Week Award. Is Poland poised to take the lead in Eastern Europe?

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 23, 2012
Category:  Global 

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