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Young Entrepreneurs Rebranding Africa

President Obama's summit last week with African leaders in Washington, D.C., when not distracted by the Ebola outbreak, focused as expected on investment opportunities for American businesses in the energy sector. And yet, it was clear the nature of our interface is changing forever on the continent where a new generation of African job creators and their startups are the driving phenomenon in Africa’s growth trajectory.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 11, 2014
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 
Entrepreneurs Called to Disrupt Education

Skill shortages are a roadblock for high-growth enterprises in many startup ecosystems. Below, I look at how entrepreneurs around the world are tackling this challenge, and how the research community has begun to measure their success ahead of the upcoming GEC2, a global gathering focused on smarter policies for entrepreneurial learning which I will co-host with President Ivo Josipović of Croatia September 22 – 26, 2014.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Education 
Committee Calls for More Data, Support Targeted to Female Entrepreneurs

While female entrepreneurs continue to increase their contributions to the U.S. economy, a new report suggests that Congress can and should do more to help them start and scale new firms. 21st Century Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship, a report released last week by the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, identified three primary challenges: fair access to capital, fair access to federal contracts and business training and counseling specific to female entrepreneurs.

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Mark Marich
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Educating Australia's Leadership

Unable to join a youth entrepreneurship conference in Sydney, Australia, this week, I used the saved travel time to engage virtually in the conversations and to take a look at the entrepreneurship ecosystem “Down Under” that has been making a lot of noise up and over the world during the last five years.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 21, 2014
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 
Latin America Seeks Research based Policy Design

More and more countries are interested in promoting entrepreneurial growth -- demanding ever-improving data and information. The Argentina-based research organization PRODEM has responded to this demand with its Index of Systemic Conditions for Dynamic Entrepreneurship (ICSEd-Prodem).

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Mark Marich
on July 14, 2014
Category:  Global 
Exchange Program Aims to Strengthen Entrepreneurship in Americas

The U.S. Department of Commerce, in collaboration with INADEM (the Mexican National Entrepreneurship Institute), Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Organization of American States, is organizing a high-level visit and cooperative exchange to three Mexican centers of innovation and entrepreneurship later this summer.

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Mark Marich
on July 14, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global  Growth & Poverty 
States the Focal Point for Job Creation

Another week, another look at the US and how individual states line up when it comes to promoting entrepreneurial growth. Last week, we highlighted the State New Economy Index from ITIF that showed Massachusetts on top of the list of states that adapt to continual economic evolution. The week before that, the latest Small Business Friendliness survey from Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation handed out A+ grades to Utah, Idaho and Texas. This week? It’s North Dakota's turn to shine. 

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Mark Marich
on June 30, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty  Workforce 
Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Request for Proposals

The 2014-2015 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program's Request for Proposals is available online, and proposals are being accepted now through Sept. 10, 2014.

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Mark Marich
on June 30, 2014
Massachusetts Tops List of 'New Economy' States
Since 1999, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has ranked U.S. states on their ability to adapt to steady economic evolution. The term 'new economy' may not carry as much meaning as it did when the State New Economy Index was created, but the list uses 25 indicators divided into five categories -- knowledge jobs, globalization, economic dynamism, digital economy and innovation capacity. As it has in each of the previous five editions of the Index (1999, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012), Massachusetts claims the top spot. [More]
Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
A Startup Nations Network for Policymakers

Sharing the premise that all boats rise on an incoming tide, a small group of startup policy advisors has emerged to find smarter ways their governments can help new firms start, scale, create jobs and fuel economic growth. I take a look at why Startup Nations emerged and the potential impact it can have in fostering smarter decision-making on behalf of new entrepreneurs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on June 09, 2014
Category:  Global 

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