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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 
City Policy Levers

Cities have clearly become laboratories for startup ecosystems.  While each city faces an array of regulations imposed by national and regional levels of government, many local leaders have used smart policy levers to differentiate their cities and attract entrepreneurs. 

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Mark Marich
on June 02, 2014
Category:  Red Tape 
Administration Proposes Rules to Appeal to High Skilled Immigrants

With immigration reform proposals languishing in Congress, the Obama administration announced a new set of proposed rules to allow the spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the United States. Under the proposed rules, H-1B visa holders -- highly skilled temporary immigrants working in advanced or technical "specialty" occupations -- must be in the pipeline for permanent-resident green cards in order for their spouses to qualify. However, the rules are only a small step toward what is needed to compete against countries with more open immigration policies -- like Chile, Canada, Italy and Australia -- that are actively marketing themselves to nascent entrepreneurs.

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Mark Marich
on May 12, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Entrepreneur-led Education of Tomorrow’s Risk-Takers
Those who know about entrepreneurship education in the United States know of Ewing Marion Kauffman. Kauffman was a philanthropist in Kansas City who sought to enable generations to create wealth, value and jobs by encouraging and preparing them to take the entrepreneurial path. Are entrepreneurs following his example? I note today the work of another entrepreneur, Dr. Ir. Ciputra, who is busy with a similar mission in Indonesia.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on May 05, 2014

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