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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 
Is India the Most Entrepreneurial Country?
A new report takes a look at entrepreneurial activity, attitudes and experiences in 33 countries -- ranging from economic powerhouses to emerging economies -- and points to India as the most entrepreneurial. Perhaps somewhat counterintuitively, the Global Entrepreneurial Report from the Oracle Capital Group points to a collection of developing nations as the most entrepreneurial. In fact, the U.S. is the "only large developed economy to appear in the top ten." [More]
Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Category:  Global 
Dell Names Its First 'Founders Club 50'

The 'world's largest startup' is shining a spotlight on and providing support to a group of promising American startups that have technology as a critical backbone. Last week, the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs announced its first-ever Founders Club 50. The class includes companies from 17 U.S. states that are on the verge of significant growth, collectively receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, while making an impact across various industries, including analytics, healthcare, enterprise solutions, entertainment, IT and mobile computing.

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Mark Marich
on May 19, 2014
Category:  General 
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 
Greeks Taking Charge of Their Economic Future

While classified as a high-income country by the OECD, youth unemployment rates in Greece persist at around 60 percent. Despite gains in economic freedom, major fiscal weaknesses remain. With more people finding it acceptable to start a business, Greek entrepreneurs are taking their economic transformation into their own hands with networks well beyond their borders.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 28, 2014
Category:  Global 
U.S. Entrepreneurial Activity Drops for Second Straight Year

'Necessity entrepreneurship' isn't a phenomenon that occurs only in emerging economies and countries reeling from natural disasters like the Philippines -- it happens here in the U.S. as well. And as the overall health of the economy improves, the number of individuals engaged in entrepreneurial activity as a way to 'make ends meet' continues to drop. This shift away from being self-employed contributed to a drop in business creation rates for a second straight year.

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Mark Marich
on April 21, 2014
Category:  General 
Rwanda's Reset

Media attention was on Rwanda last week as the country commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. While the tragedy of human loss amounting to 800,000 people in just 100 days will never be forgotten, entrepreneurs are offering hope for a better future. 

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 14, 2014
Category:  Global 
Measuring the Impact of Entrepreneurship Education

Entrepreneurship education and training programs have rapidly proliferated in recent years. However, impact evaluation to determine what really works versus what doesn't in preparing the next wave of entrepreneurs has not kept pace. A couple of organizations have set out to address such challenge of increased investment in educational entrepreneurship programs without corresponding research or evidence to support decisions, including the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN), a collaboration of research organizations around the world.

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Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Global  Education 
Landrieu Moves On, Cantwell Moves In

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu recently moved on from her spot atop the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship—which she held since 2009—in order to take over the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Taking her place is Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington. Cantwell is no stranger to the tech startup world, having spent five years (from 1995-1999) at RealNetworks in Seattle after a stint in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Mark Marich
on February 24, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Next Chapter for America’s Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda

With the economy finally gaining steam after four years of a stop-and-start recovery, the Kauffman Foundation kicked off its “America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Initiative” at the fifth annual State of Entrepreneurship Address. The main output will be a New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda by early 2016.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on February 24, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty  Immigration 

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