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DC Plans for Global Entrepreneurship Week

This month, millions of people around the globe will participate in the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship. As thousands of events take place in more than 100 countries during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Washington, DC, is planning on making its mark through a number of policy events.

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Mark Marich
on November 01, 2010
Category:  General  Capitol Hill 
Denmark’s Active Investment in Entrepreneurship

The following is a collaborative post by Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Public Forum Institute and a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, and Anders Hoffman, Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy for Erhvervs- og Byggestyrelsen

Denmark is in many ways a paradoxical country. It has the world’s highest taxes and yet Danes are among the happiest people in the world according to the U.S. National Science Foundation. Denmark has generous social benefits, a large public sector and yet is quite innovative and entrepreneurial. The Global Competitiveness Report and the Index of Economic Freedom both rank Denmark 9th on their world lists, and the Legatum Prosperity Index ranks the country 6th in entrepreneurship and innovation. Denmark did not end in the top ten of these world lists by chance. What steps and policy initiatives made this possible?

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Jonathan Ortmans
on November 01, 2010
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 
Grants Reward Universities for Creative Approaches to Commercialization

Three universities – Carnegie Mellon University, University of Missouri System and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – are this year’s "Kauffman Commercialization Leaders." This $100,000 grant award recognizes the universities’ creative approaches to help accelerate the process of bringing student and faculty innovations to market.

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Mark Marich
on November 01, 2010
Category:  Education  Intellectual Property 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Nov. 1)

Both houses of Congress are home campaigning for the upcoming elections.

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Mark Marich
on November 01, 2010
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Oct. 19-25)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Venture Capitalists, Super Angels and the State of Startup Funding (Mashable.com)...

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Mark Marich
on October 25, 2010
Category:  General 
A Silent G20 and the Need for Entrepreneurial Role Models in South Korea

I have just returned today from a short visit to South Korea where I addressed an international conference and met with various universities both in Seoul and Daejeon Valley – described to me by locals as Korea’s Silicon Valley.

Visitors arriving at Seoul’s acclaimed airport can only be impressed by its sophisticated application of technology into everyday lives. The train I rode from Seoul to Daejoen cruised at 300 Kilometers per hour, every taxi in Seoul was clean and paid for with a back seat touchpad card reader and the urban planning seemed super smart with local government being placed in beautiful floating structures on the river and national government being moved altogether out of Seoul.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on October 25, 2010
Category:  Growth & Poverty  Global  Workforce 
Economics Bloggers Want to See Lower Barriers to Entrepreneurship

The Kauffman Foundation has been surveying the nation’s top economics bloggers each quarter. In this last quarter, they have once again conveyed a steadily deteriorating view of the U.S. economy in responses. Respondents’ outlook on the U.S. economy is even more pessimistic than in any previous quarterly survey in 2010, with 99 percent saying that conditions are mixed, facing recession or in recession.

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Mark Marich
on October 25, 2010
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Oct. 25)

Both houses of Congress are home campaigning for the upcoming elections.

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Mark Marich
on October 25, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Video Highlights of the Translational Medicine Alliance Forum

The 2010 Translational Medicine Alliance Forum, hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Council for American Medical Innovation and Faster Cures, convened industry leaders to help facilitate a better understanding of effective models enabling and accelerating the progress of translating scientific research into patient treatment focusing on three key elements:

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Jonathan Ortmans
on October 25, 2010
Category:  Health Care 
New Federal Tax Provision Accelerates Angel Investments

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) has alerted its members about the provision of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 that provides a 100 percent exemption for gains made in Qualified Small Business Stock. This benefit is for investments made between September 27 and December 31, 2010. “This provision encourages angels and entrepreneurs to speed up investments that are already in the pipeline,” said Marianne Hudson, ACA’s executive director. “The significance is that entrepreneurs will receive the funds they need to grow their businesses sooner. That means they can hire people which adds new jobs to the economy.”

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Mark Marich
on October 20, 2010
Category:  Tax Code  Growth & Poverty 

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