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GEW Shows Us A Glass Half Full

Everywhere you look in the media these days you see alleged signs of impending economic doom—from the ‘financial cliff’ threatening  to punish United States policymakers if they can’t reach agreement soon to the Eurozone crisis with the Greek economy on the edge of collapse. Certainly all very troubling, but it is only one side of the coin. For the past 10 days, I have seen the other side—a side full of hope and promise thanks to a burgeoning movement to embrace entrepreneurship.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on November 19, 2012
Category:  Global 
GEW Policy Survey Turns Up Unexpected Results

The entrepreneurship policy environment in emerging economies may not be a significant obstacle to starting and growing new firms after all – at least if you ask high-growth entrepreneurs in those countries. That is one of the overarching findings in a paper released last week by Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) following a survey of more than 3,000 high-impact entrepreneurs in 34 countries.

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Mark Marich
on November 19, 2012
Category:  Global  Red Tape 
Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF). The Kauffman Foundation will award up to seven Junior Faculty Fellowship grants to junior faculty members in the United States whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship.

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Mark Marich
on November 19, 2012
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurship Key to Poverty Reduction

U2's Bono is the only one championing the cause of startups in the fight for poverty reduction and sustainable economic growth--and it isn't restricted to Africa or emerging economies either. A new study by the Goldwater Institute points to a "strong connection between a state's rate of entrepreneurship and declines in poverty"--put simply, more entrepreneurs equals less poverty.

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Mark Marich
on November 19, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

All eyes "in Washington" are on the fiscal cliff--well, except for those that are examining the details surrounding Benghazi and the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus.

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Mark Marich
on November 19, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 19, 2012
Category:  General  Global 
Ghanaian Tech Startup Garners Grand Prize in Global Startup Open Competition

WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 12, 2012 – Dropifi’s web messaging platform that seeks to supersede the traditional “contact us” form has earned the Ghanaian tech startup the grand prize of 2012 Startup Open, a competition for startups with high-growth potential featured as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2012. Dropifi was selected today out of 50 companies announced last month as the “GEW 50,” the best and brightest new startups around the globe.

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Mark Marich
on November 12, 2012
Category:  General  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

After the longest pre-election recess in history, members of Congress return to the status quo in Washington, DC this week for a lame duck session. Very few hearings are currently on the books, but you can expect there to be a lot of discussions over the next month or two about the looming fiscal cliff.

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Mark Marich
on November 12, 2012
Category:  Global  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Mark Marich
on November 12, 2012
Category:  General  Global 
All Eyes on the Doers and Makers of Things

Today marks the official opening of Global Entrepreneurship Week, now celebrated in 131 countries. Throughout this week, roughly 25,000 partner organizations will be actively engaged in holding 35,000 events, activities and competitions--engaging more than 7 million participants and equipping them with the skills and connections to take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. But GEW is more than just a celebration, it is attracting new talent to the field and supplementing grassroots startup energy with top down endorsements that legitimize entrepreneurship.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on November 12, 2012
Category:  Global 

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