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Startup Act 2.0 Gaining Endorsements

Since the House & Senate each passed identical versions of the Startup Act 2.0, the legislation has picked up a growing list of impressive endorsements. Topping the list is tech giant Google.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 25, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
GEW Hosts Discussion on Japan's Entrepreneurial Imperative

Two prominent Japanese professors recently authored the Fukao-Kwon report, which revealed that from 1996-2006, when total employment in Japan decreased by 3.5 million, young, newly established firms and foreign companies were the only ones to create net job growth. This report also suggests that new companies have higher success rates than older, established companies in Japan and that entrepreneurs clearly need to be the central catalysts in Japan’s next chapter. Have the great innovators of the post-war years – Toyota, Nippon Steel, Sony, etc – become so huge and successful that they have lost their propensity to create disruptive new technologies?

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on June 25, 2012
Category:  Global 
Japan’s Entrepreneurial Imperative

Two prominent Japanese professors recently authored the Fukao-Kwon report, which revealed that from 1996-2006, when total employment in Japan decreased by 3.5 million, young, newly established firms and foreign companies were the only ones to create net job growth. This report also suggests that new companies have higher success rates than older, established companies in Japan and that entrepreneurs clearly need to be the central catalysts in Japan’s next chapter. Have the great innovators of the post-war years – Toyota, Nippon Steel, Sony, etc – become so huge and successful that they have lost their propensity to create disruptive new technologies?

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on June 25, 2012
Category:  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Another week with a lot of activity on the House side. The JOBS Act is the focus of a couple hearings by the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform while other topics include: research universities and technology transfer; international intellectual property enforcement; regulation of mobile payments and the future of video. Also, the pending increase on the capital gains tax is the subject of a joint hearing of the House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 25, 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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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 25, 2012
Dell Announces New Innovators Credit Fund

Dell made a splash last week with its announcement of the Dell Innovators Credit Fund—a $100 million initiative intended to amplify the effects of venture or angel funds recently invested by a select group of VCs or angel investors. Once startups are approved, they can borrow up to 10% of their funded amount—up to $150,00—for an added boost to their growth trajectory.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 18, 2012
Category:  General 
Round Three of i6 Challenge to Spur High-Growth Entrepreneurship

The White House is getting attention recently for its efforts at X Prize style competitions—which makes sense since its ‘assistant director for grand challenges’ is a former X-Prizer. One of the challenges at the heart of that approach is its i6 Challenge—a $6 million competition that “seeks to develop Proof of Concept Centers and create a network of experts to support innovators and researchers; spur sustainable startups, small businesses, and new ventures; expand access to capital to fuel growth; connect mentors and education to entrepreneurs; and spark job creation.”

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 18, 2012
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The House of Representatives returns from a week-long recess with a full slate of hearings and activities of interest to entrepreneurs and those who support them. Highlights include Startup Day which puts 18 startups on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress and a hearing on efforts to boost technology transfer through a look at “creative approaches to the Bayh-Dole Act.” Other hearings cover topics such as the nation’s science policies, commercializing space, the looming fiscal crisis and small business lending.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 18, 2012
Startup APEC Host Raises the Bar in Asia

The APEC Startup conference that just wrapped up in Seoul signaled stepped-up interest within the 21 APEC member nations in policies that promote new firm formation as ameans of “booting up” economies. Interestingly, the drive for this effort is being led not by the United States, but by South Korea which has taken big strides over the past two years to rebuild its own startup ecosystem.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on June 18, 2012
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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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 18, 2012

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