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2014

Entrepreneurs Called to Disrupt Education

Skill shortages are a roadblock for high-growth enterprises in many startup ecosystems. Below, I look at how entrepreneurs around the world are tackling this challenge, and how the research community has begun to measure their success ahead of the upcoming GEC2, a global gathering focused on smarter policies for entrepreneurial learning which I will co-host with President Ivo Josipović of Croatia September 22 – 26, 2014.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Education 
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 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are scheduled to leave Washington for the start of their five-week recess at the end of this week. With a general election looming later this year, you can expect plenty of posturing in the next several days to accompany a collection of committee hearings. According to The Hill, House Democrats will be clamoring to postpone the recess while Politico says House Republicans are pushing for a solution to the immediate immigration crisis.  As a backdrop to the political wrangling, the following topics will be covered by hearings: the America Invents Act, nanotechnology and innovation, tax reform, immigration and more. 

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Mark Marich
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the importance of failing fast, the rise of female entrepreneurs, a new approach to preparing a modern workforce, a new printable battery to power wearables and streamlining the future of travel (and everything else).

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Mark Marich
on July 28, 2014
Category:  General 
Non-Competes Hindering Job Creation and Growth

The formation of new companies accounts for nearly all net new job creation, but state non-compete agreements — if strictly enforced — can make it harder for people to start those companies. According to Re-thinking Non-Competes: Unlock Talent to Seed Growth, a new Entrepreneurship Policy Digest released by the Kauffman Foundation, state enforcement of non-compete agreements is restricting highly skilled workers from moving in and out of new jobs and/or from starting their own businesses, thus hindering job creation and economic growth.

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Jason Wiens
on July 21, 2014
Category:  Workforce 
Funding and Ecosystems Key to Young Entrepreneurs

A new report from EY has identified a collection of recommendations for policymakers to combat persistently high youth unemployment rates through entrepreneurial growth. The latest Avoiding a Lost Generation report, put together in collaboration with the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, identifies and analyzes the different youth unemployment issues faced by countries across the G20 and provides 10 key recommendations – on access to funding, tax and regulation and entrepreneurial culture and ecosystems.

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Mark Marich
on July 21, 2014
Category:  Global 
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 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including a look at the next generation of female entrepreneurs, crowdfunding vs. venture capital, Silicon Valley as the world's top economic hotspot, ignoring the top science students in the U.S. and outcomes for companies that raise seed capital.

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Mark Marich
on July 21, 2014
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With two more weeks in session before the August recess, there are several topics getting a look during committee hearings on both sides of Capitol Hill. In the Senate, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran help the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee explore challenges and opportunities to increase the ranks of female entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee discusses the current U.S. system of international taxation. In the House, the Small Business Committee examines private sector actions of the Small Business Administration, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense following the changes contained in the reauthorization of the SBIR and STTR Programs. Other topics covered include: assessing Dodd-Frank, minimum wage, copyright remedies, modernizing environmental regulations for businesses and more.

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Mark Marich
on July 21, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
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 

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