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Washington DC's Huge Celebration of Startups for Global Entrepreneurship Week
Regardless of whether American policymakers can ever fix domestic policy to boost entrepreneurship—as in making a Startup Visa happen or removing other barriers that slow the birth of new high growth firms—the nation’s capital will be alive with startup fever next week (November 14 – 18) as Global Entrepreneurship Week takes center stage around the world.
Rock star entrepreneurs usually have little interest in spending valuable time on Capitol Hill. In fact, policymakers typically end up going to Silicon Valley, the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City or MIT to learn about entrepreneurs. Next week however, an array of activities—from the State Department to Capitol Hill, in the think tanks and associations, in high schools and universities—will bring some of the top thinkers, and doers, to town.
Bills Pass House, Offer More Funding Options
Last week, we told you in our weekly 'This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy' post that the House was examining a couple of bills “intended to make it easier for startups and other companies to raise capital.”
New Firms & Disruptive Technology
As countries get richer, they become more heavily dependent on home-grown innovation -- as opposed to simply expanding existing activities or borrowing good ideas from abroad -- to maintain their growth. And since new firms play an absolutely vital role in the innovation process, removing barriers to entrepreneurship becomes increasingly important to maintaining economic dynamism and prosperity.
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.
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
While Washington, DC, has plenty going on during Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 14 – 20, Capitol Hill is fairly quiet during the week leading up to it. The House is in recess for the week—observing Election Day from their home districts—while Senate committees have a very light load of hearings. Be sure to check back next week during Global Entrepreneurship Week.