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New data from the National Science Foundation shows that the amount spent by U.S. universities on research and development reached $61.2 billion in 2010--an increase of 6.9% from the previous year.
Not too long ago, entrepreneurship education was part of the curriculum of few university programs across the country. In 2003, the Kauffman Campuses initiative started to help seed cross-campus entrepreneurship programs at dozens of American universities, thereby allowing more young people to explore their entrepreneurial potential. Other universities have since moved in the same direction, bringing entrepreneurship education into the mainstream of learning by offering entrepreneurship courses and sponsoring extra-curricular activities, such as business plan competitions. Other institutions, like MIT, have gone even further by helping student scientists commercialize innovations.
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) recently sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing called “Enhancing Universities’ Role in Innovation.” Our report of the event follows:The featured proposal of this briefing outlined how the federal government can help formulate a scalable model for commercializing the technology...
While politicians are out of town campaigning, the nation’s capital has been welcoming leaders in entrepreneurship education from America’s colleges and universities. Following a warm up from the younger “Empact” entrepreneurship education advocates, I joined a packed summit of university and community college presidents at the White House put together by the Commerce Department’s Nish Acharya, and then spoke this past Friday at Jeff Reid’s Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers conference at Georgetown University. It is increasingly clear that America’s colleges and universities have been retooling as engines of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Last Tuesday, the Public Forum Institute hosted its first Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship briefing to release the executive summary of a report on the critical role universities play not only in fostering innovation andentrepreneurial growth, but in stimulating the much-needed recovery inregional and global economies.The...
The sluggish economy has been hard on job seekers of all backgrounds, not just those at the lower end of the education spectrum. According to a new report from the Kauffman Foundation, universities in the U.S. generate more Ph.D’s than there are faculty positions, resulting in a “glut of talented, highly educated, underemployed individuals” who may not apply their skills due to a shortage of academic opportunities.
There has been a lot talk in the past year about job creation, entrepreneurship and economic recovery. Under the economic pressures, it became more important to than ever to examine closely how to unleash the entrepreneurial potential of various groups in society. We know for example that women are under-represented among business founders in high-tech and other high-growth fields despite their increasing participation in science and engineering. Fortunately, we are better prepared every day to inform policy. Today, I examine some of the most recent findings on the factors that affect the survival and growth of startups founded by women.
What are leading economics bloggers thinking lately? The Kauffman Foundation has once again collected the views of more than 200 of these specialized bloggers in a mid-July survey.
While most college students scramble to find summer jobs, a handful of students at the University of Virginia will spend their summer trying to create some. This summer, the Darden Business Incubator will host 18 entrepreneurship ventures as MBA students -- and others in the U.Va. community -- bring...
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