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Access to Credit Improving... Barely
Marich Mark
1/4/2010
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A number of sources are indicating that banks are relaxing lending standards -- leading to a slow increase in small business demand for loans. The graph below from the December issue of The Small Business Advocate suggests that brighter days are ahead. The latest report...

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VC Outlook for 2010 and Beyond
Marich Mark
1/4/2010
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2010 will see a gradual increase in investment levels and exit transactions according to Venture View 2010, the annual year-end survey by the National Venture Capital Association. Sixty-three percent of all respondents expect venture investment dollar levels to remain the same or increase from 2009....

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2010 Emerging Scholars
Marich Mark
1/11/2010
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The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced last week the2010 recipients of the Kauffman Emerging Scholars Program, which recognizes theachievements of young scholars who are making significant contributions toresearch in entrepreneurship."Even though entrepreneurship is key to a sustainableeconomy, we have limited knowledge of this vital practice,"...

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BYU Recognized for Commercialization Efforts
Marich Mark
1/11/2010
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Brigham Young University was recently recognized in a BusinessWeek story as an "entrepreneur factory." According to the Association ofUniversity Technology Managers (AUTM), BYU now ranks first in the country inthe number of startups, licenses, and patent applications per research dollarspent. The private Mormon university has...

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Diaspora Entrepreneurs: From Brain Drain to Brain Gain
Ortmans Jonathan
1/11/2010
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We have long argued that the American model for development assistance could improve dramatically if entrepreneurship becomes a stronger element of economic development efforts. Unfortunately, the importance of new firm creation is a concept that has yet to gain relevance in traditional development models, such as the Washington Consensus. However, there are a few actors who understand the power of entrepreneurship and have been using it to improve lives. Diaspora entrepreneurs are using their experience and understanding about entrepreneurship to invest in new ventures in their country of origin. These transnational entrepreneurs view a globe of porous borders.

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Energy Innovation Summit to Highlight ARPA-E Research Projects
Marich Mark
1/11/2010
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U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu recently announced that the inaugural "ARPA-EEnergy Innovation Summit" will take place March 1-3, 2010 at the GaylordNational Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, DC.  The event willserve as a forum for members of the scientific and research communities,investors, technology...

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Hotspots for Cleantech
Marich Mark
1/11/2010
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As everyone continues to look to cleantech as a hot industry for the coming year, what are the best places to be to capitalize on the trend? A recent post from the Cleantech Group ranked the top universities, while an earlier post looked at the...

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Ranking the States: South Dakota Down to DC
Marich Mark
1/11/2010
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South Dakota was recently named the most entrepreneur friendly state in the Small Business Survival Index put out each year by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. The 2009 edition again ranks the policy environment of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia -...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: No Hearings
Marich Mark
1/11/2010
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A couple of hearings are scheduled down the road to examine aviation security, but there still isn't much happening on the entrepreneurship front on Capitol Hill -- no relevant hearings or meetings are currently scheduled.

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Hearing This Week
Marich Mark
1/14/2010
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The following hearing details were announced after our Monday newsletter. It will take place in Palo Alto, CA. Friday, January 15, 2010House Committee on Foreign Affairs – Hearing“The Impact of U.S. Export Controls on National Security, Science and Technological Leadership”10:30 a.m. (Pacific Time)Arrillaga Alumni Center,...

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