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Manhattan Links Scientists, Entrepreneurs and Investors
Marich Mark
2/17/2010
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Summary:

In his State of the Borough Speech, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer outlined a plan to diversify the city's economy and spark new job growth in the tech sector.

Stringer announced the creation of an “intermediary” that will foster linkages between scientists, entrepreneurs and investors....

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Michigan Prioritizes Entrepreneurship
Marich Mark
2/8/2010
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Summary:

During her State of the State address, Gov. Jennifer Granholm laid out initiatives to help entrepreneurs.

One of these initiatives involves entrepreneurship training through the expansion of the FastTrac program being offered at Detroit's TechTown. The FastTrac program, a national effort by the Kauffman Foundation...

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Multiagency Initiative to Create Energy-Related Regional Innovation Cluster
Marich Mark
2/15/2010
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Seven federal agencies will

work together to leverage funding and resources to promote regional growth

through an

Energy Regional Innovation

Cluster (E-RIC).

The E-RIC will work to

disseminate new technologies into the local marketplace and share best practices

with the public and private sectors. The cluster...

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Race and Entrepreneurial Success
Marich Mark
2/10/2010
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Why do Asian American-owned businesses do well in comparison to white-owned businesses, and why do African American-owned firms do poorly in relation to both? Economics professor Robert W. Fairlie and Kauffman senior research fellow Alicia M. Robb explore these issues in Race and Entrepreneurial Success:...

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Recognizing Student Contributions to Solving World Problems
Marich Mark
2/8/2010
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The Kauffman Foundation has awarded a grant to Olin College of Engineering to implement a nationwide award competition that will recognize students’ contributions to solving the major challenges facing the world today.

The “Extraordinary Stories Student Awards” will be given to students who have completed science...

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Senators Introduce "Start-Up Visa" Legislation
Marich Mark
2/25/2010
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On Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Senators John Kerry, D-Mass., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind., introduced legislation to drive job creation and increase America's global competitiveness by helping immigrant entrepreneurs obtain visas to the U.S.

The “StartUp Visa Act of 2010” would allow an immigrant entrepreneur to receive...

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Skepticism about Obama’s Small Business Lending Plan
Marich Mark
2/15/2010
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Summary:

An article in today’s Washington Independent, “Obama’s Small Business Lending

Plan Meets Skepticism,” lays out concerns with the President’s plan to make $30 billion in repaid TARP funds available for

small banks to lend to small businesses.

“There’s little indication

that these banks need the money — or that...

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The Economic Power of University Spin-offs
Marich Mark
2/8/2010
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Summary:

According to Krisztina Holly, vice provost for innovation at the University of Southern California and former founding executive director of MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, “an opportunity to solve our job crisis lies right under our noses.”

In an opinion piece for CNN, Holly explained:...

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The Entrepreneurial Experience of US Presidents
Marich Mark
2/17/2010
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Summary:

On Presidents day (Feb. 15), several articles pointed out that many of America’s presidents had an entrepreneurial background.

USA Today’s Steve Strauss offered the following examples, among others:

•    Abraham Lincoln: In 1833, Lincoln and William Berry opened a general store (with Lincoln going into debt...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
2/15/2010
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Summary:

The recurring snowstorms last week and the President's Day work period combined for a quiet couple weeks on Capitol Hill -- no relevant hearings or meetings are currently scheduled. 

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