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Ghanaian Tech Startup Garners Grand Prize in Global Startup Open Competition
Mark Marich
11/12/2012
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WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 12, 2012 – Dropifi’s web messaging platform that seeks to supersede the traditional “contact us” form has earned the Ghanaian tech startup the grand prize of 2012 Startup Open, a competition for startups with high-growth potential featured as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2012. Dropifi was selected today out of 50 companies announced last month as the “GEW 50,” the best and brightest new startups around the globe.

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Mark Marich
11/12/2012
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After the longest pre-election recess in history, members of Congress return to the status quo in Washington, DC this week for a lame duck session. Very few hearings are currently on the books, but you can expect there to be a lot of discussions over the next month or two about the looming fiscal cliff.

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A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Mark Marich
11/5/2012
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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.

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Entrepreneurs’ Confidence Growing, But Still Skeptical on National Growth
Mark Marich
11/5/2012
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When asked about the state of the national economy, a majority of startup business owners do not see it growing in the next 12 months—22 percent expect it to remain pretty much the same while another 34 percent expect it to worsen. The numbers on consumer demand are similar. Not surprisingly, 63 percent said that they had no plans to hire additional employees.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week On the Horizon
Jonathan Ortmans
11/5/2012
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Tomorrow, roughly 100 million Americans will cast their vote for one of two men who have stressed the importance of entrepreneurs and of course, small business to the country—and claimed to be the best candidate to empower them. Meanwhile, one week from today, policymakers, researchers and millions of nascent entrepreneurs in 130 countries will be taking matters into their own hands through a collection of 40,000 events, activities and competitions during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Small Businesses Want Simpler Tax Codes, Regulations & Licensing Requirements
Mark Marich
11/5/2012
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U.S. small business owners don’t necessarily think that high taxes are the biggest barrier to their success—but the complexity of the tax code is a different story. The plea for simplification continued into the area of regulations and licensing requirements.

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Mark Marich
11/5/2012
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The last several weeks of campaigning are finally (and thankfully for most of us) coming to a close with tomorrow’s election. Various polls have the presidential race as too close to call—not surprisingly, both campaigns are predicting victory. You can create and share your own predictions or just follow along tomorrow on CNN’s electoral map. If you are an avid election night junkie like all of us in Washington and want to track the battle to control Congress, we suggest Real Clear Politics maps for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

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A Look Back at Entrepreneurship Daily
Mark Marich
10/29/2012
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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.

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Reforms Put New Firms on the Rise Around the World
Mark Marich
10/29/2012
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A new survey funded by the Kauffman Foundation suggests that most economies are recovering from the sharp drops in new firm registration triggered by the 2008 global financial crisis. The improvement may very well likely been bolstered by government reforms, according to the analysis of new World Bank data.

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Stockholm, Singapore, SF Top Cities for Startups & Business
Mark Marich
10/29/2012
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Two new studies hit recently that take a look at the best cities around the world for startups and business opportunities. Fortune magazine went on a search for “cities that share the San Francisco Bay Area’s potent combination of creativity and capitalism” and came up with seven up-and-comers to keep an eye on. Meanwhile, Business Insider looked for “a city’s comprehensive potential for business across ten economic indicators” that range from intellectual capital to natural environment and identified 27 heavyweights (predominantly in the world’s largest cities).

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