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“Can Washington Power Up Inventiveness?”
Ortmans Jonathan
7/31/2009
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That was the title of the July 20 event of the New America Foundation, in which the Kauffman Foundation’s Bob Litan laid out some principles to provide a sense of direction in the heavy debate on whether innovative entrepreneurship lies in the hands of government...

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‘Weekend’ Warriors To Go .CO
Marich Mark
4/9/2012
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Thanks to a new partnership, all Startup Weekend participants can help kickstart their businesses with a .CO domain registration at no cost for the first year. The .CO domain name scholarship program will kick off at over 40 Startup Weekend events to be held during the month of April in China, India, Norway, France, Algeria, Albania, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Czech Republic, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Belarus, Iceland, Denmark, Canada, Australia, Poland, Turkey, Uganda, Mongolia, the Philippines, and the United States.

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‘Leaning In’ to Encourage Women Entrepreneurs
Mark Marich
3/25/2013
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The Kauffman Foundation recently announced a partnership with Lean In, a nonprofit organization founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg that is committed to offering women encouragement and support to achieve their goals—specifically to help cultivate more balanced teams and more female leaders and entrepreneurs.

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Younger Entrepreneurs Slowing Down
Mark Marich
8/19/2013
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A few years back, a report from the Kauffman Foundation shook up the common perception that there were hordes of young tech geeks—all looking to build the next Google or Facebook—driving an entrepreneurial revolution. The Coming Entrepreneurship Boom showed that 55-64 year olds had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity while 20-34 year olds had the lowest. Last week, a new survey from American Express OPEN shows that the Great Recession didn’t exactly make things any better for Generation Y.

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Young Still Want to Be Entrepreneurs
Marich Mark
11/22/2010
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Despite a difficult economic climate, many young Americans are still interested in entrepreneurial pursuits. A Harris Interactive® online poll, conducted on behalf of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, released in conjunction with the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week, reveals that 40 percent of youth ages eight to 24 would like to start a business at some future point, or already have done so. Additionally, young people are overwhelmingly optimistic about the possibility of owning their own business. Seventy-five percent of the eight- to 12-year-olds, 62 percent of the 13- to 17-year-olds and 62 percent of the 18- to 24-year-olds agree that they can successfully start their own businesses if they work hard.

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Young Entrepreneurs, Here’s a Chance to Tell your Story!
Marich Mark
4/7/2010
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The Center for International Private Enterprise invites young people to share their ideas on how to create opportunities for youth to strengthen democracy and the private sector in their own countries.

One of the essay categories is “Entrepreneurship and society.”

The concept of social entrepreneurship is...

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Yes, Minister. Entrepreneurship.
Ortmans Jonathan
5/3/2010
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The spirit of entrepreneurship was alive and well at last week’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. The White House took a political risk in hosting a summit on “global” entrepreneurship in a climate when so many Americans, anxious about their local economy, are easily blinded to...

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Winners of EDAs i6 Challenge Visit Capitol Hill
Marich Mark
1/23/2012
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The last we heard from the i6 Challenge, the Economic Development Administration was looking for comments on the "X Prize-style" competition designed to help additional cities develop economic blueprints for the future. Last week, four of the six winners of the competition were featured at a hearing on Capitol Hill to provide members of Congress with a look at how federal funds are impacting regional economic growth.

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Why Global Entrepreneurship Week Matters
Marich Mark
11/23/2009
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(photo courtesy of Pieter Glerum) Days before Global Entrepreneurship Week kicked off, a piece in BusinessWeek by two of the initiative's proponents made the case for why it pays to encourage entrepreneurship among young people around the globe. Written by PDE's Jonathan Ortmans and...

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Why Dissuading Students From Grad School Could Create More Jobs
Nathan Kurtz
11/18/2013
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What if we could take the top talent coming out of colleges and universities today, those that tend to feed into law school, med school, Wall Street and consulting, and put them in startups all over the country? Imagine the job growth possibilities we could create in the country just by giving recent graduates a taste of that entrepreneurial bug. Now, what if I told you there's an organization trying to do just that. Enter--Venture for America.

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