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Improving Collaboration and Efficiency in Science Programs
Marich Mark
4/29/2009
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Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology approved three bipartisan bills which share the common themes of strengthening inter-agency coordination processes andmaking government smarter. There was no major disagreement in today’s full committee markup; the bill with all proposed amendments was moved to the...

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Innovation in Japan?
Marich Mark
4/29/2009
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Japan’s economy has been in the doldrums for some time, and things are getting worse in the current downturn. If they hope to jumpstart growth, Japan’s leaders need to embrace a new approach to innovation. A new report from Harvard Business School researchers suggests that...

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New Report Shows Entrepreneurship on the Rise
Marich Mark
4/30/2009
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A new report by the Kauffman Foundation shows that the level of entrepreneurial activity in the U.S. increased slightly from 2007 to 2008. The latest Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity shows that approximately 530,000 new businessesstarted up each month, representing a .02 percent increase over...

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Competition Promotes Entrepreneurship in New Orleans
Marich Mark
5/1/2009
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States and localities are recognizing that business plan competitions can help generate local interest in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Idea Village, a New Orleans-based entrepreneurial network, has developed an interesting approach with its 504ward program (the name is a play on the New Orleans’ area code)....

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A Tough Quarter for Venture Capitalists
Marich Mark
5/4/2009
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The latest data from the National Venture Capital Association show that venture capitalists have had a tough 2009 so far. Forty VC funds raised only $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2009, representing one of the slowest quarters in recent years. Even worse news...

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The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy
Marich Mark
5/4/2009
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009 House Science & Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight – Hearing "Follow the Money Part II: Government and Public Resources for Recovery Act Oversight"2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. 2318 Rayburn House Office Building (WEBCAST)[more info]Wednesday, May 6, 2009House Small Business Committee -...

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VC Investing in China
Marich Mark
5/4/2009
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The flow of venture capital to China is slowing in response to the global downturn. According to a new report from the China Venture Capital Association (CVCA), foreign venture capital (VC) investors are concerned about the short term economic prospects for the Chinese economy. More...

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New Bills to Support Green and Women’s Entrepreneurship
Marich Mark
5/6/2009
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The House Small Business Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade Subcommittee approved a series of bills last Thursday (04/30) to authorize and expand several Small Business Administration programs.Some of these new bills have an interesting focus on "green entrepreneurs." For example, a bill sponsored by Rep....

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Policymakers, Mark your Calendars!
Marich Mark
5/6/2009
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In these tough economic times, policymakers should certainly look to entrepreneurs to boost recovery, job creation and innovation. Here is an opportunity to gather ideas. The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) will be hosting its 49th Annual Conference titled "Energizing Entrepreneurship: Monitoring Progress,...

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A Plan for Saving Capital Markets
Marich Mark
5/8/2009
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The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has recently released its recommendations to restore liquidity in the American VC industry and create a vibrant IPO environment once the overall economy stabilizes. The NVCA’s recommendations rest on four pillars: ecosystem partners, enhanced liquidity paths, tax incentives, and...

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