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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.
Proud to have beaten the odds arising from a transition to independence since 1991 and the legacy of a war that only ended in 1995, Croatia officially joined the European Union on July 1, 2013. Last month, I accepted an invitation to visit with the nation’s president, Ivo Josipović, at his retreat on the Brijuni Islands and found a nation already embarking on its next mission.
The G20 Leaders Summit concluded last week in St. Petersburg, Russia, producing a 27-page G20 Leaders' Declaration document that outlines a plan for strong and sustained global economic growth. Weak growth in the aftermath of the global recession and persistently high unemployment—especially among youth—were at the top of the list of challenges.
Eighty-five percent of startup owners in the U.S. are confident that the next 12 months will bring greater profitability. The figure is a one percent increase over the first-quarter results of the Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index and the highest level since the young study began in early 2012.
As Members of Congress return to Washington from their August recess, all eyes are on Syria and whether or not they will approve the use of military force to punish the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Another issue looming is the debt ceiling and (seemingly perpetual) threat of a government shutdown that will require yet another temporary spending bill. Unsurprisingly, that doesn't leave much room or attention for hearings relevant to entrepreneurship. There are however a few in House committees already scheduled for this week.
Thriving entrepreneurial hot spots do not just pop up overnight. It takes more than a few growing startups to turn a city intro a hub of entrepreneurial activity. This thought is confirmed by a new Kauffman Foundation white paper entitled “Path-Dependent Startup Hubs – Comparing Metropolitan Performance: High-Tech and ICT Startup Density”.
On Aug. 27, we are welcoming Slava Rubin, the CEO of Indiegogo, one of the most-successful and most-recognized crowdfunding platforms, to the Kauffman Foundation. We expect a full crowd for this event, but we also will be showing his presentation entitled “How to Raise $1Million in 30 Days or Less” on a live stream that can be found here.
Granted, Silicon Valley has the sheer volume, but when it comes to the density of high-tech startups you have to look to Boulder—and Fort Collins—and Denver—and Colorado Springs. A new report that contrasts the job creation dynamics in the innovative tech sector against the entire private sector ranks the top 10 metro areas for high-tech startup density and Colorado dominates the list.
Entrepreneurs start and grow companies despite of government. But Chris Schroeder’s new book Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East reveals a quiet, unnoticed revolution in the midst of front page uncertainty surrounding the region after the Arab Spring. The entrepreneurs leading the revolution illustrated in his book have not been waiting for government direction and resources. To the contrary, they have become the leaders.
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