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The world’s largest 1,000 public corporate R&D spenders recently hit a record high of US$638 billion ensuring life-changing innovation at every turn. Or does it?
As the world economy continues to work its way out of the effects of a global economic crisis, countries of all sizes are turning to entrepreneurship to help drive their recovery. In a few short weeks, millions of people will participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 18 – 24) events, activities and competitions in 139 countries—the largest number of countries in the six years of the initiative..
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation launched GEW in 2008 – at the start of the economic crisis – to connect aspiring entrepreneurs and others who can help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.
The pace continues to quicken on Capitol Hill this week with a number of hearings relevant to entrepreneurial development and startups in general. USAID is in the discussion on the future of Egypt and Syria and how it can support broader development (and entrepreneurs) there. Other topics covered by hearings include: a review of the JOBS Act at a year and a half, improving the US patent system, broadband adoption in the US, cyber-security, basic energy research and PPACA implementation challenges.
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.
A pair of reports coming out in the last week point paint a picture of a fairly stable angel investing market in the U.S. The Q2 2013 Halo Reportfrom the Angel Resource Institute and the Q1 Q2 2013 Angel Market Report from the Center for Venture Research suggest that year-on-year numbers were either fairly flat or trending upward slightly.
You can file this under "the impact of networks"--or perhaps more simply, "it takes one to know one." A new paper from the Kauffman Foundation shows that there is a link between knowing an entrepreneur and being one yourself. And while "Getting the Bug: Is (Growth) Entrepreneurship Contagious?" doesn't necessarily suggest causality, it doesn't take a leap of faith to think that connecting the uninitiated to more entrepreneurs would increase the likelihood that they would become entrepreneurs themselves.
With the federal government back in business, a couple of House committee hearings are on our radar screen for the week ahead. Financial Services examines challenges to capital formation while Energy & Commerce review the evolution of wired communications networks. Currently there aren't any hearings scheduled on the Senate side--but the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has an archived webcast of a hearing last week featuring small business owners on the impact of the government shutdown.
While the number of programs aimed at encouraging more entrepreneurship has increased rapidly, research has not kept pace. A new effort announced last Friday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry aims to help fill that void. The Global Entrepreneurship Research Network was founded by the Kauffman Foundation, World Bank and Endeavor Insight to standardize data and work to gain a better understanding of policy barriers and what the right policies are for fostering entrepreneurship.
Last week, we mentioned some of the negative impacts of the government shutdown on small business owners and entrepreneurs. The most recent Small Business Optimism Index from the National Federation of Independent Businesses says that while the September figures might be too early to really measure the full impact of the shutdown, the economic outlook is definitely depressed.
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