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This is the last week before Congress breaks for the traditional August recess—when they will likely prepare for a looming September spending showdown. In the meantime, there are several hearings of interest—covering technology innovation, health care reform, employment figures, tax reform, patent reform and brain research.
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.
According to a recent report on angel investing in the United States, more than 8 in 10 angel investments in the last 12 months were completed in the home state of the investor group and company. The Q1 2013 Halo Report—published by the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights—is based on 207 deals totaling $222 million invested.
High-growth entrepreneurs in Kansas City have a lot going for them—Google Fiber, the Kansas City Startup Village, 1 Million Cups and access to an array of programs and resources from the Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation. Still, more can be done to boost the region’s already dynamic startup scene and help young companies thrive.
It has been two years this week since the Kauffman Foundation took extensive research and data analysis around new firm formation, crafted a single document, and labeled it “The Startup Act.” Renaming the conversation that PDE had started earlier around how policymakers can make it easier for startups to emerge, create jobs and grow, was very effective in getting policymakers in Washington to take a look at entrepreneurship through the lens of helping new and young firms. But how far has America come in getting something done on their behalf?
After two consecutive months of increases (April and May), small business owner confidence dropped in June according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The latest Small Business Optimism Index shows a continued see-saw trend that remains mired between the depths of the recession in 2009 and the heights of the economic expansion of 2004-2005.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke makes a couple of appearances on Capitol Hill this week as he outlines monetary policy and the state of the U.S. economy. Meanwhile, the House Small Business Committee examines how the IRS selects, classifies and audits the tax returns of small businesses. Other hearings cover topics such as: clean energy financing, pooled retirement plans for small businesses, regulatory burdens and more.
The European Commission is getting active in the world of accelerators and startups—announcing a new network of 20 programs including recognized leaders like Nesta, Seedcamp, TechStars London, Startup Weekend, Bethnel Green Ventures and Seed-DB. The Accelerator Assembly, backed by the EC as part of its Startup Europe initiative, is focused on improving the environment for web-based entrepreneurship through a collection of events, forums, workshops and research.
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