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Nesta Calls for Refresh on Creative Economy
Mark Marich
5/6/2013
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With the ‘digital revolution’ in full swing and technological innovation advancing daily, the creative industries are expanding. However, the policies that guide the creative economy are too often outdated and based on business models that have been virtually swept away. Nesta, a UK-based foundation focused on innovation, has come up with a set of policy recommendations to guide the UK—and possibly serve as at least a discussion starter for other countries.

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The Voters Have Spoken… On Immigration Reform
Mark Marich
5/6/2013
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How often do you get more than 70% of self-professed conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats to agree? Apparently, when the topic is immigration reform and you ask about a proposal that includes “a pathway to citizenship, allowing more high-skilled workers and guest workers into the country, increasing border security and creating employer verification requirements.” Those are the core elements of the Gang of Eight proposal (S.744: Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act) being pushed by a bi-partisan group of U.S. senators.

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Mark Marich
5/6/2013
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Returning to Washington after a state / district work period, Congress picks up the immigration issue with a few hearings. The Joint Economic Committee has a two-part hearing on “Immigration and Its Contribution to Our Economic Strength” with witnesses from Americans for Tax Reform, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Center for Immigration Studies and the American Enterprise Institute. The topic is also picked up in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as it examines potential reforms suggested by the ‘Gang of Eight’. Meanwhile, other hearings are scheduled to cover support of minority women entrepreneurs, regulatory burdens and health insurance fees on small businesses, and exports to Africa.

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A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Mark Marich
4/29/2013
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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.

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Botswana Startups Needed
Jonathan Ortmans
4/29/2013
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Botswana is among Africa’s richest countries and the continent’s oldest functioning post-colonial, multi-party democracy. It has low taxes and a stable government that has been ranked as Africa's least corrupt. But it needs entrepreneurs.

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Number of Angel Investors, Early Stage Investments Drop
Mark Marich
4/29/2013
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While the overall number of angel investors dropped substantially last year, don’t blame women angels—the percentage of women involved in angel investing nearly doubled within the past year.

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Mark Marich
4/29/2013
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Both houses of Congress are back in their home states and districts for a one week work period. They are scheduled to return to Washington next week.

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VC Myths and a Dose of Reality
Mark Marich
4/29/2013
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Venture capital has an important role to play in the creation and growth of new firms—but let’s not get carried away. That is the primary message from a former VC in a new article in the Harvard Business Review. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to regular PDE followers, but there are a number of common misconceptions about the scope, performance and success rate of venture capital for startups.

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A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Mark Marich
4/22/2013
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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.

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America COMPETES Up for Reauthorization
Mark Marich
4/22/2013
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Created in 2007 during the Bush Administration and reauthorized in 2010 by President Obama, the America COMPETES Act is up for another reauthorization as major provisions are set to expire in 2013. The original law authorized $33.6 billion in appropriations from 2008 - 2010 for programs and activities in physical sciences and engineering research as well as STEM education and more. The reauthorization in 2010 increased the amount to $45.6 billion.

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