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U.S. Gives Green Light to Green Tech Patents
Marich Mark
12/17/2009
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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced last week that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has put in place a new pilot program that will fast-track the review of green technology patents. To be eligible for the expedited review, the patents must materially contribute...

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2009 Hot Research Topics: Entrepreneurship, Jobs and Recovery
Marich Mark
12/18/2009
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The nation's largest funder of entrepreneurial research, theEwing Marion Kauffman Foundation, announced that the most popular research in 2009 explored pastrecession trends and entrepreneurs' roles in economic recoveries.The Kauffman Foundation has compiled throughout the year itsmost in-demand research, which was mentioned in news stories generating...

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Ten Breakthrough Ideas for 2010
Marich Mark
12/19/2009
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Creating an open, competitive licensingsystem for university innovators (scroll to the bottom of the page for the headline, then click on to the next page for the description) is one of HarvardBusiness Review’s “Ten Breakthrough Ideas for 2010.” This solution -- A Faster Path from...

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Legislation to Develop Science Parks Advances
Marich Mark
12/21/2009
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Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee unanimously passed the Building a Stronger America Act which promises to spur innovation and economicdevelopment through the development of science parks.  The Act allows the Secretary of Commerce to guarantee up to 80 percent of loans...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: No Hearings
Marich Mark
12/21/2009
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As Congress prepares for the holiday, no relevant hearings or meetings have been scheduled.

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Tidings of Joy: An Optimistic Note for the Holidays
Ortmans Jonathan
12/21/2009
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The spiritof entrepreneurship was alive and well at a recent gathering of more than 400 Georgetownstudents interested in globalization and entrepreneurship. When asked why theycame, it is not surprising that most aspired in some way to make a differenceas a “social innovator.”  What was moreof...

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A Lost Decade? Look to New Firms for Growth
Marich Mark
1/4/2010
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A new story in the Washington Post paints a pretty grim picture of the 2000s. Consider the fact that since the Great Depression, there have been six decades of continuous job growth -- and that it just ended. The decade that began with extravagant millennium...

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A New Year’s Resolution
Ortmans Jonathan
1/4/2010
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Since the economic crisis broke out, capitalism has been under the microscope. Many have blamed evil businesses and market forces for the financial meltdown, and have lost confidence in private-sector engagement strategies for recovery. Luckily, in this country many more have experienced the positive impact of entrepreneurship either directly and indirectly. In a March 2009 survey, 63% of respondents said they “prefer giving individuals the incentives they need to start their own businesses as opposed to allowing the government to create new jobs directly.” A look at the role of new businesses in the economy reveals that it is not a matter of rejecting capitalism but rather of allowing more entrepreneurs into the economy.

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Access to Credit Improving... Barely
Marich Mark
1/4/2010
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A number of sources are indicating that banks are relaxing lending standards -- leading to a slow increase in small business demand for loans. The graph below from the December issue of The Small Business Advocate suggests that brighter days are ahead. The latest report...

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VC Outlook for 2010 and Beyond
Marich Mark
1/4/2010
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2010 will see a gradual increase in investment levels and exit transactions according to Venture View 2010, the annual year-end survey by the National Venture Capital Association. Sixty-three percent of all respondents expect venture investment dollar levels to remain the same or increase from 2009....

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