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With nearly all net job growth in our country coming from companies less than five years old, Congress has debated this year what the role of government should be in developing programs and interventions that support entrepreneurship. While the World Bank’s Doing Business project reported a record number of new pro-entrepreneurship legal and regulatory reforms around the world in 2009, governments and multi-national institutions continue to be tempted to develop entrepreneurship development programs.
The nurturing of new and young firms has so far not been given much attention in prominent global gatherings. International government meetings have mostly concentrated on passive SME policy and others like the World Economic Forum have treated entrepreneurs as a side ring at the circus. The maturing of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) to fill this gap is thus a welcome development.
Entrepreneurs in Atlanta and Miami are an optimistic bunch—even in the face of uncertain economic times. A new survey released today by Dell and Intel reveals a bright local outlook for startups and small businesses in the two southern cities—showing a favorable view of the local economy and local organizations supporting businesses as well as healthy expectations for growth.
Britain’s National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA) continue to produce excellent studies that provide a 360° wide-angle view on the role of innovation in modern society. Their latest report, plus an accompanying blog, tackles the tough issue of how innovation can help...
Early in June, the UK's Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform got a facelift -- merging with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills to become the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It also has a new venture capital 'fund of funds'...
Brigham Young University was recently recognized in a BusinessWeek story as an "entrepreneur factory." According to the Association ofUniversity Technology Managers (AUTM), BYU now ranks first in the country inthe number of startups, licenses, and patent applications per research dollarspent. The private Mormon university has...
In a speech at the Brookings Institution last Tuesday, President Obama proposed creating incentives for small businesses to hire more workers as part of recent efforts to boost job creation. "There is only so much government can do," Obama said. "Job creation will ultimately depend...
Baton Rouge entrepreneur Wendy Overton is packing her bags for Nebraska after winning a ticket to Big Omaha, the sold-out conference on innovation and entrepreneurship to be held May 11 - 13, 2011.
Tech Crunch guest writer Vivek Wadwha wrote recently in "Startups: Poverty is Underrated. Be Glad That You’re Not Rich" that money is often a curse for entrepreneurs. “When a company is running on a tight budget, it will usually perform far better than a company that...
There is a growing realization that entrepreneurs don’t necessarily have to emerge from business schools—some emerge through other academic disciplines like engineering or music, some drop out of school to pursue their startups, and some avoid post-secondary education altogether. But that doesn’t mean that entrepreneurs can’t come from business schools. And if you ask business school students themselves, they would tell you that the Worcester Polytechnic Institute is at the top of the list.
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