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Tomorrow, roughly 100 million Americans will cast their vote for one of two men who have stressed the importance of entrepreneurs and of course, small business to the country—and claimed to be the best candidate to empower them. Meanwhile, one week from today, policymakers, researchers and millions of nascent entrepreneurs in 130 countries will be taking matters into their own hands through a collection of 40,000 events, activities and competitions during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
One of the major supporters of DEMO Africa and LIONS@frica with me in Nairobi last week was Nokia. As I took a look at just how much innovation Nokia has created, I was curious to look further into the current startup culture in its home country of Finland and see just how important high-growth entrepreneurship is to its economy.
Two new studies hit recently that take a look at the best cities around the world for startups and business opportunities. Fortune magazine went on a search for “cities that share the San Francisco Bay Area’s potent combination of creativity and capitalism” and came up with seven up-and-comers to keep an eye on. Meanwhile, Business Insider looked for “a city’s comprehensive potential for business across ten economic indicators” that range from intellectual capital to natural environment and identified 27 heavyweights (predominantly in the world’s largest cities).
Congress is in recess with members back in their home states and districts as they focus on campaign work over the next several weeks. They will return to Washington at some point after the November 6 election.
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 new survey funded by the Kauffman Foundation suggests that most economies are recovering from the sharp drops in new firm registration triggered by the 2008 global financial crisis. The improvement may very well likely been bolstered by government reforms, according to the analysis of new World Bank data.
I report this week from Africa which is enjoying its greatest economic success in decades and where there has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. With economic growth rates this year around 6 percent in one-third of the 49 sub-Saharan African countries, the IMF forecasts that Africa will have the fastest-growing economy of any continent over the next five years. The World Bank in turn has reported earlier this month that more than 20 sub-Saharan African countries, encompassing more than 400 million people, have gained middle-income status, while the number of people living in poverty is down by roughly 10 percentage points over the past decade.
While a report we profiled last week talked about signs of recovery across the board for angel investors, the outlook apparently isn’t so bright for the venture capital industry. The latest survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association shows that VC investments declined during the third quarter of 2012—both in terms of dollars and deal volume.
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