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Rewarding Entrepreneurial Spirits
Marich Mark
3/1/2009
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The Kauffman Foundation recently recognized a number of individuals for their contributions to research on entrepreneurship. Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in EntrepreneurshipThe Kauffman Prize Medal, which includes a $50,000 prize, is awarded every two years to one scholar under the age...

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SBIR Lives to Fight Another Day
Marich Mark
3/27/2009
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Well, it wasn't a long-term reauthorization that many wanted, but the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was extended recently through July 31, 2009. The Continuing Resolution keeping SBIR afloat expired on March 20 and while the House and Senate differed over the length of...

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Ten Emerging Technologies
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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Technology Review has just published its latest list of ten emerging technologies which always provides interesting insight on cool new innovations. What's hot this year? How about "modeling surprise" -- the use of data mining and computer models to help predict and foresee unusual events....

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The 2009 Clean Tech Open
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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A group of California-based entrepreneurs are getting very serious about building a new green economy. They’ve recently announced a major expansion of the Clean Tech Open, a four-year old business plan competition that has supported innovation in California’s Clean Tech sector.This year’s Open has expanded...

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The Need for Speed
Marich Mark
3/16/2009
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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contains $7.2 billion to help support and expand broadband deployment across the US. A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Policy Foundation reminds us that these critical investments are not just about allowing us to surf the...

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The Power of Entrepreneurial Development Systems
Marich Mark
3/22/2009
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Several years ago, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided grants to six rural regions to begin an effort to develop local entrepreneurial development systems, which were designed to provide a range of support services to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The Aspen Institute has recently published...

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The State of Entrepreneurship in Montana
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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Montana is among the most entrepreneurial states in the US, at least that's the message from a new study from Montana’s Workforce Information Center. The study assesses entrepreneurial activity in Montana according to a number of different metrics, including new business starts, new business growth,...

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The State of Microcredit
Marich Mark
3/2/2009
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The field of microcredit (or microfinance) has been around for several decades now, and has become a mainstream part of international and national development policies. It has also enjoyed increased awareness among the general population, thanks in part to the popularity of kiva.org--the world's first...

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The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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April 1, 2009 - Committee HearingSenate Small Business and EntrepreneurshipHearings to examine the nomination of Karen Gordon Mills, of Maine, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.Time --  09:30 a.m. April 1, 2009 - Committee HearingHouse Ways and MeansFull Committee, hearing on Health Reform in...

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What Do We Know About Innovation? The OECD’s Take
Marich Mark
3/2/2009
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For the past decade, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has sponsored a significant number of research studies focused on various aspects of innovation and innovation policy. A new OECD research paper takes stock of what we’ve learned about innovation, with the...

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