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Rockstar Entrepreneurs in DC to Push for a StartUp Visa
Ortmans Jonathan
3/8/2010
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More than a dozen rockstar entrepreneurs and startup financiers have decided it was time to visit Washington, DC. They have taken three days of their busy schedules this week to push for the passage StartUp Visa Act of 2010, a bill that would make it...

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State Department Initiatives for Entrepreneurship Announced
Ortmans Jonathan
4/28/2010
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At the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship which I am attending this week, in her speech before all the delegates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced specific steps to create entrepreneurial environments, expand access to capital and expertise, and advance mentorship for emerging and aspiring entrepreneurs...

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Washington Rolls Out Red Carpet for Global Entrepreneurship
Ortmans Jonathan
4/26/2010
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This afternoon, President Obama addressed the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship organized by the Department of State and the Department of Commerce following his promise in Cairo last June. The event is designed to promote entrepreneurship in Africa, the Middle East, and South, Central and Southeast...

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COMPETES Removed from Consideration
Ortmans Jonathan
5/17/2010
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On Thursday, May 13 the House of Representatives voted to recommit the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 on a 292-126 vote. In response, House Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) requested House leadership to pull the bill (H.R. 5116) from consideration....

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Yes, Minister. Entrepreneurship.
Ortmans Jonathan
5/3/2010
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The spirit of entrepreneurship was alive and well at last week’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. The White House took a political risk in hosting a summit on “global” entrepreneurship in a climate when so many Americans, anxious about their local economy, are easily blinded to...

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A Voice for Young Entrepreneurs in G20 Meetings
Ortmans Jonathan
6/20/2010
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This week on June 20-22, I will be speaking and participating at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit hosted by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. The event, recognized by the Canadian government as an official G20 event, will bring together delegations from leading entrepreneurship organizations from...

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Cameron’s Payroll Tax Holiday and the G20 Summit
Ortmans Jonathan
6/28/2010
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I suggested in my blog following President Obama’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship earlier this year that what we now need is for routine global ministerial level economic meetings to concentrate on policies that encourage the creation of new firms. As I depart Toronto where we...

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COMPETES Bill Passed in the House
Ortmans Jonathan
6/2/2010
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Last Friday, on a third try, the House of Representatives passed with a 262-150 vote the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5116), ending a heavy House debate over concerns about the fiscal challenges that the act represents.

The act, aiming to support U.S. competitiveness through...

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Congress Listens on Ways to Improve Commercialization Practices
Ortmans Jonathan
6/10/2010
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Today, I attended the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education a hearing titled “From the Lab Bench to the Marketplace: Improving Technology Transfer.” The representatives heard from experts on ways to approach the improvement of the process of transferring...

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Beyond the World Cup: A Diamond for Growth
Ortmans Jonathan
7/12/2010
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Spain’s victory yesterday in the World Cup in Johannesburg marks the conclusion to an exciting competition. However, with the media pointing to some of the dashed economic expectations among South Africans these past few weeks, I decided to inquire a little more into the entrepreneurial...

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