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I have just returned from the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) where this year over 5,000 people gathered from 153 countries to talk about starting and scaling new firms. Of note this year was the fact that the gathering was held in Moscow at a time of geopolitical tension around Crimea. Given that the Olympics in Sochi attracted less than 100 nations, the GEC last week provided clear evidence of the powerful role entrepreneurs now play on the global stage.
As the day starts in Washington, DC, we are concluding the first of day of the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Congress
. The entrepreneurship communities from 153 countries gathered to bond on their common cause to unleash new ideas, remove roadblocks and solve problems in almost every imaginable realm. Following a welcome from Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, the GEC kicked off with thousands of delegates at the Research + Policy Summit.
Of the nearly 4,000 delegates from 153 nations signed up for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) next week in Moscow, a large number are traveling from Latin America. The region’s startup ecosystems are now firmly part of the global entrepreneurship grid and with such strong delegations expected from cities like Medellín, Santiago and Buenos Aires, it is clear they don’t want there to be any doubt around the world about it.
Turmoil in Ukraine prompted me to take a look at the entrepreneurial health of some other post-Soviet nations in the region. This week, we take a look at Uzbekistan.
It has now been more than a year since the United States Congress restarted efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Despite expected resistance from conservatives, the effort looked promising initially, with strong support from business, labor and President Obama. It was disappointing news for many when John Boehner, Speaker of the House of U.S. Representatives, conceded last week in a news conference that it is going to be politically difficult to move the overhaul forward this year.
This week, I am on the ground in Italy where startup savvy policymakers are experimenting with new policies as fast as their startups are testing disruptive ideas. Both are racing in tandem to restore sustained economic growth to the Italian economy.
While we are seeing more attention to addressing the paucity of useful national entrepreneurship data globally, efforts to develop comparable city-level information have been less of a focus with only a handful of global city rankings. How are city leaders now moving beyond dated “cluster and technology park” thinking to appeal to entrepreneurs and investors?
In my final post of 2013, I summarize my top of mind developments in the world’s entrepreneurship data chest. Next year will herald a new era in evidence-based programming and policymaking as practitioners and policymakers alike—now committed to new firm formation—demand better data and analysis around what entrepreneurship promotion efforts are working and what is hype.
I know few of you plan to comb through entrepreneurship data and analysis over the holidays but the following summary might be helpful to all of us as we embark upon a renewed effort in 2014 to fill the gaps in what we can tell those who are eager to help founders start and scale new firms. This list is by no means comprehensive but rather what was most visible to me as a global observer and commentator. Please let me know what I missed.
December is here already, but some policymakers in the U.S. are not ready to end the year with entrepreneurship-enabling legislation on the back burner. Taking an “across-all-industries” approach, the Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act introduced last month in the Senate aims to stimulate investment in research-intensive startups.
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