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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Mark Marich
2/3/2014
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Tuesday is a busy day for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. First, the committee will examine the challenges and advantages of an increasing number of seniors engaging in entrepreneurial activity. It will also conduct a nomination hearing for Maria Contreras-Sweet, President Obama’s pick to head the Small Business Administration. Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on the Budget will be reviewing the Congressional Budget Office’s latest report — The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014-2024.  Other topics covered by hearings this week include: the rapid growth of wireless technology and the Internet of Things, regulatory burdens, open science and innovation at the EPA, monetary policy and the minimum wage.

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Casting A Wider Net With Community Colleges
Jonathan Robinson
1/30/2014
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Innovation Fund America (IFA), our program delivering high-impact education, coaching and pre-seed funding to scalable, technology-based startups via community colleges around the country, has quietly been having a big couple of months. It's a complicated and demanding program to launch and it's taken nearly a year and a half to get to this point, but we're excited that IFA is now open for business in two communities--and we're really just getting started.

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Definition: Intellectual Property
Christina Sherwood
1/29/2014
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Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind. For a healthcare startup, IP likely refers to a particular product, such as a new drug or a wearable sensor.

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Mr. President, A Little More 'E' Please
Thom Ruhe
1/29/2014
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Tuning in for the state of the union (SOTU) address is somewhat of an annual ritual for me. For the past two decades, spanning several presidencies from both parties, I torture myself straining to hear that one word, however challenging it is to say (and spell)--entrepreneur. So I was encouraged when President Obama dropped the "E" bomb early in his 2014 SOTU address, made even more special by the fact that he referenced a woman entrepreneur. And I wasn't alone in my enthusiasm as the twittersphere erupted likewise.

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Angel Deals Still Down
Mark Marich
1/27/2014
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Toward the tail end of 2013, we highlighted a couple of reports that pointed to a fairly stable angel market in the U.S. The latest from one of those reports, the Halo Report — from Angel Resource Institute (ARI), Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and CB Insights — may suggest reason for a bit of concern. According to the report, median angel round sizes are down $180,000 per deal since Q1 2013 ($700,000 to $520,000).

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Entrepreneurs Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is
Mark Marich
1/27/2014
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Bit by bit, entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. are picking up confidence along the road to economic recovery — and they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. The latest Startup Confidence Index from the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom shows a greater willingness from entrepreneurs to put personal savings toward new business ventures. Personal savings as a means for funding the startup jumped from 66 percent in 2012 to 86 percent in 2013.

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What kinds of lawyers do healthcare entrepreneurs need?
Christina Sherwood
1/27/2014
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Early-stage healthcare entrepreneurs and startups typically need to work with at least two types of lawyers.

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Italian Resolve
Jonathan Ortmans
1/27/2014
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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.

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Mark Marich
1/27/2014
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Bit by bit, entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. are picking up confidence along the road to economic recovery — and they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. The latest Startup Confidence Index from the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom shows a greater willingness from entrepreneurs to put personal savings toward new business ventures. Personal savings as a means for funding the startup jumped from 66 percent in 2012 to 86 percent in 2013.

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Definition: SBIR
Christina Sherwood
1/22/2014
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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program encourages U.S.-based small businesses, including healthcare startups, to engage in research and development.

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