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What Goes Global Grows Global

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an annual weeklong, worldwide series of events that educates literally millions of people about entrepreneurship and innovation. The Kauffman Foundation rounded up some GEW-related stats to see just how global this week truly is.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on March 30, 2012
The Ebb and Flow of Entrepreneurship

The Kauffman Foundation has released its “Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity” for 2011. The numbers reveal a decline in the rate of new business creation in 2011 as compared to 2010, but don't be too quick to judge.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on March 27, 2012
How a City Created Its Entrepreneurial Advantage

Last week Jonathan Ortmans traveled to our neighbor to the North and toured one of Canada’s best cities for startups. In his latest blog he talks about what makes Waterloo so entrepreneurial and how it got there.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on March 7, 2012
Life Science Entrepreneurs: Apply for the Newest Kauffman Summit

For life science startups, the road to commercialization is typically much longer than that of other young companies that aren’t regulated by the FDA. So the Kauffman Foundation is doing something to help entrepreneurs address their challenges and get their innovations to market.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on February 29, 2012
eMed Blog on Top Tips for Pitching Investors

Looking for some tips for making a good pitch to investors? Stephanie Baum summarizes the consistent investor advice heard at a pitch session in Philadelphia in her latest eMed blog.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on February 24, 2012
A Bridge Over the Valley of Death

A new Kauffman Foundation report points to what might be a long-term bridge over the most difficult funding stage for startups—the 'Valley of Death.' In that timeframe, after entrepreneurs have exhausted friends, family, and personal credit and before they're ready for external funding, some startups struggle to raise enough capital to stay alive.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on February 10, 2012
Super Sunday Can Inspire Super Startups

As millions of Americans tune in to watch Super Bowl 46 and the most-anticipated commercials of the year, I hope a certain 30-second spot catches some eyes.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on January 31, 2012
Kauffman Scholar Debuts Blog on Wired.com

Social Dimension, a new blog on Wired.com written by Kauffman Foundation Senior Scholar Samuel Arbesman, explores the mathematics behind understanding society and civilization.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on January 5, 2012
Making a List

As the year winds down, thoughts naturally reflect on the year's accomplishments, challenges, regrets and hopes that we carry into the new year. As an entrepreneur, I have found it an excellent time to take stock and make an inventory of the resources and assets that I have come to rely upon and expect to continue to value in the future. With that in mind, I wanted to share my year-end inventory of programs, resources, and organizations that are serving the interests of entrepreneurs.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on December 16, 2011
Introducing the Bipartisan Startup Act

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday to jumpstart the economy by creating and growing new companies—and they backed it up with Kauffman data.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on December 9, 2011

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