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Congress has been grappling with patent reform for nearly a decade. Several reform bills have passed in past Congresses, but none have made it into law. A new series of debates is set to begin anew in the 111th Congress. Last week, the leadership of...
One of the few effective government programs to support innovation is at risk. The language authorizing the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program is set to expire on March 20, and so far, disputes have hampered a reauthorization resolution. What is at stake? Millions of jobs and technological innovations that contribute to national defense, the environment, and health care, among many other areas.
Over the past decade, the Nordic nations have emerged with some of the world’s most innovative and competitive economies. According to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ latest Nordic Innovation Monitor, the current economic crisis may offer an opportunity to help accelerate innovation in the region.Clearly,...
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...
The next PDE briefing on Capitol Hill will look at the much-discussed and debated issue of what to do about foreign talent as we try to jumpstart the economy. Innovation, Immigration & the Knowledge Economy is scheduled for Monday, April 6 from 11:15 am -...
Has entrepreneurship become cool?Of course we like to think so, but it's nice to see that The Economist feels the same way. About twice each month, the self proclaimed "authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion" publishes 'special reports' that...
The latest report from the Intuit Future of Small Business series takes a look at how small firms innovate. The report notes that, while small business owners are natural innovators, few view themselves in this manner. Instead, they refer to “tweaks,” “improvements,” or “experiments.” To...
A new Boston Consulting Group study examines how American manufacturers view innovation. Not surprisingly, they recognize that innovation is a key to future success, but they are not happy with their own firms’ performance. Only 43 percent of surveyed executives are happy with the return...
The Obama Administration seems to be warming up to an important fact: entrepreneurs will be the real drivers of new job creation and economic recovery. The latest evidence comes from last Monday’s White House announcement of a series of measures to help address the credit...
Readers of this column are now well acquainted with this author’s views on the central role in re-starting the global economy of those unperturbed citizens around the world who see opportunity rather than doom. Often driven by a desired to do well and do good and an interest in not working for Wall Street’s CEOs but using them as mentors, our new generation of entrepreneurs are geared up and underway. They are also global in their mindsets.
We should approach innovation in a similar fashion, taking steps to boost R&D and the commercialization of new technologies at home, while at the same time scouring the world to help those with the best innovative ideas, programs and policies that nurture innovation. When the fires burn out and the market bottoms out, it will be the entrepreneurs who seed the new ideas and jobs from the ashes.
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