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Guatemala’s economic history has been defined by corruption, instability and broad social inequality. In that context, Rigoberta Menchu received the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in promoting indigenous rights in the country. There are now other unnoticed social changers: entrepreneurs who see hope in technology as a tool to overcome social divides, as one local entrepreneur told the New York Times.
For each of the past 15 years, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City comes out with a list of the fastest-growing urban startups across the U.S.—companies that create new jobs and wages for those in core urban areas with higher unemployment and poverty rates and lower median incomes. Happy Family, an organic baby food supplier based in New York City, tops the Inner City 100 for 2013 with a five year growth rate of 205%. Revolution Foods out of Oakland came in second place with a growth rate of 173% and Coyote Logistics from Chicago finished third with 126%.
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.
Each year, 552,000 employer firms open in the U.S. and a fairly stable percentage grow rapidly to become companies that ‘matter.’ According to a new paper from Kauffman Foundation senior fellow Paul Kedrosky, anywhere from 125 to 250 U.S. companies per year reach $100 million in revenues—the first of three criteria that he uses to determine if they matter. In addition to being scalable, the firms must be able to generate jobs quickly and broadly and they must be disproportionate creators of wealth (through profits and salaries as well as through equity). So where do most of these firms emerge?
While all eyes in the Senate are on the ongoing immigration debate, the House has a handful of committee hearings of interest. The “changing landscape of patent law” brought on by the American Invents Act and its “effects on small firms” are the focus of a Small Business Committee hearing. Topics covered in other hearings include: small business and pass-through entity tax reform; data centers and the cloud; copyright principles; and Keystone XL and small business job growth.
Global interest in the emerging entrepreneurial economies of Latin America has been on the rise. It is where Endeavor began—launching in Chile and Argentina in 1997—and more recently, the region’s vibrant cultures have led the likes of Geeks on a Plane and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress to take a closer look. This spring we report back from a few economies in the region.
‘Entrepreneur visas’ aren’t only being discussed in Washington, DC. Recently, French President Francois Hollande announced a series of measures aimed at jump-starting entrepreneurial growth that included capital gains tax reforms, support services for SMEs and entrepreneur visas for those looking to launch and grow startups in the country.
Is the U.S. losing the global race for the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent? It depends who you ask, but the question is the main focal point of the latest program from America Abroad Media entitled ‘Immigration and the Global Talent Search’—part of a four-part series on American entrepreneurship in a global economy.
How often do you get more than 70% of self-professed conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats to agree? Apparently, when the topic is immigration reform and you ask about a proposal that includes “a pathway to citizenship, allowing more high-skilled workers and guest workers into the country, increasing border security and creating employer verification requirements.” Those are the core elements of the Gang of Eight proposal (S.744: Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act) being pushed by a bi-partisan group of U.S. senators.
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