A Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship

Jonathan Ortmans, President, Public Forum Institute

For the past five years, the National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship  has helped expand the discourse about how to best to advance innovation and catalyze economic growth beyond “small business”  to debates on science, technology, engineering and research. While we will continue to advance discussion driven by developments in the all important innovation economy, the initiative will carry a new name - the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship (PDE). PDE will pick up exactly where NDE left off –- broadening attention to the field of entrepreneurship and connecting thought leaders looking to advance it.

What is new is that PDE will connect you to a wider intellectual offering in two ways:

  • Bringing you the best policy ideas emerging around the world
    While this deeper understand of entrepreneurship was taking foot in the U.S. it has also been flourishing around the globe as other thought leaders and policymakers increasingly look to high-growth entrepreneurs to spark a recovery from the global slow down. Innovation knows no national boundries. 
  • PDE is now a part of entrepreneurship.org
    This new location widens your exposure to other leading edge research and programs in entrepreneurship by placing you within a premier site offered by the Kauffman Foundation to further entrepreneurship.

Time and again, entrepreneurs have moved seemingly radical ideas into the marketplace. Disruptive ideas are often the most valuable. They have the greatest potential to become high-growth, breakthrough companies that generate wealth and improve lives. All across the globe, countries that embrace entrepreneurship are making vast improvements in health, education, and the overall quality of life -– even in places where it didn’t seem possible.

From Ireland to Israel to India, national governments have altered their economic policies and changed tax structures, all with the goal of increasing entrepreneurialism. There are mountains of evidence to prove that policies designed to encourage entrepreneurial activity can be central to returning to the higher path of economic growth

It is a simple equation: Make it easy for entrepreneurs to start new ventures, and you make it easy to create wealth. Look at Australia: The World Bank ranks Australia first among 178 nations for being an easy place to start a new business. In 2007, Australia reported a per capita GDP of just over $37,000. On the other end of the scale, Bangladesh ranked 92nd and reported a per capita GDP of $1,400.

National economies have a lot to gain by supporting entrepreneurs with an essential infrastructure that ensures access to knowledge, capital, talent, and information. For all those reasons -– and more –- the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship will step up its efforts to shed light on ways to create an environment conducive to entrepreneurial growth and to highlight those who are making it happen.

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