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Entrepreneurs Called to Disrupt Education

Skill shortages are a roadblock for high-growth enterprises in many startup ecosystems. Below, I look at how entrepreneurs around the world are tackling this challenge, and how the research community has begun to measure their success ahead of the upcoming GEC2, a global gathering focused on smarter policies for entrepreneurial learning which I will co-host with President Ivo Josipović of Croatia September 22 – 26, 2014.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Education 
Measuring the Impact of Entrepreneurship Education

Entrepreneurship education and training programs have rapidly proliferated in recent years. However, impact evaluation to determine what really works versus what doesn't in preparing the next wave of entrepreneurs has not kept pace. A couple of organizations have set out to address such challenge of increased investment in educational entrepreneurship programs without corresponding research or evidence to support decisions, including the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN), a collaboration of research organizations around the world.

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Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Global  Education 
How Can Governments Help Entrepreneurs?

Are governments wasting their time and money with all of their efforts to promote entrepreneurial growth in their communities and countries? Not quite, but they could certainly be spending their resources more wisely. A new report from the Kauffman Foundation argues “despite billions of dollars in government research expenditures, the presence of research universities and patents are not associated with higher rates of entrepreneurship” and “the public sector can affect few significant factors to encourage entrepreneurship.”

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Mark Marich
on February 03, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education 
Stanford Professor Wins Kauffman Prize Medal for Entrepreneurship
Nicholas Bloom, professor of economics at Stanford University, was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship for his exploration of management practices, firm organization, innovation and technology and uncertainty. [More]
Mark Marich
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Education 
Lessons for Dealing with 'Founder's Dilemmas'
Interested in launching a startup but afraid you will make critical errors at the outset that will torpedo your efforts? The Kauffman Founders School has introduced a new education series featuring insights from Noam Wasserman, who teaches an award-winning course on entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and is the author of The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup. [More]
Mark Marich
on January 06, 2014
Category:  Education 
How Did Your State Fare in the Bloomberg Rankings?
One new trend in innovation and entrepreneurship data is to produce a comprehensive picture of the ecosystem. Bloomberg followed this practice and recently analyzed data from each U.S. state and the District of Columbia to rank them on innovation. [More]
Mark Marich
on January 06, 2014
Category:  General  Education  Global 
Forget About Babson, Go to Northwestern
Last week, we talked about Babson College's 17 year string of domination over the U.S. News & World Report's rankings for entrepreneurship education in U.S. colleges and universities. Not so fast, says Howard Marks, the founder of a Los Angeles based startup accelerator (StartEngine) who first made a name for himself as the founder of Activision—the world's first independent video game publisher (remember Chopper Command and Pitfall from the early '80s?). [More]
Mark Marich
on October 07, 2013
Category:  Education 
Top Colleges in Entrepreneurship Education
As the debate rages on regarding whether a college education is worthwhile for young aspiring entrepreneurs, U.S. News & World Report has come out with a list of the country's top colleges and universities—including for students more interested in launching a new startup than learning about Social & Political Philosophy 101. And for the 17th straight year, Babson College was named the top school for entrepreneurship education. 
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Mark Marich
on September 30, 2013
Category:  Education 
Entrepreneurship Education Breaks Out of B-School

For years, lectures and programs on entrepreneurship in American campuses were confined to its business schools—but times have changed and entrepreneurship education is fully in the mainstream. A couple of recent white papers from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation demonstrate how these programs now reach students in disciplines across the curriculum, teaching them how to become innovative problem solvers, whether or not they ever start a business.

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Mark Marich
on August 05, 2013
Category:  Education 
CEO's Clamoring for STEM Education

A collection of 100 CEOs from prominent companies have come together to voice their concern about sluggish progress in the U.S. in the STEM education fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and where that leaves the country in terms of national competitiveness. The compilation includes essays and insight from tech leaders like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Eric Schmidt of Google as well as leaders from a vast array of corporate giants like Cisco, Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly and Lockheed Martin.

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Mark Marich
on July 01, 2013
Category:  Education 
Best B-schools for Entrepreneurship?

There is a growing realization that entrepreneurs don’t necessarily have to emerge from business schools—some emerge through other academic disciplines like engineering or music, some drop out of school to pursue their startups, and some avoid post-secondary education altogether. But that doesn’t mean that entrepreneurs can’t come from business schools. And if you ask business school students themselves, they would tell you that the Worcester Polytechnic Institute is at the top of the list.

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Mark Marich
on April 15, 2013
Category:  Education 
MIT Most Highly Regarded University Innovation Ecosystem

Ask an expert which university has the leading university-based technology innovation ecosystem in the world and you are likely to hear them say “MIT.” A ranking of 120 universities that demonstrate a “decisive impact and significant contribution in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation” has pointed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the world leader.

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Mark Marich
on April 08, 2013
Category:  Education  Global 
How to Build a Vibrant Startup Community—Through 1 Million Cups

In what some might consider an ironic twist, technology seems to play a lesser role in building a local entrepreneurial community for startups than good old-fashioned face-time and word of mouth.

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Mark Marich
on March 25, 2013
Category:  Education 
Universities and Startup Junkies Come to Washington?

While politicians are out of town campaigning, the nation’s capital has been welcoming leaders in entrepreneurship education from America’s colleges and universities. Following a warm up from the younger “Empact” entrepreneurship education advocates, I joined a packed summit of university and community college presidents at the White House put together by the Commerce Department’s Nish Acharya, and then spoke this past Friday at Jeff Reid’s Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers conference at Georgetown University. It is increasingly clear that America’s colleges and universities have been retooling as engines of entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on October 08, 2012
Category:  Education 
Top U.S. College Programs for Entrepreneurs?

If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, which college should you attend? Well, assuming you aren’t a Peter Thiel disciple and agree that entrepreneurs should skip it altogether, it seems like Babson College is your best bet.

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Mark Marich
on September 24, 2012
Category:  Education 
An Entrepreneurial Approach to Reforming Higher Education

If the U.S. is going to put higher education back on the path to innovation and entrepreneurship, it's going to have to address a number of looming challenges--not just the skyrocketing cost of a college degree. College 2.0: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Reforming Higher Education outlines those challenges and showcases ambitious ideas for reinventing higher education, focused on making better use of technology, developing a culture of measurement and performance incentives, and creating smarter regulation.

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Mark Marich
on June 11, 2012
Category:  Education 
A New 'Front Door' for Entrepreneurship?

Through its new ‘Innovation Fund America’ project, the Kauffman Foundation is betting that community colleges throughout the country can mentor and fund new high-growth startups—driving regional economic growth.

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Mark Marich
on June 04, 2012
Category:  Education 
University R&D Spending Increases

New data from the National Science Foundation shows that the amount spent by U.S. universities on research and development reached $61.2 billion in 2010--an increase of 6.9% from the previous year.

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Mark Marich
on April 02, 2012
Category:  Education 
How Do We Strengthen US Competitiveness

In a world where seemingly every nation is scrambling to bolster innovation and entrepreneurship, how can the U.S. strengthen its competitiveness? According to a new report from the Department of Commerce, the formula is simple and based on looking at the country’s track record for promoting innovation—increased government funding for research, education and infrastructure. It argues that “failures to properly invest in, and have comprehensive strategies for” those three pillars are responsible for the shrinking gap between the US and other nations.

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Mark Marich
on January 09, 2012
Category:  Education  Global  Workforce  Physical Infrastructure  Technology Transfer 
'Learn to Earn Act' Introduced

While hundreds of US colleges, universities and high schools were celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week/USA, a new bill was introduced to Congress that encourages participation in entrepreneurship education programs. Sponsored by Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa, the 'Learn to Earn Act of 2011' seeks to create incentives for states and local school districts to implement high-quality entrepreneurship programs in communities all across the country.

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Mark Marich
on November 21, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education 
Kauffman Expands Global Scholars Program

A world-class opportunity awaits U.S. college graduates with innovative ideas for a new business. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is expanding its successful Global Scholars Program to include up to 10 recent graduates from U.S. colleges and universities who will join Scholars from around the world.

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Mark Marich
on September 26, 2011
Category:  Global  Education 
Kauffman Accepting Proposals for 2012 Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today that it will award up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship. The competitive program is open to students seeking doctoral degrees from accredited U.S. institutions of higher education.

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Mark Marich
on May 16, 2011
Category:  Education 
Grassroots Shake Up of the Entrepreneurship Education Community

This past Friday I was surrounded by entrepreneurship education leaders from all sectors the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit, a gathering held at the University of Central Florida where actors of our entrepreneurship ecosystem met alongside established entrepreneurship educators to discuss current trends and ideas to nourish the entrepreneurship mindset.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on February 21, 2011
Category:  Education 
Kauffman Labs Tabs 25 Aspiring Founders in Education Market

Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation announced the selection of its inaugural class of the Education Ventures Program, which will immerse 25 aspiring entrepreneurs in an intensive, hands-on program designed to catalyze the creation of high-growth companies in the education sector. The selected entrepreneurs will go through four months of comprehensive, individualized training and education in preparing to bring their ideas to market, including how to: validate their market; perform effective customer development; understand funding options; build a team; develop sales and presentation skills; and, plan for scale.

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Mark Marich
on January 24, 2011
Category:  Education 
Roundtables on Entrepreneurship Education Continue

Looking ahead to 2011, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) at Stanford University continues its series of Roundtables on Entrepreneurship Education (REE) for universities worldwide. The 2011 roundtables mark the tenth year for the program -- and its first appearance in the Middle East, hosted by the Higher Colleges for Technology in the United Arab Emirates.

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Mark Marich
on December 20, 2010
Category:  Education 
Grants Reward Universities for Creative Approaches to Commercialization

Three universities – Carnegie Mellon University, University of Missouri System and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – are this year’s "Kauffman Commercialization Leaders." This $100,000 grant award recognizes the universities’ creative approaches to help accelerate the process of bringing student and faculty innovations to market.

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Mark Marich
on November 01, 2010
Category:  Education  Intellectual Property 
Calling all Education Entrepreneurs for Startup Weekend in San Francisco

Startup Weekend is an organization whose mission is to be among the most valuable and influential organizations in startup ecosystems around the world through community building, innovation and education. During August 27-29, 2010 at San Francisco’s Pier 38, it will focus on entrepreneurship in education through “Startup Weekend-Education”.
The event will feature a select group of entrepreneurs, developers, marketers and designers from the Bay Area and beyond who will ...

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Mark Marich
on August 25, 2010
Category:  General  Education 
Encouraging College Grads to Pursue an Entrepreneurial Path

The dreaded student loan. The moment you graduate from college the clock starts ticking toward that first payment. Land a job, pull in a steady paycheck and the pressure subsides. But how many recent graduates have not followed their entrepreneurial passion because their student loan...

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Mark Marich
on July 26, 2010
Category:  Education 
Kauffman Labs Looks for Scalable Education Enterprises
The following press release was just issued by the Kauffman Foundation about their Kauffman Labs program and its search for potential high-growth entrepreneurs in the education space.  Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation Seeks Education Founders New Kauffman Foundation program launches search for passionate, aspiring founders of high-growth, scalable education enterprises (KANSAS... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 14, 2010
Category:  Education 
A 16 Point Gameplan for the U.S. Economy

Inc. Magazine has just released an article that serves as “a game plan to help revitalize the American economy.” The article is called Revitalizing the American Dream, and details 16 steps for how to promote entrepreneurial optimism and create jobs. Inc. underlined the importance of startups by echoing a recent...

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Mark Marich
on July 08, 2010
Category:  Education  Immigration  Tax Code  Technology Transfer 
Commerce Forums on Innovation to Continue
The U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Economic Development Administration held a forum on June 29th on the topic of innovation. The forum took place at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and featured David Kappos, the Under Secretary of... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 06, 2010
Category:  Education  Technology Transfer 
Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Young
Today, I would like to discuss the education-related recommendations outlined at the Kauffman Foundation’s State of Entrepreneurship address. We have long been aware that American education is struggling to stay competitive. We also know that the development of entrepreneurial skills, such as opportunity recognition and prudent... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on March 22, 2010
Category:  Education 
Entrepreneurship as Career Option
Various countries are launching new initiatives to boost entrepreneurship education within their traditional institutions. For example, Canada’s Federal Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) Rob Moore met with entrepreneurs and mentors last week in Toronto to discuss the state of youth entrepreneurship in Canada. Hosted by... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 19, 2010
Category:  Education  Global 
Improving the America COMPETES Act
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has released a new report: “Eight Ideas for Improving the America COMPETES Act.” Robert Atkinson, ITIF President, argues that reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act provides an opportunity to continue policies the U.S. needs to compete in the innovation-based... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 16, 2010
Category:  Education  General 
Highlights from House Science and Technology Agenda
On January 19, Rep. Bart Gordon announced the 2010 legislative agenda for the House Committee on Science and Technology. Innovation and energy and STEM education lead the priorities list.As part of its effort to maintain U.S. competitiveness through innovation, the Committee plans to work on... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 10, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Technology Transfer 
Recognizing Student Contributions to Solving World Problems
The Kauffman Foundation has awarded a grant to Olin College of Engineering to implement a nationwide award competition that will recognize students’ contributions to solving the major challenges facing the world today. The “Extraordinary Stories Student Awards” will be given to students who have completed science... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 08, 2010
Category:  Education 
Educating the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
As the nation seeks solutions to joblessness, policymakers and the media have been looking at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization that has skillfully been tapping on our youth’s inventiveness and entrepreneurial potential through entrepreneurship education. The media has been highlighting the impressive... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 08, 2010
Category:  Education 
Tapping your Entrepreneurial IQ
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) have launched a new online program to identify the entrepreneurial mindset. “Mindset: Tapping your entrepreneurial IQ” provides an inside look at the underlying beliefs that drive behavior that enables entrepreneurs to succeed. Are entrepreneurs... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 28, 2010
Category:  Education  General 
Real Support for Entrepreneurs: What Are We Waiting For?
So we know that entrepreneurs are the primary engines of job creation in the United States. Research study after research study has confirmed that it is young firms that drive improvements in the employment situation. From 1980–2005, firms less than five years old accounted for all... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on January 25, 2010
Category:  Education  General  Immigration  Red Tape  Tax Code  Technology Transfer 
Top 50 College Entrepreneurship Programs for 2009
Colleges and universities are increasingly devoting energy and resources to building attractive entrepreneurship programs. Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review developed a rank of the top 25 undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs in the United States.The top 3 undergraduate programs ranked are:#1 Babson College's Arthur... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 20, 2010
Category:  Education 
Innovate to Educate
President Obama recently announced that the U.S. government is committed to restoring the nation's leadership in educating children in math and science, and launched a new “Educate to Innovate” campaign. The campaign will bring together teachers, parents, businesses and the media to promote math and... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on December 13, 2009
Category:  Education 
Rising Interest in Entrepreneurship Career Choice
A new Kauffman Foundation study revealed that interest in entrepreneurship among first-year college students has risen over time. Trends in Business Interest Among U.S. College Students bases its findings on data available through the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, which for 40 years has conducted the... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 18, 2009
Category:  Education  General 
Universities: Incubators of Entrepreneurial Talent
Not too long ago, entrepreneurship education was part of the curriculum of few university programs across the country. In 2003, the Kauffman Campuses initiative started to help seed cross-campus entrepreneurship programs at dozens of American universities, thereby allowing more young people to explore their entrepreneurial... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on October 26, 2009
Category:  Education 
Entrepreneurship Guidance in the Career Center
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has recognized an important player in entrepreneurship education. It has awarded a grant to The Launch Pad, the entrepreneurship resource component of the Toppel Career Center at the University of Miami that helps students explore and launch new firms while... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 06, 2009
Category:  Education  General 
How to Train Future Innovative Entrepreneurs
Universities and colleges have increasingly established entrepreneurship education programs in the past few decades. In an effort to more fully understand the outcomes of this education, the SBA’s Office of Advocacy released an initial analysis of the impact of entrepreneurship programs.The report, “Toward Effective Education... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 25, 2009
Category:  Education  General 
An Emerging National Innovation Strategy
While President Obama has said a lot of the right things about innovation and entrepreneurship, a number have pointed to a disconnect between those words and the actions and policies emerging from the Administration. Earlier today, the president again addressed the topic from Hudson Valley... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 21, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
The Building Blocks of Innovation
PDE staff attended today a briefing on education and immigration hosted by the Council for American Medical Innovation. Our report of the event follows:At a Capitol Hill briefing titled "Education & Immigration: Building Blocks of Innovation," the Council for American Medical Innovation President Debra Lappin... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 10, 2009
Category:  Education  Immigration 
Entrepreneurs As a Solution to Policy Challenges
In the past few months, we have highlighted through articles and factsheets how public policy can make the path easier for entrepreneurship and innovation. With the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, we hope to emphasize not only how policies can foster entrepreneurs, but also how entrepreneurship can directly be part of... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 07, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  General  Global  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Liability Litigation  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Tax Code  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Chicago: A Systems Approach to K-12 STEM Education
On Thursday, June 30, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Research and Science Education Subcommittee held a hearing to examine how the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in an urban K-12 system can work together to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education 
The Entrepreneurial University: An Institutional Innovation
Through our work on entrepreneurship, we have the benefit of working closely with a number of great institutions of higher education. This week, I share some insights into how several universities have stepped forward in the transition to a more entrepreneurial economy.Here is the lead:Universities,... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on May 26, 2009
Category:  Education 
Economic Stimulus and Small Business
What do the new economic stimulus measures mean for America’s small business owners? A new e-book from MyVenturePad.com takes a closer look.The report provides three perspectives on what the changing world of Washington may mean for small business owners. With billions of dollars in new... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Health Care  Tax Code  Workforce 
Improving Collaboration and Efficiency in Science Programs
Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology approved three bipartisan bills which share the common themes of strengthening inter-agency coordination processes andmaking government smarter. There was no major disagreement in today’s full committee markup; the bill with all proposed amendments was moved to the... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 29, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Workforce 
World Economic Forum Calls for Entrepreneurship Education
The World Economic Forum has issued a call to action—to globally catalyze entrepreneurship through education--in a new report “Educating the Next Wave of Entrepreneurs.” The report analyzes entrepreneurship education practices around the world, focusing on everything from youth, to higher education and social inclusion. This... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 27, 2009
Category:  Education  Global 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 -- Committee HearingHouse Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment"Pushing the Efficiency Envelope: R&D for High-Performance Buildings, Industries and Consumers"Time -- 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. Location -- 2318 Rayburn House Office Building[more info] Wednesday, April 29, 2009 --... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Global  Technology Transfer 
Entrepreneurship in Education
Last week, I argued in favor more high-skilled immigration to bringadditional entrepreneurial talent into the country for the near future.Today, I want to focus on an urgent policy issue that needs to beaddressed to produce results over the long-run. Improvements ineducation are essential to equipping... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on April 06, 2009
Category:  Education 
The Power of Entrepreneurial Development Systems
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... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 22, 2009
Category:  Education  General 
Innovation in the States: Arizona
In 2006, a host of Arizona-based business groups helped create the Science Foundation Arizona (SFAZ), as a statewide effort to diversify Arizona's economy by promoting science and technology. What seemed like a good idea in 2006 has become a harder sell in the face of... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 09, 2009
Category:  Education  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
A “Competency Model” for Entrepreneurship?
If you think entrepreneurship is as much an art as a science, you might have some second thoughts about a “competency model” for entrepreneurship. But, the model does offer a useful way to understand the various skills that entrepreneurs need to succeed. Developed by the... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 16, 2009
Category:  Education 

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