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Young Entrepreneurs Rebranding Africa

President Obama's summit last week with African leaders in Washington, D.C., when not distracted by the Ebola outbreak, focused as expected on investment opportunities for American businesses in the energy sector. And yet, it was clear the nature of our interface is changing forever on the continent where a new generation of African job creators and their startups are the driving phenomenon in Africa’s growth trajectory.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 11, 2014
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including a new state funding program for high-tech entrepreneurs, teaching the value of intellectual property, the graying of American companies, tech giants driving venture capital and the elusiveness of patent trolls.

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Mark Marich
on August 11, 2014
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are back in their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 11, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
California Students Embrace Entrepreneur Label

Part of the challenge in promoting an entrepreneurial culture on campuses throughout the U.S. and around the world is getting students from all disciplines to embrace the title and role of entrepreneur. According to a new ranking by Forbes, that isn’t a problem in California.

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Mark Marich
on August 04, 2014
Category:  Education 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress have left Washington to travel back to their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 04, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Macedonia Places Its Bet on Entrepreneurship Education

My blog post last Monday on disrupting entrepreneurship education prompted several people to reach out to me with comments about progress being made in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – somewhere I had not previously viewed as bastion of entrepreneurship. As part of our ongoing discussions about the region leading up to the GEC2 in nearby Croatia, I decided to dig further into what Macedonia is trying to test for the Balkan region.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 04, 2014
Category:  Global  Education 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the next tech bubble, challenges for women seeking venture capital, the economic development trend toward innovation ecosystems, science and technology dividends for Oklahoma and the trouble between SBIC and VC.

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Mark Marich
on August 04, 2014
Category:  General 
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 
Committee Calls for More Data, Support Targeted to Female Entrepreneurs

While female entrepreneurs continue to increase their contributions to the U.S. economy, a new report suggests that Congress can and should do more to help them start and scale new firms. 21st Century Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship, a report released last week by the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, identified three primary challenges: fair access to capital, fair access to federal contracts and business training and counseling specific to female entrepreneurs.

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Mark Marich
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are scheduled to leave Washington for the start of their five-week recess at the end of this week. With a general election looming later this year, you can expect plenty of posturing in the next several days to accompany a collection of committee hearings. According to The Hill, House Democrats will be clamoring to postpone the recess while Politico says House Republicans are pushing for a solution to the immediate immigration crisis.  As a backdrop to the political wrangling, the following topics will be covered by hearings: the America Invents Act, nanotechnology and innovation, tax reform, immigration and more. 

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Mark Marich
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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