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From the Entrepreneurs' Garage to the Dinner Table

Entrepreneurs around the world are driving a new agricultural revolution to address the world’s dual food security and environmental challenges through sustainable agriculture technology, or “AgTech”. We need many more of them.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on June 30, 2014
Category:  Global 
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 an idea to leverage student research in American universities, a not-as-crazy-as-it-sounds idea to divide California into six states, the burgeoning startup scene in Phoenix, tech transfer in Ireland and the 'weird' world of venture capital.

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Mark Marich
on June 30, 2014
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Washington is quiet this week as both houses of Congress are in recess to observe the Fourth of July holiday. The House and Senate will both resume next week but there will be only a few weeks left on the calendar before they break for the entire month of August.

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Mark Marich
on June 30, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Massachusetts Tops List of 'New Economy' States
Since 1999, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has ranked U.S. states on their ability to adapt to steady economic evolution. The term 'new economy' may not carry as much meaning as it did when the State New Economy Index was created, but the list uses 25 indicators divided into five categories -- knowledge jobs, globalization, economic dynamism, digital economy and innovation capacity. As it has in each of the previous five editions of the Index (1999, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012), Massachusetts claims the top spot. [More]
Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Is India the Most Entrepreneurial Country?
A new report takes a look at entrepreneurial activity, attitudes and experiences in 33 countries -- ranging from economic powerhouses to emerging economies -- and points to India as the most entrepreneurial. Perhaps somewhat counterintuitively, the Global Entrepreneurial Report from the Oracle Capital Group points to a collection of developing nations as the most entrepreneurial. In fact, the U.S. is the "only large developed economy to appear in the top ten." [More]
Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Category:  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Trade policy and its impact on innovation in the U.S. gets a look on both sides of Capitol Hill this week. The House Judiciary Committee examines trade secret protection while the Senate Finance Committee explores trade rules to "level the playing field for U.S. companies and workers." Immigration is the topic in a couple committee hearings but they are focused on the problem of unaccompanied minors crossing the border rather than on anything related to high-skilled entrepreneurs -- which gives you a pretty good idea of where the immigration debate stands. Other topics covered by hearings include: digital health care, data mining and privacy, music licensing in a digital world, small energy businesses and more.

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Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
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 factors that make it easier to launch a startup today than ever before, the economic impact of accelerators to the state of Michigan, the UK public's attitudes toward innovation, bitcoin investing and a rash of new languages for web developers.

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Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Category:  General 
What’s Ahead for China’s Entrepreneurs?
When China implemented its first economic reforms in 1978, the government accounted for more than 90 percent of GDP. By 2005, public sector contributions to GDP represented less than 50 percent. Does this mean entrepreneurs are thriving? [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on June 23, 2014
Category:  Global 
Entrepreneurs De-Escalate Tensions with Iran

While no direct discussions have occurred yet between Washington and Tehran on coordinating efforts to stabilize matters in Iraq, the United States and Iran clearly have shared interests in weakening the al Qaeda-linked militia that continues to take control of much of western Iraq.  I recently met with  Mohsen Malayeri, cofounder of the Iran Entrepreneurship Association and CEO of Khavarzamin, who is the driving force behind building stronger entrepreneurship communities in Iran to learn more about our new relationship with Iran fueled by entrepreneurs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on June 16, 2014
Category:  Global 
Survey Suggests Streamlining Regulations Over Cutting Taxes

For each of the past three years, small business owners throughout the United States have been surveyed to assess how 'friendly' their states are toward entrepreneurs and small firms. And each of those three years, Utah, Idaho and Texas have appeared in the top five. Those three states were joined by Virginia and Louisiana in receiving A+ ratings in the latest Small Business Friendliness Survey from Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In contrast, small business owners have placed California and Rhode Island in the bottom five each year. Those two states and Illinois were the only ones to receive an "F" this year.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  General 

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