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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

A couple of pieces of legislation on regulation and taxes get a closer look this week in the House while competition in the wireless market and the semi-annual monetary policy report highlight activity in the Senate. Other topics covered by hearings this week include: equity market structure, health insurance, access to energy, veteran employment, infrastructure improvements and more.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 24, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on a new accelerator from Mastercard and Silicon Valley Bank, the digitization of American health care, the amazing abilities of 3D printers, crowdfunding in biotech and Daymond John's impact on entrepreneurship among minorities.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 24, 2014
Category:  General 
Brazilian Minster Says Starting Up Will Get Easier

Called “Rede Sim” (Yes Network), Brazil is implementing an integrated system to fulfill regulations to open a business. The system will be operating starting June 2014, announced Minister for Micro and Small Enterprises Guilherme Afif Domingos.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 24, 2014
Category:  Global 
State of Entrepreneurship 2014

For the past four years, the Kauffman Foundation has held a State of Entrepreneurship Address to examine issues critical to the growth of new and young firms. This week, Kauffman President and CEO Tom McDonnell will present the state of entrepreneurship in America and kick off the Foundation's "America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda," which will highlight recommendations for more prosperity. The fifth annual address is streaming live from the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, February 12, starting at 12 noon EST.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 10, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Can Our Governors Rescue Immigration Reform?

It has now been more than a year since the United States Congress restarted efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Despite expected resistance from conservatives, the effort looked promising initially, with strong support from business, labor and President Obama. It was disappointing news for many when John Boehner, Speaker of the House of U.S. Representatives, conceded last week in a news conference that it is going to be politically difficult to move the overhaul forward this year.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on February 10, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Immigration 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on the role of universities in new business starts, entrepreneurial ecosystems enhancing economic diversification, knowing when to accept venture capital and growing confidence from venture capitalists.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 10, 2014
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Tuesday is a busy day for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. First, the committee will examine the challenges and advantages of an increasing number of seniors engaging in entrepreneurial activity. It will also conduct a nomination hearing for Maria Contreras-Sweet, President Obama’s pick to head the Small Business Administration. Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on the Budget will be reviewing the Congressional Budget Office’s latest report — The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014-2024.  Other topics covered by hearings this week include: the rapid growth of wireless technology and the Internet of Things, regulatory burdens, open science and innovation at the EPA, monetary policy and the minimum wage.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 10, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
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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Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 03, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Below, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week on President Obama's State of the Union speech, the arrogance of Silicon Valley, Palestinian accelerator graduates, crowdsourcing and the shrinking need for tech transfer offices.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 03, 2014
Category:  General 
Starting Up Africa

While startup cities are just emerging, there are smart and sophisticated steps being taken to develop healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems across the African continent. I take a look at one such collaboration, LIONS@FRICA, that promises to set a new example of how the willing can better help in Africa.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on February 03, 2014
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 

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