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Silk Way Renaissance in Kazakhstan

Since its independence in 1991, Kazakhstan has moved decisively to be among the top 50 economies in terms of the ease of doing business and overall economic freedom. On May 23, I joined President Nursultan Nazarbayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak of Malaysia and Muhammad Yunus, professor of economics, founder of the Grameen Bank and laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 in Astana for a discussion about future prospects in Kazakhstan for entrepreneurs. 

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Jonathan Ortmans
on June 02, 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 Richard Branson's rising interest in crowdfunding, government supported venture funds, Germany's success with innovation and growth, mapping Canada's angel groups and questions entrepreneurs should ask themselves before joining an accelerator. 

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Mark Marich
on June 02, 2014
Category:  General 
Dominican Republic Joins Regional Push for Healthier Startup Ecosystems
My visit to Colombia last week taught me that Brazil and Chile are no longer the sole players in the region intent upon building an entrepreneurial economy. With Latin American startup ecosystem leaders gathering this week around a workshop for ecosystem professionals in Latin America, we take a look at the host of the conference – the Dominican Republic. [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on May 19, 2014
Category:  Global 
Dell Names Its First 'Founders Club 50'

The 'world's largest startup' is shining a spotlight on and providing support to a group of promising American startups that have technology as a critical backbone. Last week, the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs announced its first-ever Founders Club 50. The class includes companies from 17 U.S. states that are on the verge of significant growth, collectively receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, while making an impact across various industries, including analytics, healthcare, enterprise solutions, entertainment, IT and mobile computing.

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Mark Marich
on May 19, 2014
Category:  General 
Rwanda's Entrepreneurs Get $76M Boost
Last spring, PDE profiled Rwanda and its "rush to recovery" thanks in part to smart policies and engagement from the public sector that helped the country's entrepreneurs start and scale new firms. President Paul Kagame has been widely credited for putting entrepreprenuership at the center of national economic policy for the past decade -- and now the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is lending Rwanda $76 million to support the government's policy reforms aimed at promoting inclusive growth and accelerating poverty reduction. [More]
Mark Marich
on May 19, 2014
Category:  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

While things on the Senate side of Capitol Hill look fairly quiet for the coming days, members of the House return from a constituent work week and have several hearings of interest scheduled.

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Mark Marich
on May 19, 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 a discussion between women at the forefront of the crowdfunding movement, thoughts on scaling vs. starting a new business, venture dollars moving away from startups, breakthrough technologies and the state of big data.

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Mark Marich
on May 19, 2014
Category:  General 
Administration Proposes Rules to Appeal to High Skilled Immigrants

With immigration reform proposals languishing in Congress, the Obama administration announced a new set of proposed rules to allow the spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the United States. Under the proposed rules, H-1B visa holders -- highly skilled temporary immigrants working in advanced or technical "specialty" occupations -- must be in the pipeline for permanent-resident green cards in order for their spouses to qualify. However, the rules are only a small step toward what is needed to compete against countries with more open immigration policies -- like Chile, Canada, Italy and Australia -- that are actively marketing themselves to nascent entrepreneurs.

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Mark Marich
on May 12, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

It promises to be a very quiet week on Capitol Hill. Members of the House are back in their home districts for a constituent work week and will return next Monday. Meanwhile, members of the Senate are in town but there isn't much on the radar in terms of relevant committee hearings.

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Mark Marich
on May 12, 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 a handful of countries that are blazing tech trails, Y Combinators status in the accelerator space, a new bill on crowdfunding, Baltimore's innovation ecosystem and why nonprofits are acting like startups.

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Mark Marich
on May 12, 2014
Category:  General 

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