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U.S. Entrepreneurial Activity Drops for Second Straight Year

'Necessity entrepreneurship' isn't a phenomenon that occurs only in emerging economies and countries reeling from natural disasters like the Philippines -- it happens here in the U.S. as well. And as the overall health of the economy improves, the number of individuals engaged in entrepreneurial activity as a way to 'make ends meet' continues to drop. This shift away from being self-employed contributed to a drop in business creation rates for a second straight year.

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Mark Marich
on April 21, 2014
Category:  General 
Necessity Entrepreneurs Not Enough for Philippines

Entrepreneurship evangelists often see their work in some parts of the world as a war on poverty. This week, President Barack Obama will visit Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III as part of his Asian tour. While the Philippines is the second-best performing economy in Asia, growing at an average of 6 percent since 2012, poverty incidence affects more than 20 percent of its population. For President Aquino, now is the time to look beyond necessity-driven entrepreneurship and address his country’s challenges in helping high-growth firms start and scale.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 21, 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 the rise of hackathons, entrepreneurship on campus, the inherent inequality of the digital economy and  Silicon Valley's dominant startup environment and why one well-known entrepreneur and investor avoids it. 

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Mark Marich
on April 21, 2014
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress remain back in their home states as the second week of the Spring recess begins. They are scheduled to return to Washington on Monday, April 28. 

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Mark Marich
on April 21, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Quick Guide to Smart Entrepreneurship Policymaking

The latest Entrepreneurship Policy Digest from Kauffman, The Dos and Don'ts of Local Entrepreneurship Promotion, now offers certain principles of a new, evidence-based, entrepreneur-centred approach visible at the state and local level to put entrepreneurs at the center.

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Mark Marich
on April 14, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Greeks and Italians Denounce Government Barriers

Although recovery is slowly spreading from Germany to other EU member countries, and all but two EU countries (Cyprus and Slovenia), are expected to avoid recession in 2014, economic growth estimates are weak. Jobless rate for the entire region are expected to remain near a record 12%.

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Mark Marich
on April 14, 2014
Category:  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With Passover upon us and Easter just around the corner, members of the U.S. House and Senate are in recess for the next two weeks -- just don't call it a Spring Break. Congress is scheduled to resume on Monday, April 28. 

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Mark Marich
on April 14, 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 the next big wave of innovation, the perpetual race for higher broadband speeds, the coming robot revolution, entrepreneurial thinking in hospitals and San Francisco's 'me too' problem. 

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Mark Marich
on April 14, 2014
Category:  General 
Rwanda's Reset

Media attention was on Rwanda last week as the country commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. While the tragedy of human loss amounting to 800,000 people in just 100 days will never be forgotten, entrepreneurs are offering hope for a better future. 

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 14, 2014
Category:  Global 
Administration Goes 'All In' on Global Entrepreneurship

Following up on President Obama's promise at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit last fall, the administration today convened the first-ever meeting of its Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). The group features accomplished entrepreneurs such as Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, Rich Barton, co-founder of Zillow, Tory Burch, fashion entrepreneur / brand, and Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution.

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Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global 

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