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US 'Nowhere Near' Top in University Research Funding
Despite an abundance of world class research institutions like MIT and Stanford, the United States lags far behind many other nations in terms of funding university research. In a recent study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the U.S. finished 24th out of 39 countries in government funding and 27th in terms of business funding. 
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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  Technology Transfer 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

One week after members of the House returned, the Senate reconvenes from its Thanksgiving recess. There are a few hearings on the Senate side to keep an eye on—including a look at advanced manufacturing, the digital trade agenda and domestic energy production by small businesses. Manufacturing innovation also gets a look on the House side from the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Other topics covered are the state of online gaming and small business contracting. 


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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Decisive Action for Startups in Mexico

Early in his Administration, President Enrique Peña Nieto embarked on a serious mission to fuel entrepreneurial growth by challenging Mexico to better tap into its people’s creativity and boost productivity. On January 11, 2013—less than two months after he took office—he signed a decree that created the National Institute for Entrepreneurs (INADEM). Few governments have institutionalized their commitment to building an entrepreneurship ecosystem as highly as Mexico, which now has a decentralized administrative office of the Secretariat of Economy dedicated to entrepreneurs.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on December 09, 2013
Category:  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  General 
Manufacturing and Innovation - Review of Making in America

We discuss manufacturing, innovation, and Making in America: From Innovation to Market by Suzanne Berger.

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Posted by: Christopher Laubenthal
on December 05, 2013
Category:  Growthology 
A New Mood in Moscow As It Readies for March
I ended Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 last week in Moscow just in time to see a GEW-themed bus driving around different universities, schools and gatherings while testing young peoples’ entrepreneurial skills and engaging them in the world of founding businesses. Skeptics in the international community might want to take a closer look at what cities can do – even in environments where there are persistent national barriers to new firm formation.
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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on December 02, 2013
Category:  Global 
Senate Explores Measures to Modernize the Tax Code
December is here already, but some policymakers in the U.S. are not ready to end the year with entrepreneurship-enabling legislation on the back burner. Taking an “across-all-industries” approach, the Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act introduced last month in the Senate aims to stimulate investment in research-intensive startups.
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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on December 02, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Bitcoin Building Momentum in Silicon Valley and on Capitol Hill

Still perceived by many to be the choice of currency for shady black market dealings, Bitcoin is starting to gain legitimacy as a valid form of digital currency. A disruptive innovation that has led to a number of startups and even its own Silicon Valley accelerator, Bitcoin has already succeeded in challenging the long-held notion that governments control the supply of money. And now it has a Foundation making the rounds on Capitol Hill.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of the Senate are still on Thanksgiving recess but the House is back in action. The House Rules Committee will work on a couple pieces of legislation this week before they hit the House floor. The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) takes aim at patent trolls through a number of reforms including increased transparency and ‘fee shifting’ so the loser pays attorney fees in a patent case. The Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105) would effectively exempt private equity firms from registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other topics covered by committee hearings include: the bankruptcy code, small business lending, regulatory burdens on small financial institutions, the impacts of the health care law on small employers and government regulation in a changing energy landscape.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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