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Tidings of Joy: An Optimistic Note for the Holidays
The spiritof entrepreneurship was alive and well at a recent gathering of more than 400 Georgetownstudents interested in globalization and entrepreneurship. When asked why theycame, it is not surprising that most aspired in some way to make a differenceas a “social innovator.”  What was moreof... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on December 21, 2009
Category:  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: No Hearings
As Congress prepares for the holiday, no relevant hearings or meetings have been scheduled. [More]
Mark Marich
on December 21, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Legislation to Develop Science Parks Advances
Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee unanimously passed the Building a Stronger America Act which promises to spur innovation and economicdevelopment through the development of science parks.  The Act allows the Secretary of Commerce to guarantee up to 80 percent of loans... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 21, 2009
Category:  Technology Transfer 
OECD Scoreboard Focuses on Innovation
The complete OECD Science, Technology andIndustry Scoreboard 2009 is now availablefree online. Scoreboard’s more than 200 internationally comparable qualityindicators provide data and analysis about trends shaping science andinnovation, and answer important policy questions such as: What impact has thecrisis had on innovation and spending on... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 20, 2009
Category:  Global  Intellectual Property  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Ten Breakthrough Ideas for 2010
Creating an open, competitive licensingsystem for university innovators (scroll to the bottom of the page for the headline, then click on to the next page for the description) is one of HarvardBusiness Review’s “Ten Breakthrough Ideas for 2010.” This solution -- A Faster Path from... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 19, 2009
Category:  Technology Transfer 
2009 Hot Research Topics: Entrepreneurship, Jobs and Recovery
The nation's largest funder of entrepreneurial research, theEwing Marion Kauffman Foundation, announced that the most popular research in 2009 explored pastrecession trends and entrepreneurs' roles in economic recoveries.The Kauffman Foundation has compiled throughout the year itsmost in-demand research, which was mentioned in news stories generating... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 18, 2009
Category:  General 
U.S. Gives Green Light to Green Tech Patents
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced last week that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has put in place a new pilot program that will fast-track the review of green technology patents. To be eligible for the expedited review, the patents must materially contribute... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 17, 2009
Category:  Energy  General 
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: What Drives Them
Robert Litan, Vice President for Research at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a Senior Fellow of Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution explains why entrepreneurship is so important and how it can be promoted in an article for Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) titled... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 14, 2009
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Thursday December 17, 2009 Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Committee HearingMark Up of "The Small Business Export Enhancement and International Trade Act of 2009" and "The Small Business Job Creation and Access to Capital Act of 2009"12:00 pmRussell Senate Office Building, Room 485 [more... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Bailout Funds for Small Businesses
In a speech at the Brookings Institution last Tuesday, President Obama proposed creating incentives for small businesses to hire more workers as part of recent efforts to boost job creation. "There is only so much government can do," Obama said. "Job creation will ultimately depend... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 

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