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February

The Role of the University in an Entrepreneurial Economy
This week's essay is a lead in to our first Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship briefing on Capitol Hill featuring a new report by Ed Roberts, founder and chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. Lesa Mitchell of the Kauffman Foundation and Robert Atkinson of the Information... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on February 16, 2009
Category:  Technology Transfer 
Energy Discovery-Innovation Institutes
The quest for clean and green energy is generating a lot of interesting ideas and policy proposals. The latest comes from a group of researchers affiliated with the Brookings Institution that recommend the creation of a nationwide series of Energy-Discovery Innovation Institutes. The institutes would... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 16, 2009
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
Patterns of Recovery from the Recession
What do past recessions--and subsequent recoveries--tell us about how companies will recover from the current economic downturn? A new McKinsey Quarterly article sifts the historical evidence. Researchers examined the past four recessions, and found that, contrary to popular belief, the current recession is not... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 16, 2009
Category:  General 
Do Business Plans Matter?
Given all the attention paid to business plans as precursor to business start-ups, you would think that there would be strong evidence that such plans lead to better business outcomes. Somewhat surprisingly, the linkages aren’t quite so clear.New research sponsored by the US Small Business... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 16, 2009
Category:  General 
A “Competency Model” for Entrepreneurship?
If you think entrepreneurship is as much an art as a science, you might have some second thoughts about a “competency model” for entrepreneurship. But, the model does offer a useful way to understand the various skills that entrepreneurs need to succeed. Developed by the... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 16, 2009
Category:  Education 
Big Ideas from "Green" Entrepreneurs?
The World Bank is looking for a few bright ideas from the next generation of "green" entrepreneurs. It is sponsoring an international essay contest for 18-25 year olds to share ideas for youth-led solutions to challenges posed by climate change. The challenge casts a... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 11, 2009
Category:  Global 
Tax Employment?
There are a number of steps that must be taken to contain unemployment and revive a slowing economy. This week's essay suggests a good place to start might be payroll tax cuts. Here is the lead: Employment in the U.S. has been in a free fall.... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on February 09, 2009
Category:  Tax Code 
Women-Owned Firms Underperforming
Last week, we highlighted an effort to promote entrepreneurship among women. According to new research from the Kauffman Foundation, women owned 6.5 million privately-held firms that generated $940 billion in sales and employed 7.1 million people in 2002. And they also underperformed relative to male-owned firms... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 09, 2009
Category:  General 
Reigniting the Innovation Economy: Where Do Universities Fit In?
As Washington debates a final agreement on the economic stimulus, we know that America’s colleges and universities are going to play an important role in revitalizing and strengthening the innovation economy. But, how can we be sure that new public investments have the greatest impacts... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 09, 2009
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the States
As economic challenges pile up, states are facing tough times. While slashing budgets and cutting services, Governors and other state leaders also recognize that the path to prosperity will depend on how their states succeed in supporting the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship of local businesses... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 09, 2009
Category:  General 

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