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A Bright Future for Entrepreneurs in China

The China we knew as the enormous economy largely fueled by cheap labor and inexpensive manufacturing has changed. Though happening slowly compared to its potential, China is becoming one of the most innovative economies on the planet and the birthplace of entrepreneurs like Robin Li, CEO of Baidu, who are entrepreneurial rock stars at home and around the world. Entrepreneurial capitalism seems to be taking hold in China. How is entrepreneurship overcoming the roadblocks of a planned economy?

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on October 18, 2010
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Oct. 12-18)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Tech Startups Aren’t Relying on Venture Capital (The Gazette)...

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 18, 2010
Category:  General 
Action Plan for New Age of Health Care

Last week I participated in an interesting gathering in Washington, DC of top medical and policy experts who issued a new health care manifesto that might be of interest to entrepreneurs in the space. Hosted by the Council for American Medical Innovation, FasterCures and the Kauffman Foundation, the 2010 Translational Medicine Alliance Forum (TMAF) brought together leaders from academia, government agencies, and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and venture industries to discuss models to enable and accelerate the progress of translational medicine.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on October 18, 2010
Category:  Health Care 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Oct. 18)

Both houses of Congress are home campaigning for the upcoming elections.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 18, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
New World Bank Data on New Business Creation

While the global financial crisis impacted almost all new entrepreneurs, it began in developed countries and hit their entrepreneurs harder. As a result, in richer countries, new business creation dropped sharply amid the crisis. In contrast, new business registrations in many low-income countries didn't change much. These are the findings in The 2010 World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Snapshots, which presents data collected about newly registered companies in 112 countries and was released recently.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on October 14, 2010
Category:  Growth & Poverty  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Oct. 05-11)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: 20 US Cities That Have Totally Missed the Economic Recovery (Business Insider)...

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 11, 2010
Category:  General 
Message to the Incoming Class: It’s All About the Startups

The past few months have brought a new series of reports dissecting the job creation phenomenon by new firms, timely at a time when so much of the economic discussion lately in the U.S. has focused on strategies to recover the roughly 8 million jobs lost during this past recession. We already knew that research has firmly established that new firms—those no more than five years old—over the past three decades have been responsible for virtually all of the net new jobs created in the U.S. economy (see 2009 reports “Jobs Created from Business Startups in the United States,” and “Where Will The Jobs Come From?”).  As the nation debates this leading up to the mid-term elections in the United States, let’s further examine U.S. job growth and its relationship to startup companies.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on October 11, 2010
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
Stabilizing State and Municipal Finances

Shortfalls in state and local budgets affect entrepreneurs. As Robert Litan, vice president for research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation explained that "these budgets directly impact businesses and entrepreneurs. They can't plan for the future without knowing what their tax liabilities will be and what services will still be around for them and their employees." To address these concerns the Milken Institute and the Kauffman Foundation led a study of current state and municipal budget challenges, which includes an analysis of back-to-basics solutions.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 11, 2010
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
The EU: The "Innovation Union"

Last week, the European Commission proposed an innovation strategy that aims to improve conditions and access to finance for research and innovation in Europe, and to remove bottlenecks which stop ideas reaching the market. The “Innovation Union” is a key element of the Europe 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 11, 2010
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Oct. 11)

Both houses of Congress are home campaigning for the upcoming elections.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 11, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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