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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

No hearings are scheduled for the House of Representatives as it is in recess for the Summer District Work Period until September 10. Meanwhile, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee will consider legislation calling on the SBA to increase entrepreneurial training and counseling for veterans.

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Mark Marich
on August 03, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Tracking Early Stage Investors

Access to funding is often mentioned in meetings about how to enable high impact entrepreneurship. We are always reminded that bank lending to small businesses remains tight. Even loans subsidized by the Small Business Administration have dropped off in recent months. Venture capital was prominent historically for its role in financially catalyzing high-growth companies, but has over the years become less significant in spurring entrepreneurship. So what are angel investors up to this summer?

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 03, 2010
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (July 26-Aug 1)

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

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Mark Marich
on August 02, 2010
Category:  General 
Dodd-Frank Signed Into Law

Last week President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. Concerns that the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will result in a flood of federal mandates detrimental to startups and small businesses were alleviated slightly by a handful of protections.

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Mark Marich
on August 02, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Red Tape 
University Research and Untapped Potential

A report from Science Progress this summer spotlights the untapped potential of university research and presents “a model for cultivating new technologies and innovation ecosystems.” Though the government spends about $50 billion on university research, little is spent on maximizing the commercial potential of this research. The IMPACT (Innovation Model Program...

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Mark Marich
on July 27, 2010
Category:  Technology Transfer 
LeBrontrepreneurship

One of the big stories in sports this summer was “The Decision” by NBA superstar LeBron James to exercise his rights as a free agent and leave his current team for a better deal with another franchise. The media circus around this non-event spurred a...

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Cameron Cushman
on July 27, 2010
Category:  Digesting DC 
Encouraging College Grads to Pursue an Entrepreneurial Path

The dreaded student loan. The moment you graduate from college the clock starts ticking toward that first payment. Land a job, pull in a steady paycheck and the pressure subsides. But how many recent graduates have not followed their entrepreneurial passion because their student loan...

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Mark Marich
on July 26, 2010
Category:  Education 
Combing the World for Cleantech Entrepreneurs

This year has brought a lot of productive give-and-take of ideas on clean energy innovation by people around the world who saw opportunity rather than doom in the combination of environmental and financial challenges. Last May, for example, I joined over 140 participants from all...

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 25, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (July 19-25)

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: Financial Reform Legislation Gives Angel Investors a Break (from Small Business Trends) Venture-Capital...

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Mark Marich
on July 25, 2010
Conference Highlights Upcoming Focus on Cleantech

The National Cleantech Open Conference took place in San Jose last week, headlined by the Under Secretary of Energy, Dr. Kristina Johnson. Dr. Johnson spoke of the importance of innovation within the cleantech industry and announced a Department of Energy grant of $122 million over five years to...

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Mark Marich
on July 23, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 

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