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2011

Erdogan's Play

During the “Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship” hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, in April 2010, it became clear that the seeds of entrepreneurship as an economic development policy and diplomatic tool had been planted. Today, I send in a quick report from the Second Global Summit on Entrepreneurship in Istanbul which has brought together approximately 1200 successful entrepreneurs and leaders from Turkey and across the world for idea sharing under the general theme of “Entrepreneurship, Values and Development: A Global Agenda”. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted the event and US Vice President Joe Biden spoke yesterday.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on December 05, 2011
NIH Looks to Streamline Commercialization

The National Institutes of Health is launching a new web portal aimed at streamlining the federal government’s technology transfer process. If successful, the site could reduce response time for unpatented materials from six months to a few days.

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Mark Marich
on December 05, 2011
Community Development Through Small Business Financing

Every other year, community development professionals gather to review best practices and network at the National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference. Unlike previous efforts though, the 2012 conference focuses squarely on new and small businesses and the role they can play in community and economic development.

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Mark Marich
on December 05, 2011
VC Money: If You Don't Need It, Don't Take It

Recently, the Kauffman Foundation has been releasing a series of ‘sketchbook’ videos to “demystify the phenomenon of entrepreneurship and bring to light messages about the important role entrepreneurs play in innovation, job creation, and economic growth.” The latest in the series features Paul Kedrosky, a senior fellow at the Foundation as well as an investor and entrepreneur himself.

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Mark Marich
on December 05, 2011
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Several hearings are on tap for this week, including a pair in the House Judiciary Committee dealing with immigration and intellectual property concerns.

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Mark Marich
on December 05, 2011
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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Mark Marich
on December 05, 2011
Sargeant Confirmed as Chief Counsel for SBA Advocacy

After serving as the Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration for more than a year, Winslow Sargeant was finally confirmed by the Senate on Friday, November 18. Tom Sullivan, who served as Chief Counsel for Advocacy from 2002- 2008, applauds the confirmation in a recent blog post (reposted with permission):

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Mark Marich
on November 28, 2011
Restoring US Competitiveness

Earlier this year, the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) published a report on restoring U.S. competitiveness which outlined several strategies to boost innovation and entrepreneurship. The strategies, including a simplified version of Sarbanes-Oxley for small firms, a permanent R&D tax credit, and a ‘free agency’ model for technology transfer, are at the heart of a series of forums held by CPPI to explore policies that would encourage new firm formation and growth.

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Mark Marich
on November 28, 2011
Kauffman Foundation to Award Junior Faculty Fellowship Grants

The Kauffman Foundation today released a formal call for nominations and will again award up to seven Junior Faculty Fellowship grants to faculty members in the United States whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship.

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Mark Marich
on November 28, 2011
Canada on the Rise

According to a recent index released by Forbes, many policy changes have made Canada the best country for business. The index evaluates countries on property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance. Canada jumped three spots from the 2010 survey, getting high marks for Personal Freedom (#1), Red Tape (#3), Investor Protection (#5) and Trade Freedom (#7). It also had a noticeable improvement in its tax ranking—thanks largely to a “Harmonized Sales Tax” and reduced corporate and employee tax rates. Is this resulting in a better climate for Startups?

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Jonathan Ortmans
on November 28, 2011
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