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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 January 23, 2012
Category:  General 
Britain to Host Global Entrepreneurship Congress March 2012

The United Kingdom remains a fierce competitor in the global race to develop the best startup ecosystem in the world. As noted in previous posts, Prime Minister David Cameron is keen for an economic recovery led by new firm formation introducing both policies and initiatives like Startup Britain to accelerate efforts nationwide.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on January 16, 2012
Category:  Global 
Economic Freedom Slips in US, Around World

Each year, the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal assess and rank the "economic freedom" of the world’s economies. And each year, Hong Kong and Singapore occupy the top two spots--well, for the last 18 years anyway. The newest edition is out and those two continue their stranglehold at the top of the Index, followed by Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.

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Anonymous
on January 16, 2012
Category:  Global 
SBA's Mills Elevated to Cabinet-level in Proposed Reorganization

SBA Administrator Karen Mills has been tapped by President Obama to join his Cabinet as part of a larger plan to consolidate the Small Business Administration and several other federal agencies with overlapping responsibilities. The move for Mills is effective immediately, but the reorganization plan requires the backing of Congress.

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Mark Marich
on January 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Things are starting to pick up on Capitol Hill as the House of Representatives is set to reconvene tomorrow (Nov. 17). Relevant hearings are already scheduled for several committees, including Financial Services, Armed Services and Oversight & Government Reform. The Senate will reconvene next Monday, January 23.

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Mark Marich
on January 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
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 January 16, 2012
A Year for Entrepreneurs

Welcome to 2012 – a year which, without any official proclamation, will likely be an excellent year for entrepreneurs. In so many respects, advocates in 2011 for startups and entrepreneurs could not have done better in setting up 2012. Better data, more relevant policy and legislation, streamlined programming and more widespread public support should give all reason to be optimistic that more people will take a risk, unleash an idea and make a job. And we should expect even more new developments that will shape even better entrepreneurship ecosystems across the world.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on January 09, 2012
Category:  General  Capitol Hill 
VC Industry Continues Consolidation in 2011

According to the latest figures from the National Venture Capital Association, dollars invested are on the rise while the number of funds continues to fall. In the US, thirty-eight (38) venture capital funds raised $5.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011—representing an increase of 162% in commitments. While the total number of funds for 2011 held constant in comparison to 2010 totals, the fourth quarter total of 38 marks a low point since the third quarter of 2009.

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Mark Marich
on January 09, 2012
Category:  Growth & Poverty  General 
How Do We Strengthen US Competitiveness

In a world where seemingly every nation is scrambling to bolster innovation and entrepreneurship, how can the U.S. strengthen its competitiveness? According to a new report from the Department of Commerce, the formula is simple and based on looking at the country’s track record for promoting innovation—increased government funding for research, education and infrastructure. It argues that “failures to properly invest in, and have comprehensive strategies for” those three pillars are responsible for the shrinking gap between the US and other nations.

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Mark Marich
on January 09, 2012
Category:  Education  Global  Workforce  Physical Infrastructure  Technology Transfer 
Emerging Scholars Doing Ground Breaking Research in Entrepreneurship

Two professors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business are sharing the top prize for the Kauffman Foundation’s 2012 Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. Erik Hurst is the V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics and the John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. An expert in entrepreneurship, macroeconomic policy and housing markets, Hurst researches barriers to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, and household consumption and financial behavior. Tobias Moskowitz is the Fama Family Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. An expert in entrepreneurial finance, financial markets and investments, Moskowitz researches the returns to private business ownership, the political economy of financial regulation, corporate finance and financial networks.

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Mark Marich
on January 09, 2012

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