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Women Entrepreneurs: Our Nation's Untapped Economic Potential

Last week, the Kauffman Foundation released "Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers." This white paper looks at the potential of women entrepreneurs to grow our economy.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on September 30, 2011
The Importance of Intangibles

Last spring, Athena Alliance, along with support from the Kauffman Foundation OECD, The Conference Board, and US National Academies, put together an inspiring conference on the role of intangible assets— information, workforce skills and know-how, effective management and marketing, business models, relations with suppliers and customers, software and databases, and intellectual property— in job creation and economic growth.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on September 26, 2011
Three Things Entrepreneurs Do

This summer the Kauffman Foundation released The Startup Act. The comprehensive proposal for new legislation is aimed at jump-starting our nation’s economy through more successful startups. The data supporting the purpose and contents of The Startup Act are compelling. But sometimes, a little visual helps too.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on September 14, 2011
Ice House Entrepreneurs: Battling Hardship with Entrepreneurship

While policymakers scramble to make sense of the market volatility and rationalize our credit downgrade, many Americans have been left to fend for themselves. The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, a two-part learning project is designed to remind us of the fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset and the opportunities it can provide.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on August 26, 2011
What's Your Excuse?
We recently hosted the inaugural class for the Ice House Entrepreneurship Education Program. The program coincidentally started just as the debt ceiling debacle was playing out in Washington. There was a shared moment of awareness that maybe those we feel should be making the economic ecosystem a better place for entrepreneurs were in fact incapable of doing so, and even doing things that were self-destructive; a reality driven home by the subsequent credit downgrade by S&P. [More]
Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on August 17, 2011
iStart Launches New Profiles Features

iStart, the leading online community for business competitions, has added some valuable functionality that makes it even easier for aspiring entrepreneurs to tell the story of their great idea.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on August 15, 2011
The Best Healthcare Innovations for the Future... Do You Know One that Should Make the List?

A recent eMed blog highlighted a few noteworthy nominees for the Cleveland Clinic's best healthcare innovations of 2012. What new healthcare technology would you like to see make next year's list?

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on July 12, 2011
Policy Forum Blog: What a Difference a Statistic Can Make

The latest Policy Forum blog post: Jonathan Ortmans shows the impact one data point has "awakened Democrats and Republicans alike and provided a new strategy for all Americans seeking to create jobs and restore what many Americans perceive as lost U.S. economic competitiveness."

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on June 07, 2011
An eMed Blog: Landing Seed Money - Five Tips

Check out this blog on Entrepreneurship.org's newest resource: eMed Blog. Brian O'Connell offers five tips to healthcare entrepreneurs looking for venture capital.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on May 26, 2011
Black Innovators and Entrepreneurship

Startup America Partnership CEO Scott Case was asked about women entrepreneurs’ lack of access to venture capital. Case said one challenge facing both women and minority entrepreneurs is “they’re not visible to us.” As a result, Faye Anderson launches "The Innovators" website.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on May 19, 2011

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