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The State of Microcredit
Marich Mark
3/2/2009
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The field of microcredit (or microfinance) has been around for several decades now, and has become a mainstream part of international and national development policies. It has also enjoyed increased awareness among the general population, thanks in part to the popularity of kiva.org--the world's first...

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What Do We Know About Innovation? The OECD’s Take
Marich Mark
3/2/2009
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For the past decade, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has sponsored a significant number of research studies focused on various aspects of innovation and innovation policy. A new OECD research paper takes stock of what we’ve learned about innovation, with the...

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Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellowships Open
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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Postdoctoral researchers bring new discoveries to the world, and the Kauffman Foundation is opening a door for them to do so through entrepreneurship.The Kauffman Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellows program provides a unique opportunity for postdocs in science and technology fields to launch their innovative research from...

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Global Entrepreneurship Congress Looks to November
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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Last November, an entrepreneurial revolution started as more than 75 countries celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week with 25,000 activities. This week, representatives from more than 50 of those countries are gathered in Kansas City at the Kauffman Foundation to collaborate on plans for 2009. I'm sitting...

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Innovation in the States: Arizona
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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In 2006, a host of Arizona-based business groups helped create the Science Foundation Arizona (SFAZ), as a statewide effort to diversify Arizona's economy by promoting science and technology. What seemed like a good idea in 2006 has become a harder sell in the face of...

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Innovation in the States: Washington
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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Washington, home to Microsoft, Amazon and numerous other technology firms, has always had a strong foundation for innovation and entrepreneurship. Yet, like most areas of the country, Washington now faces a severe economic crisis and can no longer continue with business as usual.A new study...

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Ten Emerging Technologies
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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Technology Review has just published its latest list of ten emerging technologies which always provides interesting insight on cool new innovations. What's hot this year? How about "modeling surprise" -- the use of data mining and computer models to help predict and foresee unusual events....

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Entrepreneurship=Recovery
Marich Mark
3/12/2009
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File this under "I'm pretty sure everyone saw this coming": The World Bank predicts that the global economy will enter recession this year for the first time since the Second World War. The Washington-based bank added that global trade was heading for its steepest decline...

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Health Care Costs... Still a Problem
Marich Mark
3/16/2009
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Ask an entrepreneur what his most pressing concerns are and you'll hear 'the increasing cost of health care' somewhere at the top. And thyey aren't alone. The latest edition of the Kaiser Family Foundation's regular polls on American attitudes toward our health care system makes...

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Innovation Heat Map
Marich Mark
3/16/2009
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Analysts at McKinsey and Co. have recently created a very cool look at the world of innovation. Their innovation "heat map," developed in conjunction with the World Economic Forum, maps the world's leading industrial clusters according to key factors such as size, diversity, and growth....

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