Top 10 PDE Posts in 2012

Mark Marich

With 2012 now in the rearview mirror, we take a look at the most popular PDE posts at entrepreneurship.org. Global content dominates the top of the list with six of the ten posts covering Africa, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the United Kingdom and a global ranking of the top startup ecosystems.

  1. Startup Fever Heats Up in Africa | October 22:
    I report this week from Africa which is enjoying its greatest economic success in decades and where there has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. With economic growth rates this year around 6 percent in one-third of the 49 sub-Saharan African countries, the IMF forecasts that Africa will have the fastest-growing economy of any continent over the next five years. The World Bank in turn has reported earlier this month that more than 20 sub-Saharan African countries, encompassing more than 400 million people, have gained middle-income status, while the number of people living in poverty is down by roughly 10 percentage points over the past decade.
  2. Brazil & the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2013 | March 26:
    With stadiums rising across the country for the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, it is clear Brazil itself is rising on the world stage. The country’s economic growth has led it to overtake the UK as the world's sixth-largest economy while the announcement last week that it won the bid to host the next Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) will spotlight the role that entrepreneurs have played in the country’s newfound economic prowess and international standing.
  3. Waterloo’s Competitive Advantage for Incubating Startup Communities in Canada | March 5:
    When the Global Entrepreneurship Congress convenes in Liverpool next week, one of the largest delegations will come from Canada. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tour one of Canada’s best startup cities—Waterloo—which offered some useful insights for the global entrepreneurship community.
  4. Start-Up Chile’s Global Footprint | April 16:
    As part of our ongoing discussion about the globalization of the startup movement, we look today at one nation’s strategy that appears to be very effective. Present at the recently concluded Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool were the leaders of Start-Up Chile, an almost two-year old initiative that has rapidly gained traction around the world. However, while it carries a similar name to other national initiatives around the globe, it has a very different approach.
  5. A New Class of Entrepreneurial Community Colleges | June 4:
    At a Community College Workforce Alliance meeting today here in Richmond, Virginia, there were clear signs of heightened interest in the role that community colleges can play in advancing entrepreneurship as a means of getting Americans back to work. Following support from President Barack Obama and Startup America, plus a recent announcement of a $1 million grant from the Kauffman Foundation to scale one model to more schools around the country, a new generation of educators appear intent on maximizing the potential of their communities to produce more new innovative firms.
  6. Ranking the World’s Top Startup Ecosystems | November 26:
    There is a reason why much of the world looks to the U.S. to replicate its success in promoting startup ecosystems and entrepreneurial growth—and it isn’t just Silicon Valley. To be fair though, Silicon Valley is at the top of the list. Six U.S. cities find themselves in the top 10 of a new Startup Ecosystem Index that ranks the top 20 startup ecosystems around the world.
  7. Britain to Host Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2012 | January 16:
    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.
  8. A Year for Entrepreneurs | January 9:
    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.
  9. The JOBS Act and the History of Crowdfunding | September 17:
    Earlier this year, we followed the progress of the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act as an example of how business should get done in Washington, DC. Most of the attention has been--and continues to be--focused on crowdfunding and how it can help startups and small businesses raise capital to launch and grow their businesses.
  10. Top U.S. College Programs for Entrepreneurs? | September 24:
    If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, which college should you attend? Well, assuming you aren’t a Peter Thiel disciple and agree that entrepreneurs should skip it altogether, it seems like Babson College is your best bet. Each year, the Princeton Review surveys more than 2,000 schools and comes up with their list of the top 50 entrepreneurship programs in the United States—split evenly into undergraduate and graduate levels. The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson tops both lists.

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