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The Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship informs and connects thought leaders looking to understand policies that help entrepreneurs start companies, create jobs and strengthen the economy.

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: May Recess

No committee hearings are scheduled for the week ahead. Members of the House and Senate returned to their home states and districts for a one week recess. They will reconvene next week and have only eight weeks in session before they break for the summer recess in mid-July. Read More >

Sharing the Risk of Entrepreneurship

In the last of policy commentaries emerging from the latest Global Entrepreneurship Congress, I note that governments are taking an increasing interest in mitigating the risks of their entrepreneurs who start new firms, and as more people accept the broader societal value of those who build and make things. We unpack one such issue highlighted by Kauffman Foundation CEO Wendy Guillies, who recently recommended U.S. policymakers consider allowing individuals to maintain unemployment insurance when they are starting a business. We unpack one such issue highlighted by Kauffman Foundation CEO Wendy Guillies, who recently recommended U.S. policymakers consider allowing individuals to maintain unemployment insurance when they are starting a business. Read More >

How Innovative Is Your State?

A robust and innovative start-up sector is key to sustainable economic growth. For innovation to occur, however, enterprises must have both the incentive and the capacity to invest. Incentives are multi-faceted and heavily reliant on the overall investment climate. Capacity depends on the education level of employees and management, their experience in rapid adaptation of products and processes, and their access to funds for R&D and commercialization.Read More >

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: HALOS Act Hits House Floor

Congress will likely vote on the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act this Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot, chairman of the Small Business Committee, attempts to make it simpler for startups to raise capital at public pitch events for groups of angel investors.Read More >

University Research Brings the Local Closer to the Global

Universities traditionally measure their impact on entrepreneurship locally. At last month’s Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), Bill Aulet from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reminded us that in a world where national boundaries are porous to both innovation and knowledge creation, assessing our impact globally can be a strong driver of collective performance improvement.Read More >

EDA Adds $5 Million to i6 Challenge Competition

The U.S. Economic Development Administration added an extra $5 million to its i6 Challenge for 2016 -- bringing the total dollars available through the program to $13 million. The i6 Challenge competition helps regions build capacity through creation and expansion of cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs. Read More >

Corporations Embracing the Startup Disruptor Threat

As corporations identify challenges within their operations, corporate leaders are increasingly looking to young, startup entrepreneurs for dynamic thinking and innovative problem solving. There is a shifting corporate culture to expand in-house solutions to a more open and collaborative environment, and the startup-corporate connection is a mutually beneficial partnership. Read More >

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Cyber-Preparedness & Encryption

Following a flurry of committee hearings on taxes and other issues leading up to Tax Day, things look a bit quieter on Capitol Hill in the week ahead. The Joint Economic Committee wraps up the tax discussion this Wednesday with a hearing titled, “Is Our Complex Code Too Taxing on the Economy?”Read More >

VC Starts 2016 Down, But Poised for Expansion?

Regardless of which source you consider, the amount of money venture capitalists invested in startups in the first quarter of 2016 has dropped. Read More >

A Hard Look at Accelerators

In my third commentary arising from programming at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress last month, I share comments about evidence to determine the effectiveness of accelerators. While many startup success stories like Facebook did not involve accelerators, most entrepreneurs now consider them part of the start and scale journey. This has driven demand for the launch of hundreds of accelerator programs around the world, prompting us to question how differences across accelerator programs influence startup performance.Read More >