PDE-News (9/27/10): Bolivia: Advancing a Nascent Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Bolivia: Advancing a Nascent Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Like many developing countries, Bolivia has a nascent, but promising entrepreneurial environment. The country has a good number of institutions that offer financial and technical services that network the country’s millions of micro-entrepreneurs. However, as readers of this blog are well aware, data has confirmed time and again that it is young firms that grow that provide the most benefits to society in terms of job and wealth creation and innovation. Thus, the challenge ahead for Bolivia is to enable more growth entrepreneurs. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2010/September/Bolivia-Advancing-a-Nascent-Entrepreneurial-Ecosystem.aspx

When Politicians Can’t Be Entrepreneurial, Entrepreneurs Must Be Political
Is DC defunct? It sure seems that way. Just about everybody is bemoaning Washington’s dysfunctional political system. According to a recent Rasmussen Poll, 73 percent of respondents consider the system “broken.” Only 15 percent think it workable. Fifteen percent?! Louis XVI had higher public approval ratings on the day the Bastille fell. What’s next? A guillotine installed on Lafayette Square? Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2010/September/When-Politicians-Cant-Be-Entrpreneurial-Entrepreneurs-Must-Be-Political.aspx

Advancing Innovation… To Patients
Despite the growing sophistication and promise of health care technology research, fewer and fewer breakthrough ideas are finding their way out of research institutions and into the hands of experienced clinicians and medical product development teams. Patients suffer as a result because promising research and innovation is not being translated into new treatments. If that sounds identical to the problems surrounding the typical challenges in bringing innovation into the marketplace, it’s because it should. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2010/September/Advancing-Innovation-To-Patients.aspx

By George, I Think You’ve Got… a Bailout?
Long overdue assistance for America’s small business owners? Or just another ill-conceived bailout? In Washington, the answer to that question depends on which side of the aisle you sit. Outside Washington, it likely depends on whether or not your business sees a slice of a $30 billion fund intended to ease credit and stimulate lending to small businesses. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2010/September/By-George-I-Think-Youve-Got-a-Bailout.aspx

Supporting Women & High-Growth Entrepreneurship
While data show that women start more than 50 percent of all businesses, their participation in high-growth startups remains extremely low. In an effort to change this, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has announced a $500,000 grant to Astia, a premier business accelerator that works with women-led startups. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2010/September/Supporting-Women-High-Growth-Entrepreneurship.aspx

A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation — courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled from September 14-20 (See more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2010/September/A-Look-Back-at-Innovation-Daily1420.aspx) and September 21-27 (See more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2010/September/A-Look-Back-at-Innovation-Daily-2127.aspx).

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
With everyone in Washington focused on the upcoming elections, last week and the one ahead have been busy as members eye an October return to their home states for some last-minute campaigning. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2010/September/This-Week-in-Entrepreneurship-Policy-%28100927%29.aspx