Kauffman Foundation News (11/30/10): Global Entrepreneurship Week in Review – Kauffman Foundation Ideas at Work

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This edition of Ideas at Work features a report by Jonathan Ortmans on Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010. The world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship brings together aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, helping them embrace originality, imagination, and ingenuity through local, national, and global activities.

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Review
By Jonathan Ortmans
Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

I am happy to report that in its third year, Global Entrepreneurship Week grew by leaps and bounds. As more countries take advantage of this global movement, more minds are pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams.

GEW has not just inspired students looking for a way to reach their goals, but the leaders of nations who were inspired in their efforts to boost growth by the sheer energy of the millions of participants in GEW activities during the past two weeks. In case you haven’t been following, here are a couple of anecdotes from this year’s Week, and the reaction it produced among some of the world’s leaders. Read more…>> http://www.unleashingideas.org/blog/gew-sunsets-renewed-hunger-growth

More news from the Foundation:

New Economy Index Ranks Leaders and Laggers in Innovation
Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland, New Jersey, and Connecticut are the top five states at the forefront of the nation’s movement toward a global, innovation-based new economy, according to the 2010 State New Economy Index. The findings, released by the Kauffman Foundation and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, examine the fundamental economic competitiveness challenges the United States must address to thrive in the new economy. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/2010-ranking-of-new-economy-states-highlights-leaders-and-laggers.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_11_2010

Survey Finds Youth Remain Energetic About Entrepreneurship
Despite a difficult economic climate, many young Americans are still interested in entrepreneurial pursuits. A Kauffman Foundation survey conducted by Harris Interactive finds that four out of ten young people ages eight to twenty-one would like to start their own business in the future, and another 37 percent did not close the door to entrepreneurship, saying they were just unsure about it. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/youth-remain-interested-in-entrepreneurship-despite-economy.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_11_2010

President Proclaims National Entrepreneur’s Day in the USA
President Obama designated November 19, 2010, as National Entrepreneur’s Day. The Presidential Proclamation came in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week and helped shine a light on the important role entrepreneurs play in building the nation’s economy. In addition to issuing the proclamation, senior members of the Administration attended Global Entrepreneurship Week events in Washington, D.C. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/president-obama-proclaims-november-19th-national-entrepreneurs-day-during-global-entepreneurship-week.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_11_2010

Kauffman Hosts Finals of Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
The final rounds of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) were one of the featured events hosted by the Kauffman Foundation during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The GSEA Finals bring together high school and college student entrepreneurs from around the world to compete for the title of Student Entrepreneur of the Year, $150,000 in cash and prizes, and access to the Entrepreneurs’ Organization network to help grow their businesses. See the video…>> http://www.kauffman.org/KauffmanMultimedia.aspx?VideoId=684399653001&type=M?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_11_2010

Research Series to Advance Concept of Expeditionary Economics
The Kauffman Foundation has released the inaugural paper in its new Expeditionary Economics Research Series, setting a research agenda to reconsider the United States’ approach to economic development in areas stricken by conflict and natural disasters. The series will feature research from Kauffman, as well as a number of other civilian and military sources. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-foundation-announces-expeditionary-economics-research-series.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_11_2010

Charting a Course to Move Clean Energy Forward
To become a global competitor in the burgeoning clean energy industry, the United States must reform policies and practices all along the innovation pipeline, from research and development to deployment and adoption. That’s according to a report from the Kauffman Foundation at the Global Cleantech Open, which was held during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/acceleration-of-u-s-energy-sector-requires-reform-at-every-stage-of-the-innovation-pipeline.aspx.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_11_2010