PDE-News (1/24/11): Columbia’s “Bulletproof” Entrepreneurs

Colombia’s “Bulletproof” Entrepreneurs
Colombia is the fifth-largest economy in Latin America in terms of GDP. The country boasts one of the best coffees in the world, rich natural resources, abundant gold and emerald production, and a relatively educated populace. And despite its international reputation for drug cartels and violence, the latest Doing Business 2011 ranking suggests things could be improving. Colombia is ranked number 39 among 183 countries in terms of the ease of doing business.
According to Endeavor Colombia, the strong positioning in the World BankĀ“s Doing Business ranking is due to the fact that over the past four years the Colombian government and the private sector have worked on simplifying and reforming processes that promote entrepreneurship and new business generation. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/January/Colombias-Bulletproof-Entrepreneurs.aspx

From the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship Blog
Kauffman Labs Tabs 25 Aspiring Founders in Education Market
Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation announced the selection of its inaugural class of the Education Ventures Program, which will immerse 25 aspiring entrepreneurs in an intensive, hands-on program designed to catalyze the creation of high-growth companies in the education sector. Read more…>>http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/January/Kauffman-Labs-Tabs-25-Aspiring-Founders-in-Education-Market.aspx

A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation — courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled from last week. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/January/A-Look-Back-at-Innovation-Daily-1824.aspx

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
As Washington prepares for President Obama’s second State of the Union Address tomorrow, a number of hearings have been scheduled for the week ahead in both houses of Congress, including one for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship that examines efforts to encourage entrepreneurship in disadvantaged, rural and traditionally under-served areas. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/January/This-Week-in-Entrepreneurship-Policy-012411.aspx