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.

Indexes: Challenges and Opportunities for Policymakers and Researchers

During the past 20 years, when seeking to understand a complex phenomenon such as entrepreneurship, indexes that synthesize multiple sets of indicators have become a popular tool for policymakers trying to make informed decisions. The work now begins for researchers in standardizing methodologies and policymakers in applying their conclusions. Read More >

Small Business Owners Want Training, Simplified Regulatory Compliance from Government

Is your state considered ‘friendly’ to small business? Entrepreneurs in Texas, Utah and New Hampshire gave high marks to their states – while California, Illinois and Rhode Island scored lowest.Read More >

Accelerators Across U.S. Get $4 Million from SBA

In another sign that governments are becoming more savvy when it comes to the economic potential of high-growth startups, the U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced $4.4 million in support for accelerators in 39 states (plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico). Read More >

Montana’s Entrepreneurial Zeal

According to the 2015 Kauffman Index, Montana ranks as the state with the highest level of startup activity—the third straight year it has topped the rankings. However, how sustainable is its recent entrepreneurial success?Read More >

Improving the Effectiveness of Entrepreneurship Policy Through Rigorous, Relevant Research

By aligning agendas and promoting shared methodologies, the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) is encouraging rigorous, relevant research aimed at improving outcomes from entrepreneurship policy and programs. Read More >

Obama Makes Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Permanent

President Barack Obama just signed an executive order that makes the Presidential Innovation Fellows program a permanent part of the federal government. Established by the White House in 2012, the program brings entrepreneurs and other innovators to Washington DC for a 12-month stint to work alongside government employees in improving federal programs. Read More >

EDA Announces Latest i6 Challenge, Seed Fund Support Grants

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced $10 million in funding opportunities through the Economic Development Administration’s 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. Read More >

Deconstructing Job Creation from Startups

Last month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a thoughtful new working paper, "Cross-country evidence on start-up dynamics", that showed patterns across countries that are similar to those found for the United States. The report offers important insights for researchers and policy makers fine-tuning how to measure the dynamics of new firm formation.Read More >

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: August Recess in Full Force

Last week ended with the Senate postponing a vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, pushing back a vote until Congress reconvenes in September following the Labor Day weekend.Read More >

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Senate to Focus on Cybersecurity Bill

With members of the House of Representatives already back home enjoying their August recess, the Senate has a few more days left in session in Washington. It is widely expected to push forward the Cyber-Information Sharing Act (CISA -- S.754) as quickly as possible but with members of both parties lining up with amendments to the bill, time is of the essence. Read More >