In late December, Congress temporarily extended a 25 year old initiative called the EB-5 "Immigrant Investor" program that is intended to attract wealthy foreign investors to the U.S. to back promising new startups – and provide jobs for Americans. While the program generated more than $5 billion in investment between 2005 and 2013, it hasn’t been so successful at translating that into jobs. This week, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary examines the EB-5 Regional Centers that account for 95% of all EB-5 capital. Read More >
Remember the Washington Consensus? After years of false starts and dead ends in solving development challenges, new formulas now incorporate bold entrepreneurial components. The result is that for the first time in many decades, ending extreme poverty is less of an elusive goal.Read More >
Jason Wiens, policy director for the Kauffman Foundation will be providing testimony later this week for a California state commission about how occupational licensing laws can stifle startups and prevent them from reaching their full potential. Read More >
The winter storm that shut down Washington, DC, this weekend may be over but the city is still digging out – and Congress is taking another snow day or two. A number of hearings scheduled for the early part of the week have been postponed until further notice. At this time, there are a few budget-related hearings that are still on the calendar for the week ahead but those are subject to postponement as well depending on the city's cleanup efforts.Read More >
Barriers to entrepreneurship continue to fall, leading to a democratization of entrepreneurship. Startup success no longer requires a Silicon Valley zip code in the U.S. -- or even residence in a strong, developed nation. A new report highlights global crowdfunding developments of 2015 and forecasts an increase of more than 50 percent over the next 12 months. Read More >
In recent years, research universities across the country have faced squeezed public financial support as the agencies that channel funds through them, like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dealt with sequestration and the 2013 cuts in federal government funding. So what does the $1.5 trillion spending measure that passed in Congress in December mean for scientific research and the so-called innovation deficit in the United States?Read More >
As the Senate returns from recess, Washington is ready for President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address on Tuesday. The speech is expected to highlight the country’s overall economic progress and how his administration has “helped small businesses get back on track and more entrepreneurs start new businesses.” Meanwhile, TechCrunch and others are reporting on the fact that Amazon is streaming the address and Genius, a site focused on song lyrics and annotations, is providing annotated versions of the speech as well as the president’s past seven addresses. Read More >
Yael Hochberg, head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and the academic director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is leading a five year effort to study the effects of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial success. The research project is made possible by a $1.5 million grant from the Kauffman Foundation. Read More >
2015 was a testament to the strength and resilience of America’s entrepreneurs. 2016 will be a challenge to policymakers to match their resolve with bold leadership, creative solutions and meaningful reforms. Read More >
In a year when America will pick a new president and decide control of the House and Senate, policymakers are unlikely to fight for bold policy changes in areas such as immigration. The Wall Street Journal sees lawmakers ready to focus on traditional policy areas, with national security at the forefront, which pits the two leading parties against each other.Read More >
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