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Today’s Changes to the Rules for JOBS Act

Stemming from the 2012 Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, SEC regulations take effect today. However, it appears work still needs to be done. At the Angel Capital Association Summit in Philadelphia last week, I talked to investors about a bill moving swiftly through Congress to remove an unintended consequence of today’s new rules.

Three Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About and Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship

Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix shares three facts you (probably) didn't know about venture capital and entrepreneurship

SBA to Award $3.95 Million to Accelerators Across U.S.

Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration launched a $3.95 million Growth Accelerator Fund competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosystem models -- with a special emphasis on parts of the country where there are fewer conventional sources of early stage capital. More than 75 winners will be selected to receive $50,000 each.

Sharing the Risk of Entrepreneurship

In the last of policy commentaries emerging from the latest Global Entrepreneurship Congress, I note that governments are taking an increasing interest in mitigating the risks of their entrepreneurs who start new firms, and as more people accept the broader societal value of the doers and makers of things. We unpack one such issue highlighted by Kauffman Foundation CEO Wendy Guillies, who recently recommended U.S. policymakers consider allowing individuals to maintain unemployment insurance when they are starting a business.

VC Starts 2016 Down, But Poised for Expansion?

Regardless of which source you consider, the amount of money venture capitalists invested in startups in the first quarter of 2016 has dropped.

The Rise of Angel Investing

As I wrote last week, the annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress brought to light new insights for policymakers as to how the world can develop more robust ecosystems for our entrepreneurs and their investors and supporters. Over the next few weeks I plan to dive deeper into some of the learnings and outputs on specific topics. Today, we look at early stage investing.

Can Social Insurance Unlock Entrepreneurial Opportunities?

A new Entrepreneurship Policy Digest examines if a more robust safety net to protect against risk would encourage more people to start companies.

Following Through: Putting Good Ideas in Action

Last week, I wrote about the real sense of economic stagnancy many Americans feel and some ways in which policy focused on entrepreneurship can create broad-based, inclusive economic growth. But great ideas are not worth much if they cannot be implemented.

The future of entrepreneurship data – getting to know CrunchBase

Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix explores CrunchBase data and reports on co-hosted CrunchBase-Kauffman session in San Francisco

Commerce Dept. Announces $10 Million in Innovation Grants

Last August, the Department of Commerce announced it would be giving out $10 million in funding through its i6 Challenge program and Seed Fund Support Grants. Today, it unveiled the 25 awardees through the two programs -- both part of the Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies -- designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the United States.