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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: HALOS Act Hits House Floor

Congress will likely vote on the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act this Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot, chairman of the Small Business Committee, attempts to make it simpler for startups to raise capital at public pitch events for groups of angel investors.

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Cyber-Preparedness & Encryption

Following a flurry of committee hearings on taxes and other issues leading up to Tax Day, things look a bit quieter on Capitol Hill in the week ahead. The Joint Economic Committee wraps up the tax discussion this Wednesday with a hearing titled, “Is Our Complex Code Too Taxing on the Economy?”

A Hard Look at Accelerators

In my third commentary arising from programming at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress last month, I share comments about evidence to determine the effectiveness of accelerators. While many startup success stories like Facebook did not involve accelerators, most entrepreneurs now consider them part of the start and scale journey. This has driven demand for the launch of hundreds of accelerator programs around the world, prompting us to question how differences across accelerator programs influence startup performance.

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Senate Returns

Members of the U.S. Senate return to Washington this week from spring recess with a handful of committee hearings. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee looks at how the Small Business Administration has implemented the Recovery Improvements for Small Entities (RISE) After Disaster Act which was passed in October 2015.

Social Insurance and Removing Hurdles to Entrepreneurship

A new entrepreneurship policy digest from the Kauffman Foundation suggests that policies that protect against some entrepreneurial risks and economic hazards might encourage more people to start companies. The thought is that hurdles like a lack of health insurance -- coupled with the inherently risky nature of entrepreneurship -- limit the number of would-be founders launching a new business.

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.

Expanding Social Insurance Could Boost Entrepreneurship

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

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Tax Credits, SBDCs and More

While a number of Republican Senators remain in Washington this week (and next) to block a recess appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, the Senate is officially in recess and no committee hearings are scheduled on its side of Capitol Hill this week. There is a bit of activity on the House side, however.

Chattanooga's Ecosystem: 4 Strands of Entrepreneurial Support

Kauffman research Emily Fetsch examines how Chattanooga has used their unique assets to assist their entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Presenting a GPS for Entrepreneurship Policymaking at SXSW

I was asked by a reporter last month whether I thought entrepreneurship was at risk in this election. My answer was no; entrepreneurship is not at risk because entrepreneurs will always pursue their dreams.