Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Month: August 2015

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.

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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?

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Improving the Effectiveness of Entrepreneurship Policy Through Rigorous, Relevant Research

In the past five years, policymakers have shown ever-greater interest in finding ways to enable entrepreneurs as economic value creators. In parallel, academic communities around the world have demonstrated a growing commitment to supporting smarter decision making through rigorous and relevant research.  The Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) is one community of organizations that fund and conduct entrepreneurship research – aligning research agendas and promoting shared methodologies to encourage rigorous, relevant research aimed at improving outcomes from entrepreneurship policy and programs.

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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.

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A Rising Tide for Cybersecurity Regulation & Entrepreneurs

Reacting to the shockwaves that recent data breaches sent through government, businesses and individuals, the United States Congress has held a large number of committee hearings on cybersecurity and privacy. These regulatory deliberations and expected regulatory changes, combined with the major losses inflicted on large companies and institutions, are driving entrepreneurs and investors to help meet the demand for data protection.

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