Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 12/02/2016

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about entrepreneurship this week: Keep Austin Entrepreneurial Eliza Martin, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation In 2016, Austin was ranked as the number one U.S. city for startup activity by the Kauffman Foundation. Austin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem began in the 1970s and 1980s, and was orig...
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Keep Austin Entrepreneurial

Ranked number one for startup activity in the last two years by the Kauffman Foundation, Austin, Texas is one of the strongest emerging entrepreneurship ecosystems in the United States. Austin's history of entrepreneurship and supportive government has facilitated Austin's emergence as an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Austin's History of Entrepreneurship During the 1970s and 1980s, Austin's entrepreneurial ecosystem focused on computer and semiconductor manufacturing. Efforts by the Austin Chambe...
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Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 11/18/2016

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about entrepreneurship this week: Nationalism is not putting a damper on this trillion-dollar sector Elaine Pofeldt, Contributor, CNBC.com CNBC Contributor Elain Pofeldt observes that the United States and Europe are witnessing a rise in nationalist and anti-globalization sentiment. She cites Mr. Trump’s election and the Brex...
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Innovation Weekly Roundup: 11/18/2016

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about innovation this week: On the Trail of Grassroots Innovation Across America Eillie Anzilotti, CityLab Fellow While technological innovation and commercial developments garner the most press, social innovation impacts daily life in tangible ways. The Cooper Hewitt Museum’s exhibit on grassroots innovation demonstrates the...
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Spotlight on Rice Entrepreneurs: An Outlet for Owlets

An Outlet for Owlets: New Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rice On November 15, the Princeton Review ranked Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business third in the top graduate programs for entrepreneurship. For the past eight years, the Jones School's entrepreneurship program has ranked in the top 10 in the nation. In addition to the Jones School's ongoing success, several programs focus on undergraduate entrepreneurship and innovation. Recently launched programs p...
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Obama in the White House

Generating an Innovation Nation The Obama administration’s policies toward small business and entrepreneurship have received mixed reactions. While Obama elevated the administrator of the Small Business Administration to a cabinet position and the SBA increased its lending to small businesses, some small business owners felt that the government bailed out big businesses at their expense after the 2008 financial crisis. Many small business owners are concerned about the effects of the Affordable...
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Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 11/11/2016

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week's most important Innovation and Entrepreneurship news. Here is what you need to know about entrepreneurship this week: Small Businesses Can Expect Policy Changes Under Trump The Associated Press Entrepreneurs might expect policy shifts under a Trump presidency. Trump has released his plan for his first 100 days in office. However, much uncertainty over his policies and objectives remains. The battle over heal...
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Innovation Weekly Roundup: 11/11/16

Weekly Roundup is a McNair Center series compiling and summarizing the week’s most important Entrepreneurship and Innovation news. Here is what you need to know about innovation this week: Silicon Valley Reels in Wake of Trump's Presidential Victory Joshua Brustein and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg Silicon Valley tech giants became unlikely political players in this election cycle. The results of the election leave the Valley in an uncertain position. Clinton received 114 times the amount...
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Women in STEM: Closing the Gap

Women at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois collaborate to create energy innovations
Economists around the world emphasize the benefits of integrating more women into the workforce. While we are seeing slow growth in women’s presence in many sectors, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields at the core of innovation seem to be especially lacking in girl power. In 2014, women comprised approximately 47 percent of the U.S. workforce. Within the innovation-focused STEM fields, women only account for about 19.5 percent. This underrepresentation of women is not...
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Rice Entrepreneurs: East-West Tea

This month the McNair Center is spotlighting Rice entrepreneurs to celebrate National Entrepreneurship Month. To kick off our series, we sat down with Andrew Maust, operations manager for East-West Tea. East-West Tea East-West Tea began in the spring of 2016 as a project in Scott Davis's undergraduate marketing class. Dr. Davis, a post-doctoral fellow at the Jones Graduate School of Business, had students develop business strategies catering to underserved markets on campus. East-West Tea foun...
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