The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

McNair Center Intern Shelby Bice attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference along with 18,000 other computer scientists on October 4-6, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  The Grace Hopper Celebration honors the legacy of Grace Hopper, a trailblazer in computer programming who led the team that developed the first programming language, a precursor to COBOL. The conference is organized by The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, a nonprofit organization founded in ...
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Weekly Roundup on Entrepreneurship 4/7

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: The Carried Interest Debate Tay Jacobe and Jake Silberman, Research Assistants, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation McNair’s Jacobe and Silberman analyze the ongoing discussion surrounding carried interest. A complicated concept in the financial sector, carried interest refers t...
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Congress Turns Its Attention to Entrepreneurship and Innovation—But Does It Take Effective Action?

Legislation passed during the first three months of  the 115th Congress pays disproportionate attention to entrepreneurship and innovation. McNair Center research shows that in a typical congressional session, less than 2 percent of legislation introduced is relevant to E&I issues. As of March 23, three of the ten bills that have become law during the 115th Congress directly address entrepreneurship and innovation. A focus on entrepreneurship and innovation issues does not alone make for ef...
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Wanted: More Women Entrepreneurs

Introduction The increase of women in the workforce in the twentieth century drove U.S. GDP growth to new highs. However, as U.S. growth slowed, so did the rate of women entering the workforce. Pushing for equal representation in fields where women have been historically underrepresented may be the key to stimulating our economy. Women’s entrepreneurship is one of these fields. Lauded by the Kauffman Foundation as an "economic tailwind that will give a boost to twenty-first-century growth" i...
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The International Entrepreneur Rule: The US Startup Visa

The Obama administration proposed new provisions for immigrant entrepreneurs in August 2016. The administration designed the proposal to attract international entrepreneurial talent to the United States, especially in advanced technology fields. In mid-January, with only days left in President Obama’s term, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finalized the details of the "International Entrepreneur Rule." It is scheduled to go into effect on July 17, 2017. Whether it g...
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The Right to Entrepreneurship

USAID has worked to increase micro credit accessibility. For example, this project in Indonesia provided loans to rural women. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USAID_Micro_Credit_Project.jpg
Entrepreneurship and human rights are not frequently mentioned in the same conversation in the United States. However, in international policy, human rights and entrepreneurship are linked by many common policy goals, including enforcing the rule of law, improving infrastructure and fighting corruption. Rights necessary to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors–like the right to participate in the economy, the rights to education and information and access to credit–are considered crucial for the worl...
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Women in Top Tech Companies

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In 2014, many of the top tech companies released information on their employee diversity demographics for the first time, bringing attention to the low representation of women in top tech companies. This post looks beyond these numbers. How are tech companies responding to this gender imbalance? The top five tech companies by market cap are, in order: Apple, Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. The gender balance of each company’s workforce is in the table below: All of ...
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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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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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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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