Read the Top U.S. Startup Cities For 2016 Report

The top seven cities in the U.S. for startups in 2016 were San Francisco, New York, Boston, Cambridge, Palo Alto, Austin, and Seattle. These cities each received $2 billion in investment, had 58 new deals, and had 479 active VC-backed startups on average in 2016. While these well-known startup cities continue to dominate the landscape, startup clusters are forming all over the U.S.  Policymakers in many cities that historically were not associated with high-growth, high-tech firms are now cle...
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Manufacturing Incubators

In the past few decades, there has been a decline in manufacturing jobs in the United States. Companies have been able to produce goods abroad at a cheaper price due to lower labor costs in developing countries. Incubators are crucial to the revitalization of U.S. manufacturing. The Fulton-Carroll Center Incubator in Chicago is one of the largest and first manufacturing incubators in the nation. It was established in 1980 with $2.6 million in grants from the federal government. In 2015, the c...
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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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Read the Houston Entrepreneurship Pipeline Report

This paper examines the startup training institutions in Houston, Texas, and what they are doing to open up the city’s pipeline of startup firms. Recent academic research has shown that startup training institutions can have an enormous positive effect on an ecosystem’s growth. A good ecosystem pipeline turns out a large quantity of high-quality startup firms that have received top-tier training. Houston’s accelerators and incubators do not perform at the levels of benchmark institutions. The...
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Weekly Entrepreneurship Roundup 4/14

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: How to Make Texas More Startup-Friendly Iris Huang, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation McNair Center’s Huang interviews Blake Commagere, entrepreneur, angel investor and startup mentor in the San Francisco Bay Area on how to improve an entrepreneurial ecosys...
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Medical Device Startups and the FDA

Does the FDA approval process impede innovation? Medical devices must be reviewed for safety and effectiveness by the Food and Drug Administration before being marketed in United States, which encompasses 43 percent of the global market for medical devices. Startups in the medical device industry are often dissatisfied with this approval process, favoring the FDA's European Union peer, CE Marking. Some founders even believe the time consuming and expensive FDA process "holds back the entire indu...
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Weekly Roundup on Entrepreneurship 3/24/17

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: Congress Turns Its Attention to Entrepreneurship and Innovation — But Does It Take Effective Action? Anne Dayton, Research Manager, McNair Center The 115th Congress has passed 3 bills this legislative session relating to entrepreneurship and innovation. The tally seems abnormally high consideri...
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Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup 3/10/17

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: A Tale of Untapped Potential: Cincinnati Eliza Martin, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation McNair’s Martin focuses on Cincinnati's entrepreneurial ecosystem this week. While this midwestern city might appear a surprising or unlikely choice, many of Cincinnati...
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Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup 3/3/17

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: Crowdfunding Tay Jacobe, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation This week, McNair’s Jacobe analyzes a relatively new phenomenon in capital fundraising: crowdfunding. Crowdfunding enables startups and entrepreneurs to raise capital for their businesses, without g...
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Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 2/17/17

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 International Entrepreneur Rule: The US Startup Visa Ramee Saleh, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship During the last days of the Obama Administration, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) passed the International Entrepreneur Rule. The legisla...
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