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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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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Crowdfunding

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What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is constantly evolving and hard to define. Elizabeth M. Gerber at Northwestern University defines crowdfunding as “an open call over the Internet for financial resources in the form of a monetary donation, sometimes in exchange for a future product, service or reward.” Due to the ease and availability of crowdfunding sites, crowdfunding has changed the way entrepreneurs source funds. A typical modern crowdfunding campaign begins with a page on a crowdfundin...
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Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 2/24/17

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: Austin’s Venture Capital Eliza Martin, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation In her latest post for the McNair Center, Martin follows up on her previous analysis of Austin’s booming entrepreneurial ecosystem. Martin highlights Austin’s decreases in VC investmen...
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Austin’s Venture Capital

In my previous blog post, I discussed Austin, Texas' strong history of entrepreneurship and the many resources in the ecosystem. Supportive Austin policies have resulted in the creation of the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, and resources like Capital Factory and Tech Ranch Austin have emerged. Austin's entrepreneurial ecosystem appeared to be healthy. A recent PitchBook Report discussing venture capital in Austin shows the ecosystem to not be as healthy as previously thought. In 2014, Aus...
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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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Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 2/3/17

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: Reducing Recidivism through Entrepreneurship Catherine Kirby, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation In her latest piece, McNair’s Kirby highlights the promise of entrepreneurial programs in curbing recidivism among newly released inmates. Beyond supporting loca...
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Entrepreneurship Weekly Roundup: 1/27/2017

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 Right to Entrepreneurship Tay Jacobe, Research Assistant, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation This week, McNair’s Jacobe focuses on the link between entrepreneurship and human rights. While the intersection between activism and entrepreneurship has yet to gain significant tr...
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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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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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