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Global Entrepreneurship Week Events Expected to Reach 160+ Countries

November 19, 2015

Nearly 10 million people are expected to participate in events during this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, launched November 16 by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). The first Global Entrepreneurship Week was held in 2008 with representatives from 37 countries. Now in its eighth year, more than 160 countries across the world will hold entrepreneurship-related events during the week. Although activities vary greatly in size and scope, they generally touch on three themes:

Greater Cleveland Partnership Announces Investment in New $20M JumpStart Fund

November 19, 2015

To support the growth of Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) announced a limited-partner investment in JumpStart's new for-profit $20M venture capital fund.

MA, RI Govs Announce Strategies for State Innovation Economies

November 19, 2015

Governors in Massachusetts and Rhode Island have released details about their plans to boost innovative businesses in their respective states. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker offered a strategic plan to guide his administration’s economic development efforts, with an emphasis placed on fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the launch of three new incentive programs aimed at research-driven companies.

Amazon Launches Pilot Grant Program for University Research Addressing Global Challenges

November 19, 2015

Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Catalyst, a pilot grant program at the University of Washington to fund promising research to address complex global challenges, such as immigration and climate change. Awards will range from “tens of thousands” to $100,000 per grant. Amazon has not set a limit on the number of awards they will make, and will consider research in humanities and social sciences, as well as better funded areas like medicine and engineering. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to apply. There will be no deadlines or competition for the funds.

ETA Announces $100M to Support Workforce Development in High-Need Tech Occupations, Industries

November 19, 2015

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announced approximately $100 million in grant funds for the TechHire partnership grant program. The ETA anticipates that it will make up to 35 grants to support  pilot and scale public-private workforce development partnerships that can rapidly train workers for and connect them to well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of H-1B industries such as Information Technology (IT), healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and broadband.

MO Gov Announces Nearly $3M in Funding to Support Startups Statewide

November 19, 2015

On November 12, Gov. Jay Nixon announced $1 million in state funding to ARCH Grants to provide entrepreneurial support to St. Louis startups. ARCH Grants is a nonprofit organization that provides $50,000 equity-free grants and pro-bono services to entrepreneurs who locate their early stage businesses in St. Louis. This is Gov.

Auto Makers, Tech Giants Ally With Universities for Self-Driving Innovation

November 12, 2015

Toyota Motor Corporation recently announced a five-year, $1 billion investment in robotics and artificial intelligence R&D in the U.S. Under the plan, a headquarters for the effort will be located near Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA with a second location near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Gill Pratt, former program director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will lead the effort.