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Australian Example

October 12, 2011 by David Kaplan


Shovel Ready Projects

An entrepreneur emailed me from Australia the other day and asked me to prepare a formal price quote so that he could submit it with a grant application. He has developed a new medical device and plans to market it worldwide. We had been discussing his overall business plan and his USA strategies in particular. The particulars of the grant application came as a surprise to me and revealed an unexpectedly enlightened government policy. The grant is offered through an entrepreneurial initiative of the Australian Government called “Commercialisation Australia” (that’s [Read More]

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Start-up Myths Exploded

January 28, 2010 by David Kaplan


Start-up Myths Exploded

Do economic cycles of boom and bust affect the number of start-ups? Most analysts have linked entrepreneurial activity to economic growth as though it was a given … and conversely, believed that when recession struck, start-up activity slowed substantially. A recent study by the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation concludes that both theories are pure bunk. And as though that bombshell was not enough, the Kaufman study goes on to explode several other theories about what factors stimulate new business formation. Do start-ups increase in proportion to the availability of venture [Read More]

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