The EU launches a new funding call for experimental innovation support programmes

By Albert Bravo-Biosca and James Phipps on Thursday, 9 November 2017.

We don’t typically write blogs to announce new European funding programmes, but the H2020 2018-2020 work programme just approved by the European Commission has good news for everyone who wants to see innovation agencies across Europe becoming more experimental and evidence-based.

The effects of online-based entrepreneurship programmes

By Kåre Moberg on Thursday, 2 November 2017.

Coworking online

The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship strives to improve ways of teaching entrepreneurship. We are interested in new technology that makes it possible to teach about entrepreneurship in new ways. Online education and the use of ICT have become increasingly popular in educational institutions during the last decades – there has been much development and improvement in the field.

Can shared tools and high quality training spur innovation in Kenya's informal furniture industry?

By Jeremy Shapiro, Chaning Jang on Monday, 9 October 2017.

Practical training with Isaac in Kenya

On the outskirts of Nairobi, Ngong Road is lined by fundi’s stalls – many small workshops making rustic furniture with hand tools, few employees, and limited space and scale. Though it appears that aggregate demand for the goods provided by this industry would allow for scale, consolidation and growth, these small enterprises continue operating at small scale with limited capital and producing goods of moderate quality at high labor cost.

Does Structured Accountability Drive Entrepreneurial Performance?

By Michael Leatherbee on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.


For many, the main appeal of self-employment is being your own boss. The freedom to decide how to reach your goals, without working under a watchful eye supervising every move, is certainly an enticing prospect. After all, isn't professional independence demonstrated by not having to report to others about what one is doing?

Promoting High Impact Entrepreneurship in Mexico: an Impact Evaluation

By Alejandra Mendoza Alcántara, David Atkin, Eric Verhoogen, Leonardo Iacovone on Monday, 4 September 2017.

View in Mexico

Governments in developing and developed countries frequently use policy tools such as matching grants to promote growth and innovation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). A matching grant is a type of subsidy where firms commit to invest money in certain activities once the government grant is received.  International aid and multilateral organizations also promote matching grants as a private sector development policy; for example, the World Bank has invested at least $1.2 billion dollars in matching grant programs targeting SMEs.[1]

Making Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy in the big data era: A summary of the discussion at the IGL2017 Global Conference

By Juan Mateos-Garcia on Wednesday, 5 July 2017.

The data revolution is transforming our economy and society, from the way we shop to the way we date. But what about Research, Innovation and Growth (RIG) policy?