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Building Interest in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Among European Foundations

Building Interest in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Among European Foundations

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Karen Wilson, Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, interviewed individuals at three leading foundations in Europe that have been active in entrepreneurship.
Karen Wilson, Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, interviewed individuals at three leading foundations in Europe that have been active in entrepreneurship.

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Published by: The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation on Mar 05, 2009
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KAUFFMAN Thoughtbook
 
2009
E x c E r p t f r o m
Fourth in an ongoing series, the
Kauffman Thoughtbook 2009 
captures what we arethinking, learning, and discovering about education, entrepreneurship, and advancinginnovation. This collection of more than forty essays is written by the talented KauffmanFoundation associates, partners, and experts who are pursuing the principles and visionset by our founder, Ewing Kauffman.REQUEST YOUR COMPLIMENTARY COPY AT
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Bilding Interest in Entreprenership ndInnovtion aong Eropen ondtions
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Sir Fw, ewig mri Kuff Fudti
The Kauman Foundation recently began an initiative to reach out toEuropean oundations active in entrepreneurship and innovation to learn aboutapproaches being taken in Europe, as well as to provide a orum or discussingand sharing experiences to encourage urther development o these activities. Abriefng meeting eaturing the work o several oundations was held in Istanbul,Turkey, in May 2008, prior to the start o the European Foundation Centre Annual General Assembly as a ollow-up to an EFC meeting the Kauman Foundationsponsored a year earlier in Madrid. The 2008 meeting generated a high level o interest and was well-attended by oundations rom across Europe. Plans orurther and more in-depth meetings are already in place.
mny ondtions in Erope were estblished centries go. The Eropenondtion sector is qite diverse, with ny types o orgniztions tht recollectively clled “ondtions,” bt tht dier drticlly in their oci,reltionship to other entities, ngeent, nd nctions.Signifcnt chnges re nder wy in the Eropen ondtion world both inters o the roles they ply nd the ethods they pply. mny ondtions hve
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. ©2008 by the Ewing mrion Kn ondtion. all rights reserved.
 
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becoe incresingly ctive in seeking new, innovtive pproches to lfllingtheir issions. at the se tie, they re becoing ore rigoros in theethodologies sed to identiy, ipleent, nd evlte progrs, s well sore proctive in conicting bot the gols nd reslts o their work.The independence o ondtions gives the the niqe potentil to dopt reshpproches. However, this role lso needs to be highlighted, s the nctiono ondtions is not crrently well nderstood in Erope, where the rles ndregltions or ondtions hve vried widely in the pst (lthogh there is oveent to converge towrd ore coon stndrds).ondtions ply n iportnt role t the locl nd ntionl levels, bt they lsohve  treendos opportnity to work in prtnership with other ondtions onprojects ddressing globl isses o tl interest. The Kn ondtion’sinititive to crete  or to bring together ondtions condcting work inentreprenership nd innovtion thereore ppers to be tiely.Eropen ondtions active in Entreprenership nd/or InnovtionProoting entreprenership is crrently  niche topic or Eropen ondtionwork, bt one tht hs cler potentil or developent, given the growingiportnce o this isse nd the politicl clite in Erope. However, to dte,only  hndl o Eropen ondtions hve been ctive in this re.or this essy, I interviewed individls t three leding ondtions in Erope ththve been ctive in these res. ollowing re the highlights ro those converstions.
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