Government is smitten with entrepreneurship. Government lusts after entrepreneur’s jobs, its revenue, its potential to revitalize urban economies and neighborhoods, and the way it can transform a city’s image.
But the love affair is largely one-sided.
Entrepreneurship is just not that into government. It can’t ignore it, but it would like it to just go away — until it needs something only government can provide.
Entrepreneurs are more likely to see government as an obstacle than a partner, but civic efforts to start and grow entrepreneurship have never been more widespread. So what is the proper role of government in entrepreneurship?
We assembled a roundtable of experts to see if this relationship can be saved.