Government and Entrepreneurship: Can the gap be closed?


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.

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