An exciting new study soon be released will benchmark the entrepreneurship policies of the Bay Area and provide a detailed review of entrepreneurship and its potential implications over the next one to five years. The San Francisco Bay Area Entrepreneurship Policy Benchmarking Overview will look at how the Bay Area compares to cities throughout the world and in the United States.

The project is being spearheaded by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a public-private partnership of business, labor, government and higher education that works to support the economic vitality and competitiveness of California and the Bay Area. Sean Randolph, the council’s president, is leading the effort; other participants include representatives from national laboratories, academic institutions, politics and corporations. I was honored to be nominated to the team based on my knowledge of cleantech and RoseRyan’s work with entrepreneurs.

I can’t mention specifics until the report is issued, most likely in the May/June timeframe, but I can tell you that the results will really illuminate the mindset and attitudes of entrepreneurs and what can be done to promote entrepreneurship throughout the region. The areas covered are comprehensive, including financing, legislation, skills, talent and technology.

As you can imagine, culture plays a big role in defining the competitiveness of our region. I can’t wait to share with you some of the key findings when the report is released.