Sat.Dec 14, 2019 - Fri.Dec 20, 2019

Innovation in Sustainability: From Trash to Textiles

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Monique Maissan is an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in Shanghai, CEO of Vision Textiles, and founder of Waste2Weave. Monique has been a pioneer in sustainability in the notoriously environmentally unfriendly textile and fashion industry for more than 20 years.

Soul Care for the Ecosystem Builder

Co Starters

Shining a light on burnout among entrepreneurs and the people who support them. Burnout is not a new topic for the business world. The nature and risks of employee burnout have been extensively researched in relation to large corporations.

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The Future of Startup Ecosystems Across the Globe


The idea of being a founder has never been so popular around the world, so how is that going to change industries and entire regions?

Advancing social and environmental change in Argentina

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Entrepreneurship can empower individuals and communities limited in resources. Someone with a good entrepreneurial spirit will look for ways to improve a community and its integrity through its businesses and missions.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Public Speaking Essentials

Entrepreneurs' Organization

If just the thought of speaking in front of a crowd gives you heart palpitations and sweaty palms, it’s probably worth investing time in improving your public speaking abilities.

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The Value of the 500 Seed Accelerator in 2019


Going into 2020, 500 will be entering it’s tenth year of operation. It’s been a crazy journey for us from a small first batch of startups in our Silicon Valley Accelerator to running accelerators across the globe and investing in founders from over 76 countries.

It’s Time for a Mission Statement Makeover


It’s that time of year: annual planning. Nearly every company on the planet is taking a look at what they’ve done and what they’re planning to do in the coming year, and we’re doing it right along with them. Two things typically undergird all of the questions that surround this process—company values and a mission statement.

Cassandra Bailey Launches Children’s Book Series Talking About Mom’s Job

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Cassandra Bailey, CEO of Slice Communications , is one of the millions of entrepreneurs in the world who are also mothers. Additionally, Bailey is the author of a new series of children’s books about women just like her.

2019: An Innovative Year in Review

UBI Global

Journey through the 2019 global innovation community activities with UBI Global Join us as we present the 2019 year in review and examine the impactful collaborations that took place through business incubator and accelerator programs and their startup clients.

State of MENA Startups 2019, Report

MAGNiTT and 500 Startups jointly launch first 'State of MENA Startups 2019" report. Survey findings reveal insights on trends in fundraising exercise, exit opportunities, hiring, and growth optimization.

¡Hola Batch 11 LatAm! These are the 9 Startups Joining our Latest Batch in Mexico City


500 Startups is excited to announce the latest batch from our Seed Accelerator based in Mexico City. The Mexico City program focuses on providing mentorship and guidance to foster fast-paced growth for Spanish-speaking, early-stage companies based in Latin America.

Avoiding 5 Common Cyber Entrepreneur Pitfalls

Dream It

Avoiding 5 Common Cyber Entrepreneur Pitfalls In this #DreamitLive, Ron Gula , president of Gula Tech Ventures , joins Steve Barsh to talk about the 5 most common mistakes cyber entrepreneurs make and how to avoid them.

grant money and contracts: which is right for your venture?

Venture Well

Grant money and contracts can offer early-stage innovators with many benefits, but how do you determine which funding source is right for your venture? The post grant money and contracts: which is right for your venture? appeared first on VentureWell.

How to Apply the 3 P's to Selecting Angel Investments

The Seraf Compass

The first approach we recommend for selecting investable companies is to screen each company by examining the Team, Market Opportunity and Product. That’s a great way to sift through hundreds of companies to find the few diamonds in the rough. But for serious angels with more solid prospects than they can possibly invest in, a second filter is needed

The Startup Funding Gap

This resource discusses the gap between early funding from friends/family and the more substantial rounds from angel groups and VCs. Why does this gap exist and what can be done about it?

Niama El Bassunie’s Mission to Unlock Trade in Africa


It is within 500’s DNA to invest in talented founders, no matter whether they are situated in Silicon Valley or on the other side of the world. Earlier this year, we partnered with Magnitt, one of the premier players in the MENA entrepreneurial ecosystem, to come out with a State of MENA Startups 2019¹.

A Key to Entrepreneurial Success: Finding Your Third Place

Smart Hustle Magazine

How important could a barbershop be? John Merrick rose from slavery to found the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, one of the largest black-owned businesses in the United States.

perfecting surgical simulations: q&A with hannah eherenfeldt from e-team, ReSuture

Venture Well

ReSuture is developing a material for use in surgical simulations for future surgeons to learn complex procedures before operating on a patient. . The post perfecting surgical simulations: q&A with hannah eherenfeldt from e-team, ReSuture appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators healthcare technology

[OurCrowd in Globes] OurCrowd consortium wins New Zealand incubator tender


OurCrowd and its partners have been chosen by New Zealand government agency, Callaghan Innovation to run a new agtech and foodtech incubator in New Zealand. Read more here. The post [OurCrowd in Globes] OurCrowd consortium wins New Zealand incubator tender appeared first on OurCrowd.

The Greg Main Distinguished Scholar Award

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Application. About Greg Main. As his children were growing up, Greg Main would often ask them around the dinner table, “What have you done you to distinguish yourself today?” An excellent role model, Greg distinguished himself throughout his life.

10 Ways to Increase Customer Loyalty

Smart Hustle Magazine

Gaining customers is the first step, and a big one at that! But the next step — keeping those customers coming back — is ongoing work. Your customer base can act as your cheering squad as long as you keep them feeling good about your brand.

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Dr. Ebony Edwards

Forward Cities

This interview is part of the “Ecosystem Builders” series. More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here. Dr. Ebony Edwards is passionate about making a unique and positive impact in Kansas City. She is a member of our ESHIP Communities Council in Kansas City.

[PRESS RELEASE] OurCrowd joins international consortium to win incubator tender in New Zealand


Jerusalem / December 16, 2019 – OurCrowd, the global venture investing platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, announced today that it is part of a consortium that has won a tender to run a start-up incubator in New Zealand.

The Breakout Tech Company Of 2019


It’s that time of year, where I — as a committee of one judge, but now in consultation with my Haystack colleagues Ian and Aashay — select one startup in the tech ecosystem that “broke out” and has the makings of an even larger outcome should things continue to go right.

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When All Seems Lost What Do You Do? Keep Positive Says This Founder.

Smart Hustle Magazine

Austin Rolling's energy and can do attitude explode through the phone. Today he's the co-founder of Outfield , a sales team management app which help companies discover valuable insights about their market, track and verify team activity, and communicate across all their devices.

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Gerald Smith

Forward Cities

This interview is part of the “Ecosystem Builders” series. More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here. Meet Kansas City entrepreneur and ecosystem builder Gerald Smith.

[OurCrowd in Digital Journal] OurCrowd Joins International Consortium to Win Incubator Tender in New Zealand Read more: [link]


OurCrowd, the global venture investing platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, announced today that it is part of a consortium that has won a tender to run a start-up incubator in New Zealand.

5 Predictions for 2020

Tomasz Tunguz

Here are my 5 predictions for 2020. The direct listing becomes the standard way for startups to go public in 2020. The idea has been proven by Slack and Spotify, and many others will follow. Most startups at IPO have plenty of cash and don't need to raise more in the public markets. The direct listing enables them to go public without raising capital. The M&A market continues to surge. Software M&A in 2019 reached about $170B up from $136B in 2018, up 25%.

Ramon Trains His First Entry Level Team Member. 5 Key Take Aways

Smart Hustle Magazine

For just about all the companies I've started I've hired and worked with team members who came with years of expertise in what I needed. Web developers, accountants, bloggers, video editors and etc. However, recently, I've hired my first production assistant, an entry level position.

Solution Stories: Expanding Opportunity in Franklin County, Ohio

Forward Cities

Editor's Note. This article is part of a larger series called Solution Stories, which aim to tell the story of the work Forward Cities is helping to guide in cities across the country. For additional background on the specific approach taken in communities like Franklin County.