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What Accelerators Look Like in 2019

GAN

Each year, GAN asks the accelerators in our community hundreds of questions on their programs with one goal in mind—to gather concrete insights into the state of the accelerator industry as it stands in any particular year. Responses from our yearly survey culminate in a giant data report available to any accelerator from the community that provided us with their data.

Angel Investing War Stories: Roller Coaster Rides and Lessons Learned

The Seraf Compass

One of the best parts about angel investing is all the great stories you gather over the years.

Marketing Your Portfolio Companies to Other Investors

David Teten - VC

One of my most important responsibilities as a VC is recruiting appropriate co-investors and follow-on investors. See How VCs structure a syndicate and recruit coinvestors for more on this. I’ve provided here a template for sharing profiles of your companies with other VCs. At every VC where I’ve worked, I’ve created a set of short company descriptions in the format below.

No Limits: Looking Back with GSEA Finalist Carlos Rivas

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Carlos Rivas was a student in El Salvador when he competed in the 2012 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). After earning a spot as a finalist, he traveled to New York City to take part in the Global Finals.

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It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

Co Starters

By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary. As the ecosystem building approach to economic and community development gains interest and credibility, the title of “ecosystem builder” has emerged to represent a specific type of community leader.

Sherri Hammons on staying humble and staying strong

TechStars

As a successful woman CTO, Sherri Hammons is well known for being both humble and strong. Her Oklahoma childhood taught her the importance of always giving (and how to get back on the bucking bronco).

How Challenging Assumptions Can Help Startups Save Lives

Venture Well

Challenging assumptions is a valuable process for any venture, and one that entrepreneurs should not be afraid to embrace. The post How Challenging Assumptions Can Help Startups Save Lives appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators global health Saving Lives at Birth

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Meet the Startups of Batch 25

500

At 500, it’s our mission to back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, whether they’re on the other side of the globe or in our own backyard. The latest San Francisco accelerator batch was no exception. Over the past three months, companies from 12 countries participated in our flagship program, building their companies and preparing for Demo Day on August 22nd. Competition was fierce, and these companies represent the top 2% of applicants for our accelerator.

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LaunchPad Lift Student Business Spotlight: Visos

TechStars

Highlights of student-led ventures participating in LaunchPad Lift, part of the Blackstone LaunchPad® powered by Techstars® entrepreneurship program.

NewsGuard: Fighting misinformation with Nutrition Labels for news

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

NewsGuard helps its users distinguish between reliable news websites and those from bad actors trying to fool readers. By Macaela Bennett and Sarah Brandt. When you see a headline in a social media post or search result, do you know who’s behind the article or whether they have an agenda?

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How to Accept Challenges and Thrive Alongside Business Risk

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by David Disiere. Fear of failure can have significant sway over entrepreneurs wanting to launch their own startups. But imagine what would be possible if failure were completely and utterly avoidable. Further, imagine what would be possible if failure did not hold anyone back.

Snacking on Growth in Miami

500

Breaking Down the Business of Startup Growth: Did you know that each day we provide a snack to founders? The Snack daily newsletter provides tips for startup growth-hacking that are fun and easy to digest. Founders sign up to learn some cool new things, help their startups grow, and to have a quick laugh. Here are a couple of examples: The Snack // July 4, 2019 Don’t send email from a no-reply send address…!

Techstars Brings Smart Mobility-Focused Accelerator to Turin, Italy

TechStars

Techstars and Compagnia Di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and the Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center announce Techstars Smart Mobility Accelerator, first Techstars accelerator in Italy. BOULDER, Colo.

Smart Women, Smart Hustle - New Events, Community and Content

Smart Hustle Magazine

Women-owned and women-led businesses are on the rise. Female founders are not a “niche” category but a powerful community of leaders and executives who are increasingly starting companies, seeking funding, living their dreams, providing for their families, employing others and thriving.

Proptech, AI and the Future of the Workspace Sector: a Q&A with Antony Slumbers

GCUC

by Cat Johnson. Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part interview series with proptech expert Antony Slumbers, originally posted on uk.gcuc.co.

Knight Riders

OurCrowd

Ten years ago, cars with built-in Bluetooth, GPS, and parking sensors were the domain of luxury vehicles. Now, even the most affordable economy level car has these features. The next 10 years in auto-tech promise to make the last few decades look like a warm-up. Going Autonomous.

Techstars Announces Accelerator in Abu Dhabi, Second Accelerator in UAE

TechStars

Techstars partners with Hub71 to launch Techstars Hub71 Accelerator. BOULDER, Colo. July 23, 2019 – Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of the Techstars Hub71 Accelerator.

What makes a successful and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem? (Part 2)

Forward Cities

Reflections on measurement and definitions for evaluation – Part 2. By Stacey Williams , PhD, MPH – Director of Evaluation, Forward Cities. The essence of an entrepreneurial ecosystem is its people and the culture of trust and collaboration that allows them to interact successfully.

Edition #1: Tony Bacigalupo

GCUC

Here at GCUC we are immensely fortunate to cross paths and work with so many amazing people. Through our work, we’ve cultivated a global community of people we think you should know about. Community of Cultivators is a new blog series to introduce you to coworking game changers and connectors.

7 Resources to Help You Find a Mentor Today

Smart Hustle Magazine

If you’re trying to find your way in the world as an entrepreneur , or simply in your career, you should know that you don’t have to go at it alone. There is a long line of women who have walked this road before you.

Techstars Partners with LaunchVic, Tennis Australia and Victoria University to bring SportsTech Accelerator to Melbourne

TechStars

Techstars launches second accelerator focused on SportsTech, in Australia. BOULDER, Colo. July 22, 2019 – Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced the launch of the Techstars SportsTech Melbourne Accelerator.

Your body, disrupted

OurCrowd

In April, scientists at Tel Aviv University “printed” the world’s first 3D vascularized heart using a patient’s own cells and biological material. This is just the tip of the medical iceberg.

Can your team overcome messy problems?

Berkonomics

Some problems seem impossible to surmount. Leaders and teams can be overwhelmed. We’ve all probably experienced this. Several big problems hit us at once. Or the system goes down, stranding everyone. Or worse yet, “We’ve been hacked.” Add the twist of ransomware? The inevitability of a big problem.

Notes from Office Hours with Guillaume Cabane

Tomasz Tunguz

A little while ago, we were lucky to host Guillaume Cabane at Office Hours in a new format: 30 minute 1-on-1s with a few companies. It was a huge success and a format that we will continue because of all the learning. Guillaume was kind to share some takeaways from the event below. If you’re in B2B SaaS, you most likely have a finite TAM. For the love of ARR, please get the exact list of all accounts in your TAM (at least US). Do some simple math to output a predicted value per account.

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Doing More Together: Techstars Foundation and Western Union Foundation join forces to support underrepresented entrepreneurs

TechStars

When Techstars launched an accelerator with Western Union to drive innovation for the next generation of financial services solutions and payment technology, we already knew that Techstars and Western Union had a lot in common. We both love innovation and finding new solutions.

Meet the sports startup funded by Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic

OurCrowd

Breaking all previous records, Israeli companies raised $3.9B in a brilliant first half of 2019 – let the good times roll!

Funding Friday: “Arduino Meets Crypto”

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This Kickstarter project is for a circuit board that makes it easy for developers to create IOT devices that work on Blockchains. It currently supports Ethereum, Whisper, and IPFS. I backed it this morning and am sharing it with all of you in case you want to as well. blockchain crowdfunding crypto

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YC Interviews in Israel

Y Combinator

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be holding interviews for the Winter 2020 batch in Tel Aviv for founders based in Israel. These interviews will take place on September 10 and 11. We’ve been funding Israeli startups for a long time, and this time we thought it would be easier if we went right to the source. These interviews will be just like regular YC interviews. There is no difference in the application or in our criteria for acceptance. If accepted, you’ll join the YC Winter 2020 batch.

Techstars partners with Create Labs to bring inclusive product design to Techstars accelerator programs

TechStars

Techstars and Create Labs have partnered to introduce Techstars Includes – Product Design.

[OurCrowd in The Jewish Chronicle] Israel hungry for advances in food technology development

OurCrowd

Jon Medved, chief executive of the crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, which is also part of Sparks, said innovation in food and agriculture technology was at an all-time high. Read more here.

Parenting

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Parenting is the hardest and greatest job that I have had. It presents the thorniest problems and generates the greatest rewards. We had the pleasure of spending most of yesterday with our three kids and their significant others. The occasion was our oldest daughter’s masters thesis presentation at her MFA program. She is an artist who works with computer generated imagery and animation.

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Speed is critical for many successful entrepreneurs

Innovation 2 Enterprise

By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. I have learned over the past six years that the single most important advice I can give an entrepreneur is this: Never underestimate the importance of going fast. Once you stick your head up, the world is going to respond. Some people will buy into your idea. Others will be quick to tell you why it cannot work.

Techstars Accelerators Open Applications for 2020 Q1 Programs

TechStars

Applications are now open for Q1 2020 Techstars mentorship-driven accelerators. These program spanning North America, Europe, and the Middle East are looking for the best entrepreneurs to join their 2020 programs.

The Importance of Combating Misinformation in Our Daily Activities Through Media Literacy

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Japhé Mercier. As an economist, entrepreneur and young social activist, I always face misinformation in my work field. It’s one of my biggest issues.

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Smart Thermostats

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My colleague Dani sent me this chart last week: I believe this is more or less a proxy for smart wifi-enabled thermostats in the US. Those would be Nest, Honeywell Lyric, Hive thermostats and a lot of others too. Those are pretty big jumps from 6.5% to 8.9% to 11.4%

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[Celeno in Yahoo Finance] Orange Labs to Research AI Innovation Over Celeno Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging Platform to Enable New Smart Home Applications

OurCrowd

Celeno, a leading provider of smart, innovative Wi-Fi solutions, announced today that Orange Labs will engage in researching AI classifiers for human postures, behaviors and events to increase contextual interpretation of situations in the home. Read more here. The post [Celeno in Yahoo Finance] Orange Labs to Research AI Innovation Over Celeno Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging Platform to Enable New Smart Home Applications appeared first on OurCrowd.

Innovator Spotlight: Sidney Collin of De Oro Devices

Venture Well

Sidney Collin of E-Team, De Oro Devices, has complemented her technical background with business and entrepreneurship skills. The post Innovator Spotlight: Sidney Collin of De Oro Devices appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators Healthcare Technology startup