What minority founders must consider before entering the venture-backed startup ecosystem

TechCrunch

But most venture-backed startups are “still overwhelmingly white, male, Ivy-League-educated and based in Silicon Valley,” according to a study conducted by RateMyInvestor and Diversity VC. Venture funding does remain elusive , but here are some tricks for startup founders to hack the system.

Growing deal flow into Africa’s startup ecosystem

Impact Hub

As entrepreneurship increasingly becomes a cornerstone of this emerging inclusive growth journey, the need for early-stage investment capital increases, demanding support for initiatives towards the access of capital for the ecosystem to thrive.

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Foreign investors have a bigger role to play in growing Latin America’s startup ecosystem

TechCrunch

There has been significant hype around Latin America’s startup success. For good reason, too: Startups have raised $9.3 But while the industry hails the rise of the region’s ecosystem and its growing fleet of unicorns , Latin America’s startup story has a far longer past.

Israel’s startup ecosystem powers ahead, amid a year of change

TechCrunch

It had produced, and was poised to produce, an enormous number of technology startups, given its relatively small size. The moniker became so ubiquitous, both at home and abroad, that “Israel Startup Nation” is now the name of the country’s professional cycling team. After a record year for Israeli startups, 16 investors tell us what’s next. Israel’s startups industry began emerging in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Discover the many ways to network at TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch

That means it’s time to refresh your face-to-face networking skills, get ready to connect with the startup ecosystem and track down opportunities IRL. We’ll open the app weeks ahead of Disrupt, which gives you plenty of time to get your networking ducks in a row.

Time to grab your pass to TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco

TechCrunch

We can’t wait to welcome you and more than 10,000 other attendees to our flagship event — the epicenter of the startup ecosystem. . Startup Battlefield 200: Startup Battlefield is expanding! It is, by far, the best launching pad for early-stage startups.

Startup Communities – Where to Find Them and How to Get Involved

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

An entrepreneur needs a network of supportive people and resources to maximize his or her chances of success, because there will always be fires to put out. While entrepreneurs can be found everywhere, some startup ecosystems are thriving more than others. Building a startup community, or startup ecosystem, is no easy task and requires a lot of intentional work. What is a startup community? Entrepreneurs are not the only players in the ecosystem.

Dear Sophie: How can I get my startup off the ground and visit the US?

TechCrunch

Dear Sophie, I’m a female entrepreneur who created my first startup a few months ago. Once my startup gets off the ground — and as COVID-19 gets under control — I’d like to visit the United States to test the market and meet with investors. Sophie Alcorn. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

The Four Cities Every Startup Should Invest in Visiting

Entrepreneurs' Organization

When you’re growing your startup, there’s something to be said for the old-fashioned meet and greet. However, hitting the streets of large cities to chat over coffee can be daunting and expensive for cash-strapped startups.

How To Grow Your Economy. Build It, Don’t Buy It!

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Building Startup Communities is the Way to Economic Growth and Recovery. We need to shi f t our economic development strategies to startup community building, (also referred to as entrepreneurial ecosystem building), as the primary approach to rebuilding our cities’ economies.

Gregslist – The Strange Attractor

Ecosystem Builder Hub

Igniting Startup Ecosystems. What ignites a startup ecosystem? Thriving startup ecosystems are good for the economy, good for society, and good for pretty much everyone. But ecosystem building is hard.

Next Media Accelerator on How Hamburg Helps Startups Gain Momentum

GAN

According to Hamburg Startup Monitor 2018, more than 660 young companies are to be found in the harbour city. Successful startups like About You, XING, Bigpoint, InnoGames, Jimdo, Mobile.de, Tipp24 and Free Now (formerly MyTaxi) started their journey in Hamburg. The hidden gem far up North is only a two-hour train ride away from VC Capital and startup epicenter Berlin and, combined, both metro regions are about eight million people strong.

Deep Dive Africa is Back: Bringing Together Investors and Startups

Impact Hub

Africa, 15 November 2021 – Deep Dive Africa, an initiative by Impact Hub and the GrowthAfrica Foundation, is back for the second year of connecting early-stage investors and African startups. Investors will enjoy a tour of the startup ecosystem in each of these cities.

We Built a More Inclusive Accelerator—Here’s What We Learned

GAN

Guest Blog by Lunar Startups. Yet, consumers with purchasing power are getting younger and more racially diverse every year, creating a huge market opportunity for startup founders who deeply understand this under-served group. Accelerator programs—one of the best tools we have to increase a startup’s survival rate—are limited in solutions provided, in ambition rewarded, and even more limited in regards to the founders who participate.

Christina Bechhold: Is Nice Necessary?

WSJ - The Accelerators

Adam Rifkin, a successful engineer and serial entrepreneur based in the Bay Area, was deemed the best networker by Fortune magazine and as profiled in Wharton professor Adam Grant’s book, Give and Take , leverages his vast network by making three introductions a day. As the global startup ecosystem continues to grow, pulling in more people, companies and institutions, I challenge us all to be grateful for the success we make.

Place, Policy, & Partnership Beyond Silicon Valley

Revolution

One in which the proportion of seed and early-stage capital invested in Bay Area startups fell below 30% for the first time in more than a decade.

SeedFuel–Rowad, Flat6Labs, and Nest on the Bahrain Startup Community

GAN

If you’ve ever wondered what an island like Bahrain has to offer to entrepreneurs and startups, we’re happy to fill you in and let you know how the ecosystem here has developed with the support of key stakeholders. Bahrain positions itself as business-friendly, with advantages that any startup would find valuable. In addition, there are a number of accelerators based in Bahrain, which can be viewed on Startup Bahrain’s ecosystem page.

12 ‘flexible VCs’ who operate where equity meets revenue share

TechCrunch

Flexible VC: A new model for startups targeting profitability. Flexible VC: A new model for startups targeting profitability. Flexible VC: A new model for startups targeting profitability. David Teten. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

Next Level Entrepreneurship: Investing in a New Generation of Startups

Entrepreneurs' Organization

With its innovative model for empowering rural women and youth, IndiVillage introduces balance to India’s ecosystem—where cities tend to grow exponentially while rural villages have few economic opportunities. “We The program’s name reflects its focus on five pillars for startup success: Customer, Achievement, Recognition, Education and Social. EO CARES is designed to address learning, networking, growth and scalability for startups.

Engaging with the startup community: in conversation with Reece Walker and William McCullough

Startup Catalyst

We talked about how startups have changed over the last few years, what support has meant to them, Startup Catalyst missions and their impact, as well as ways to get involved in the startup community. Reece Walker is a partner at McCullough Robertson and a director of Startup Catalyst. He has been a supporter of the startup community since before the word startup was in general conversation. The 2017 Startup Catalyst Europe Mission cohort?—?Will

Colabs gets $3 million seed to expand across Pakistan, launch back-office SaaS solution

TechCrunch

Lahore-based coworking space startup, Colabs , is set to roll-out a SaaS product to enable businesses meet back-office needs including company registration, talent sourcing and management, payroll processing and legal and tax compliance.

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Nine Takeaways for Startups After Our Global Tour

GAN

The entire purpose of this tour from the very beginning was to help startups operating in places like these—smaller markets that aren’t considered the world’s major tech hubs—to have additional connections, tools, and resources to build and grow their companies, wherever they are. To that end, over the course of each stop, more than a dozen startups shared their experiences of what it’s like to start and run a company in a smaller city.

Four Years of Catalyst

Startup Catalyst

Just over a month ago, we were joined by friends, supporters, and alumni for Startup Catalyst’s 4th birthday. Startup Community cohort (2017). Each organisation came to Startup Catalyst in a different way. Paul Martyn, who leads Advance Queensland as Deputy Director-General, Innovation at DITID, has been an active part of the ecosystem since we started calling it an ecosystem. QUT and Rowena have supported Startup Catalyst since the beginning.

Why Michigan Could Become a Startup Powerhouse

Hyde Park Angels

The unicorns in Michigan demonstrate a fertile startup ecosystem with unlimited opportunities. A couple weeks ago, StockX became the state’s newest in a quickly-growing cohort of unicorns, which includes two other startups that also earned the elite status this year. In February, OneStream Software announced that it had not only become a unicorn but that it is profitable as well, an achievement that few startups can claim — even by the time they exit.

How VCs, Accelerators, and Coworking Spaces Put Communities in Buildings vs. Buildings in Communities

This is going to be BIG.

Despite the attempts at seeding things way downtown, Flatiron and Soho is where tech startups grew, just like today. Just because you put up a structure doesn't mean it's going to sprout a whole innovation ecosystem. These are people whose business it is to support startups. You can get just about any wealthy person to part with some small portion of their wealth to put into risky investments, but these people don't contribute back to the ecosystem.

Crowdfunding: KickStarter, Indiegogo, AngelList, Gust: How to choose?

Gust

That’s because in the vast majority of cases, most of your contributions will be coming from your own network, and you don’t want to divide them up (since you will need to hit your ‘target’ minimum raise.). Neither has any cost to establish a profile, and both provide visibility to active angel investors and others in the startup ecosystem (Gust primarily to organized investors and funds, AngelList primarily to independent investors).

Introducing Revolution’s Second Rise of the Rest Seed Fund

Revolution

Indeed, our tour is a key part of our investment strategy, as it provides us with the opportunity to really understand the dynamics of a particular startup ecosystem. In addition to investing throughout the year, we also create programs and events to bring together the founders and CEOs in our portfolio as well as regional investors, subject matter experts, and startup support organizations. rise-of-the-rest technology startup innovation

A university’s role in an emerging startup community and other conversations

Startup Catalyst

It still felt the same, even though I had changed so much, QUT had changed so much, and the ecosystem had changed so much. Why QUT and Startup Catalyst have stayed friends. QUT has been a supporter of Startup Catalyst for four years. It was just quite extraordinary to give students the opportunity to go to Silicon Valley, see what’s happening in firms, and to do a startup weekend in the middle. It’s not all startups! Roles within the ecosystem.

Both Things Can Be True: Bias and Bad Fundraising Advice

This is going to be BIG.

The startup ecosystem is a terrific manufacturer of bad fundraising advice. In fact, just quoting the math is a really lazy way of diagnosing the problems in the ecosystem. Well, if you add it to your startup, it does a few things. First is network bias.

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How to Find a Job as a VC Scout: Compensation and Which Firms Are Recruiting

David Teten VC

Scouts are typically hired because they are well-networked and credible in an industry, geography, and/or community that a VC is focusing on. E.g., senior executives or lawyers who want to be exposed to the ecosystem, education, and the upside of potential carry. BLCK VC Scout Network.

The Rise of the Rest Class of 2019

Revolution

At the end of each tour day, we hosted a pitch competition where a local startup received a $100,000 investment from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. For the pitch competitions in Orlando, Tampa Bay, Miami, and Puerto Rico, innovative startups based within a 100-mile radius of a tour stop were invited to apply. Why did you launch (or land) your startup in Orlando? Why did you launch your startup in your city? Why did you launch your startup in your city?

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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Adam Arredondo

Ecosystem Builder Hub

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? I see an ecosystem builder as someone who takes a holistic look at creating the conditions for entrepreneurship and innovation to thrive in a community. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder?

Turns at Albuquerque: How I Measure My Career

This is going to be BIG.

It''s my favorite thing to teach as well--and I''ll be giving a class at Startup Institute this Tuesday night about it. They''re a career accelerator, which is a pretty neat concept--doing what YC and Techstars do for startups, but for your career. He joined a startup that wound up getting bought by AOL. When I took the job, the New York startup ecosystem was nascent. Who''s the VC that everyone *isn''t* trying to network with.

Early-stage venture firm The Fund launches in Australia

TechCrunch

The Fund , the early-stage investment firm focused on pre-seed and seed startups, is going Down Under for its latest expansion. Co-founder Jenny Fielding, who is also managing director at Techstars New York, said The Fund decides on new areas for expansion based on demand from the local startup ecosystem, and earlier this year, it heard from a group of founders and operators who wanted to launch it in Australia, too. We’ve got that investor network.

How to Win Consulting, Board, and Deal Roles with Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

David Teten VC

Expert Networks. Expert Network firms source subject matter experts from various domains and pair them with clients seeking topical or industry insights. I founded Circle of Experts, an expert network which I sold to Evalueserve.). Attributes the Network Seeks.

Boston startups expand region’s venture capital footprint

TechCrunch

That ice quickly melted as venture capitalists discovered that demand for software and other services that startups provide was accelerating, pushing many young tech companies back into growth mode, and investors back into the check-writing arena.

The corporate venture comeback: What startups considering CVC need to know

TechCrunch

Luisa Rubio Arribas is the head of Wayra X , Telefónica’s digital innovation hub offering funding, connections and expertise to mass-market-ready B2C startups. Corporate knowledge, R&D resources, M&A opportunities and networks are invaluable for early-stage companies.