4 Ways to Support Early-Stage Innovators Beyond the Classroom

Venture Well

In this article, we explore the types of support early-stage innovators need most, and highlight tools to assess the impact of resources. The post 4 Ways to Support Early-Stage Innovators Beyond the Classroom appeared first on VentureWell.

Improving cluster performance through entrepreneurial support programs

Carol Lauffer

Supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and company formation is critical for improving cluster performance. Establishing entrepreneurial support programs (ESPs) with a specific cluster focus can consistently help to encourage entrepreneurship, launch new businesses and move innovations to market in the targeted cluster. Economic developers create cluster initiatives in order to support the growth of a particular cluster, or clusters.

5 Ways Student Entrepreneurs Can Maximize Support Resources

Venture Well

The post 5 Ways Student Entrepreneurs Can Maximize Support Resources appeared first on VentureWell. VentureWell Program Officer, Samer Yousif, shares his insights to help student entrepreneurs make the most of the I&E resources available to them.

Should a leader support constant change?


The worrying that always precedes a change. When a new CEO or manager is hired into a company, for a while lots of energy flows from the top and new ideas seem to be generated daily.

Startup money needed to support entrepreneurs

Innovation 2 Enterprise

From the Love’s Cup collegiate business plan competition, through the R&D funding from OCAST, to the venture services provided by i2E, Oklahoma supports and encourages entrepreneurs. Instead of investing more resources or even keeping our effort constant, the state has actually disinvested in the state’s support of this critical area. By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. When Gov.

Support for entrepreneurs is a moon shot effort

Innovation 2 Enterprise

We have learned that with support and assistance, these startups can morph into “gazelles,” and when they do the payback is huge. However, there is less support for great business ideas that may not be high-growth in the traditional sense but will allow someone to start a great company and make a good living for their family or even create generational wealth within the family. By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman.

Why I support Chris Quinn

This is going to be BIG.

She came to a Startup Weekend and gave a speech about how New York wasn''t doing such a great job supporting tech entrepreneurship. Her support made the Brooklyn Tech Triangle study possible and I''m always getting questions from her team about making sure their policies are keeping the fast growing tech sector in mind. But her effort and responsiveness in the tech sector isn''t why I''m supporting Chris. I first met Chris Quinn in person three years ago.

Innovative businesses that support local communities

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

YLAI Network members Juliana Nieva de Castillo from Tucumán, Argentina and Julio César Bueno Cruz from Cali, Colombia illustrate two forms of social innovation and community support through unique business concepts.

Techstars and Hyundai Card launch Network Engagement Partnership to support Korean Startups


The partnership will support startups within Hyundai Card Studio Black, a premium amenity-driven co-working space located in the Gangnam district in Seoul, to connect startups across the Techstars network with Hyundai Card for potential collaboration opportunities.

EO Hosts International Entrepreneurial Summit at the United Nations in Support of UN Sustainable Development Goals

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The interactive International Entrepreneurial Summit (IES) focused on supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) —17 goals and 169 targets to eradicate poverty, reverse inequality and halt climate change by 2030.

Support Andrew Yang Now


So if you care about policies that are not left or right but forward into the future, support Andrew now.

Techstars Expands to Korea to Support Booming Korean Startup Sector


The accelerator will support and nourish the Korean startup ecosystem and is open to startups focused on digital and tech innovation across a variety of business verticals. Techstars and Hillstone Partners launch accelerator program in Pangyo, Korea. BOULDER, Colo.

Targeting early stage companies with the right entrepreneurial support model (to create and grow successful businesses)

Carol Lauffer

By understanding the needs of entrepreneurs and companies at different stages of the company life cycle, ecosystem builders, economic developers, and others seeking to assist with company startup can determine the right entrepreneurial support model (typically, accelerator or incubator) to create and launch.

If NYC is going to be a real innovation hub, we can't have our own senators supporting SOPA/PIPA

This is going to be BIG.

” That was until I found out that New York’s own senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, appear to support these bills. This is what movie studios and the rest of the SOPA supporters need to do. It’s been a pretty popular move for New York area politicians to jump on the bandwagon of the emergence of New York tech growth—a phenomenon they largely had nothing to do with—and say they’re supportive of the community. Tweet.

The Customer Support Experience of the Future

Tomasz Tunguz

A few weeks ago, I had my first customer support experience of the future. Why did it feel so different than a traditional customer support call? The robot understood the context, in contrast to a typical support call with requires several frustrating minutes to get on the same page as a customer service rep: “What is your account number?” For outbound support calls like fraud verification, this system works brilliantly.

Are there any crowd funding options for tech start-ups not tied to just supporting projects?


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has very strict rules about who can raise investment funds for privately held businesses, and how they are allowed to go about doing it. At the moment, this is primarily limited to raising money from very rich people who qualify as Accredited Investors , and with whom you already have a pre-existing relationship.

Supporting Coal-Impacted Economies in the West

EntreWorks Consulting

Supporting Coal-Impacted Economies in the West. Last week, I was in Denver for an important and interesting meeting of eleven coal-impacted communities from around the Mountain West. The community teams were meeting to develop work plans and to share ideas on how to create new economic opportunities while also responding to job losses in coal-related industries. On Friday, Route 50 published an excellent summary of the session, and our larger project , that is well worth reading.

Show me the money: how entrepreneurial support programs (and organizations) become financially sustainable

Carol Lauffer

Creating financially sustainable Entrepreneurial Support Programs (ESPs) and Entrepreneurial Support Organizations (ESOs) helps to ensure that they can survive the loss any revenue stream–and continue to serve clients and generate results, whether those are jobs, new business starts, etc. Change happens and it can be unpredictable.

The BF TechCelerator is Hosting a Pitch Event: Someone Will Walk Away With Up To $10,000!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Come and show support for the entrepreneurs but stay to enjoy the rest of the evening. A partnership with Invent Penn State designed to offer the region’s entrepreneurs, students, faculty members, and small business owners designated space, loan and investment programs, business support and mentoring services, and entrepreneurial training all housed in one location.

Why Support Software Is the Future of Work Email

Tomasz Tunguz

In 2005, I started as a customer support rep in the AdSense team at Google. My training focused on using a customer service tool called Trakken that Google had acquired and heavily modified to enable AdWords and AdSense teams to manage the torrent of inbound support emails from customers. In AdSense, a team of fewer than 100 people supported a few hundred thousand customers almost exclusively through email with customer satisfaction scores consistently above 90%.

“Nipping Anxiety in the Bud” is a Family Affair for a Local Mother and Son

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Blog #startup funding ben franklin technology partners bootcamps business mentor business support entrepreneurs how to make a pitch innovation TechCelerator@StateCollege technologyTECH CELERATOR @STATE COLLEGE , – Judy and Kadin Karaky know a thing or two about anxiety. Anxiety has always been present in my life and the lives of the people I care about – even our dog gets anxious”, commented Judy Karaky, a Penn State graduate with a degree in Elementary Education.

[TechSee in TechTarget] TechSee Smart uses AI vision to aid contact center support


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Ben Franklin Grew Pa.’s Economy by $4.1 Billion, Created 11,407 Jobs from 2012 to 2016: Challenges remain because of state funding shortfalls

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin does this by serving as a powerful ally for startups and innovation-led companies and by providing the essential support they need to thrive and succeed.”. Each center is united by a single mission — to invest in early-stage innovation-led firms and help to develop and support a more competitive and attractive Pennsylvania economy that creates highly paid, sustainable jobs. STATE COLLEGE, Pa.

Tech-Startups Get Their Start With Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator Program!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

News Uncategorized #startup alleghenies #startup funding ben franklin technology partners bootcamps business mentor business support entrepreneurs funding how to make a pitch innovation PA product development Somerset startup funding in Somerset tech startup technologyBen Franklin’s TechCelerator@Somerset is inviting the area’s emerging entrepreneurs to participate in an intensive 8-Week Startup Accelerator.

Strong strategies and tactics support your goal.


The structure combined the listing of the goal with a series of strategies and then tactics, each designed to support each other, each measurable and made public throughout the organization. Now we’re getting organized. There are many ways to express the roadmap for your enterprise. One of the most popular was used by the U.S. Army late in World War II, and adopted by a number of high profile businesses such as Texas Instruments after the War.

Rethinking Pitch Competitions: Create Value, Not a Spectacle

Venture Well

VentureWell Director of Venture Development, Eli Velasquez offers insights on how to develop pitch competitions that provide maximum support to startups.

Contribute to A-M-D, or support someone who does.


Everyone supports the contribution to AMD in some way, or, according to Erik’s challenge, should not be here breathing the air, taking valuable space and consuming scarce resources. Focusing your entire staff on a simple, understandable set of functions in support of the goal is a masterful way to increase productivity, create urgency and measure contribution of individuals to the common good. Accumulate or acquire (product line, breadth of services).

Techstars Foundation Accepting 2019 Grant Applications


The Techstars Foundation’s mission is to develop and support underrepresented entrepreneurs by providing nonprofit organizations with grants and access to the Techstars Network. The Techstars Foundation has supported 15 nonprofit organizations and hundreds of underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Five Years of Transformation

Co Starters

CO.STARTERS recently passed the five-year mark as a company, representing more than a decade of learnings in what is now known as “ecosystem building” support. What we now call CO.STARTERS began in 2008 as a grassroots effort supporting local creative entrepreneurs in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Including the 50+: Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, Part 1

Co Starters

At the same time, many entrepreneur supports are geared toward younger people. Step 5: Find Support—Guidance on finding the best services and supports for successful self-employment. . By Rich Bailey.

12 Days of Starters: Give the Gift of Small

Co Starters

Give the gift of small and shop local anywhere from the convenience of your couch while you leverage your holiday gift purchases to support starters and the communities they—and you!—call Supported by Launch NOLA, New Orleans Learn More View Project CO.STARTERS 2018-12-01T09:44:03-04:00.

What Accelerators Look Like in 2019


Investors that want to understand how accelerators support startups all over the world, primarily to know whether accelerated startups make for some of the best investment opportunities and specifics on where they might find those opportunities. Mentors that want to know how other mentors are involved at programs, what type of help they can offer, and how accelerators are utilizing mentor support.

New Resources from National Partners

Co Starters

The first playbook, Elevating Women in Entrepreneurship, is a 78-page guide that covers community outreach techniques, how to develop a female-supportive network, solutions for work-life balance, how to fix the pipeline to encourage more women investors, and more.

ESHIP Year Three: From Inspiration to Action

Co Starters

CO.STARTERS has been privileged to play a key role in supporting all three ESHIP Summits, from strategy to design to implementation—and this year was no exception. More than half of our CO.STARTERS national team (8 out of 15!)

Ashna Mahepal to Young Entrepreneurs: Identify Your Source of Empowerment

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Starting as a project manager with a background in engineering, Ashna launched YHS to develop and implement community projects supporting the U.N. At home she had always learned to share and help others, and her desire to support increasingly more people evolved over time.

Prize Money=Nice | Funded Pilots=Amazing

Paul G. Silva

DCC is a hardware company supporting residential electric vehicle charging installations that are otherwise unattainable because of a limited power supply. This summer I had the pleasure of facilitating the 2019 Energy (CleanTech) cohort for the AccelVT accelerator in Burlington, VT.

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Wrap-up of the Startup Community Leaders Mission USA 2018

Startup Catalyst

The mission was partly funded by Advance Queensland , which is a Queensland Government initiative to support startups and innovation. We also had a number of group workshops and facilitated discussions on every aspect of startup community building and founder support.

500 Falcons Final Close Oversubscribed at $33 million!


We set out to raise a $30 million fund to have a significant impact in the MENA region, and thanks to the support of our Limited Partners we held an oversubscribed final closing for the fund at $33 million.

Techstars Startup Weekend Goes Small Town: The Small Town Tech Advantage


At Techstars, we believe you can build a great company anywhere, and we are here to support this new workforce migration. Friendly neighbors, wide open spaces, fresh air—the benefits of rural living are real.

How Battery Entrepreneurs Learned the Power of Environmentally Responsible Business

Venture Well

With the right training and support, battery innovators can hold to their environmentally responsible values even in this super-charged competitive space.

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. How do you influence the culture of the university to be more supportive of a startup community?

Growing a Startup Ecosystem in Louisville, KY


There is already a generous #givefirst culture in the network, a variety of events and activities that support idea stage founders, and handful of startup-focused organizations that are beginning to work together. Photo courtesy of University of Louisville.

Techstars and 43North Partner to Grow Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Buffalo


Techstars is one of the world’s most respected organizations for supporting startups and building startup communities, making them the ideal partner to help Buffalo and 43North take the next steps on our journey.