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Marc Nager
Marc Nager is the President of UP Global and CEO and Founder of Startup Weekend. UP Global exists to empower startup community leaders and the entrepreneurs they serve worldwide. With a platform offering action-based learning programs, resources, and networks for entrepreneurs and leaders, UP Global aims to be the leading organization furthering human welfare through entrepreneurship. UP Global currently powers Startup Weekend, the Startup America Partnership, Startup Digest, NYSE Corporate Connections, and more. Entrepreneurship is something that can be both taught and learned, and Marc's on a mission to ensure the world takes advantage of that. To learn more visit

Entries by Marc Nager

SEC Lifts Public Advertising Ban: With Less Complexity Around Fundraising, Will Entrepreneurs Focus on Other Hurdles?

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 4:52 PM

In one of the most notable policy shifts in the startup world in years, the SEC vote to lift the ban on general solicitation in the JOBS Act means that startups can now publicly market their fundraising intentions. Prior to this decision, the antiquated notion that startups must...

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What UP Global Means for Entrepreneurs and Communities

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:52 AM

Just last week, Startup Weekend and the Startup America Partnership announced the launch of UP Global, a new organization that aims to foster entrepreneurial communities and provide action-based programs for entrepreneurs.

UP Global will continue to house the proven Startup Weekend brand and program alongside

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The Emergence of a New Industry Around Entrepreneurship

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 7:25 PM

We are witnessing the birth of a true industry around entrepreneurship.

Initially, earlier stages of the entrepreneurial movement were largely built on acts of goodwill, passionate volunteers, and visionary advocates. However, it has become overwhelmingly apparent that entrepreneurship is not just a "trend" (try searching "startup bubble" and scrolling...

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Unleashing Entrepreneurship: My Generation's Legacy

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 9:08 AM

This week marks a triumph for not only the world of entrepreneurs, but, I believe, for society in general. More than any other week in history, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2012 has ensured that starting a new company is the dominating topic of discussion for millions of people...

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Making Sure Everyone Is Onboard

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 7:15 PM

After hosting over 700 events and nearly 80,000 people, Startup Weekend has an incredibly unique view of the pre-startup stage in particular. Witnessing this process has carved out a few key means that startups should keep in mind, especially as they develop in early stages. Concepts like "teams are more...

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Startup

(13) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 1:04 PM

For the past two years, governmental programs at the federal, state and local levels have been pumping billions of dollars into programs designed to create new jobs. The collective result is a handful of new jobs at the cost of millions upon millions of dollars. The vast majority of these...

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