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Building Startup Incubators That Deliver Impact

Karim Samra | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Karim Samra

Designing and running a business incubator is no easy task. Yet, startups from Singapore to Nigeria to Boston are being actively recruited with pr...

Research Institutions Are a Vital Economic Engine on Long Island

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 06.10.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Long Island's research institutions are key to the region's economic activity and potential growth. We should see them not as ivory towers but as vital parts of the engine that powers the region -- and its future prosperity.

Five Examples of Companies With Internal Innovation Programs

Jacob Morgan | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Jacob Morgan

Many companies are now starting to focus on developing various types of cross-organizational innovation programs, and in some cases, these programs have been going on for years. Here are just a few that I wanted to highlight.

How To Evaluate An Incubator

Sramana Mitra | Posted 06.02.2015 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

There are over 7,500 incubators/accelerators in the world. Most fail. E ntrepreneurs are thoroughly confused on how to evaluate incubators and accelerators. Entrepreneurs are also thoroughly confused on why they get rejected by incubators and accelerators on the grounds of being too early.

6 Lessons for Schools From Start-Up Incubators

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 05.13.2015 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

As schools consider ways to include or improve entrepreneurial education, we need to consider ways to break down the barriers of traditional education in order make this endeavor meaningful and transformative to students.

The 10 New Trends in Corporate Innovation Management

Sramana Mitra | Posted 12.24.2014 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

Last year, we launched a program called the 1M/1M Incubator-in-a-Box. It has exposed us to a broad range of technology companies and their innovation goals, strategies, and processes. While most of what we have learned is confidential, I will synthesize some trends we're seeing in this domain.

Urgent Bulletin: Stanford Team Runs Up Huge Score

Mark Steinberg | Posted 12.12.2014 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

Two Stanford University dropouts, Oliver Jefferson Hancock III and Schuyler Goldstein, have become the latest in a string of overnight Silicon Valley billionaires.

The New Global Leader, Part VII: Jonathan York, PhD, Turning Passion Into Profit for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

O'Brien Browne | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Jon has been a CEO in both established businesses and startups, consultant and venture capitalist spanning the diverse yet interconnected fields of technology, academia, services, health care, government and international business.

The Daily Innovator: Email to the CEO

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 04.12.2014 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

The first thing I need from you is encouragement to take a bigger view of our business sector. We need to show a willingness to press traditional boundaries so we can liberate our thinking to see pockets of opportunity we may have overlooked.

The Perpetual Poverty Machine

Michele Vonetes Bongiovanni | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Michele Vonetes Bongiovanni

We have much more power than we realize to drive the outcomes we wish. We can and should patronize those companies making the real investments in people and planet... and by doing so we can help create the profit motive for companies to continue to do the right thing.

Made in the Lower East (miLES) -- A Community Incubator

Michael Seo | Posted 07.28.2013 | Small Business
Michael Seo

Will larger spaces mean "bigger" small businesses or will co-shared pop-ups be the next iteration? It will be interesting to keep tabs on how they develop and hopefully they meet with continued success and growth.

TechTown at the Fringes

Jason Lorimer | Posted 11.20.2012 | Detroit
Jason Lorimer

The TechTown neighborhood is a terrific Detroit asset, and it can be so much more. TechTown is a business incubator, and in order for it to thrive, we must focus on creating an environment where the area can grow organically out of existing assets.

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator: Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 12.01.2012 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

When we think of successful business creation and development, we focus on the fundamental business model, value proposition, strategy, organization and alignment of resources, and focused and disciplined execution of that strategy.

Five 1M/1M Ambassadors Win Scholarships

Sramana Mitra | Posted 11.17.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During last week's roundtable, we started the session by celebrating five of our high performing ambassadors.

Attention, FinTech Entrepreneurs!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.24.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

The contest is focused on financial technology entrepreneurs, and TradeKing, an online brokerage, will be awarding 12 1M/1M scholarships, picked from 20 finalists, to entrepreneurs who are developing apps on their platform.

Social Incubation: How to Manifest 15,000 Great Ideas

Kalon Gutierrez | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
Kalon Gutierrez

We should all agree on one simple fact: capitalists can do more. Access to education, environmental cleanup, healthcare improvement, wildlife welfare...

Spotlight on Western Massachusetts

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.16.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During today's roundtable, we turned the spotlight on Western Massachusetts, spanning the Northampton-Amherst area and the home of Smith College (my undergraduate alma mater), Amherst College, UMass, Mt. Holyoke and Hampshire College.

The Challenge Of Navigating Long Sales Cycles

Sramana Mitra | Posted 09.05.2012 | Small Business
Sramana Mitra

During today's roundtable, we had five presenters discussing a wide range of businesses.

Facebook's IPO May Harm Young Tech Startups, Expert Says

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.05.2012 | Small Business

Silicon Valley startup guru Paul Graham has issued a warning to entrepreneurs on the hunt for venture capital in the wake of Facebook's tumultuous pub...

The Digital Divide and the Racial Wealth Gap: Why Supporting Minority Business Enterprise is an Answer for Both

David Honig | Posted 05.05.2012 | Technology
David Honig

We are currently facing the greatest threat to first class citizenship, competitiveness, economic growth, and moral fiber as a nation since segregation. A deep digital divide exists at a critical point in our nation's history where we are transitioning from an industrial to a digital society.

Innovate Before You Incubate: Harvard's Real World Obstacle Course for Practicing Innovation

Ben Uyeda | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business
Ben Uyeda

Tech innovators and web entrepreneurs are the new rock stars. Their stories are fueling a sub-culture of entrepreneurial-obsessed students that see start-ups as exciting alternatives to traditional employment.

Free Apps, Ad-Supported Business Models are Dangerous!

Sramana Mitra | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business
Sramana Mitra

At today's roundtable, the last for 2011, we had four different countries represented and an intense set of discussions on five very interesting busin...

Investors Love Top Startup Incubator Graduates

Marty Zwilling | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Business incubators for sharing services were all the rage back in the days of the dot-com bubble. About that time the bubble burst, causing more than 80 percent of them to disappear. Now they are coming back.

How Do You Bootstrap Freemium Ventures?

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

During this week's roundtable, we had Inoh Choe from San Jose, Calif. pitch DemoTunes, a freemium concept. One of the discussions that ensued was abou...

Investors and Incubators Need to Look at Pre-Incubation

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Sramana Mitra

This week, I've had several meetings with venture funds, incubators, corporate accelerators and other significant players in the startup ecosystem. On...