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Startup Accelerators

Going Against the Flow: David Cohen, Co-Founder of Techstars

Charu Sharma | Posted 11.25.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

It's about changing the world for the better. Innovating, and improving the human condition. I think motivation and drive, coupled with raw talent, help make founders successful. It's not that simple, but that's a great start.

Why Everyone Should Join an Accelerator

Bobby George | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
Bobby George

In a very real, almost palpable sense, accelerators harken back to the forgotten days of apprentices, where the long afternoons of tedious practice spent toiling in the hot afternoon sun were rewarded by the cool breeze of Olympian-Inspired dreams captured by the main nightly event.

Education and Outcomes: Startup Institute Publishes its Proven Results

Shaun_Johnson | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education

As the innovation economy continues to push on the concept of traditional education and how it aligns with purposeful careers, many entrants have entered the space. Since 2012, Startup Institute, a career accelerator which I cofounded, has been one of the largest and earliest players.

Pasadena Startups Bridge Design and Technology

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.23.2015 | Los Angeles
Soren Petersen

Pasadena, known for the Rose Parade and its quaint Old Town, is fast becoming a vibrant center of entrepreneurship and innovation in Southern California.

Accelerating Impact Fund Managers to Spur Investments in the Base of the Pyramid

David Bank | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
David Bank

First-time fund managers have a hard time raising capital in any area of private equity. Add in low-income customers, challenging frontier markets and a requirement for demonstrable social impact and first-time social-impact fund managers face even greater obstacles.

Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Spotlight at White House Today

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

America's greatest innovators come from all states, not just from Silicon Valley. They can be students in Boise, a farmer in McMullen or a single parent in Anchorage. Unfortunately, securing the resources they need is often a daunting task.

Going Against the Flow: Sara Capra, Cofounder of Orate

Charu Sharma | Posted 08.03.2015 | DC
Charu Sharma

Sara Capra is co-founder of Orate, an online marketplace where event organizers and public speakers can easily find one another, helping event planners find the perfect speakers for their audiences. Sara previously worked in Global Partnerships at the United Nations Foundation, where she helped develop strategic partnerships to support the organization's mission.

Big Companies Can Avoid Disruption by Partnering With Startup Accelerators

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

David Cohen started as a software programmer at age 13 and since then he has had only one job interview. Cohen started three startups and now is the f...

Climbing Sand Dunes and Talking Seed Accelerators in Namibia

Michael Goldberg | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Since early May, I have been based at the Polytechnic of Namibia, working with students and faculty on entrepreneurship on a Fulbright Senior Specialist fellowship. Located in Southwest Africa, Namibia is one of the least dense countries in the world.

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.

8 Innovations That Caught My Eye

Ari Garber | Posted 05.06.2015 | Small Business
Ari Garber

When you stop and think about how much innovation has impacted your life, it is easy to see just how much it affects us. Not only does innovation make our lives much more convenient, it also allows us to continue innovating.

5 Startup Secrets For Women

Susan Liang | Posted 01.19.2015 | Business
Susan Liang

You'll never know what you're capable of until you take yourself not just to the edge, but jump off of it entirely. Take a risk on yourself: go after your dream and dream big while you're at. Go big or go home.

5 Questions to Answer Before Raising a New Investment Fund

Ray Leach | Posted 01.03.2015 | Small Business
Ray Leach

Many community leaders believe one of the best ways to create real growth (wealth, jobs and opportunities) is to invest capital (debt or equity) in hi...

Energy Excelerator's New Space Brings New Energy

Jason Rushin | Posted 11.24.2014 | Hawaii
Jason Rushin

In Hawaii, everyone feels the pain of high energy costs, so we're very amenable to being early adopters of new technologies and ideas, such as residential solar.

It's Feast or Famine for U.S. Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 11.24.2014 | Small Business
Ray Leach

We cannot beg, shame or coerce venture capitalists into putting their money on the table in more diverse regions. But if we stay focused on building our own world-class entrepreneurial ecosystems, we won't have to. It will happen naturally.

Startup Accelerator Applying Multisided Crowdsourcing

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Identifying and attracting potential startup firms has so far been a game of chance, with far too much money chasing far too few opportunities. Thos...

To Get More Entrepreneurs, We Must Create Better Ecosystems

Ray Leach | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Ray Leach

As CEO of JumpStart Inc., a non-profit organization founded to address the lack of entrepreneurial growth in Northeast Ohio, I am sometimes called upo...

Maximizing Your Accelerator Experience

Jamie N. Jones | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Jamie N. Jones

Are you considering joining an accelerator in hopes of propelling your startup into the ranks of Airbnb and Dropbox? As accelerators proliferate, you...

5 Lessons Learned Mentoring 300+ Student Entrepreneurs at European Innovation Academy

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

I just got back to The States after an amazing experience in the South of France mentoring at European Innovation Academy, a three week entrepreneursh...

How to Create More Social Entrepreneurs

Jennifer Hirsch | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Jennifer Hirsch

Every day, I hear about one of the following: An individual's deep desire to find meaningful work -- where she can practice her craft and change the...

Corporations and Startups No Longer Strange Bedfellows

Jason Grill | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Jason Grill

Entrepreneurs hold the keys to spark innovation that corporations lack. In 2013, we saw more corporations interacting with the startup community and doing things they have never done before. Why are they doing this?

Kansas City Is Becoming a Mecca for Big Technology Names

Jason Grill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jason Grill

Kansas City will continue to be a catalyst for growth in the entrepreneurial sector in America and its technology innovation prowess is proving to be on the rise.

Why (and How) We Chose the Home Base for Our Startup

Svetlana Dotsenko | Posted 10.21.2013 | Small Business
Svetlana Dotsenko

The entrepreneurship space of the future is a blended model with an industry focus, which allows entrepreneurs to pick the elements that matter most to them.

Boosting Your Startup's Performance

Anastasia Roumelioti | Posted 05.18.2013 | Small Business
Anastasia Roumelioti

Being a mentor and an investor at an accelerator is also a wonderful opportunity to invest in smart people that bring innovation and have an impact in society's welfare by supporting small businesses that create new jobs.

The Startup-Generating Secrets Of Y Combinator

Vanity Fair | Posted 01.10.2013 | Technology

Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Twice a year, close to 200 teams of aspiring tech entrepreneurs, most in their 20s, converge on Mountain View, in Si...