Why College Is a Great Entrepreneurial Incubator

Up and Running

Recent college graduates often knew the grunt work that went into working at a big PR firm, or the hustle required to sell their own apparel, and could communicate to me the transition from college to real-world better than a CEO could. Oh, college.

Q&A with Business Incubator Co-founder Joe Maruschak

Up and Running

This is where incubators come in. Incubators were designed to fill the gap between knowledge and connections. Incubators provide that very important sense of community. Incubators versus accelerators: What’s the difference? Our incubator is a place to get ready.

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How to Evaluate an Offer from a Startup Incubator

The Startup Lawyer

Great news — your startup just got accepted to an incubator! But before your startup signs up and cashes that $[XX,000] check, your startup’s co-founders should sit down and evaluate the incubator’s offer. The following are some issues to consider and actions to take before accepting an incubator’s offer: (1) Calculate Valuation and Determine Value. Pre-money valuations startups receive from incubators are typically low…really low.

Bill Gross IdeaLabs a different kind of incubator

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Bill started IdeaLabs in 1996 , long before the idea of startup incubators was popular. IdeaLab Infrastructure - Everything you need to start and build a company; Engineering, Designers, HR, Recruiters, Finance, Legal, PR, office admin, photo/video services, etc.

Australian Incubator StartMate Graduates Its First Class of Startups

ReadWriteStart

StartMate , a new seed fund that has brought the Y Combinator-model of incubator program to Australia, has just graduated its first class of startups.

Twitter Link Roundup #290 – Seriously. A Ton of Good Stuff For Small Business, Startups, and Designers!

crowdSPRING Blog

Here’s What’s Cooking in a Few of the Country’s Hottest Design Incubators crowdspring.co/1OfjE4q. We do, after all, love our city. Chicagoans are true and for good reason; we live in a place that is underestimated and overlooked in so many ways and for so many reasons.

Twitter Link Roundup #277 – More Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

crowdSPRING Blog

Why this incubator takes the studio approach to startup creation for.tn/1D0Wh6C. At the risk of freaking out certain people in our office (no names mentioned; OK, hi Bianca!) I shared this video which is in turns creepy and incredibly beautiful.

Silicon Valley Angel Investing and Incubation 2.0 (Hong Kong.

500 Hats

Middle America vs Silicon Valley, OpenID, & Single Sign-on Top 5 reasons PR doesnt work (for Geeks) VCs & Tech Lawyers: INNOVATE, AUTOMATE, SIMPLIFY. The Lean VC: a Silicon Valley story about Innovation, Incubation, & Iteration.

Twitter Link Roundup #129 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

The dirty secret behind the incubator boom - [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Twitter Link Roundup #116 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

What history teaches us about startup incubators – [link]. PR to come to grips with Data (or not) – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Twitter Link Roundup #235 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

crowdSPRING Blog

1871 Ranks 9th In The World In Survey Of Business Incubators – crowdspring.co/Xe1N6Y. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Twitter Link Roundup #215 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

crowdSPRING Blog

1871 to launch incubator for female entrepreneurs – crowdspring.co/1gnuwsz. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Twitter Link Roundup #117 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

ExcelerateLabs ranked in the top Startup Incubators by Forbes – [link]. Why Startups Shouldn’t Hire PR Firms – [link]. Facing Another PR Disaster: Google Accused Of Fraudulently Undermining A Kenyan Startup – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Twitter Link Roundup #105 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Giving startups a kick start: Incubators dole out advice and capital - [link]. Awesomeness business community crowdsourcing design How To inspiration Interviews marketing Reviews social media start-up tips Strategy Technology writing ads advertising copywriting entrepreneur entrepreneurship facebook industrial design leadership package design pr product design public relations small biz small business startups twitter

StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups

SoCal CTO

This site aggregates and filters content from thought leaders who talk about topics such as Marketing , Sales , Design , Revenue , Hiring , Social Media , Business Models , Metrics , PR , Venture Capital , Angel Investors , Bootstrapping , Incubators , Agile and many others.

Hacking a Corporate Culture: Stories, Heroes and Rituals in Startups and Companies

Steve Blank

For example, when companies say, “We value our employees” but have reserved parking spots, a private cafeteria and over-the-top offices for the executives that tells you more than any PR spin. Or if a CEO proudly boast about their corporate incubator, but the incubator’s parking lot is empty at 5:15 pm. I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies.

Twitter Link Roundup #139 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

San Quentin prison has a startup incubator for inmates? Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

VC value add: trends and challenges

The Equity Kicker

Note: I haven’t included accelerator programmes or incubators. Founder Collective: hired a journalist to help their portfolio with PR. Balderton Capital: have a head of PR and content, a data scientist, and a talent and development analyst.

StartupRoar.com – A Source Of Aggregated, Curated Entrepreneurial Content

YoungUpstarts

You’ll find content categorized into different topics such as Marketing , Sales , Design , Revenue , Hiring , Social Media , Business Models , Metrics , PR , Venture Capital , Angel Investors , Bootstrapping , Incubators , Agile and many others.

Here’s Why a Booming Tech Market May Fool You into Thinking You’re Successful

Both Sides of the Table

We’ve had an explosion of alternate sources of financing from crowd-sourcing, angels, accelerators, incubators, corporates, corporate incubators. Since 2009 we’ve been in an unequivocal bull market. Venture capitalists have raised increasing amounts of money from their investors (LPs) every year. An impressive number of new VCs have been created – most of them with new seed funds.

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How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

Both Sides of the Table

If you create a business and start building products and go into an incubator or raise angel/seed money and don’t think about Market Size and Market Structure I only have one question: Why? That marketing can be PR or SEO or influencer distribution or other forms of “unpaid” marketing. PR requires time and effort from your team that isn’t spent elsewhere and thus is a real cost. Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail.

Twitter Link Roundup #144 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Incubator 1871 Nurtures Chicago’s Growing Startup Scene – [link]. Twitter link roundups ads advertising branding copywriting crowdsourcing design entrepreneur entrepreneurship facebook industrial design leadership marketing package design pr product design public relations small biz small business Social media startups twitter writingEvery day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

The Importance of Partnership Agreements, NDAs, and Security: Lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley”

Up and Running

The plan works, the story is killed off, and series’ nominal villain is left with a PR disaster. Image via HBO. Of all the television shows that center around businesses, none feel closer to reality than HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”

15 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name

Hearpreneur

So I thought to myself how can I help other entrepreneurs through the same issues – I now have the experience, so I wanted to setup a type of incubator/Venture capital arm. To make it more unique, I dropped the E, and BLND PR was born.

9 Women Can’t Make a Baby in a Month

Both Sides of the Table

You hire people too fast, you over build your products, you try to force market adoption and you do PR blitzes before your product is really ready for prime time. This post originally appeared on TechCrunch.

5 of the most famous (and effective) growth hacks of all time

The Next Web

He mentors young startups at Singapore Management University and True Incube Thailand , a 500 Startups Partner. If a big corporation is pushing a new product, you might expect them to take out TV ads, online ads, maybe hire a PR agency and set up big distribution partnerships.

You should be able to explain your startup in one sentence

The Next Web

When it comes to as finding the perfect words to say while crafting your short and sweet pitch, this is the second way most startups and PR firms end up doing it wrong.

What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC – Knowing What I Know Now?

Both Sides of the Table

The other problem with extreme success is that for some VCs it makes them disinterested in middling outcomes, things that take a long time to incubate or solving thorny problems when a company doesn’t immediately move up and to the right. Picking a VC is hard.

Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Both Sides of the Table

I know this will fall like a lead balloon to the many people who believe it is possible to have a [insert: startup incubator or technology accelerator or technology consultant or outsource firm] build your technology. I recently did a post for startups on understanding sales people.

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University of Vermont PR on Patents and Innovation

Campus Entrepreneurship

A few highlights of the university’s role in fostering innovation and the economy in Vermont include: The release, which can be read here , lists various actives and institutions such as: The UVM Office of Technology Commercialization, a statewide incubator program. I am posting University of Vermont’s press release on the new patent law to highlight the traditional response of research universities to calls for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Startup Metrics for Pirates: SeedCamp 2009 (Sept 2009, London.

500 Hats

Middle America vs Silicon Valley, OpenID, & Single Sign-on Top 5 reasons PR doesnt work (for Geeks) VCs & Tech Lawyers: INNOVATE, AUTOMATE, SIMPLIFY. The Lean VC: a Silicon Valley story about Innovation, Incubation, & Iteration. Master of 500 Hats A blog about Geeks, Entrepreneurs, & Startups in Silicon Valley, by Dave McClure. The Internet Revolution, Act III.

Guaana And Prototron Team Up To Link Ideas And Scientists

ArcticStartup

On top of the cash the teams are offered also PR support, corporate marketing channels and 6 months of incubation in Tehnopol Startup Incubator in Tallinn to prepare the startups for market entry and investment readiness.

1M/1M Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Microsoft’s $100k India Startup Challenge Grant

VentureWoods

We discussed guerilla p.r., General 1m/1m bootstrapping Bootstrapping Education business incubator cloud computing Entrepreneur Incubator Entrepreneur Roundtable entrepreneurship education Financing Consulting One Million by One Million Positioning Consulting startup incubator strategy consulting strategy roundtable

How to Pitch a VC (aka Startup Viagra: How to Give a VC a Hard-On.

500 Hats

Middle America vs Silicon Valley, OpenID, & Single Sign-on Top 5 reasons PR doesnt work (for Geeks) VCs & Tech Lawyers: INNOVATE, AUTOMATE, SIMPLIFY. The Lean VC: a Silicon Valley story about Innovation, Incubation, & Iteration.

Become an Entrepreneur--No Idea Required

Inc Startups

There's an incubator for that. Managing Director Millie Tadewaldt says unlike a traditional incubator that brings in early-stage start-ups already working on idea, Sandbox simply looks for talented people–often with no entrepreneurial experience.

VC Evolution: Physician, Scale Thyself.

500 Hats

but the food was awesome, & the PR wasn’t bad either). TL:DR : This post aims to recap significant changes in the venture capital industry over the past ten years, and then make some [biased] predictions as to major forces at play in the next five years.

1M/1M Strategy Roundtable: Professional Investors Do Not Invest In $20 Million Markets

VentureWoods

Through SEO and mommy blog PR, Lee can tap into this market. In addition, we are offering entrepreneurs access to investors and customers through our 1M/1M Incubation Radar series. At today’s roundtable we had some intensive discussions around market sizing and its impact on financing. You have heard, I am sure, that venture capitalists only invest in very large market opportunities - $500 million to a billion.

fbFund REV: Our Summer of Social Startups - Master of 500 Hats

500 Hats

Middle America vs Silicon Valley, OpenID, & Single Sign-on Top 5 reasons PR doesnt work (for Geeks) VCs & Tech Lawyers: INNOVATE, AUTOMATE, SIMPLIFY. The Lean VC: a Silicon Valley story about Innovation, Incubation, & Iteration.

5 Ways To Make Sure Your Online Store Is Holiday-Ready In 2014

YoungUpstarts

As a local business, advertising and PR firms might be out of reach. A little mini PR project like this can drive tremendous interest in your store and build a lifetime relationship with a local influencer. By Matt Anderson, Chief Digital Officer of hibu.

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The Startup Pyramid

Startup Marketing Blog

Yet many entrepreneurs have highlighted the importance of creating a product that resonates with the target market: Paul Graham : The mantra at Paul’s successful startup incubator YCombinator is “make things people want.” Startup Marketing Blog – By Sean Ellis Unlocking Startup Growth By Sean Ellis of 12in6 The Startup Pyramid Every six months I rethink the optimal startup go to market approach based on new insights gained at recent startups.