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The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America

The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Innovation districts are geographic areas where leading-edge companies, research institutions, start-ups, and business incubators are located in dense proximity. Bruce Katz and Julie Wagner explain how these districts facilitate new connections and ideas, accelerate the commercialization of those ideas, and support metropolitan economies by growing jobs in ways that leverage their distinct economic position.

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This is excellent! Information about the innovation hubs, how it works and where they are. Great article.

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Meet The 11 New Startups Launching At AngelPad’s Spring Demo Day | TechCrunch

Meet The 11 New Startups Launching At AngelPad’s Spring Demo Day  | TechCrunch | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

AngelPad, the San Francisco-based startup accelerator founded by early Googler and tech investor Thomas Korte, is holding demo day for its Spring 2014 class in San Francisco today.

Since its inception back in 2010, AngelPad has established itself as a top player in the ever-expanding field of tech incubators. Now with operations in New York City (AngelPad’s brand new NYC office is pictured here) and its native San Francisco, the organization steadily graduates about a dozen companies in each batch, with solid alumni success stories including MoPub, which was acquired by Twitter last fall for some $350 million, and Crittercism, which has raised a total of $48 million. AngelPad itself has kept its operations lean and mean: The firm was self-funded up until this past fall, when it raised a tidy $7 million round from a small group of individual investors.

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Always amazed at the new ideas new start-ups come up with.

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When to work with an incubator or accelerator


If you live in start-up world, as we do there are an astounding number of incubators and accelerator schemes out there. Frankly I could spend most of the article listing them and telling you what they do and how they work. But I won’t – not for a public article, but if you stay after class I will provide some pointers….

However there is a real question to be answered, as an entrepreneur what are the benefits of becoming part of an accelerator/incubator. More to the point what is the difference between them?

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Figuring out what fits best for your startup is part of the process of being successful. Do you want to go the fast way and join an accelerator experience, or do you need a little more time and get things straight? An incubator might be what you need. Or do you need none of the above?

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5 Intriguing New Startups In Silicon Valley

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Y Combinator Demo Day took place today at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. The room was packed with hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and members of the press trying to find the next billion-dollar startup.

Startup darlings Airbnb and Dropbox are Y Combinator alumni, for example.

Zynga founder Mark Pincus, SV Angel's Ron Conway, CrunchFund's Michael Arrington, 500 Startups' Dave McClure, early Facebook employee Andrew McCollum, and The Winklevoss twins all attended.

67 startups gave 2.5-minute presentations. Here is the first batch of rapid-fire pitches that stood out:

BatteryOS:  "You’ve never actually charged a battery to 100%," the founder explained to the audience. His logic: When a battery charges to near-completion, it begins to degrade. A black gunk begins to form in the battery, which eventually destroys it. BatteryOS says it's found a way to charge batteries all the way up without that residue forming. It claims that if Chevy Volt used its product, the car's battery would last eight years longer.  

"We can change every lithium ion battery on this earth and improve it," the founder said. His company has already signed a deal to ship 20,000 of its batteries.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 26, 5:48 AM

Startups come up with amazing solutions. Read the whole article to see all five.

It proves again that human creativity is not dead, and solutions can be found for many problems, even if you didn't know about them.

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The Worlds Top 15 Startup Accelerators

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A new survey by two professors used CrunchBase data as well as proprietary research to rank the most effective startup accelerators in America.

MIT professor Yael V. Hochberg revealed the most effective startup accelerators in the country Tuesday at SXSW in Austin. DreamIt Health showed up in slot No. 15 and was the only health-focused accelerator on the list.

Hochberg is a professor of finance at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She and professor Susan Cohen of the University of Richmond and the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, used original research and data from CrunchBase to rank the 15 accelerators.

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Update on accelerators, or 'start up school', and how they are classified to Gold, Silver and Bronze.

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How to nail your seed round

Primer on raising seed capital for first time and experienced startup founders and employees.

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This is a great deck including all the steps of raising seed funding for a startup. It's very detailed, and presented by a venture capitalist. It's the most complete step-by-step guide that you'll find. Of course, guidelines like this are not going to create it for you, but at least, you get some idea of the process and what it involves.



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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, February 3, 2:02 PM

Lots of very useful insights in that must-see very detailed slideshare by Steve Schlafman from RRE Ventures.


I wish it described a little more the conditions that a startup need to reach to become interesting for VCs. To build on slides 58-60, I would add:


1. Team: there's little hope in seeing seed VC's with the hope they'll help you complete it.


2. Growth model: traction is cool but mean different things to different people. I'd rather talk about a growth model that explains how the company will grow fast and that is backed by min 8-12 weeks of solid data. 


3. Market ambition: while business plans are mostly useless at seed stage, it's important in my opinion to show there are adressable markets within reach if #2 works well to justify raising from VC's and providing them with a return.

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9 key things to mention when pitching your software startup

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When it comes to pitching investors on something like software, the presentation is often more pivotal than the product itself. It's not something that can sit atop a conference table; ...
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Excellent Points. Even if you're not pitching a software startup, take a look, very intelligent answers from succesful startup entrepreneurs.


Study the way investors think and the questions they ask. What is it that they want to know?


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http://www.business-funding-insider.com/business-plan.html



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JOBS Act green light unlikely until fall

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Signed into law in April of 2012, the JOBS Act has created much buzz within the start-up industry. The act lays out provisions meant to help businesses raise money directly through ordinary investo...


On the SEC's timing, and the aspect of FRAUD in Crowdfunding!

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Excellent information!


New to Crowdfunding:? Here is an article with some of the basics: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding.html

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Why startups need to focus on sales, not marketing by @foundersatwork - The Accelerators - WSJ

Why startups need to focus on sales, not marketing by @foundersatwork - The Accelerators - WSJ | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
JESSICA LIVINGSTON: The most important thing an early-stage startup should know about marketing is rather counterintuitive: that you probably shouldn't be doing anything you'd use the term "marketing" to describe. Sales and marketing are two ends of a continuum. At the sales end your outreach is narrow and deep. At the marketing end it is broad and shallow. And for an early stage startup, narrow and deep is what you want -- not just in the way you appeal to users, but in the type of product you build...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 4, 6:45 AM

Great article in the Wall Street Journal. What a Startup needs is nothing but proving that it can be successful, and what better way to do that than making that sales model work.

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Good news! 1337 Ventures has a pre-accelerator programme for startups

Good news! 1337 Ventures has a pre-accelerator programme for startups | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Prominent startup accelerators have strict entry criteria; Alpha Startups pre-accelerator programme aims to fill a gap in the ecosystem.Prominent startup accelerators have strict entry criteria; Alpha Startups pre-accelerator programme aims to fill a gap in the ecosystem.

Accelerators such as JFDI or HaxAsia in Singapore, SparkLabs in Korea and Movida in Japan have had much success in growing startups into fruits that are viable for harvest by early-stage investors. However, the selection pool for each accelerator is large, and not all startups are able to benefit from the intensive training. In fact, JFDI has an acceptance rate of less than 3.6 per cent, as reported by e27 in a previous article.

Now there is good news for pre-seed startups! Malaysia-based 1337 Ventures, the company behind 1337 Accelerator, has announced the launch of its Alpha Startups pre-­accelerator programme together with MDeC.

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Pre-accelerator programs are an excellent idea. With so few startups  being chosen for funding it is a great initiative to create more quality and offer some first hand experience to entrepreneurs.

Good market for consultants and mentors.

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Behind Closed Doors: What To Expect Inside A Startup Accelerator

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Startups fail everyday. And depending on who you listen to, the crash and burn rate is anywhere from 50% to 90% within one to five years.

 

Because smart entrepreneurs know this, they seek help. Mentors, advisors, peer group entrepreneurs, business courses, masterminds and accelerators are a few options. In fact, according to TechCrunch ...

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Wow, what a great article. Answer those questions, and find out what to expect. Are you entrepreneurial material?

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How to Tell if an Accelerator Is Right for Your Startup - Tuts+ Business Article

How to Tell if an Accelerator Is Right for Your Startup - Tuts+ Business Article | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

In this guide, discover the evaluation process, and key considerations, to determine whether an accelerator is a good fit for your startup. If it is, insdide are some great tips on how to increase your chances of getting accepted.

With the success of Mark Zuckerburg and many other entrepreneurs, forming a startup is no longer limited to college students looking to change the world. The technology is available today, if you have the right idea and are determined, you can build the next big thing.

Unfortunately, the journey from idea to marketable product is challenging. For a rookie entrepreneur building your network and knowing how to determine if someone is taking advantage of you are two of the toughest lessons for anyone to learn.

In light of the increased interest in entrepreneurship, many investors, businessesand other relevant partieshave begun forming accelerators as a way to help aspiring entrepreneurs rapidly execute their ideas in sheltered environments. Although the concept is novel and in many cases entrepreneurs greatly benefit, accelerators aren't for everyone.

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It's a big decision to go for the accelerator option. This article gives good insight in the pros and cons. If you're a startup looking for leverage, read it.

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Five rules I learned from 7 years of coaching Launch Festival & TechCrunch50

Five rules I learned from 7 years of coaching Launch Festival & TechCrunch50 | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

I’ve been coaching companies like Yammer, Dropbox, SpaceMonkey, Brilliant.org and Mint for the past seven years for the LAUNCH Festival and previously TechCrunch50 (RIP!).

Over 350 startups have been on the stage, including the 40 who will join us on Feb 24-26th at this year’s LAUNCH Festival. Our event has grown from 400 folks packed into the Palace hotel to 9,000+ at the Design Center Concourse.

9,000 people, wow. Might even hit 10,000!

In this time I’ve defined five things about what makes for a great presentation at a conference:

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These tips are real practical examples. Take a good look.

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12 of the Hardest Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask You - AlleyWatch

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Fundraising?  Make sure you know how to answer some of the toughest questions VCs will throw at you..
 




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How Smart Angels Will Leverage Crowdfunding - Forbes

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Equity crowdfunding has a large and growing base of global supporters and advocates.
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Great article with great insights and analysis of where crowdfunding is headed.


Looking for funding? When using equity crowdfunding, you're still going to have to produce a business plan, especially dealing with Angel Investors, every single one of them will want to know what 'the plan' is.


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"I was able to pick up a template that I could actually figure out how to use, had all the key components in it, and basically just drop in my idea... We, in fact, were able to raise money."


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5 Hot Opportunities for Start-ups

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Fresh numbers from Intuit shine a light on where consumers are spending the most--and where you might want to look for new business ideas.
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Very interesting article, every Start Up should be aware of these trends and take advantage of them.


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