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Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

Venture capital certainly has its place within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Some of our nation's largest companies (and employers), like Apple, Google and FedEx, have secured this form of funding. But plenty of Kauffman Foundation research tells us that VC funding isn't as mainstream in startups as one would gather based on its common place in startup news. In fact, less than 20 percent of the fastest growing young companies ever take venture capital money.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on March 18, 2014
Casting A Wider Net With Community Colleges

Innovation Fund America (IFA), our program delivering high-impact education, coaching and pre-seed funding to scalable, technology-based startups via community colleges around the country, has quietly been having a big couple of months. It's a complicated and demanding program to launch and it's taken nearly a year and a half to get to this point, but we're excited that IFA is now open for business in two communities--and we're really just getting started.

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Posted by: Jonathan Robinson
on January 30, 2014
iKC Event Raises Vital Startup Questions

Last Thursday, I joined 400 problem-solvers from around the Midwest at the iKC event at the H&R Block Headquarters. The event was an un-conference, meaning there were no pre-set rules or even an agenda. We came together to choose and vote on several topics of discussion we found interesting, and we then had four breakout sessions throughout the day to meet and discuss the 28 selected topics.

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Posted by: Nathan Kurtz
on October 09, 2013
7 Things I Didn't Know About Crowdfunding Before Today

Crowdfunding is a hot topic in the entrepreneurship space these days. Many startups are asking about it, and are trying to decide if seeking funding from the crowd is the right for their company. Sensing this demand, we hosted a three hour event on the subject a few days ago which you can view here and here.

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Posted by: Cameron Cushman
on August 29, 2013
Six Things Your Startup Needs To Know About Crowdfunding

On Aug. 27, we are welcoming Slava Rubin, the CEO of Indiegogo, one of the most-successful and most-recognized crowdfunding platforms, to the Kauffman Foundation. We expect a full crowd for this event, but we also will be showing his presentation entitled “How to Raise $1Million in 30 Days or Less” on a live stream that can be found here.

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Posted by: Cameron Cushman
on August 26, 2013
What is Crowdfunding? Kauffman Event Explains All

One of the questions I get asked the most is some version of "what do you think of crowdfunding?" I usually answer with some noncommittal answer about how it is going to be important, but no really knows how it will impact the trajectory and success of startup companies. After all, the notion of banding together through social media to fund the development of a prototype, documentary film or art project has been going on for many years now.

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Posted by: Cameron Cushman
on August 20, 2013
Top of My Entrepreneurial Mind

Today, the Kauffman Foundation launched a weekly (for all intents and purposes) video channel called “Top of Mind.” It’s nothing fancy; no post-production special effects, no camera wizardry. It’s just me, my iPad, and my thoughts on a host of topics that are impacting the world of entrepreneurship.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on October 30, 2012
New in the Sketchbook Series: Money Game

Thinking about starting a business? Think you need a lot of money or that you need to know venture capitalists to fund your dream? Think again.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on December 2, 2011
Latest Policy Blog: Bills Passed House Offering More Money

On Monday, Mark Marich wrote a blog about two pieces of legislation that passed through the House. Both would affect the nation's entrepreneurs and one addresses the new crowdfunding trend.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on November 09, 2011
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