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Thom Ruhe on June 04, 2014 Source: e360 Blog

The media seems to be a buzz with the nation’s small business decline. From the increase in the number of startups failing, to the decrease in the number being started, this trend—not the reason for it, much to my disappointment—is being spun across the nation’s news outlets. Entreprenruship certainly ebbs and flows and while policymakers and entrepreneurial ecosystem members (hopefully) figure out what’s causing the current ebb, I am encouraged to see another source stepping up to increase a form of entreprenruship: intrapreneurship.

I’ve written a few posts on the term’s origination (coined by best-selling author, entrepreneur and teacher, Gifford Pinchot III in the late 1980s out of personal necessity), but it means ideas and startups forming from within larger, more established corporations. This movement is on the rise and making its way into mainstream media.

The article below shares four ways in which traditional corporations are embracing innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Good for them.  

Trend Spotting: Entrepreneurship Inside Corporations                                                    

The author talks about “a real trend developing right now of corporations becoming crucibles of innovation and entrepreneurship in a systematic way” and highlights four entrepreneurship trends occurring in corporations. Good for corporations.

What I learned from checking my email only twice a day                                  

Try only checking your email twice a day, once in the morning and then mid-afternoon. By doing this for a week, you will have the ability to learn about how you work and how others work around you. Maybe you’ll learn some of the things the author of this article did.

A Map of Where Canada's Angel Groups are Located and How Much They Invest        

The National Angel Capital Organization created a report titled “Angel Investing Activity in Canada: Accelerating the Asset Class” where they mapped out the regions with the most investment. The central hub of Canada accounts for 68 percent of all investments and in 2013 it accounted for 78 percent of all dollar investments.

The Regional Impact of Quality of Life on Entrepreneurial Decisions                                    

Policymakers have been working the past several years to provide incentives for companies of all sizes through tax incentives, venture capital, public-private partnerships, workforce training, etc. However, policymakers are overlooking a few other things. One of the biggest pieces being overlooked is quality of life. This may not always be the number one deciding factor when an entrepreneur decides to move, but it certainly can be the make or break piece between two metropolitan areas.

Three Crowdfunding Trends Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Ignore                                          

By the end of 2014, crowdfunding is predicted to create nearly 270,000 jobs and generate $65 billion into the economy. This article includes three crowdfunding movements that entrepreneurs can take advantage of.


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