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In the life sciences, male academic scientists secure patents at more than twice the rate of their female colleagues, according to an analysis sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation.
In this installment of my Ice House series, I sat down with Ice House alum Chris Vallee to learn first hand what he got out of the entrepreneurship program. Vallee, an intern at the Kauffman Foundation, attended the program two years ago at Johnson County Community College. Signing up for the class by chance, he quickly found a new perspective on the decisions he had been making in his life, and a renewed, invigorating urge to chase the life goals he had let fall by the wayside.
Who are the "players" in entrepreneurship?, a Kauffman Foundation white paper, offers insights on the universe of people a startup founder will need to work with in order for the company to be a success.
Though not all business owners can mimic Andrey Ostrovsky's trajectory, his experience taught him some best practices for cultivating good life science and digital health entrepreneurs. The most successful healthcare entrepreneurs he's seen have a killer combination of a broad, core expertise and a deep vertical.
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.
In an essay for the Kauffman Foundation, business administration professor Toby Stuart described his research examining how the social and business networks in which would-be entrepreneurs and early-stage firms are immersed influence entrepreneurial processes and outcomes.
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