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'Sales is Like Oxygen,' and So is Education
Wendy Torrance
11/4/2013
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During my years at the Kauffman Foundation I have seen firsthand the effect that education can have on the development of entrepreneurs and their companies. The entrepreneurs with whom I have worked have taken the lessons they have learned and applied them to great effect in their endeavors as founders. These entrepreneurs benefited from opportunities to learn critical skills, and from gaining an understanding of crucial decisions or junctures that often can derail entrepreneurial businesses.

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eMed's 6 to follow in entrepreneurship
Ryan Amin
11/1/2013
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See who made this week's 6 to follow in entrepreneurship

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Ice House: Facilitator Explains Reason For Choosing Program
Prentiss Earl III
11/1/2013
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Last week, we hosted Ice House Facilitator Training here at the Foundation. We had people come from across the country and the international community to be trained in how to facilitate an entrepreneurial mindset to members of their community. I had the chance to sit down with one of the facilitators, Rob Elwood, and learn about his reason for coming to this training, and how he sees it benefiting his community in Annapolis, Md.

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Dominique's Desk: The right questions to ask about your company’s intellectual property
Christina Sherwood
10/31/2013
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Intellectual property is one of the toughest subjects for life science and digital health entrepreneurs to understand. From dealing with the tech transfer office to hiring an attorney to filing a provisional patent, IP is a common stumbling block for early-stage entrepreneurs.

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What comes after the idea?
Ryan Amin
10/31/2013
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At a Life Science Ventures Summit hosted by the Kauffman Foundation, Huffington Post writer Jennifer Hill led a discussion focused on the players in entrepreneurship (0:11:57 – 0:14:52). The panel included Nick Franano, Avi Roop, Geoff Clapp and Sofie Qiao.

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Seattle: Not the Next Silicon Valley and Proud of It
Thom Ruhe
10/31/2013
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While exploring Seattle’s startup scene for the sake of our most recent ID8 Nation, I quickly discovered that the Emerald City's entrepreneurial ecosystem, which recently has received comparisons to Silicon Valley, is all its own.

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Where Every Startup Should Hire A Millennial
Amanda Schnieders
10/30/2013
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Lately, there's been a lot of talk about these people we call millennials. Namely, the current generation, Generation Y, those "entitled, narcissists who still live with their parents", according to Keith Wagstaff. From complimentary to derisive, countless writers have deemed it their duty to predict exactly what this generation will add or (as most reports warn) detract from our current society. But the truth is, nothing has been said about the "Me, me, me generation" that hasn't been said about every generation before them.

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How to get your medical device accepted for use in hospitals
Ryan Amin
10/29/2013
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In healthcare innovation, fixing a problem is not enough for a product to become a standard in the industry.

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Dominique's Desk; Business model strategies
Christina Sherwood
10/24/2013
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Entrepreneurs need to be creative and innovative not only with their product or service, but also with how they think about their business model. In life science and digital health, understanding one's value proposition is key. But it’s not always obvious - especially considering to whom the value proposition is most compelling. For this exercise, I find Alex Osterwalder’s Value Proposition Canvas particularly helpful.

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Business Model Video Series Assists Startups with Growth
Annette Beck
10/24/2013
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Entrepreneurs often find it challenging to go from idea to a valid business model, which is essential for a business to get off the ground, let alone survive and grow.

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