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iKC Event Raises Vital Startup Questions
Nathan Kurtz
10/9/2013
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Last Thursday, I joined 120 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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Is an accelerator the right path for you?
Ryan Amin
10/8/2013
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Accelerator programs can provide many perks to entrepreneurs. Two of the biggest rewards from an accelerator are networking and mentorship. However, not all startups choose to take the accelerator path. Elli Kaplan, co-founder and CEO of Neurotrack, feels her experience with Rock Health played a significant role.

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Startup Scene: Mexico City
Cameron Cushman
10/8/2013
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When one thinks of Mexico City, startup companies would not normally be at the top of anyone's mind. But, I had the chance to spend a few hours with some of the local entrepreneurial organizers there last week and was very impressed with what I saw.

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Big data holds promise, but won't cure all healthcare ills
Dan Emerson
10/7/2013
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Can big data provide the cure for what ails the U.S. healthcare system? While some might consider data analytics a panacea to help achieve a more effective, efficient healthcare system, there are plenty of challenges to overcome, according to participants in a panel on "Fact or Fiction: Healthcare Big Data," at the recent 2013 StrataRx conference in Boston.

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Where the Big Data Comes From
Thom Ruhe
10/7/2013
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Last month, the Kauffman Foundation announced a grant aimed at curating data on young companies from cities around the world. Our partner in this endeavor is Startup Genome; a free and open platform for collecting, curating and analyzing data about the startups, entrepreneurs, investors and community enablers in a local startup community.

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A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Mark Marich
10/7/2013
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Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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All Eyes on Kuala Lumpur Despite Obama Cancellation
Jonathan Ortmans
10/7/2013
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Today I am headed to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a government-convened gathering of entrepreneurs and their supporters focused on advancing entrepreneurship in Muslim-majority countries. Although U.S. President Barack Obama had to cancel at the last minute due to the federal government shutdown, Secretary of State John Kerry is representing the U.S. Government and it promises to be no less of an important week for policy wonks, entrepreneurs and program leads keen on knowledge creation.

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Forget About Babson, Go to Northwestern
Mark Marich
10/7/2013
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Last week, we talked about Babson College's 17 year string of domination over the U.S. News & World Report's rankings for entrepreneurship education in U.S. colleges and universities. Not so fast, says Howard Marks, the founder of a Los Angeles based startup accelerator (StartEngine) who first made a name for himself as the founder of Activision—the world's first independent video game publisher (remember Chopper Command and Pitfall from the early '80s?).

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Kauffman Foundation Launches Founders School
Mark Marich
10/7/2013
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Startups and entrepreneurs at every stage have a new resource to help them launch and grow. The new Kauffman Founders School—curated from years of the Kauffman Foundation's experience in developing and supporting entrepreneurship programs—is an online education portal that provides on-demand content that enables entrepreneurs to learn anywhere at anytime. 

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Starting Up While the Government Shuts Down?
Mark Marich
10/7/2013
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Look around and you will find a number of articles on the effects of the political stalemate / government shutdown on entrepreneurs. For “small businesses”, the effects are quite clear, mostly relating to government contracts (more than half the federal spending would go through federal contracts before the shutdown) and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. In addition, with 62% of the SBA’s staff furloughed, all counseling is on hold until the government is back up and running. The suspension of these contracts, loans and services represents an immediate “brake” on the economy.

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