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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One week after the government shutdown began, the finger-pointing continues while a new deadline looms even larger—10 more days until a potential U.S. government default. While many are still calling it "extremely unlikely" there seems to be consensus in that it would be "a catastrophe." Meanwhile, many of the Congressional hearings were cancelled or postponed last week and the handful scheduled for this week look to be more focused on the blame game than anything else. Like last week, the following hearings may be postponed—so be sure to check the committee websites for last-minute updates.
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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