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It's Hip to Upcycle

One of the genuinely rewarding parts of my job is working with entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Meet Andrew Sell, the founder of a startup that can make an environmental difference while earning a profit.

Thom Ruhe
on August 9, 2012
eMed Blog: Tips for Entrepreneurs Working with Universities

Like many entrepreneurs, those in the life science space are partnering with universities to bring new products to market. Read some of Dan Emerson's tips for entrepreneurs on working with universities.

Thom Ruhe
on August 1, 2012
Three Things Google Didn't Address in Their Announcement Last Week

Last week's announcement detailing the rollout of Google's fiber optic network had the feel of a Silicon Valley big-time new product launch. It was definitely a big deal for Kansas City on both sides of the state line. Most importantly, information flowed copiously from Google about the details of their project—a welcome relief from the hitherto tight-lipped tech giant. The Google Fiber announcement lived up to the initial promise to deliver gigabit Internet speeds over a fiber optic network to homes at competitive prices.

Cameron Cushman
on July 31, 2012
Dispelling the Myth of the Zuckerberg Entrepreneur

When you hear the word entrepreneur, what kind of image does your mind conjure up? If it’s a Mark Zuckerberg look-a-like pouring out HTML code in an Ivy League dorm room, you’re probably not alone. But you’re not exactly picturing the masses.

Thom Ruhe
on July 12, 2012
How Many Cups to Launch?

When I was a wee lad in the ancient times of the 1970s, I remember an old commercial for Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pops that asked how many licks it takes to get to the center of their delicious lollipops. At the Foundation we are posing a similar question with a modern, caffeinated, twist and applying it to a slightly more constructive purpose.

Thom Ruhe
on June 27, 2012
Look Who's Supporting Startup Act 2.0

With his ever-watchful eye on the latest policy news affecting entrepreneurship, Mark Marich has rounded up the most recent Startup Act 2.0 endorsements. Among those supporters is tech giant Google.

Thom Ruhe
on June 26, 2012
The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program One Year Update

It's hard to believe that a year has passed since the release of the Ice House Entrepreneurship program. In twelve short months, the program has garnered the attention of educators, economic development and civic organizations from across the US and beyond.

on June 25, 2012
Policy Forum Blog on Reforming Higher Education

On the heels of the Kauffman Foundation's $1 million grant to Lorain County Community College to take its successful model for funding startups national, the Foundation released papers from last year's Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Retreat.

Thom Ruhe
on June 14, 2012
A Model for Community College Entrepreneurship Takes the National Stage

Yesterday, the Kauffman Foundation announced a $1 million grant to Lorain County Community College to replicate its Innovation Fund model, which connects entrepreneurs to mentorship, education and capital, on a national scale.

Thom Ruhe
on June 1, 2012
IPOs Going Going Gone?

As analysts debate over Facebook’s “failure” of an Initial Public Offering, one thing has been made clear through some recently released Kauffman Foundation research: America’s slump in IPOs does not bode well for our nation’s job creation or economic growth.

Thom Ruhe
on May 22, 2012

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