March 27, 2017

Startup Ecosystem: Kansas City

Startup Ecosystem: Kansas City, KS

Today we chat with Matthew Marcus, Executive Director of the Kansas City Startup Foundation.

We met Matt about a year ago at the SUP-X conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida... just one of many data points demonstrating that entrepreneurial activity is thriving everywhere. 

Read on as Matt gives us a snapshot of the scene in the Sunflower State.

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April 29, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: Catapult Chicago

This week we take a visit to the Windy City. Even though the winters are brutally cold, the startup community is heating up and gaining some serious momentum. Catapult is a major player in the burgeoning Chicago startup accelerator scene.

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April 14, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: Metavallon, Greece

Greece continues to face a challenging economic climate. Startup accelerator Metavallon is poised to help through the healing power of entrepreneurship.

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April 1, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: Beta-i, Lisbon

Hailed as the "sunniest capital in Europe," Lisbon is rich with culture and a vibrant nightlife. It's also rich with hundreds of new startups that are sprouting around the city. Testament to this, it will host the massive startup love fest called Web Summit, which is relocating after several years in Dublin. Beta-i is at the center of this growth. Beta-i an acceleration program with the mission to improve entrepreneurship.

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February 9, 2016

Accelerator of the Week- Elevate Blue

As a view from your desk goes, looking out across the picturesque shores of Lake Tahoe is pretty sweet. Accelerator Elevate Blue recently installed their office space in Incline Village on the north shore. Several weeks ago in our tech ecosystem series, they joined the conversation about the growing scene emerging in Silicon Mountain. Following on from that discussion, I spoke with the CEO of Elevate Blue, Jameson Stafford, about their evolution, and experience with startups.

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February 1, 2016

Accelerator of the Week- Manos

Quick-- name three startups with Latino founders. Who did you come up with? Latinos have an incredibly strong entrepreneurial spirit, but they are under-represented on the global startup stage.The Manos Accelerator in San Jose is poised to change that. It's both a great challenge, and a great opportunity. Manos is championing a new generation of Latino entrepreneurs by providing access to early-stage capital, mentorship support and resources that will enable them to build and grow their startup companies. I caught up with Jim Weldon, the COO of the accelerator to find out more about their programme.

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December 17, 2015

Accelerator of the Week- EvoNexus

EvoNexus is a technology incubator and ground zero for Southern California's startup community with locations in San Diego and Irvine offering 40,000 square feet of class, office, and dry lab space.

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September 10, 2015

Accelerator of the Week - Startup Reykjavík

Startup life is hard. It's stressful. It causes premature wrinkles. It chews people up and spits them out.

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September 2, 2015

Accelerator of the Week -- Vertical Engine

I've never been to Israel, but I know that for a tiny country, it produces a huge number of successful startups. According to a Quora post, Israel spawns one new company for every 1800 people—by far the highest rate in the world.

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June 19, 2015

Accelerator of the Week - Little Tokyo Two

For many entrepreneurs in the tech space, being part of something larger has helped them get their businesses off the ground more quickly and smoothly. Personally I love how accelerators helps fostering rapid growth through mentoring, connections and access to technology, making it easier for startups to achieve their goals.

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May 27, 2015

Accelerator of the Week -- SpinLab

One of my favorite things about entrepreneurship is the constant reinvention and repurposing of assets.

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May 13, 2015

Accelerator of the Week -- Founders Space

I first met Steve Hoffman (aka "Captain Hoff") a few years ago when we were both on a panel talking about startup exits. To say the guy is energetic-- nay, manic-- is an understatement; you only need to look at his bio to see how many things he's involved in.

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May 4, 2015

Accelerator of the Week -- Seed Sumo

So, technically I should hate these guys. I got my grad degree from UT Austin (Go 'Horns!) and these guys are based in College Station, home of bitter rivals the Texas A&M Aggies.

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April 22, 2015

Accelerator of the Week -- Highway 1

In startup land, hardware is the new black. As evidence, just look at the innovation happening in watches, cars, drones, home automation-- you name it.

But while building tangible products is a beautiful thing, it takes a lot more time and money than stringing together a few lines of code-- which is why it's so cool that a new batch of accelerators focused on hardware startups is emerging.

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January 15, 2015

Accelerator of the Week - Healthbox

My father is a physician and my brother is just starting his residency, but I admit it: hospitals make me nervous and I almost never go to the doctor. Whenever bumps, bruises, or minor ailments afflict my own young family, I assume I can either McGyver a remedy from items around the house, or that things will eventually fix themselves.

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January 7, 2015

Accelerator of the Week - Tumml

I have a soft spot for organizations with a double bottom line-- i.e., those that aim to make money while doing good. Even though we are dyed-in-the-wool capitalists, it's something we aspire to here at Foundersuite.

I'm also a firm believer that entrepreneurship can solve many or even all of the world's most challenging problems.

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December 17, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - Yodlee Interactive Incubator

A wise man once said: "go where the money is."

Our Accelerator of the Week takes that mantra to the next level-- it's a program focused on financial technology startups, especially ones that can leverage the infrastructure and data-rich API of financial services giant Yodlee.

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November 12, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - 9Mile Labs

Do you have a killer idea for a B2B-focused startup?

Do you enjoy fresh seafood, stunning cityscapes and a vibrant cultural scene?

Can you tolerate a little rain and noisy, neon-clad Seahawks fans?  :)

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October 29, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - Draper University

Do you want to learn how to be an entrepreneur?

Forget about traditional business schools, which are made to crank out middle-managers and where the theories used are 20 years old. Forget about taking on mountains of debt and ending up as an overeducated, semi-employed Master Barista Apprentice (no offense).

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur, let Tim Draper be your dean. He has created a "university" made for today's entrepreneurial society; a place where you will learn what it takes to succeed; and a place where you will graduate a superhero.

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October 21, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - Telluride Venture Accelerator

Life in a startup is hard, stressful, and exhausting. There's no escaping this fact. There is really no "easy" way to build a meaningful company.

But what if you could shoulder this burden in a stunning alpine environment with breathtaking scenery? Not only that, what if you could ameliorate the startup load with help from amazing mentors and $25,000 in seed funding?

Sounds like someone might be a little "Rocky Mountain High", no?

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October 1, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - EPIC (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Horrible things happen every day, some worse than others. It is how we cope with these disasters that define us as humans -- how we take care of each other and the community. EPIC is not only a different and interesting accelerator, but its existence is based on an amazing and inspiring story.

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