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Disappointing beginning for Startup America Partnership

posted Mar 18, 2011, 5:35 PM by Marc Dangeard   [ updated Mar 18, 2011, 5:44 PM ]

Almost one month after the announcement of the Startup America Partnership I watched yesterday the webinar that was supposed to tell us everything about what is going on. Except so far there is not much coming out, and most of all no transparency in the process. The whole thing is managed by the Case Foundation and Kauffman foundation, we know that much. But then how can you participate? 
If the government is asking for help from the people on the ground, how do we make sure that the Partnership is actually representative of the community of entrepreneurs? 
Several people asked the question during the webinar, and the answer was that you are welcome to send an email, but it is not clear who reads it and what they do with it. Maybe you will be invited and maybe not. 
We can give the Partnership the credit that it is still early in the game, and that they need to get organized before they can open the door to newcomers, but let's hope they will get to this issue faster rather than later. Pushing a few initiatives that somebody somewhere has decided are worth spreading is a very elitist approach to the issue rather than the democratic process that all entrepreneurs deserve. And there is enough work to be done that we can include everybody in the conversation. So the sooner it happens, the better.

Incubate 2.0 - Interview of Marc Dangeard - founder of Entrepreneur Commons

posted Mar 18, 2011, 5:29 PM by Marc Dangeard   [ updated Mar 18, 2011, 5:31 PM ]

Incubate 2.0 - Tim Delhaes interview - First Tuesday Americas

posted Dec 23, 2010, 10:47 AM by Marc Dangeard   [ updated Dec 23, 2010, 10:47 AM ]

Incubate 2.0 - short presentation of the event and videos coming up

posted Dec 23, 2010, 10:45 AM by Marc Dangeard   [ updated Dec 23, 2010, 10:46 AM ]

1 new chapter in Florida

posted Nov 29, 2010, 3:38 PM by Marc Dangeard

We are currently working on launching a new chapter in St Petersburg, Florida. The chapter will be hosted at USF. If you are based in or near St Petersburg, or if you know entrepreneurs who are, please contact us - http://goo.gl/JRLwc - so that we can forward the information to the head of chapter there.

3 new chapters in Greece

posted Nov 29, 2010, 3:38 PM by Marc Dangeard

Since we met them in June 2010 our friends in Greece have been very active. After the first chapter started in Athens in July, they have launched a new chapter in Thessaloniki in November (11/4/10), and they are working on 2 new chapters: one in Patras and one in Heraklion. Congratulations to entrepreneurs in Greece for getting organized.

Funding for Greek entrepreneurs!

posted Nov 29, 2010, 3:37 PM by Marc Dangeard

This is the hottest piece of news in this newsletter: now that we have a network with a global footprint and that we are gaining momentum on the membership side, we are also starting to add funding into our ecosystem: 30 loans of 25K€ will be offered to members of Entrepreneur Commons in Greece. The decision on who will get access to these loans will be made based on peer-selection. Congratulations to our Greek members for achieving this important. Let’s hope taht this will inspire many other partners to provide funds in other places as well: entrepreneurs need as much help as they can get! 

If you are interested in funding entrepreneurs, please contact us at http://goo.gl/JRLwc

Incubate 2.0 was a great event

posted Nov 29, 2010, 3:36 PM by Marc Dangeard

We just had the Incubate 2.0 conference, co-organized by Entrepreneur Commons and First Tuesday to discuss “the new business of business”: emergence of new entrepreneur networks with global footprints, new ways of sharing knowledge, new ways to raising funds. The conference was sponsored by HP Startup Central, and it was a featured event of Global Enpreneurship Week. It was a great success: 

- Tickets were sold out a few days before the event, and we were able to stream the 1st day live, so that people could attend remotely. 

- The event brought together people from Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, England, Japan, Spain and the US (California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Utah). 

- We had 6 panels and 3 keynotes on the 1st day, which was a lot of great content. The general feedback from attendees is that they were very impressed by the quality of the speakers. 

- We had great Open Space discussions on the 2nd day, and it turned out to be even better than the 1st day because we were able to drill down on very specific topics and come up with very specific action items on how to collaborate to promote entrepreneurship. There is now a video project under way, and a workgroup has been formed to keep the momentum going.

Alana Lea in Brazil

posted Nov 29, 2010, 3:35 PM by Marc Dangeard

Alana started RainforestECOBank to raise money to purchase trees for the Atlantic Rainforest. She was able to raise some funds in October, and she is now in Brazil to meet with the farmers producing the seedlings, and to start planting trees. 

You can follow her story here: http://goo.gl/pou2J 

And you can buy trees to buy trees for the rainforest: http://goo.gl/nTAlV 

Best wishes to Alana for a successful trip.

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