Dane Stangler, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, joined me recently to discuss the future of entrepreneurship. Dane leads a staff of more than twenty economic research analysts and senior scholars who are conducting or funding hundreds of studies on entrepreneurship and youth education. With this knowledge, he and his team report on what drives economic growth in an entrepreneurial economy. Dane and I chat about Accelerators, the startup deficit, and other topics relating to the new era of entrepreneurship.
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Did you know you can change the world and make a profit while you’re at it? Yup; and there's a whole business sector doing that very thing... RIGHT NOW! Kate Emery is the CEO & Founder of reSET Social Enterprise Trust. reSET is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the social enterprise sector. Its strategic goals are threefold: to be the “go-to” place for impact entrepreneurs, to make Hartford an Impact City, and Connecticut the social enterprise state. Listen to our interview to learn all about the great things going on in the Hartford entrepreneurial ecosystem.
In this episode of The Engine I interview Christian Lagier, Managing Director of TechSpring. TechSpring is a community of innovators developing, piloting and proving digital health products in a real healthcare environment. Christian has witnessed entrepreneurship all over the world, including a stint in Silicon Valley. We discuss why Baystate Health started this innovation center in Springfield, MA, and what it means for startups doing business with the healthcare industry.
Tom Kielbania joined me to chat about the ‘K-Fest’ (or Kielbasa Fest). In 2015, he is taking the celebration of Kielbasa, Polka music, and all things Chicopee to new heights. In this interview, Tom shares what he has in store for this year’s 5-day Kielbasa celebration. K-Fest is Memorial Day Weekend, May 21-25, 2015. To learn more about the 2015 Chicopee Kielbasa Festival at Szot Park in Chicopee, please visit http://k-fest.com/.
This is the first of a four-part series with Angel Investors from River Valley Investors. RVI is a group of successful entrepreneurs and executives dedicated to helping each other find, evaluate, and profitably invest in exciting companies with significant growth potential. In this installment I chat with Paul Silva, Manager of RVI, who shares with us what Angel Investing is all about.
I also want to take this opportunity to let you know about another great organization supporting local entrepreneurship. Come celebrate with Valley Venture Mentors on April 30, 2015 when they will be giving away $250,000 to startups in their Accelerator program. RSVP for the event.
Kevin Miles is the managing partner at EureekaBI, which is a SaaS product helping companies predict prices and gain insight into their supply chain, providing a competitive advantage and improved profitability. In this Engine interview Kevin shares what he’s learned over the last two years in growing his startup.
Paul Silva is the Executive Director of Valley Venture Mentors, a resource supplying support to the entrepreneurial ecosystem by uniting carefully selected startups with high quality business mentors at structured monthly pitch and planning sessions. In this Engine interview he speaks about VVM’s history, and its future in supporting entrepreneurs.
Rick Forgay is the President & CEO, Business Leadership Mastery, LLC. Rick’s been around the block. He’s led large media companies, coached some of the top talent in the United States, and mentored hungry entrepreneurs. In this Engine interview Rick shares his secrets for success and how he helps others grow.
I met Thomas Porter when we were advisors on the first nationally licensed Lean LaunchPad Course. He is a wealth of information. Thomas developed and ran the venture units of Discovery Channel, Artist Network, and Verisign. Needless to say, he’s seen it all. We discuss the importance of education and adaptation in entrepreneurship. We also delve into the formula of successful entrepreneurs - People + Uncertainty + Impulse of Innovation. If you’re a startup, or seeking venture funding, you will not want to miss Thomas’ insights.