Startup Mentors

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Do you have any suggestions for how to find a good mentor? Great question and I believe that just like finding a Technical Advisor for your startup is critical, finding a good mentor is critical. Mentor vs. Advisor Generally when I talk about startup mentors and advisors, I distinguish them in terms of: Mentor focus is You: The marketing person above is looking for someone to help them with their personal challenge. The same is true of your advisors and mentors.

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MentorNight's Mentor List Tops 100

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One Los Angeles group, MentorNight , believes it now has the largest mentor network outside of the local accelerators and incubators, and now has over 100 mentors looking to help up and coming entrepreneurs. The group, which is headed by John Diep and Tony Karrer, said it''s looking to provide a very curated way to create relationships and introduce mentors to those who need their help and guidance. mentornight mentor startup angeles help advice incubator accelerator

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New Startup Incubator Launches At Loyola Marymount

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There's a new, startup incubator in town in West Los Angeles--this time, launching out of Loyola Marymount University and its College of Business. The incubator--which is being managed by Dr. David Y. school education student accelerator incubator startup marymount loyola

Mentors-Plus-Capital Programs – Intense Incubation

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By Jim Flowers A few months ago, Marty invited me to comment on business incubation and what a startup company ought to expect from an incubator. There is a growing fellowship of special-case start-up programs operated by closely-knit, permanent groups of angel-mentors.

Boost Your New Venture By Teaming With An Incubator

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One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. Mentoring and technical assistance from volunteer or paid experts. accelerator incubator new venture Paul Graham ycombinator

Accelerate Your Startup With Help From An Incubator

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. Mentoring and technical assistance from volunteer or paid experts. accelerator entrepreneur incubator startup ycombinator

LA Cleantech Incubator Gets $5M For New Program

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The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) has just received $5M to fund a new initiative, called Energize California , to help boost clean technology startups. The LACI said the new program will help connect entrepreneurs with mentors, help companies with testing and prototyping failities, workshops and training, referrals for flexible office spae, and more. cleantech incubator laci energize california energy government entrepreneurs startup clean

EvoNexus Launches Incubator Effort With Cisco

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Startup entrepreneurs in San Diego have yet more resources at the EvoNexus startup incubator, after EvoNexus and Cisco said that they will be launching a new, joint incubation program called CiscoEIR@EvoNexus. The two said that Cisco will help provide financial support, use of co-working space, access to mentors, and more. evonexus cisco startup entrepreneur incubator accelerator

Oversee.Net's Lawrence Ng Sets Up Startup Incubation Fund

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Lawrence Ng , the co-founder of Oversee.net, said this morning that it has launched a new, startup fund called the OnRamp Fund , a $10M, international incubation fund that invests in early stage startups. OnRamp Fund said it will offer up access to mentoring and advisors, funding, and cross-border support for its startups, particularly with those looking to reach across the United States, Taiwan, and China. oversee lawrence startup incubator incubation onramp fund

Independa Joins EvoNexus Incubator

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San Diego-based Independa , the developer of technology to help senior citizens live independently longer, has been selected for San Diego's EvoNexus incubator. EvoNexus is the business incubation effort being run by CommNexus, which looks to provide office space, utilities, broadband, mentoring, and other assistance to startups. independa senior citizens indepent living business incubator commnexus evonexus

MuckerLab Takes TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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A new, technology startup accelerator modeled after the TechStars venture incubator in Boulder said today it has launched, and will bring business acceleration to Los Angeles. muckerlab techstars incubator acceleration angeles

Some Entrepreneurs Get Big Value From An Incubator

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More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute. Expert mentoring and training.

How Does a Startup Incubator Really Help You?

Startup Professionals Musings

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute. Expert mentoring and training. entrepreneur startup accelerator incubator business

Will A Business Incubator Help Hatch Your Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. Mentoring and technical assistance from volunteer or paid experts. accelerator business entrepreneur incubator startup

Every Startup Gains From An Incubator Or Accelerator

Startup Professionals Musings

A question I often get as an adviser is whether or not to join a business incubator or accelerator as a way to move forward faster and smarter and increase the odds of business success. Most incubators start their program with some aptitude and business acumen tests.

The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part I

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In recent months, a dozen accelerators and incubators have emerged in the Southern California area, looking to help take the new generation of technology startups to funding and beyond. However, with the proliferation of incubators, the difficulty in figuring out.

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Investors Love Top Startup Incubator Graduates

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Business incubators for sharing services were all the rage back in the days of the dot-com bubble (700 for profit, many more non-profit). TechStars has several excellent mentors on staff, led by founder and CEO David Cohen. Startup Accelerators and Incubators.”

8 Incubators From Around the Country You Might Not Have Heard of Before

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Here at TechCo, we’ve done plenty of lists rounding up the most impressive incubators, accelerators, and coworking spaces in plenty of major cities and across a variety of sectors, from the best healthcare accelerators to a collection of the top women-only coworking spaces.

Should Startups Incubate, Accelerate, Cohabitate or Stay In Mom’s Basement?

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Significant confusion exists when distinguishing between Accelerators and Incubators. According to Brad, "There is a fundamental difference between an incubator and an accelerator… an incubator has an economic model that is based around having people be tenants.

Creating Successful Companies Through Incubation

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Saturday, February 11, 2012 -- Creating Successful Companies Through Incubation. Business incubators and accelerators provide essential resources and counsel that entrepreneurs need to become successful, self-sufficient businesses. Additionally, they reduce the risk of failure by offering affordable space and shared facilities along with an array of mentors and advisors that are invaluable for companies just starting out.

The Best Startup Incubators Have the Best People

Startup Professionals Musings

Business incubators for sharing services were all the rage back in the days of the dot-com bubble (700 for profit, many more non-profit). The goal of most business incubators today is to strengthen the local economy, and commercialize new technologies.

LaunchSpark Starts YCombinator-style Incubation Program

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A local entrepreneur, Mike Khristo, is launching a new, Y-Combinator style incubation and acceleration effort, LaunchSpark , after becoming frustrated by the lack of a similar incubation effort in SoCal. Khristo, who said he is modeling the program after similar effort YCReject.com in the Bay Area, said he is hoping to run YC-style gatherings, learning, mentoring, and demo days but without the funding. startup incubation demo ycreject ycombinator launchspark

Founder Insitute LA Gears Up For Spring Semester

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The Los Angeles chapter of the Founder Insitute , the startup incubation program run locally by Ken Rutkowski, is gearing up for its Spring Semester, saying that it has added a number of new mentors for the semester.

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Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA

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Those programs--epitomized by YCombinator in the Bay Area, and TechStars in Boulder, Colorado--attract newly minted entrepreneurs with a mixture of cash and mentoring, and a program which rapidly takes ideas and turns them into viable, executing businesses. Do you have mentors lined up?

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Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund

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Apart from funding, Cornerstone will give startups a dedicated creative work at its Santa Monica HQ’s space, allow them to have direct access to its resident entreprenuer mentors or simply allow them to build their apps on the Cornerstone API.

ThisWeekIn Expands Network

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ThisWeekIn , the Los Angeles-based, online video podcasting network co-founded by Jason Calacanis, Mark Jeffrey, and Kevin Pollak, is expanding out its lengthy list of podcasts, with a new one focused on startups out the TechStars business incubation effort.

Capturing The Entrepreneurial Energy At StartEngine's Demo Day

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It was standing room only at StartEngine 's Demo Day Wednesday afternoon, held at Santa Monica's Cross Campus , as the startup accelerator launched eight of its latest startups into the world, after a 90 day process of mentoring, honing their business model, and heads down development.

StartEngine Mentor Mixer and Downtown Grand Opening with Deputy Mayor Matt Karatz

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 -- StartEngine Mentor Mixer and Downtown Grand Opening with Deputy Mayor Matt Karatz - 1/15/2013. A night to mix and mingle with mentors, founders, the Downtown L.A. The office, a split-level loft, is the only dedicated incubator space located at TENTEN Wilshire, a building already populated with entrepreneurs, startups, and professionals from a variety of industries including technology, entertainment, fashion, gaming, finance, legal and more.

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upStart.LA Breakdown | Accelerators and Incubators: An Entrepreneur’s Point of View

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Well, perhaps it’s time to consider an incubator/accelerator program: Programs like Silicon Valleys’ Y Combinator which essentially put entrepreneurs through a 3+ month startup boot camp.

Interview with Amir Banifatemi and Kai Tao, K5Launch

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K5Launch (www.k5launch.com) is modeled after the successful Y-Combinator and TechStars acceleration programs, and invests equity, provides mentors, and runs a three month program to get very early stage startups off the ground. All of our mentors are investors as well.

Insights and Opinions: LA's Startups Accelerators As NCAA Football Conferences

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Ryan compares the many emerging startup incubators, accelerators, and mentorship programs to NCAA Football Conferences. So the writers block consensus was to write about LA startup incubators and mentorship organizations (2x as many votes as the other proposed topics).

Launchpad LA Opens Apps For Second Class

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Launchpad LA , the business incubation and mentoring effort started by GRP's Mark Suster , said today that it has opened up applications for its second class of companies. The effort--which pulls together a number of venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs, who closely mentor startup founders--said it is looking for 10 companies to participate in its second year class. The effort's mentors include Mike Jones, Keith Richman, and Adam Bain.

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LaunchpadLA Names Second Class

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Los Angeles-based Launchpad LA , the startup mentoring effort spearheaded by GRP Partners' Mark Suster, is announcing this afternoon that it has selected 10 startups for the second season of the program. The firms get one-on-one mentoring from experience entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and the program was open only to companies who had not not already raised institutional venture capital, and were located in or are willing to relocate to Los Angeles.

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Disney Accelerator Names 2016 Class

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The Walt Disney Company has named its next class of startup participating in the Disney Accelerator , the startup accelerator and mentoring company held on the company's Burbank campus. disney accelerator startup incubator incubation

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SDSI Accelerator For Sports Startups Gets Qualcomm Foundation Boost

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The organization recently announced that SDSI’s next class of companies will be sponsored by Qualcomm Foundation, and will receive mentoring from experienced employees at the locally based tech giant. National blog main San Diego San Diego blog main San Diego top stories Accelerator active lifestyle Connect Diversity health Hookit inclusion incubator Qualcomm Qualcomm Ventures SD Sports Innovators SDSI Slyde Handboards sports startups Tech Wellness