Selected Organizations Dedicated to Helping Entrepreneurs and Small to Medium Size Businesses
1. MaRS Entrepreneurship 101: Free weekly lecture series sponsored by MaRS (Canada’s charitable organization aimed at connecting the worlds of science and technology with business and government) on key topics related to starting a successful business, aimed at social innovators, technology and life sciences researchers and trainees. The lectures cover a diverse range of introductory business topics, including funding your business, marketing, recruiting, intellectual property and more. The lectures can be viewed live in the form of webinars or watched at a later date by accessing the webinar archives.
To viewarchived webinars click here.
MaRS also offers advisory services for the following:
- Business planning
- Sales and marketing
- Financing and funding strategy
- Human resources
- Financial management, accounting, tax
- Legal and intellectual property
- Product development and marketing
- Operations and manufacturing
- Customer relationship management
- Strategic partnerships
2. Draper Fisher Jurvetson is an American venture capital firm that was founded in 1985 and has supported more than 400 companies in enterprise, software, mobile, cleantech, energy, health care, and other “disruptive” categories. DFJ’s team operates across the globe and specializes in many industries and geographies. DFJ works with companies in seed, early, and growth stages.
3. JumpStart is a nonprofit organization in the US for accelerating the success of diverse entrepreneurs.
4. Plug and Play Tech Center is a global accelerator headquartered in Sunnyvale California that specializes in growing tech startups.
5. DreamIt Ventures is a startup accelerator program in Pennsylvania that provides help with various aspects of starting a business such as funding, coaching and making connections.
6. The European Commission is an organization dedicated to assisting would be entrepreneurs as well as small and medium sized enterprises grow their business giving special attention to women entrepreneurs, crafts and social economy enterprises.
7. Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a European Union cross-border exchange program which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other European Union countries.
8. YourStory.in is India’s leading and comprehensive online platform for startups and entrepreneurs.
9. UnLtd India is India’s launchpad for social entrepreneurs that funds and supports exceptional individuals whose ideas, passion and entrepreneurial skills can bring about long-term solutions to India’s social problems.
10. Entrepreneur India is a site dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed by connecting them to workshops, conferences and exhibits.
Great Crowdsourcing Sites for Your Business
1. “10 kickass crowdsourcing sites for your business“. 10 great crowdsourcing sites that are bound to help your business and save you money on things ranging from product design to advertising.
Good Business Advice from the Experts
1. “Five top tips to starting a successful business“ by Richard Branson (Founder at Virgin Group):
In this article on LinkedIn Richard Branson gives the following advice to entrepreneurs:
1. Listen more than you talk
2. Keep it simple
3. Take pride in your work
4. Have fun, success will follow
5. Rip it up and start again
To read the full article click here.
2. "The Best Way to Crowdsource Ideas". Innovation expert Roberto Verganti talks about idea generation when working with collaborators. Is it better to have lots of ideas to choose from, or a few ideas of higher quality? That is, is it better to approach hundreds of idea generators using a crowdsourcing agency or bring together a few brilliant minds. He advises that having a great number of ideas to choose from is beneficial and then having the brilliant collaborators help decide which ideas could actually work, even the radically different ones.
3. “How your small business can leverage open innovation resources“. Interview on an “American Express” forum with Dwayne Spradlin, CEO of InnoCentive. In this inverview Dwayne Spradlin talks about how open innovation can be used by small business to cut business and innovation costs, solve challenges and gather ideas from their customers and by crowdsourcing.