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VC Index Fund  Funding

VC Index Fund invests $100,000 per deal into early-stage startups backed by top VCs. Provides online investor network and accelerated fundraising for projects.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: For-profit

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    D-Prize  Funding

    Funds social entrepreneurs and early-stage startupsworldwide that can develop better ways to distribute existing proven life-enhancing technologies in health, financial services and technology to actual people in need in developing regions. Mentorship and $10,000-$20,000 is awarded to 5-15 social entrepreneures to help pilot their ideas, launch their work, and attract significant support.




  • Deadline details: Winter
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Entrepreneurship competitions for students and recent graduates run by Verb in partnership with global companies, foundations and governments across the world. Verb concentrates on enabling new competitions that will support early-stage social entrepreneurs with training, mentors and seed funding to grow their enterprises.




  • Deadline details: Rolling Deadlines
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students (Current and recent Graduates)

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    Facilitates philanthropists, venture capitalists, and social entrepreneurs by providing prizes up to $150,000, a series of workshops and office hours, and feedback from expert judges. There is a $1,500,000 limit in seed capital raised and a $2,000,000 limit in revenue generated. However, plans to create hedge funds, investments, private equities or venture capital funds are generally not eligible.




  • Deadline details: 1: Spring
    Location: Any (1 member must be from Harvard)
    Eligibility: ANY* - 1 member must be a Harvard Business School MBA student *A team may include students from any other school within Harvard, students from other universities and non-students.

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    Ventures that drive social change using nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models.




  • Deadline details: 1: Spring
    Location: Any (1 member must be from Harvard)
    Eligibility: ANY* - 1 member must be a Harvard Business School MBA student *A team may include students from any other school within Harvard, students from other universities and non-students.

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    Harvard Business School Alumni pursuing new business and social-impact ventures can participate in one of 15 regional competitions hosted by 18 alumni “hub” clubs around the world. The winning team from each regional competition attends the NVC finale and advances to online crowd vote finals where $2k – $50k is awarded to the top 3 voted teams.




  • Deadline details: 1: Spring
    Location: Any (1 member must be a Harvard ALUMNI)
    Eligibility: ANY* - 1 member must be a Harvard Business School MBA student and a HBS ALUMNI *A team may include students from any other school within Harvard, students from other universities and non-students.

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    Provides support and educational programs for entrepreneurs to build economic independence by lowering barriers to entrepreneurial success and educational achievements, with a special focus on improvements in Kansas City.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any* (option to focus on Kansas City)
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors (either individual or pair), who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted. Potential nomineeds are inventors, venture capitalists, engineers, or other influential professionals in the fields of science, engineering, medical or business.




  • You must be nominated for this opportunity.
    Deadline details: 1: Fall
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any (w. a Bachelor's Degree)

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    An annual invention and entrepreneurship competition that awards up to $10,000 per team for innovative service projects that partner with and positively impact underserved communities around the world.




  • Deadline details: 1: Winter
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students (1 must be from MIT)

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    VC-List was created to educate startup founders about the funding process through publishing educational articles covering all aspects of how to raise capital for a startup. From startup valuation methods, startup investor presentation advice, the best crowdfunding sites, equity funding rules and regulations, to venture capital industry trends, we work to keep the startup community educated and informed.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Actively searches for social entrepreneurs with new, innovative solutions to solve society’s pressing problems. Fellows receive lifetime network support and stipends that support their research.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Helps entrepreneurs connect with investors and grow high-impact ventures.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Crowdrise  Funding

    Online crowdfunding tool for non-profits, event fundraising, special occasion fundraising, team projects, and personal endeavors. Has a “point” system to incentivize funders and project developers.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    The New School’s Social Innovation Initiative fosters opportunities for students and faculty to engage cross-divisionally in interdisciplinary learning, research and practice that contributes to real-world problem solving. This guide is designed for New School undergraduate and graduate students who are motivated to take their ideas for social change to the next level, providing information about competitions, fellowships, funding and grant opportunities, and special events focused on social innovation and social entrepreneurship at The New School and outside the university.




  • Deadline details: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Social Innovation Summit is a twice annual event taking place in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley, that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Those who are playing at the nexus of technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business come together to investigate solutions and catalyze inspired partnerships that are disrupting history.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: US (Silicon Valley and Washington DC)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Annual Open conferences gather together engaged faculty and university students from across multiple disciplines to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of technology entrepreneurship education.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Lean LaunchPad® Educators Seminar is a 2.5-day program designed for entrepreneurship faculty who want to learn the basics of integrating Lean Startup principles into their teaching. You will learn key techniques for building a curriculum that you can adapt to your institutional environment and needs and put to immediate use.




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    Aims to foster entrepreneurship in the UC Berkeley postdoctoral and graduate community. Provides tools, mentoring, and a platform for science-business communication to enable research innovations to move into the marketplace.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (UC Berkeley)

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    Center focusing on the role of non-profit and public institutions in the world’s increasingly collaborative economy. Whether students seek to consult with social sector organizations, found a social enterprise, become effective philanthropists, lead through board governance, or pursue a career in the sector, the Center provides the leadership education to help them succeed.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (UC Berkeley)

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    Ideal for high net worth individuals and families, leverages the world-class educational assets of UC Berkeley, and other leading institutions and organizations to guide members in their journey to have social impact through philanthropy and impact investing. Every spring, a small cohort of 10-15 gather at Miramar Farms in Half Moon Bay, California for our transformative Discovery Weekend to discuss and learn with our faculty and each other, the values and tools you want to bring to your work as a change agent, followed by six weeks of a custom-built online course that guides you to distill the learnings of the weekend and create a plan anchored by the intersection of your core values and evidence about how to best solve the problems you care most about.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    Annual conference on global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development.




  • Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: US (New Haven)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Selected social entrepreneurs mentoring, recogniztion and free tickets to the annual Social Captial Markets conference in San Francisco, which brings together entrepreneurs and funders.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: Any (Conference in San Francisco)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Kairos 50 (K50)  Training and Support

    Entrepreneurs around the world under 25 apply to become members of the Kairos 50, and 50 finalists are selected to attend the Kairos Global Summit in California, receive business development services, exclusive international opportunities, and visibility to media and investors, and a chance to earn up to $50k in prize money from potential inevestors at the Summit. The Kairos 50 companies represent the next generation of entrepreneurs making breakthroughs in the areas of biotech, education, agriculture, mobile, cleantech, healthcare, and more.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: US (California)
    Eligibility: Any (Under 25)

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    The Berkeley Startup Cluster is collaborative effort of: the City of Berkeley‘s Office of Economic Development, the Downtown Berkeley Association, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, and UC Berkeley. Our shared goal: making Berkeley an even better place to launch a high tech startup




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    SOCAP 365  Training and Support

    An ongoing year-round event series in multiple locations, SOCAP 365 features world-class speakers and opportunities to connect at the intersection of money and meaning. Through thought leadership panel discussions, inclusive dialogues, and community-building events, SOCAP 365 serves the rapidly growing network of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, conscious corporations, philanthropists, government agencies, and innovators in every sector.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    A startup expo and competition featuring some of the hottest startups out of UC Berkeley! Innovate@Berkeley celebrates the rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship at Berkeley by bringing together startups, students, angels, VCs, and press under one roof.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any

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    Features practitioners from the UC Berkeley and Silicon Valley communities who come to Berkeley-Haas to speak about the practical aspects of starting and running an entrepreneurial venture. The Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum is held four times during the academic year featuring a networking hour followed, by a presentation topics of interest to entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and members of the Bay Area entrepreneurial ecosystem.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Lester Center hosts Hackathons which bring together UC Berkeley students of all stripes and colors–designers, coders, marketers and MBA students alike–to converge around a single theme. The Lester Center supports a number of pre-eminent startup competitions whose finals are open to the public (LAUNCH and GSVC)




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round (see specifc program)
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students

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    Ask the VC  Training and Support

    Blog that serves as informational source on venture capital and entrepreneurship




  • Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    MongoDB University  Training and Support

    Provides public and Private training on how to build and deploy apps taught by MongoDB Engineers that offers hands-on experience, as well as professional certification preparation. Also offers live webinars, Q+A sessions, event,s and user groups to share best practices and network.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Currently available to over 500,000 students. The program is designed to help drive economic development in communities around partner universities increasing the likelihood that students remain and develop their ideas with the region and prepare students to enter the modern workforce with a flexible, entrepreneurial mindset. Offers free mentorship for companies or individuals at any stage in the industry, connections to team mebers, jobs, and knowledge across the world, resources and exclusive deals for software and online courses, and specialized applications and tools.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Students

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    Pitch Workbook  Training and Support

    Workbook to help improve your entrepreneurial pitch and boost your chances of getting funded, provided by Canaan Partners.




  • Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Lean Impact  Training and Support

    Events and e-books for social good organizations, building on Lean Startup methodology.




  • Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Lean Startup  Training and Support

    The Lean Startup provides a scientific approach to creating and managing startups and get a desired product to customers’ hands faster.




  • Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Umbrella resource for many innovation and entrepreneurship efforts on UC Berkeley’s campus.




  • Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any

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    Help for Cal students and professors with patents, copyrights, IP rights, marketing and commercial potential analysis, and more.




  • Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any

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    The Social Good Guides  Training and Support

    A collection of subject-specific e-guides for social entrepreneurs.




  • Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    A startup internship and training program for graduate students in business, engineering and information interested in entrepreneurship and technology.




  • Timeline: 1:Fall
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Students (Graduate)

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    The Summit is a week-long, student-run innovation conference held every April at Northwestern University for young delegates from over 40 countries, 50 universities, and 35 businesses and organizations around the world with change-based projects and ventures that can tackle any social change from education to healthcare to sustainability.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US (Chicago)
    Eligibility: Students

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    Lynda.com  Training and Support

    Online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.




  • Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Stack Social  Training and Support

    Online Store and free/paid resources including Apps, Gadgets, Creative Resources, Software, and Video Tutorials to help Apple fanatics, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, gamers, and early adopters. Offers courses for programming and bundled deals for software and learning materials.




  • Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Brad Feld’s blog  Training and Support

    Gives insight into how to approach scaling hardware companies with investment opportunities, and other investment thoughts.




  • Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    A global venture philanthropy firm that funds and supports social entrepreneurs with exceptional promise and impactful ideas that have the potential to scale.




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    Blackstone Charitable Foundation is committed to inspiring entrepreneurship globally. By leveraging the resources and intellectual capital of Blackstone, the Foundation empowers entrepreneurs, generates job growth, and supports the communities in which we live and work.




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    The Underdog Foundation identifies non-profit organizations that are in need of grants and that have demonstrated abilities to provide important community services; as well as assistance in the form of finance, marketing, operations, strategic partnering, and negotiations. Provides a place for investors, CEOs and advisors to provide mentoring and technical expertise to support non-profit organizations doing important work in our communities. The interest areas of the Underdog Foundation are: Environment and Conservation, Community Investment, Women’s Entrepreneurship, International Community Investment and Community Development.




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    A growing community of innovative business leaders and social entrepreneurs to help you improve your business, enhance your leadership, and expand your impact.




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    Interdisciplinary hub at UC Berkeley for understanding and acting on global poverty.




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    NESsT  Networks

    Provides 5-7 years of incubation to early-stage social enterprises with financial investments (seed capital in the form of grants and soft loans), social capital, capacity support via training and mentoring, and access to markets and networks. Addresses key issues in labor inclusion, sustainable income, and affordable technologies.




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    Net Impact  Networks

    A network of over 100,000 student and professional leaders from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe working towards a sustainable future. Empowers a new generation to use their careers to take on social challenges, protect the environment, invent new products and orient business around the world.




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    Community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGO managers, policy makers, academics and others exploring the connection between development and enterprise. Focuses on new trends and ideas/research in market solutions to poverty. Features an editor-curated newsfeed, a calendar of important events, and a career center with continuously updated job opportunities across the “development through enterprise” market sector.




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    A non-profit social investment fund that builds rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Focuses on four focus areas – advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities – to build reesilience and prosperity in developing communities.




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    Aims to facilitate a participatory platform for collective impact, with a vision of a San Francisco Bay Area where everyone has the opportunity to invest, start, partner, work, and purchase from businesses that benefit communities.




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    Ennovent  Networks

    An innovation accelerator working with a range of clients–including entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, foundations, development agencies, CSR departments, NGOs and companies. Additionally, their online global network helps clients accelerate innovations for sustainability in low-income markets in developing countries.




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    An active network of professionals who leverage their time, talent and connections to help non-profit organizations launch new initiatives, make a greater impact and accelerate positive change in their communities.




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    Co-creates strong and growing ecosystems of prosperity, by supporting organizations that enable social entrepreneurs to succeed.




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    An open data and resources platform powering the global impact market. ImpactSpace aims to accelerate impact investing by making information about the impact market available to everyone and maintainable by anyone.




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    The oldest, largest and most successful early-stage impact investing network. Together with hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices, they have propelled $172 million plus $4 billion in follow-on investment into 271 enterprises dedicated to improving the environment, education, health and community.




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    A social finance hub and project incubator that acts as a neutral collaboration space for all sectors–government, community and private–to strengthen our collective ability to mobilize private capital for public good.




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    Benetech  Networks

    A non-profit focused on developing technology for social good.




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    Collaborates with visionary, courageous changemakers to bring new capital to the new economy through capital raising, developing capital market tools, and aggregating community capital necessary to shape a resilient economic ecosystem.




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    India’s largest executive training program for leaders of non-profits and social businesses empowering them with funds, networks and skills to help them scale




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    Social entrepreneurship involves the application of business practices to the pursuit of social and/or environmental mission. It brings the mindset, principles, strategies, tools and techniques of entrepreneurship to the social sector, yielding innovative solutions to the vexing problems facing society – poverty, hunger, inadequate housing and homelessness, unemployment and under-employment, illiteracy, disease, environmental degradation, etc. It finds solutions where government and private sector efforts have not.




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    Myths of Innovation, Scott Berkun  Further Reading

    Berkun shows how to transcend the false stories that many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture foolishly use to guide their thinking about how ideas change the world.




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    Startup Digest, Startup Digest  Further Reading

    Newsletter for all things startup, including latest events and news.




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    Four Steps to the Epiphany, Steve Blank  Further Reading

    Blank offers a four-step customer development process and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture.




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    TrustLaw Publications, Thompson Reuters Foundation  Further Reading

    Overviews of legal information on a wide range of topics, including strutures for NGOs and startups.




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    Crowdfund It!, Anna Maguire  Further Reading

    The third edition of Crowdfund it! features an expanded section on equity crowdfunding, updated case studies and profiles plus details of several new fundraising websites. The book is a comprehensive guide to the global crowdfunding phenomenon, which was expected to raise over $US5 billion for projects of all kinds worldwide in 2013. Fully revised for this third edition, it offers expert advice for creatives, start-ups and not-for-profits who are considering running an online fundraising campaign.




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    Startup Revolution, Brad Feld  Further Reading

    Venture capital investing and entrepreneurship articles and books written by early stage investor and entrepreneur Brad Feld




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    Entrepreneurship.org, Entrepreneurship.org  Further Reading

    Forum and website supported by the Kauffman Foundation that provides educational tools, event listings, and various content for entrepreneurs.




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    Fast Company, Fast Company  Further Reading

    Magazine that chronicles how companies create and compete, with regular coverage of innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design.




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    From Idea to Success: The Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network Guide for Startups, Gregg Fairbrothers and Tessa Winter  Further Reading

    Walks readers through the “entire process of launching a new company, product, or service, from concept to business success.”




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    Monthly magazine and website published by Harvard University that covers different industries, management functions, and geographic locations as well as topics such as leadership, organizational change, negotiation, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, and social entrepreneurship.




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    The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook, Rupert Scofield  Further Reading

    Scofield provides an roadmap for starting up and running a non-profit or social business, sharing personal success stories and advice on what not to do.




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    Social Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Ryszard Praszkier & Andrzej Nowak  Further Reading

    Praszkier and Nowak detail how social entrepreneurship can creatively solve pressing and seemingly insurmountable social problems.




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    Prahalad argues that the world’s five billion poor make up the the fastest growing market in the world; he describes how the market has vast untapped buying power and represents an enormous potential for companies who can profitably serve the poor.




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    The Innovator’s Solution, Clayton Christensen, Michael Raynor  Further Reading

    Christensen advances his idea of disruption, arguing that companies place too much focus on pleasing their most profitable customers and should rather focus on “disruptive technologies” that can keep them ahead of the competition.




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    Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, David Bornstein & Susan Davis  Further Reading

    Bornstein and Davis define who social entrepreneurs are, how their organizations function, and what challenges they face, to give readers an understanding of what differentiates social entrepreneurship from standard business ventures and traditional non-profit work.




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    Entrepreneur.com, Entrepreneur.com  Further Reading

    Magazine that seeks to inspire, inform, and celebrate entrepreneurs and offer them solutions, tips, tools, and insider news to help them grow their businesses.




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    An elite product focused 9-week program that leads technical entrepreneurs through the process of turning their project into a startup through a program that includes instructors from 500 Startups, networking with Alumni and PeopleSpace Member. This program is product focused on Validation, Traction, Pitching, Operations, Funding and more.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Irvine, California)
    Eligibility: Any

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    An urban ventures accelerator with a mission to empower entrepreneurs to solve urban problems everywhere. Offers the Clean Energy Prize, a 4-month program to support early stage companies creating clean energy solutions, provides a $15k grant, consulting services and mentorship, seed-funding, and free office space.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: For-profit

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    International startup exchange network where entrepreneurs at participating incubators can spend time at other locations around the world to learn about local markets and trends (see list for ideas of participating incubators to apply to!). This one month program offers free office space, networking, and mentorship.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: International, US
    Eligibility: Any

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    This global champion of the seed-stage, mentorship-driven accelerator model includes 70 of the most respected accelerators from six continents and over 106 cities around the world. A cohort of 10-20 companiesThe 1-3 month summer mentorship program had helped companies earn funding of an average of $923k, and benefits include training, connections to mentors and investors, consulting services, discounts, annual conferences, and access to industry data, as well as space, internet, and workspace.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: International, US
    Eligibility: Any

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    Venture capital firm providing funding to companies creating scalable, technology-driven social impact projects with initial investments of $25,000-$200,000 in early-stage companies. Strong preference for Bay Area-based companies, especially in Oakland and Berkeley.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    The competition and three month long UC Berkeley-affiliated accelerator is designed to help UC startups grow.




  • Timeline: Winter
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any (UCB affiliated)

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    Bolt  Accelerators and Incubators

    Venture Capital Fund that invests $100k to $500k in early stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software, and offers world-class prototyping shops and office space in San Francisco and Boston; a team of professional engineering teans to assist with prototyping, manufacturing, shipping products, and scaling production efforts.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Boston, San Francisco)
    Eligibility: Any

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    WeWork  Accelerators and Incubators

    Located in locations across the world, this company offers large spaces and sublets desks and offices through a membership service. Tenants pay on a month-to-month basis, with no long-term contract required. Prefurnished space includes access to shared conference rooms, high-speed internet, specialty coffee and printing services.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US, International
    Eligibility: Any

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    6,300 sq/ft industrial chic warehouse that exists to provide people with the workspace and resources they need to put their good ideas into action and to keep at it even when it’s difficult. We do this through coworking, hosting events, workshops, and fundraisers, and through our start-up incubator program called Wayfare Labs.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Costa Mesa, California)
    Eligibility: Any

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    RealOfficeCenters  Accelerators and Incubators

    Space for innovation, inspiration, and collaboration, with several locations in Southern California and Hawaii. With professional support services, educational events, and a stimulating environment, ROC is where you and your company will grow.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (California, Hawaii)
    Eligibility: Any

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    PeopleSpace  Accelerators and Incubators

    Nonprofit in Irvine, California that provides 15,000-square-foot space where people with common interests in computers, technology, science, art, entrepreneurship and start-up business can meetup, socialize, collaborate, teach and learn. Our three major areas of focus are education, workspace and events – offering workshops, classes, pre-accelerator programs, community schools, training, and various events.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Irvine, California)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Wayfare Labs  Accelerators and Incubators

    Offers unique programs for nonprofit and social good startups, including dinners, events, workshops, coaching, advising, and support – built on the foundation of a Christ-centered community. Three programs are offered: Startup, Launch, and Growth (check specific programs for deadlines)




  • Timeline: 2: Spring, Fall
    Location: US (Costa Mesa, California)
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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    A transformative 5-day experience for social impact entrepreneurs, activists, students, bridge-builders, and other innovators to connect with professionals and receive guidance. Fellows receive networks, funding, training, community support, etc.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    StartmeupHK  Accelerators and Incubators

    One-stop portal for the startup community in Hong Kong, listing the latest startup events and various resources including government incentive and incubation schemes, accelerators, angels and VCs. Also offers several competitions, venture forums, festivals, showcases, and summits. The StartmeupHK Venture Forum is the highlight of the week-long Festival where startups and key participants from the four industry verticals as well as international speakers will gather under one roof and share new ideas.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: International (Hong Kong)
    Eligibility: Any

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    90 day Techstars program with mentorship, office space for 3 months, connections with professionals, hundreds of perks worth over $1 million, a $20k stipend for living expenses, a Demo Day, and other investor evetns. Hosts three accelerator programs: METRO Accelerator, Techstars Connection, and Internet of Things. and has it’s own Venture capital program that provides $100,000-$300,000 to Seed companiesand $1-2M for Series A companies; a Startup program for companies at all stages worldwide; and conventions, summits, and networking opportunities.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: US, International
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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    Provides services tailored to health and biotech startups offering graduates and postdoctoral fellows at UC Berkeley with a matrix of support for entrepreneurs, incubators, venture capital fund, innovative partnerships and healthtech and science industry alliances, discounted conferences and events, and team-based coaching and advice. The Global innovation program works with individual country or regional clients to tailor a training program done, via satellite, for entrepreneurs across the globe, entrepreneurial partnerships, and site visits.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Students, faculty, staff, or alumni (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, UCSF)

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    This social impact organization gives entrepreneurs tackling the world’s greatest challenges an “unreasonable advantage”” by matching them with mentors and ventures, facilitating a “”boot camp,”” and matching ventures up with hundreds of angels, foundations, and funds. Programs address several regions and issues each year. with short “”labs”” or long “”institutes.””




  • Timeline: Many: (mostly in the summer)
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    USAID Launch  Accelerators and Incubators

    An accelerator and open innovation plaform with a materials/environmental focus that supports social entrepreneurs via netowrks of mentors that provide pro-bono innovator support and mentorship, with hundreds of programs focused on a specific theme (e.g., materials for sustainability). LAUNCH challenges encourages innovators to create life-changing, sustainable solutions in water, health, energy, waste, materials and green chemistry.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Innovation firm with a practitioner-focused and mission-centered approach that works with non-profit clients to design, implement, and manage their enterprise to create greater social value.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Non-profit

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    Y Combinator  Accelerators and Incubators

    A leading Silicon Valley startup incubator (3-month accelerator program, plus networking opportunities post-progarm) for wide variety of companies, specifically commercial web, enterprise software, and other tech-heavy companies. Twice a year we invest a small amount of money ($120k) in a large number of startups who move to the Bay Area for weekly dinners, mentorship, special events, and training that culminates in a Demo Day where the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.




  • Timeline: 2: Fall; Spring
    Location: Bay Area (Mountain View, California)
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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    Nextspace  Accelerators and Incubators

    Coworking spaces in San Francisco, Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, and beyond.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Afrilabs  Accelerators and Incubators

    Network of tech innovation hubs in Africa, spanning a network of 40 technology innovation hubs in 20 African countries. Each hub serves as a physical convening space for entrepreneurs, technologists, developers, designers, and investors in each tech community.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: International (Africa)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies, and hackers in the area.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: International (Kenya)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Recognized as Africa’s leading and most established incubator and accelerator, incubating hundreds of innovation and technology start-ups, generating thousands of new jobs, and helping numerous entrepreneurs and start-ups with their roots in Cape Town to become global success stories. Offers courses, events, mentorship, training, funding, co-working spaces, virtual offices, creativity labs, and recreational areas with restaurants, recreational facilities, meeting rooms, and more.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round (please see specific programs for deadlines) Rolling: for Co-working spaces
    Location: International (South Africa)
    Eligibility: Any

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