Imagine libraries being a place where entrepreneurs and students could collaborate. Create "incubation pods" in libraries complete with technology and business support material... more »
Currently, start-up companies trying to raise money through innovative crowdfunding sites are treated under the same rules as those with conventional public offerings.
I suggest exempting securities offerings up to $100,000 with $100 maximum per investor from current SEC regulations.
Solution: Provide an "entrepreneurial deferment" loan program. In a deferment program, allow a recent graduate to make interest-only payments or defer all payments for some period of time, should they elect to pursue entrepreneurship. In order to continue the benefit beyond two years, the... more »
The "Start-Up Concierge" is not the gatekeeper, but rather the locksmith... more »
Make Entrepreneurship a part of the EDUCATION standards in America.
We don't have enough jobs - teach students how to run a business, make it fun, they should know how to make a living themselves. Too many college and high school kids think when they are done with school they go hunting for jobs - teach them to make their own living.
Then offer free training via service providers like the SBA.
Open the playing field (and support) for *all* startups whether they are high-growth or not. Growth is NOT the only pathway to success. And, one million companies hiring two people in their first year of business is more powerful and less susceptible to economic shifts than a handful of companies hiring the same amount of people.
You can qualify for a $50k car in an afternoon yet it takes weeks or months to qualify for the same SBA loan.
Lack of access to capital kills great ideas every day. Technology fields specifically need to move fast or we end up watching our competition (other countries)... more »
Connect with local governments to take over public schools, libraries, etc. which have 'gone out of business'. These large buildings can be great incubators for start-ups. Companies get a 'classroom' or a 'shared classroom', there are workout facilities a cafeteria, etc. Better than leaving these community buildings empty and open to vandalism.
There are hundreds of business, technology and life science networking opportunities that happen everyday. The problem is entrepreneurs do not know where to find the events that matter. What is needed is a national database of of business, technology and life science events so that people can start connecting.... more »
StartupVisa is a way for people currently in the US to start a business here without having to leave the country - or for new immigrants to move here to start their company. http://www.startupvisa.com/