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Ice House Sketchbook Dispels Myths of Entrepreneurship

The latest Kauffman Sketchbook illustrates how the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program develops the critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills that help any individual think like an entrepreneur.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 22, 2013
Elite Startups Get in the Ring

Last night I had the privilege of watching the first ever Get in the Ring Competition in the United States. Though this competition is in its sixth year, this was the first year that the United States had participated. The process began in August with groups of judges sorting through about 300 applications from startups all across the country. After several rounds of judging, the final eight startups were invited to Kansas City to participate in the U.S. version of Get in the Ring,the American Startup Clash.

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Cameron Cushman
on November 20, 2013
Founders School Live Enhances Learning Through Real-Time Events

Even with the most intuitive educational material, sometimes the most important thing a student needs is the ability to ask questions. For entrepreneurs, who are often lifelong learners, this is essential to the application of the material to their business. While online learning can facilitate opportunities to learn lessons anytime, anywhere that might not otherwise be available, the opportunity to engage directly with experts creates important connections and discussions.

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Amanda Schnieders
on November 20, 2013
Leaving Presentations to Chance is Like Embarking on a Trip Without a Map

Leaving presentations to chance is like embarking on a trip without a map (hat tip to Amanda Schnieders for the metaphor). If you don't know where you're headed and how you'll get there, you may not reach your destination.

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Wendy Torrance
on November 19, 2013
Why Dissuading Students From Grad School Could Create More Jobs

What if we could take the top talent coming out of colleges and universities today, those that tend to feed into law school, med school, Wall Street and consulting, and put them in startups all over the country? Imagine the job growth possibilities we could create in the country just by giving recent graduates a taste of that entrepreneurial bug. Now, what if I told you there's an organization trying to do just that. Enter--Venture for America.

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Nathan Kurtz
on November 18, 2013
Forbes Six Lessons For Building Startup Communities From 1 Million Cups Founders

Cities across the country are eager to build or strengthen their startup communities. They recognize that entrepreneurs thrive when they live in a supportive environment. And when entrepreneurs thrive, so do their local economies. It's a win-win.

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Nate Olson
on November 05, 2013
Can Social Entrepreneurship Save our Earth?

In a time when our world's escalating environmental and social woes are weighing heavy on my mind, it was an uplifting change of pace to sit down with Gifford Pinchot III. Beyond being a best-selling author and the legend credited with coining the term intrapreneurship, Gifford is co-founder of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, an amazing school that has turned both education and entrepreneurship on its head by offering the first MBA in sustainable business.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 5, 2013
'Sales is Like Oxygen,' and So is Education

During my years at the Kauffman Foundation I have seen firsthand the effect that education can have on the development of entrepreneurs and their companies. The entrepreneurs with whom I have worked have taken the lessons they have learned and applied them to great effect in their endeavors as founders. These entrepreneurs benefited from opportunities to learn critical skills, and from gaining an understanding of crucial decisions or junctures that often can derail entrepreneurial businesses.

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Wendy Torrance
on November 04, 2013
Ice House: Facilitator Explains Reason For Choosing Program

Last week, we hosted Ice House Facilitator Training here at the Foundation. We had people come from across the country and the international community to be trained in how to facilitate an entrepreneurial mindset to members of their community. I had the chance to sit down with one of the facilitators, Rob Elwood, and learn about his reason for coming to this training, and how he sees it benefiting his community in Annapolis, Md.

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Prentiss Earl III
on November 01, 2013
Seattle: Not the Next Silicon Valley and Proud of It

While exploring Seattle's startup scene for the sake of our most recent ID8 Nation, I quickly discovered that the Emerald City's entrepreneurial ecosystem, which recently has received comparisons to Silicon Valley, is all its own.

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Thom Ruhe
on October 31, 2013

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