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Can Startups Save A City?

Anyone interested in entrepreneurship who has been to Pittsburgh has likely seen the renaissance in the city's East Liberty neighborhood. Known as Bakery Square, the area was once home to a large Nabisco factory and now offices some of the best and the brightest who work for the high-tech behemoth known as Google.

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Posted by: Amanda Schnieders
on April 16, 2014
Seattle: One of the Best Cities for Women Entrepreneurs

When you think about Seattle, what may come to mind are coffee shops, grunge music and scores of Generation-Xers. But Seattle offers so much more. It is a hub for fostering entrepreneurship and is especially supportive of women who break out on their own. In fact, NerdWallet ranked Seattle as the third best city in the U.S. for women entrepreneurs, just behind Washington D.C and San Francisco.

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Posted by: Annette Beck
on April 15, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles of Entrepreneurship

To think that what used to be used primarily to create boxes, action figures and King Kong heads is now being used to create prosthetic limbs, lungs and hearts both excites and scares me a bit. Several weeks ago, Mark Marich highlighted an article on its amazing abilities on our Policy Forum blog. 3D printing has been around for nearly 30 years, but just in the past couple years has caught the mainstream media's attention as its capabilities and accessibility grow.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on April 11, 2014
MINDDRIVE Teaches Kids To Build Electric Cars…From Scratch

The whir and high-pitched screech draw my ear, but the flashing specks of bright light shooting up from a work station across the garage force me to look away. The mentor and student working around the station do not flinch. They're both used to all the excitement by now. MINDDRIVE has become their second home on Saturdays, as it has to all the other mentors and students participating in the program that teaches kids how to build cars--from scratch.

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Posted by: Amanda Schnieders
on April 08, 2014
Chamber of Commerce Experiements with Entrepreneurs

Not long ago, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce decided that it wanted to position the community as the most entrepreneurial city in America. And after almost three years, Kansas City is making strides to achieve this goal. This episode of "Top of Mind" highlights the "Access for Entrepreneurs"program, which is the initiative the Greater Kansas City Chamber is using to stake its claim.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on April 07, 2014
Startup Genome: A Grassroots Effort For Helping Startups

When you hear the term "genome," it might take you back to your high school biology class, where your teacher talked about the many zillions of pieces of data that are contained in DNA. You can think of a Startup Genome a bit the same way.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on April 03, 2014
Top of Mind's Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

As a father of three who's just begun the life stage where my children start matriculating off to college, I find myself drawn to news about all things higher academia. I've also done my fair share of weighing in on our country's state of higher education, from reconsidering its worth due to rising tuition costs to giving advice to high school graduates grappling with their many options for the next phase of life.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on April 02, 2014
Do You Want To Be Rich, Or Do You Want To Be King?

You're the founder of your business. Then, the big question: Do you want to be rich or do you want to be king? What? You want to be both? Well, it may surprise you to learn that very few founders have been able to do that, including the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Richard Branson.

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Posted by: Taylor Brown
on March 31, 2014
Nurture vs. Nature: What Does It Take To Be An Entrepreneur?

They are questions that are repeatedly asked in entrepreneurial circles: Can we teach entrepreneurship? Does it take certain tenacity and nature that isn't adverse to risk?

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Posted by: Amanda Schnieders
on March 28, 2014
5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

I was disappointed to have been unable to make the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Congress last week in Moscow. It's a historic event, in its fifth year, that gathers startup champions from around the world--entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers--to work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. This kind of annual assembly has contributed to the expansion of a global entrepreneurial ecosystem by connecting experts and entrepreneurs across borders and sectors to unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality.

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Posted by: Thom Ruhe
on March 26, 2014

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