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How Higher Education is Killing Entrepreneurial Thinking

A few weeks ago, at the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Conference, I took part in a panel discussion on the subject of preparing our future workforce for entrepreneurial thinking. As companies increasingly express an interest in creative, innovative employees, one of the hottest questions in entrepreneurship education has become, "How do we prepare graduates to solve real problems and find opportunities for their employer rather than just show up to a job?"

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Diana Kander
on October 29, 2014
Who Will Save the Economy? Scale-Ups or Startups

Last week, the Washington Post article, "More businesses are closing than starting. Can Congress help turn that around?" grabbed my attention. My response was whether or not all the startup support power laid in the hands of our nation's policy makers.

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Taylor Brown
on October 08, 2014
Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

At the Kauffman Foundation, we know that senior entrepreneurship is booming. In his testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Research and Policy Dane Strangler filled the senate committee members in on this little known fact, stating that entrepreneurship is not exclusive to the young and hip.

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Taylor Brown
on August 21, 2014
Quilt Company Stitches Hometown Back Together

For a startup that now employs more than 100 people, has thousands of YouTube followers and is changing the face of Main Street in their hometown, its beginning was pretty unassuming.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 11, 2014
How an Entrepreneur in the Governor's Seat has Benefited Colorado

What makes a great politician? There are likely as many answers to that question as there are perhaps people.

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Annette Beck
on June 04, 2014
Craft Distillery Proves Startups Can Be a Family Affair

The smell is potent. It's apparent as soon as you walk in. The tinge of distilled mash is unavoidable, and a pleasant reminder that this building is more than just a beautiful space that people now host weddings and events in. It's also a startup. A startup craft distillery, that is.

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Amanda Schnieders
on May 22, 2014
Ice House Program Teaches Teen Entrepreneurial Mindset

In this segment of Top of Mind, I talk with 17-year-old Jairo Fernandez, a student from Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City. Fernandez recently attended the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, which is especially designed to develop critical thinking skills that will enable participants to identify and evaluate opportunities, manage risks, and learn from the results.

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Prentiss Earl III
on May 07, 2014
Mind If I Borrow Your 3D Printer? How 3D Hubs Is Creating A Community Around Printing

The additive manufacturing industry has become an incredible resource to startups and entrepreneurs. The technology has not only helped break down the barriers to entry for product developers, but has also lent itself to an evolved marketplace where entrepreneurs can cater to personalized services and products, at a just-in-time pace, with very little startup capital necessary to launch. This has tailored an economic trend for the emergence of high frequency startup activity, mostly in the world of 3D printing.

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Brad Chapman
on April 24, 2014
Innovate Colorado Springs: An Ode to Joe

Last week was busy--to say the least. Several of the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Team members were in Colorado Springs for Innovate Colorado Springs, a week of events uniting the region around its innovative and entrepreneurial potential.

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Thom Ruhe
on April 21, 2014
Title Boxing: How Following Your Passion Can Lead To Success

Last August, I had the chance to spend time with Tony Carbajo, co-founder of Title Boxing. From admiring the sport as a child to becoming a Golden Gloves champion in his younger years, Tony's head has always been in the ring. His story is a fascinating one, and is a testament to the importance of passion when it comes to building a business.

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Amanda Schnieders
on April 17, 2014

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