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REAL ~ Global Entrepreneur

REAL ~ Global Entrepreneur

By on Jan 27, 2013 in Community/Economic Development, Entrepreneur | 0 comments

Published REAL Magazine January 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) – from November 12th through 18th where more than 100 countries across 6 continents will participate in more than 30,000 total activities! Launched in 2007 by Carl Schramm, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation and Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; this “movement” has grown significantly since its inception. With the strategic aim to foster innovation and creative leadership accompanying the spirit of entrepreneurship across the globe in young people; students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, non-profits, government officials and more engage each year. More than 150 cities around the world will host Startup Weekends helping to educate over 15,000 entrepreneurs and launching over 560 new startup ventures. In Tampa, this event is being led by entrepreneur Susie Steiner. Startup Weekend Tampa is an intense 54 hour event where a community of entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, developers, designers, marketing gurus and anyone interested in building a business come together over the course of a weekend to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours. tampa.startupweekend.org The Gulf Coast Venture Forum, along with our growing list of community partners, is proud to support several events that will take place in Southwest Florida during Global Entrepreneurship Week. From entrepreneurial awards in Charlotte County, TEDx Sarasota on Creativity in Entrepreneurship and the introduction of StartupChicks – we continue to say that regionally we are so much more than tourism and construction. “Global Entrepreneurship Week is a great opportunity to showcase what thousands of organizations already do to help foster a culture that embraces innovation, imagination and creativity. Through this initiative, the next generation of entrepreneurs is inspired and can emerge. In doing so, they will begin to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives, their families and communities.” GEWUSA.org Developing entrepreneurs is not the same as developing inventors. Although innovation is important for entrepreneurs, it is important to note the word entrepreneur first used in 1882 shares the same root as the word enterprise. Webster’s defines enterprising as marked by an independent, energetic spirit and by readiness to...

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REAL ~ What’s Hot

REAL ~ What’s Hot

By on Jan 20, 2013 in Business Development, Entrepreneur | 0 comments

Published in the October REAL Magazine What do words like education, network, virtual, job growth, support, incubator, accelerator, angel, pitch, and VC all have in common? They all connect to this term you see thrown all around lately. Across headlines – print and digital – the buzz is about “entrepreneurs.” So what’s all the interest in this word that spell check loves? Let’s look at the word and its definition for some insight. Entrepreneur: 1.An enterprising individual who builds capital through risk and/or initiative. 2.  A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so. 3. The capacity and willingness to undertake conception, organization, and management of a productive venture with all attendant risks, while seeking profit as a reward. Oh yes, I see now. It is about building businesses that build capital.  After the last couple years of economic upheaval and what has been rampant unemployment, anyone or anything that could build capital would be welcome. So the hunt is on for this entrepreneur. Other entrepreneurs, organizations and governments race to provide support and opportunities to attract and nurture the individuals that possess this ability. According to businessdictionary.com : In economics, entrepreneurship is regarded as a factor of production together with land, labor, natural resources, and capital. Entrepreneurial spirit is characterized by innovation and risk-taking, and an essential component of a nation’s ability to succeed in an ever changing and more competitive global marketplace. Recently I attended some “entrepreneurial” events around the Republican National convention hosted by The Startup America Partnership and Startup Rockon. Entrepreneurs were encouraged to engage and to let their voices be heard by those who shape the legislation that fosters or hinders growth. Events ranged from the panel discussions I attended on the interaction or lack of between startups and government, and discussions with women founders to after-hours extravaganzas totaling well over 4000 attendees across the events.  With an international audience present at the conventions, there was a discussion of incentives for investment and expansion, including the benefit of multiple European nation free trade agreements with the Prime Minister of Macedonia and his delegation. Across the board, whether US or not, entrepreneurs are in high demand as...

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