How can creative people form sustainable Startups? London’s new School for Creative Startups aims to answer that question for a whole new generation of young entrepreneurs.
I found that universities weren’t doing much in the way of teaching professional development to creatives and they were going out into the world without the training they needed to make a living from what they did,” said Medeia Cohan-Petrolino, Creative Director at the School for Creative Startups. “When Doug Richard convinced me to join the School for Creative Startups I was really excited to develop something that would fill that huge gap in the market.”
In this podcast, Luke Jones from Semester at Sea presents: Unreasonable at Sea – An Experiment in Transnational Entrepreneurship.
Unreasonable at Sea is a radical experiment in global entrepreneurship, design-thinking, and education, designed to scale-up effective technological solutions to the greatest challenges of our time. We do this by hedging our bets on the most thrifty, resourceful, creative, and disruptive class amongst us: entrepreneurs. We are a mentor-driven accelerator for tech-entrepreneurs who desire to take their ventures into new international markets, and we choose to work exclusively with companies working on “intractable” social and environmental challenges. We could think of no better way to accelerate our portfolio companies’ ability to scale across borders than to put them all on one ship, align them with some of the world’s greatest mentors, and set sail more than 25,000 nautical miles while visiting 13 countries over the course of 100 days.”
In this CBS News video, Jeff Glor reports that the Blueseed Startup plans to anchor a cruise ship off California to serve as a home for new tech companies.
Imagine a community that gathered one thousand of the boldest, brightest, and most talented tech entrepreneurs from around the world. Now imagine that this community was a part of Silicon Valley, the best place to scale a high-tech company… Well, that dream is becoming a reality.
In this video, Sunil Sharma from Extreme Startups describes how his Canadian startup accelerator intends to fund 30 new ventures in the next three years. Extreme Startups has been funded with the support of several high end Venture Capital funds such as BDC, OMERS Ventures, Rho Canada and BlackBerry Venture Partners.
We primarily fund technology-oriented companies with a focus on web or mobile-based software, but we are open to companies in any space with compelling ideas and solutions. Teams with the best chances of acceptance will present a combination of market knowledge, technical expertise, and a demanding audience hungry for their solution along with founders who aren’t put off by the challenges that launching a successful startup presents. We are looking for tenacious, fast-moving teams to participate in Extreme Startups.
Over at Forbes, Connie Guglielmo writes that Dell Ventures has set up a $60 million fund to invest in storage start ups.
Dell Ventures seeks to invest $60 million in game-changing enterprise storage start-ups,” the group said on its new website today. “We’re funding cloud storage, memory based storage and next-gen-storage architectures.”
Sean Ludwig from VentureBeat writes that his journey aboard the Startup Bus has been an eye-opening experience.
As the startup bus got closer to Manhattan, we could see the New York City skyline briefly. In the early hours of Saturday morning, the startup founders pop up from their half-asleep state and are ready to be finished with the journey. Consensus from talking with the riders suggests they are better off than they were two days ago, thanks to meeting other people that can become a support network for their dreams.
Over at the design-challenged Oregon Live site, Mike Rogoway writes that Portland’s Startup community is small, but strong.
Portland’s newly minted companies are snapping up software engineers off the street and packing them into offices already bursting with bodies. They’re breaking down walls in the Pearl District to make more room during the day, then sipping drinks and swapping war stories at swanky bars at night.
While the Startup scene in Portland continues to grow, I can only hope that some entrepreneur will someday take out the limping mastodon that is the Oregonian newspaper.
In this video, Steve Case from Startup America and The Case Foundation shares his thoughts, insights and perspective on why entrepreneurship is the future of America. The talk was recorded at the Tech Cocktail’s Startup Mixology Conference on June 16, 2011.