Big times newsletter – February: Drizly raises $16.98M, Fear of someone stealing your idea, MIT Top 10 tech…

What’s in this newsletter: 

  • News from startupsinnovation: Learn about our new training…
  • Quotes to inspire yourself and your team more: See what Elon Musk, Jay Samit said…
  • VC investment activity in Boston: Drizly raises $16.98M, discover what they do…
  • Market shift / interesting disruptive trend: MIT lists the top 10 tech to watch in 2017…
  • Innovator’s tip: Should you fear that someone will steal your idea?…
  • A dose of fun: Steve Ballmer’s response to I-phone launch (legendary and funny!)

Please feel free to join the discussion by commenting on what we share, giving your perspective on some of our opinions and insights we share here.

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Quotes to inspire yourself and your team more:

“I can either watch it happen or be part of it” 

Elon Musk (Founder Paypal, Tesla, Space X, Solar City)

“The best big idea is only going to be as good as its implementation” 

Jay Samit (Author of Disrupt You)

VC investment activity in Boston:

Polaris Partners funds Drizly another $16.98m on February 21st

 

What it is: Drizly is a technology company transforming the way alcohol is shopped, sold and shared online. Drizly is a Boston based start-up founded in 2012 which raised on February 21st, according to crunchbase another $16.98M of funding from also Boston based venture capital firm Polaris Partners.

Why it’s important: This represent an improvement for consumers since they do not need to drive to the traditional liquor store to buy alcohol anymore. Deliveries are said to be done within an hour. Much like instacart (groceries delivery), mixmenu (restaurant food delivery) Drizly is disrupting the traditional commerces. Liquor stores need to adapt to these changes…

Learn more about Drizly:

Selected / proposed by: Startupsinnovation team

Innovator’s tip: 

Don’t Let the Fear of Your Idea Being Stolen Hold You Back

What it is:  An article that aims to explain to entrepreneurs if the fear of having someone steal their idea is justified.

Why it’s important: Many early stage, inexperienced entrepreneurs have the fear of someone stealing their idea which often leads them to become very secretive about their idea. This can become sometimes counter-productive as if no one knows about the idea or if those who need to understand it can’t (e.g. investors), the entrepreneurs may lose precious opportunities. This article will provide some light on that topic that comes back again and again. Entrepreneurs need to understand that in reality the implementation is the hardest piece, so even if someone steals the idea, they still have to implement it. Our message to entrepreneurs is: Focus on the implementation, move fast and work on your fears.

Article: Read it here

Source: Authored by Stephen Key for Entrepreneur.com

Selected / proposed by: Startupsinnovation team

Market shift / interesting disruptive trend:

MIT’s Top 10 breakthroughs technologies for 2017

 

What it is: Each year MIT, one of the most prestigious universities in the world shares its top 10 most important to know technologies.

Why it’s important: These technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now.

Article: read it here

Selected / proposed by: Startupsinnovation team

A dose of fun: 

 Steve Ballmer, ex CEO of Microsoft response to I-Phone disruption

Microsoft is today one of the most innovative company in the world. Nonetheless, Steve Ballmer’s response to a question asking him what his thoughts were of the I-phone back at the time is legendary…

A good example of unforeseen disruption.

Enjoy…

 

Discover Strasbourg: Growing European Innovation hub and ties with Boston…

In this interview we are going cross-atlantic. In Strasbourg, Alsace, France. Some of you might know Alsace for it’s delicious gastronomy, wines, history. Strasbourg is the european capital and has always been a place where interesting innovation happened: Think Bugatti as a starter, probably one of the most beautiful cars in the world, was built in small town of Molsheim. If you’ve been there you’ve surely seen or travelled into their magnificent and modern electric tram system that transport people in and out and across the city everyday. Strasbourg is also known for its impact in healthcare: Nobel prize winners, best hospitals in France, invention of remote surgery, the aspirin and more.

Our interviewed guest today is Nicolas Pellerin, an executive part of the Strasbourg Innovation ecosystem development initiative. We exchanged with him on what is going at the present time in Strasbourg. We can tell you that: There is a lot happening…and it involves opportunities for Boston entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors!

Nicolas Pellerin

Before we start let us introduce you to Nicolas Pellerin. Here are few credentials about him…

  • PhD in cognitive neurosciences, Unistra, France
  • Professional experience
    • National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS – Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique) Research for Décathlon –Areva – EDF
    • Renault SAS (CAC40)-Research and Development Engineer
    • Alsace Biovalley – MedTech Project Manager- E-health
    • Eurometropolis of Strasbourg – Head of Innovation and Investment, Scientific Research Manager of the Nextmed, (Strasbourg medtech campus) program

Nicolas, can you describe briefly your role in developing the Strasbourg Innovation ecosystem?

For many years now, we have been placing considerable emphasis on the “scientific research and university courses” sector, an initiative recognised by the 4 Nobel prizewinners currently working in Strasbourg. We provide the interface with sectors where innovation is key, such as healthcare, higher education, digital, clean and green tech and the creative economy.

What’s is Strasbourg’s vision for 2030 and how can people get more information about it?

Economic development is a political priority for the Eurometropolis and it was with this in mind that it has set out to drive a partnership-based effort to get everyone working towards boosting the area’s attractiveness. This was the basis for the Eco 2020 and the Eco 2030 roadmaps and the ambition is to lay solid foundations for the creation of 27,000 new jobs by 2030, by highlighting this city’s specific features, such as its being a European and regional capital, a hub for innovation and a network node central to European transport. This roadmap represents a strategic platform for leveraging the strengths of the Eurometropolis to drive its economic fundamentals.

Take a tour of Strasbourg NextMed ecosystem. Exclusive video!

Strasbourg and Boston are sister cities. In what fashion, would you like to develop further this relationship. Especially on the topics of innovation?

Strasbourg is located in the centre of Europe and as such can help companies gain access to the important markets of France, Germany and Switzerland, as well as Eastern Europe. While it is interesting for North American companies to set up right in the middle of the European business environment, in the same way, French and European companies are looking to develop internationally and the North American market is strategic. We would therefore like to see Strasbourg as a launchpad for Boston-based companies, and reciprocally it would be useful for our companies seeking to expand to set up in Boston and have help getting into the American market. What might be particularly worthwhile is to have a Boston-based incubator/accelerator in Strasbourg (for example, an affiliate of the Cambridge innovation center).

Contact people for companies interested in setting up in Strasbourg are Nicolas Pellerin (nicolas.pellerin@strasbourg.eu) and Guillaume Facchi of Alsace Biovalley (guillaume.facchi@alsace-biovalley.com)

Can you describe MedTech? When and how was it founded, what is it and why it’s an important move for the region?

Reducing time-to-market, this is the central aim of Nextmed, the medical technologies campus, which first got underway in Strasbourg in 2012 (the opening of the pH8 incubator for innovation-led start-ups). The real-estate part of the campus is simply the starting point – the real added value lies in the support given to companies, irrespective of their size. The internationally-renowned competitive cluster, Alsace BioValley, and the Satt-Conectus accelerated technology transfer initiative, play a leading role in helping companies bring their products to market, find licensing partners and raise funds. Support is vital for ensuring project suitability within an ecosystem encouraging business development, and for this, financing and support need to be consistent. No stone is left unturned to help local companies open up to the worldwide healthcare market. Some 1000 new jobs have been created since 2012 and over 25 start-ups have got onto the development path.

What is the call to action to people for MedTech? Who are you looking for? To help or participate? What is it offering?

Strengthening the connections between scientific and medical research and industrial development. Bringing key players together through a dedicated city-centre location. What the campus is offering is 3 key cornerstones for developing the sector: a city-centre location on a site with 1000 years of history, dedicated sector-specific services with market professionals, ongoing exchanges of best practices and meetings within the network.

Today, it’s all about statistics and data: do you have any figures to share so readers can put in perspective the

objectives and progress made both by the vision 2030 and MedTech?

  • 30,000 m² for businesses with the Technoparc, including 7000 m² of office space in renovated historical buildings.
  • Strasbourg Teaching Hospitals, the largest employer in the east of France, with 12,000 hospital staff and ranked 4th-best hospital in France by leading French magazine Le Point.
  • IRCAD : 6000 surgeons from countries throughout the world trained every year in the Strasbourg Institute
  • IRCAD : 3 sister institutes in Taiwan, Rio and São Paulo
  • University of Strasbourg : leading French university in terms of scientific impact (scientific papers cited worldwide, a key quality criterion) and 4th-ranked in France (leading university outside Paris), based on the Shanghai ratings
  • 4 Nobel prizewinners in chemistry and medicine currently working in the city
  • Business incubators on 13/01/2017 :
  • pH8 : 1000 m²
  • Biocluster : 800 m²
  • IRCAD 2 : 2000 m²

= 3800 m² for businesses

  • 300 million consumers in the world for medtech products
  • 300 medtech companies within a diameter of 400 km²
  • 14 world-class technological parks within the same diameter.

Who would you say are the most important players right now in the Strasbourg innovation ecosystem?

  • The SEMIA incubator: provides support for project leaders to help boost their chances of successfully entering the market, through links developed with university research and business.
  • SATT-Conectus: accelerated technology-transfer initiative helping to promote innovation and economic development through public-sector research
  • University of Strasbourg: ranked no.1 in France through its scientific papers , 4 Nobel prizewinners working in its faculties.
  • Alsace Biovalley: world-class healthcare competitiveness cluster
  • IRCAD: an institute with a worldwide reputation in digested-system disorders, 3 sister institutes worldwide (Taiwan, Sao Paulo and Rio opening soon)
  • IHU: University Hospital Institute specialising in image-guided surgery: the only one of its kind in France, unique operating facilities.
  • Strasbourg Teaching Hospitals: ranked 4th best hospital in France, largest employer in the east of France (over 15,000 employees in 6 units).
  • Local authorities: region, Metropolis, city, etc…

Are local “big” companies actively supporting the ecosystem yet? If so can you name a few? How important is that?

Industry is playing an important role in the innovation ecosystem as executives are often on the boards of agencies for developing and promoting innovation. Examples include the partnership between the Eurometropolis and ENGIE (Suez US trademark) for developing an intelligent transport system, and the partnership with the Orange group in digital innovation.

Strasbourg is known for medical innovation already. Can you describe some of the reasons why and name few key players you think contributed or contribute to this status?

There are a number of key players in Strasbourg involved in innovation in science, while our 4 Nobel prizewinners illustrate the city’s excellence in the area. We also have Professor Marescaux, the head of IRCAD, which he founded in 1994, and the 3 others. We have world-leading surgeons in the Teaching Hospitals, and it’s no surprise that Strasbourg is rated the 4th-best hospital in France (other examples include Professor Gangi and the interventional imaging department, and Professor Dollfuss and the world’s first bionic eye). These skills are constantly being enhanced through the crossover between University research groups, basically because in addition to the unique range of University courses offered in the region, Strasbourg has some 58,000 highly-qualified students coming to study in the city every year.

Finally, the fact that major groups such as Siemens, Medtronic, GE Healthcare, Karl Storz and Intuitive Surgical have set up in Strasbourg speaks eloquently of the attractiveness of the area and the real advantages it offers. Let’s not, however, forget the start-ups that we, along with other public authorities have helped in their development stage through, the city’s business incubators, such as pH8  (http://www.europtimist.eu/implanter-a-strasbourg/les-lieux-dimplantation-a-strasbourg/le-ph8-la-pepiniere-dentreprises-innovantes-de-strasbourg ).

The development of the Technoparc also sets out to offer real-estate solutions for these companies, but, more importantly, provides the link between start-ups offering innovative solutions and majors looking out for innovation-led initiatives.

Video of Strasbourg innovations

Take a video tour of Strasbourg’s innovations! Strasbourg has a lot to offer…(video in French but images pretty explanatory)

What are the main hurdles you have, if any, you wish you could overcome to achieve quicker the vision of Strasbourg 2030 and MedTech?

The biggest challenge is for stepping up partnerships between industry and scientific and medical research to facilitate the creation and development of start-ups and to help them gain access to major companies in the sector.

They need easy access to premises and venture capital and a fast-lane time-to-market process.

How easy is it today to get capital to finance innovation in France? Are foreign investors welcomed?

Investment in France in start-ups often means public seed funding, followed by private funding. The difference between France and United States is that in France the initial funding for getting a start-up off the ground is often too low and innovators are having to spend more and more time looking for money rather than getting their products onto the market. International investment funds are obviously welcome as they are crucial for getting into international markets.

In healthcare, the Alsace Biovalley cluster has set up a special innovative enterprise label which helps gear companies up for raising funds.

What is the Cluster Innovative Enterprise Label (LEIP – Label Entreprise Innovante du Pôle)?
If you are selected by the Alsace BioValley cluster:

  1. You submit your project to the LEIP committee *, which will give you recommendations for improving it.
  2. You can receive expert assistance for implementing the LEIP committee recommendations.
  3. You resubmit your project to the LEIP committee, which can then give your company the Cluster Innovative Enterprise Label.
  4. The Label gives you privileged access to our network

The Alsace BioValley LEIP committee:

Investors: 

  • Alsace Business Angel
  • Grand Est Capital
  • CM-CIC
  • Mérieux Développement
  • Medevice Capital
  • European Materials fund
  • Seventure Partners

To have further information on companies seeking funds, you can contact Alsace Biovalley (http://www.alsace-biovalley.com/en/)

What do you see as the strengths and biggest opportunities for Strasbourg / France’s Tech on going revolution?

Strasbourg, and France in general, have always had a strong tradition of innovation and medical and scientific research. We now have the SATT (http://www.conectus.fr/en) technology transfer accelerators to help us and we need to focus on boosting start-ups, both with regard to investment funds and market internationalisation.

Strasbourg’s geographical location gives what is already an international city a genuine competitive edge, amplified by its importance as a European capital at the core of European innovation and markets.

Any last words Nicolas?

A big thank you to you, Alistair, for this opportunity and we would be delighted to answer any enquiries (Nicolas Pellerin : nicolas.pellerin@strasbourg.eu ) + linkedin

Thanks a lot Nicolas and to your team for the opportunity to interview you. This was a very insightful interview and I look forward to seeing the progress and next successes of the Strasbourg innovation ecosystem! For sure, more great things are going to happen here and we will do our best to spread the word here in Boston, USA.

Everyone, stay tuned…This is just the beginning!

Few Strasbourg web link for more information:

Blog medtech : www.medtech-strasbourg.eu

Alsace Biovalley : http://www.alsace-biovalley.com/en/

In 2017, with us: Launch your idea in the market!

You have an idea and you are not sure where to start?

You’ve started with your idea but it’s not moving fast enough?

You wish you or your team was more innovative and entrepreneurial?

You need help, insights, methodologies, inspiration, contacts?

Start-ups innovation has much to offer you:

All in one place…we are the one stop shop for today’s innovators to succeed in a rapidly changing landscape full of challenges and opportunities…Since we are still in launch mode we offer many discounts…so don’t be shy say hi! You’ll get a lot of value out of this experience…Guaranteed.

  • Trainings that will put you/your teams in the spirit to innovate and unleash the entrepreneur in you…
  • Best in class processes & insights for you to take shortest paths and avoid most common pitfalls of launching a new products…Expose you to new technologies and ideas…
  • Hands on accelerating workshops to help you / your team progress on the steps you need the most, faster
  • Network of talents: software developers, service & process engineers, graphic designers, hardware engineers, market research & smart money analytics, prototypers and also list of potential investors
  • Blog: We continuously interview some of the most amazing and inspiring leaders in the space of technology, innovation and business transformation, product design and even art…

Who we help?

  • Early stage start-up entrepreneurs (From idea to market)
  • Established enterprises (New products development and driving the innovative and more entrepreneurial organization)
  • Regional economic development (Cross-ecosystems connections, insights, and trainings)
  • Consultants / advisors working with startups & enterprises who want to up their innovation game / disruptor mind

Let’s talk:

Just say hi using the form below, tell us a bit about you, your ideas, issues and let’s see if we can work together in 2017. We can get on a short phone call with you. We are always delighted to connect from new or “old” folks…Be prepared for one of kind, disruptive and immersive experience in the world of startups and innovation: How it is done in this day and age…

Talk soon, let’s do amazing things together

 

The year 2016 in review: What we’ve accomplished

At startupsinnovation we’d like to end the year 2016 by sharing a recap of some of the accomplishments we achieved this past year. It is important to share with you our story so you understand what we are doing and how things are evolving. Please do not hesitate to as questions, give us some feedback and/or suggestions.

We hope you all enjoy the holiday season and wish you a happy new year, full of success, innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Foundation in place…

We believe we have now implemented a relatively solid foundation that can add a lot of value for startup entrepreneurs, established enterprises teams, consultants and innovation ecosystem leaders.

We believe our specialization in these 3 areas gives us an absolute edge! Think about it for a minute: Startups, when successful, become established businesses and both operate in innovation ecosystems. Their success is often (always) interdependent. In addition, start-ups can benefit from tools and more disciplined approaches used by established enterprises to grow. Established enterprises can benefit entirely from adopting the leaner, faster, more agile methods used by start-ups or new technologies they develop.

As you should know by now, today, it’s all about lean startup, lean product development, agile software development and even agile strategy deployment etc. All methods that are agnostic, and that you should master, no matter if you work for a startup or an established business.

Folks like Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook one of the most powerful and successful established business in the world summarizes it well in one of his statements to his employees “Move fast and break things, if you are not breaking things you are not moving fast enough”. In other words, the only way to not be disrupted by others may be to disrupt yourself constantly!

“Move fast and break things, if you are not breaking things you are not moving fast enough”

Today, more than ever, you must move fast, take risks, know stuff and be on the pulse of your market and emerging trends constantly. Businesses win with data, automation, artificial intelligence, collaboration, innovation and…a new breed of employees. Employees that are more entrepreneurial, problem solvers and self-driven.

No matter where you look there is a need or demand for entrepreneurship and innovation!

Cities need to embrace innovation to maintain and increase prosperity for their communities. Innovation can also be a way to make city management or government more efficient, effective and develop better services for its community. (or even improve the election processes for more democracy, more participation, better understanding of what is at stake etc.).

For start-up entrepreneurs, it is an incredible time as it has never been that easy to take an idea to reality leveraging crowd collaboration, networking, technology, knowledge, access to capital etc.

These are all topics we monitor closely all throughout the year and share with our audience or those we work with. The tech revolution is only starting and our ambition is to make startupsinnovation a reference for startups, established enterprises managers and ecosystems leaders to learn and start innovating more and faster. The race is on!

Thanks for being part of the startupsinnovation followers, visitors or contributors. Make sure you stay with us and in our newsletter. We will do our best to share with you more insights as things move along and continue to evolve.

Notable accomplishments…

Amazing guests for our blog and many insights shared!

We have been extremely lucky and honored to connect and interview some extraordinary individuals and innovators who are shaking things up and contributing in their own ways to the acceleration and maturation of the tech revolution. Here is the list of people we interviewed in 2016. We are extremely grateful to have been able to work with them at the front-end journey of startupsinnovation and cannot thank them enough for their participation and for sharing with us and our audience insights that can help get a better understanding of what is going on in the world of startups and innovation.

  • Jay Samit (Best Selling author of book “Disrupt you” and leading expert on disruption)
  • Mike Norman (Founder of Wefunder the first US and leading equity crowdfunding platform)
  • Chris Kalaboukis (Innovation Management and author of Innovation Mastery – check out his blog it’s amazing! here)
  • Scott Miller (CEO of Dragon Innovation)
  • George Howard (Berklee University Professor and serial entrepreneur, Co-Founder of MAX)
  • Carlos Diaz (Sales Management of MAX)
  • Gary Jinks (South Valley Angels – Silicon Valley)

For these webinars, we partnered with sponsors to help with the promotion. A big thank you to them all: AskMusicLawyer, Hellofuture, CGRSS, TrueLifeGenie, TheMedicalStartup, Spruce&Norton

You can re-watch all these insightful and inspiring interviews from our blog page here.

In 2017, we will continue to interview amazing individuals and we have invested in some better equipment and found a “studio” to record these. We look forward to our next interview with the new equipment / quality! We have good ones in the pipeline so make sure you stay tuned.

Start-up services in place: Helping entrepreneurs accelerate…

We have helped several start-up entrepreneurs: We are very happy to report that one of the few start-ups we advised throughout the year has been able to develop its software solution fully and it should be releasing it in January (pending approval from the Apple / Android app stores). This is above all a big accomplishment for the entrepreneur who was behind all the hard work that went into this but we take pride in knowing that we were at least behind some of the advice and brainstorming sessions that were part of their journey to this first success. The startup is called NuTranx and it is quite a big deal since it is the first online money transfer app that allows funds to be sent from the United States to Haiti using blockchain, Bitcoin technology. A big bravo to the team behind this and to the other entrepreneurs we have started mentoring who are all doing a fantastic job! (Learn more about how we can help startups here)

  –  NuTranx the first US-Haiti money transfer system is launching… – 

An extensive relatively powerful network for startups: Throughout the year, we have selected and built a solid network of teams and individuals that can provide all the services a startup entrepreneur needs to succeed. For example: vetted software developers, lawyers, manufacturers, graphic designers, investors and many, many more. All of this are important milestones for us since one of the hardest thing for entrepreneur is to find teams to help them execute their plans. Through one connection with us, entrepreneurs can now access an extensive rolodex of teams and services providers that we have validated for the seriousness and quality of their work and interest in working with early stage entrepreneurs and startups. Our list is growing everyday making it easier for startup entrepreneurs to take their ideas to reality faster, which ultimately is the primary goal of our startup services.

2016, was also the year of a first e-book! In March 2016, we proudly released the startupsinnovation fast lane ebook: A practical guide of the key steps and mindset early stage entrepreneurs need to follow to maximize their chances of success when launching a startup. The e-book was written by Alistair Schneider, founder of startupsinnovation.com. It also includes a foreword from Bernard Kress, a serial entrepreneur from the Silicon Valley and now Microsoft HoloLens executive.

The e-book was reviewed by many individuals from the Startup ecosystem to ensure its accuracy and impact. In addition, Dirk Ahlborn CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies allowed us, kindly, to use a picture of their Hyperloop concept to illustrate this first e-book. (In case you didn’t know, Hyperloop, is a project initially launched by Elon Musk that aims to create the future of transportation between cities at…rocket speed). It was important for us to include this picture for our e-book as in our eyes it represents what we wanted to convey in it: The think big attitude, the speed needed to succeed and the type of amazing ideas that can be turned into reality with, once again, collaboration, technology and so on. You will learn from this e-book what everyone knows in the Silicon Valley. The basics, but good fundamentals to have today.

Innovation ecosystems: Helping energize the ecosystems…

Having been immersed in some of the top innovation ecosystems of the world for years now and worked with both start-ups and established enterprises we developed a thorough understanding of innovation ecosystems are best positioned to yield results. Below are the contributions we have made this year.

Innovation in Strasbourg (France): We started helping the MedTech team. A French team responsible for the economic development of Strasbourg (European capital). They are transforming the city in an innovation hub and looking to partner more with Boston (Strasbourg and Boston are already linked together through a cultural partnership but the vision is developing further business ties). More than likely, we will continue helping this team throughout 2017.

International connections: Throughout the year we connected, through trainings and webinars mostly, with many people from around the US and the world: Boston, Silicon Valley, Atlanta, Detroit but also from Australia, Singapore, Argentina, Germany, India, China, France and few other places. These connections help us get a pulse of what is going on elsewhere, around the country and globe. We are grateful to have sparked some interest that way and to have connected with all of you. It is always amazing and pleasing to us when people from different countries and backgrounds can come together and work together. Thanks to all for interacting with us and we look forward to more of that.

(Learn more about how we can help innovation ecosystems here)

Established enterprise: Insights and competencies to drive growth…

In 2016, we’ve worked with several enterprises, mostly on  enterprise transformation type projects. A great year. We have today, many tools, methodologies and a network that can help drive change and innovation in the organizations in need. Enterprises can work with us to find key influencers, consultants, learn about startups or change their culture or internal processes to be more innovative, faster and more agile. We also have an extensive knowledge of business processes and key performance indicator to help better control their performances.

(Learn more about how we can help enterprises here)

Few data points: We are growing!

  • We have about 500 followers (Social networks and newsletter)
  • We have 7000+ hours of watch time on our Youtube channel
  • We have 3 guest bloggers
  • We pivoted 100 times, and will continue to do so

What to expect in 2017?

In 2017, we look to leverage what we have been able to put together, our knowledge, network, methodologies, e-book and put all of this at the service of those who want to make the most out of the technological revolution. We will continue to help startup entrepreneurs launch their first product efficiently and effectively, help corporate managers, employees change their game to add more value for their organization and help ecosystems leaders take their communities where they need to be. We plan to continue to interview more thought-leaders (Very excited by some of the next interviews we have planned). In 2017, we plan to work on innovation ourselves: We have several ideas to help make our platform even more impactful, through technological enhancements or partnerships…Stay tuned!

Thanks a lot for following and for your interest. Feel free to send us an email with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Sincerely

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October 2016 update: Helping entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and city officials…

We have made relatively good progress since the last time we provided an update. The community is growing and our services are now fully operational. Startupsinnovation is today a great community of people with the ability to help entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and city officials drive their innovation projects to success.

Below is a summary of how we now can help you and key facts for you to get a better idea of what has been accomplished to date…

In case you are interested to learn about any of the below and how we can potentially partner on a project with you please use the inquiry form at the bottom of this page.

How we help entrepreneurs? 

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9 out of 10 start-ups fail, we want to reduce the failure rate, speed up and simplify the process to launch and eliminate the notion that start-ups don’t generate revenue…

  • We provide the latest knowledge to help frame an idea, develop a product, fund it and sell it (We put a big accent on selling / generating revenue)
  • We have built a network of teams that have the capabilities to prototype a product, build it, manufacture it, 3D print it or develop it (software) and protect it (legal) etc.
  • Our marketing / design partners can help you create a brand with awesome logos, websites, designs, videos, presentations and more etc.

…In other words, we have built a one stop shop for entrepreneurs that we like to call the “innovation fast lane”…because we remove the lengthy process of finding talented teams…learning “how to” and skills to get there…

Key facts:

  • 5 Entrepreneurs are currently in the pilot accelerator program including 2 amazing female entrepreneurs!
  • 1 of them already received some seed funding and will be launching its product in a few weeks (This is a major accomplishment for us).
  • 4 Angel mentors, top innovation experts are lined up for the pitch presentations, including 1 celebrity lawyers to help create artist product endorsement deals.
  • 1 e-book of 30+ pages has been created and provides the end to end process to launch a product the Silicon Valley start-up way (download here)

How we help Corporate Leaders?

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Managing a big corporation is complex but with resources, people, internal and external networks they have all it takes to be the disruptors and not the disrupted…Unfortunately sometimes success can drive a little complicacy in the workforce…

  • We help change cultures bringing the more dynamic startup mindset and tools to corporation for them to excel again at innovation, go faster and deliver results.
  • We bring disruptors, thought leaders from the most innovative regions of the world and with the most impressive curriculums to make corporate town halls, and employee meetings pivot times for change and innovation acceleration.
  • We provide cross-functional trainings on new wave methods to drive end to end value chain innovation, not only focusing on product but also services, organization, brand, process and more…All our trainings are designed to build teams collaborating together to deliver change, innovation and results in its simplest way.

Key facts:

  • Routinely advising corporate leaders from fortune 100, 500 and other established companies
  • Several top level speakers in our network ready to disrupt the minds of employees
  • Provided custom training on how to drive project execution internally, exposed a team to the concept of “pitching” instead of presenting to speed up decision making

How we help city officials?

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“Entrepreneurship remains the engine of growth, that ability to turn an idea in a reality…that creates good paying jobs, it puts rising economy on the path of prosperity” Barack Obama

  • We advice city officials on how to best engage and empower their communities to drive a dynamic innovation ecosystem
  • Tailored trainings and presentations to government officials and their teams to help them implement impactful initiatives
  • Project supervision, support to help cities rapidly align the various city stakeholders and organize the innovation ecosystem for more rapid success

Key facts:

  • Met French city officials in Strasbourg to discuss the Boston-Strasbourg opportunities
  • Connecting everyday with officials to discuss the topic of innovation and start-ups

Learn more about how we can collaborate on a joint project – Contact us

Spotlight: Who we help

We have a great mix of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and skills, all driving their projects forward with some of our help. At the end, they succeed a lot because of them and a little bit because of us!

If you are interested in joining the fun and participating in the program contact us here

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Nora Gay (Harvard JD Law / Financial banking)

Start-up: Nutranx

Sector: Fintech

Idea: Secure Money transfer between US to Haiti. Blockchain, Bitcoin technology

Product type: Software

Stage: Launching. MVP delivered in October, Go to market strategy execution

Funding: Seed funding $15k, Finalization of round two of funding

Investors: n/a

Site: nutranx.com

Location: Boston area, MA, USA

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Carries Forbes (Marketing expert)

Start-up name: Gutsey

Sector: Healthy nutrition

Idea: The world’s first travel bars

Product type: Food

Stage: Growth. Product available via website and in various locations.

Funding: Bootstrapped

Investors: n/a

Site: Gutseybars

Location: Boston area, MA, USA

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Kannan Mani (MBA Babson University)

Start-up name: UGather

Sector: Social networks / Event management

Idea: An online event management platform making it easy to organize events

Product type: Software

Stage: Pre-launch. Framing idea, designing prototype

Funding: n/a

Investors: n/a

Site: Coming soon

Location: Boston area, MA, USA

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D. Mathieson (Business Excellence leader, MBA Duke University)

Start-up name: Strategy Rocks

Sector: Strategy services

Idea: Propose a range of capabilities to help identify and unlock hidden value

Product type: Consulting services

Stage: Pre-launch. Framing idea, designing services

Funding: n/a

Investors: n/a

Site: Coming soon

Location: Boston area, MA, USA

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Ronnie Vitalis (Sports expert)

Start-up: 365 Never give up

Sector: Fitness / Life Coaching

Idea: Driving more healthy habits through an online fitness blog & coaching

Product type: Online & services

Stage: Pre-launch. Framing idea, designing prototype and business plan

Funding: n/a

Investors: n/a

Site: Coming soon

Location: Strasbourg, France

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Eduardo Donawa (Entrepreneur )

Start-up: Digikuz

Sector: Clothing / Tech / Gaming

Idea: Several ideas

Product type: Software / Commerce

Stage: Idea framing, selection

Funding: n/a

Investors: n/a

Site: Coming soon

Location: Detroit, Michigan

 

 

 

The blog team is going global! Please welcome…

…Louise Teo (Melbourne Australia) and Patricio Julian (Buenos Aires, Argentina). A big thanks to them for taking part of this and for helping out spread the word about startupsinnovation across borders.

Each help influence towards developing exciting and dynamic ecosystems in their home towns and they will bring to you some more insightful and inspiring content from their regions and beyond.

This change should only enhance the content you have the opportunity to receive: We will continue to interview more amazing individuals, serial entrepreneurs, recognized innovators, book authors and artists on the topic on start-ups, innovation and new trends. We will review books, sometimes even cool new products and provide some spotlight to upcoming interesting individuals and start-up founders. An exciting journey for us, a hopefully insightful journey for you!

Make sure you subscribe to the newsletter (on the left). It’s going to be some more fun and you’ll grow your knowledge like no where else! The (r)evolution is on!

Your blog team!

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Alistair Schneider
 Startupsinnovation founder
Boston, MA USA, Silicon Valley, France
Author of e-book Innovation fast lane
Mentor, entrepreneur, Business engineer
Louise Teo
Blogger / contributor
Founder of the Medical startup
Lead for Melbourne, Australia
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Patricio Julian
Blogger / contributor
Lead for Buenos Aires, Argentina
 Tedx Talk speaker

 

How to get funded or invest through regulation crowdfunding: Mike Norman, co-founder of leading platform Wefunder

What is regulation crowdfundingTopics covered during this interview

  • How it works, where to start
  • Can you make a fortune out of this
  • The Wefunder process
  • How Wefunder came to exist
  • The types of ideas to submit through regulation crowdfunding
  • Who is regulation crowdfunding for?
  • Difference between regulation crowdfunding and reward based crowdfunding

Enjoy! This is progress and the future! Below are you audio and video versions

Here the video version:


Here the audio version:

Here is the deal here:

  • We bringing you the how to get funded or invest in a start-up leveraging the new regulation crowdfunding concept…
  • An interview of Mike Norman, one of those who lobbied in the US congress to have the law passed in May of 2016!
  • One of the co-founders, president of the first and largest regulation crowdfunding platform!

We invite you to listen to the talk below and get familiar with the platform by visiting Wefunder.com

Why is this important:

  • Wefunder is predicated upon the idea that anyone, regardless of wealth, should be able to invest in a company
  • Prior to their action only accredited investors could invest in a start-up (Taking the risk but also having access to huge opportunities)
  • Think about this: Only accredited investors could invest in early stage google, Facebook or amazon and get the returns
    • Think about how much money they made and how much money you could have made!
    • Of course, these are some unique examples but you get the idea…

Wefunder: The 1st and leading regulation crowdfunding platform!

  • Founders: Mike Norman, Nick Tommarello, Greg Belote. Founded in 2011, in Cambridge MA USA,
  • it raised $1.4-2 Millions in funding to launch from hundreds of investors
  • To date they helped 35 companies get funded, with 3 of them able to raise $1M each!
  • The community includes 75,000 investors and 10,000 investments were made
  • Investments ranges for the most part from 100-500 dollars.
  • Investors (You, me) invest in primarily companies they love, product they believe in and want to see succeed.
  • They currently own 80% market share and are by far the most successful regulation crowdfunding platform right now!

 

Dragon Innovation: Take your idea from prototype to mass manufacturing, the fast and innovative way!

It is with immense pleasure that we are sharing with you today a new, amazingly insightful webinar that we hosted earlier this month on Wednesday July 20th with Scott Miller, CEO and co-founder of Dragon Innovation and Bolt Partner.

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In this webinar with Scott, we cover the timeline that led to the creation of a unique startup: Dragon Innovation. It has received millions in funding, launched about 400 manufacturing lines for their clients which include many startups and corporations.

Scott also shares with us what it takes to launch a product from prototype to mass production and discusses key manufacturing trends and more. Learn directly from a manufacturing, engineering expert by watching this recorded presentation! Dragon Innovation has been widely talked about since it was founded in 2009. It has been featured countless times for their novel business model in Techcrunch, Forbes, Venturebeat, Xconomy, Betaboston. The company has received more than $2.6m in funding since its beginning few years ago.

Dragon Innovation is a unique, most modern start-up partner that provides a clear path from prototype through production with unmatched manufacturing expertise and trusted connections. Dragon’s has helped many start-ups successfully manufacture their products: including Jibo, Petnet,Arccos, Zuli, MakerBot, Coolest, Pebble, LIFX, FormLabs to Perkin Elmer and over 100 additional companies paving the road for how new technology gets made.

They have integrated teams in Boston, San Francisco and China!

Here is the presentation that was covered during the event for those who requested it. click here to download

Enjoy this new webinar!

Resources for the hardware entrepreneur provided by Dragon Innovation:

Visit the Dragon Innovation site below and get access for free to loads of resources perfect for the hardware entrepreneur. You will find:

  • Free courses on manufacturing design
  • Learn and tools to create a Bill Of Manufacturing
  • Suppliers and partners to help you create your prototype and much more…

Visit the Dragon Innovation resources

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