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Do you need a Co-Founder? A 4 item checklist.

Does thinking of finding a partner or co-founder to help convert your idea into a viable business leave you hopelessly confused or fearful? You are not alone. Everyone you ask will have a strong opinion. And each opinion is conflicting. Some would tell you that it is...

Minnesota Startup Ecosystem – We have a problem

Minnesota generates 220 startups per 100K of the population, which is 80% above the national average of 140 startups per 100K. We are very innovative and there seems to be no shortage of ideas. Unfortunately, if we look at the results from SBA, we see that...

3 Ways to Talk About Your Big Idea Without Giving It Away

By Hassan Syed Big Idea! Your idea is brewing in your mind. You're excited and motivated to get it out there, but you need to be careful not to give it away to other people. Our ideas are very much like babies. We need them to grow and flourish, but we need to protect...

How to protect yourself from the Idea Thief?

They’re out there. You know who… the idea bogeymen (and bogeywomen) - Just waiting to steal your ideas. That’s why you wrap up your brilliant, world-changing idea and stuff it to the back of your brain. Or you try and work on it in secret. Without anyone...

How secure is my idea on IdeaGist?

One of the things our team constantly respond to is the question about security and safety of ideas on IdeaGist. Many people reaction to a site like IdeaGist is “What! Do you want me put my idea on a website?”, This article is about the security of your idea on...

9 startup lessons entrepreneurs would teach themselves if they could go back in time

By Richard Feloni, Management Strategy and Entrepreneurship   All entrepreneurs will make poor management decisions or wrong hires and face obstacles entirely out of their control. The best are able to process each failure, learn from it, and continue forward with a...

10 skills that are essential for every entrepreneur to learn

To help young entrepreneurs, IdeaGist has developed a self-paced training program that anyone can take for free. This training program will help you in getting a better understanding of the practical work that you will need to do along the way. To be successful in...

Getting started with IdeaGist Digital Incubation

Thank you for signing up and Welcome to IdeaGist Digital Incubation Platform! IdeaGist platform helps people and communities to work on innovative ideas and bring them to reality. We host 100s of innovation communities worldwide. You may have signed up on our global...

3 Things to help you in not losing that idea

By Hassan Syed ‘Everything begins with an idea.’ - Earl Nightengale We all come up with ideas on a regular basis. Some good ones, some silly ones and some inspiring ones. Many of our ideas come in our minds when dealing with an obstacle, a complex situation, or a...
startup success

Create the things you wish existed for startup success

Startup Success Startup success: create the things you wish existed. Learn how IdeaGist's online startup incubator can help.  startup...

Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb

That's where the fruit is. Learn how IdeaGist's online business incubator can help you navigate your startup's limb.   Out on a...
disruptive innovation

Disruptive innovation

Disruptive innovation can hurt if you are not the one doing the disrupting    ~ Clay Christensen The pace of change and the threat of disruption creates tremendous opportunities.  Rethink Reposition Reinvent DISRUPT Be disruptive!  IdeaGist's digital startup incubator...
Memorial Day lead by example

Entrepreneurs and startup leaders can lead by example on Memorial Day

For most of us who have lost loved ones in service to our country, Memorial Day is a day of reflection and reverie. But over the years, the day set aside to remember our fallen veterans can feel like a contradiction when the holiday takes on a celebratory air as...
value in ideas

What’s an Idea Worth? To Start-Ups and Innovators Everywhere Want to Know

Is there value in ideas, or is the real value to start-ups in the execution? Great question! Thomas Edison would have us believe it's the latter, but not so fast. (continued below image) I came across an article in Entrepreneur Magazine by contributing writer Mark...
startup team

Startup team building doesn’t need to come before the egg

"You don't need to have a 100 person company to develop that idea."   ~ Larry Page, Google Startup team building doesn't have to start before its founders get to work on their great idea, according to Google's Larry Page. Like Apple, Disney, and Amazon Google began...

Discovery through creativity

Creativity consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to take a fresh look at what we normally take for...

Minnesota Startup Ecosystem – We have a problem

Minnesota generates 220 startups per 100K of the population, which is 80% above the national average of 140 startups per 100K. We are very innovative and there seems to be no shortage of ideas. Unfortunately, if we look at the results from SBA, we see that...

How to protect yourself from the Idea Thief?

They’re out there. You know who… the idea bogeymen (and bogeywomen) - Just waiting to steal your ideas. That’s why you wrap up your brilliant, world-changing idea and stuff it to the back of your brain. Or you try and work on it in secret. Without anyone...

10 skills that are essential for every entrepreneur to learn

To help young entrepreneurs, IdeaGist has developed a self-paced training program that anyone can take for free. This training program will help you in getting a better understanding of the practical work that you will need to do along the way. To be successful in...

IdeaGist Cohort 2018 and Smart Members updates and reminders

Smart entrepreneurship: here are some quick updates and reminders for this week: IdeaGist hits the Globe - As of April 23, 2018, IdeaGist has users from all 195 UN recognized countries. IdeaGist 2018  - We have started the 2nd 2018 cohort with  230 entrepreneurs....

A New Currency for your Ideas: GIST-Points

IdeaGist Gist Points How many times has a colleague or fellow entrepreneur reviewed a project you're developing, contributed to your brainstorming sessions, or even provided their own blood, sweat, and tears to help you grow a business or product? How often have they...

Stand out startup: 5 ways to make your startup stand out!

Stand out startup: Check out this article from Tech.co for 5 things you can do make your startup stand out. Start developing your stand-out business or product idea today, and move closer to your goal. Click here to start   Stand out...

IdeaGist Platform Features

IdeaGist Platform features IdeaGist is the largest digital incubation platform that actually focuses on the whole entrepreneurial ecosystem, offering benefits to all important ecosystem partners. Here you will find a full list of features and benefits that IdeaGist...

How to vote for an idea on IdeaGist

IdeaGist platform offers voting feature that helps in creating consensus among community members. If there is a voting round enabled, you will see a timer on your community dashboard. To vote for an idea, visit the idea page. On top of the idea page, you will see the...

Why do startups fail? Here are the top 20 reasons

Why startups fail: a comprehensive research brief Most startups that fail do so for a multitude of reasons. Knowing the whys and hows of startup failure can help entrepreneurs plan ahead for success. From deficient product-market fit to team member conflicts, new data...

IdeaGist 2017 Mentors: Obi Umegbolu

IdeaGist 2017: Obi Umegbolu, mentor IdeaGist is the world’s largest virtual incubator for people with ideas. Here we highlight some of the idea makers and mentors involved in IdeaGist2017. Mentor: IdeaGist 2017 Mentor: Obi Umegbolu Location: London, UK IdeaGist link:...

Idea of the Month for Students

Starting from March 1, 2018, IdeaGist will provide gift certificates to participating educational institutions for one-year virtual incubation under the "Idea of the Month" program. These gift certificates are initially sponsored by Bir Ventures USA for up to ten...

Redeem an Incubation Voucher

You may have received a gift card from IdeaGist for either a Do-It-Yourself Virtual Incubator Package or Premium Virtual Incubation Package. Please follow these instructions to redeem your gift: Visit the community site that is stated on the gift card. Look for words...

Top Blockchain Ideas – cryptocurrencies not included

If you are following technology news, you probably have already thought about bitcoins as a scam or as a great opportunity. Maybe you feel that you missed the boat, or happy that you stayed out of it. Maybe you have made your fortune on Bitcoins. This love/hate...

IdeaGist 2017 Idea Makers: Amar Dani

IdeaGist 2017 Idea Makers: Amar Dani IdeaGist is the world’s largest virtual incubator for people with ideas. Here we highlight some of the idea makers and mentors involved in IdeaGist2017 IDEA: App to educate and engage kids and teens about wildlife and conservation...

Why mentors help entrepreneurs?

IdeaGist is the largest virtual business incubator for early-stage ideas, connecting 28,000 users from all over the world. The IdeaGist platform also connects entrepreneurs with mentors, advisors, investors, and innovators. Currently, there are approximately 1,100...

IdeaGist 2017 Mentors: Dev Dutta

Dev Dutta, mentor IdeaGist is the world’s largest virtual incubator for people with ideas. Here we highlight some of the idea makers and mentors involved in IdeaGist2017. Mentor: Dev Dutta Mentoring: Debate it Forward Location: Durham, New Hampshire IdeaGist...

Technology trends that will influence startups in 2018

Happy New Years entrepreneurs, startup founders, and innovators. You're the change agents who will make things happen in business and technology over the next 12 months. Forecasters are telling us that by this time next year, India will have grown bigger, cars will...

IdeaGist 2017 Idea Makers: Caitlin Marlotte

Caitlin Marlotte, idea maker IdeaGist 2017 Idea Makers: Caitlin Marlotte IdeaGist is the world’s largest virtual incubator for people with ideas. Here we highlight some of the idea makers and mentors involved in IdeaGist2017 IDEA: Instruments in The Cloud Idea owner:...

Be a Goal Digger

Be a Goal Digger for startup success Learn how IdeaGist can help you achieve your startup goals Goal...

IdeaGist 2017 Mentors: Rahul Sethi

Rahul Sethi, mentor IdeaGist is the world’s largest virtual incubator for people with ideas. Here we highlight some of the idea makers and mentors involved in IdeaGist2017. Mentor: Rahul Sethi Mentoring:  Jeff Lippert Location: Mumbai, India IdeaGist...

IdeaGist 2017 Idea Makers: Leah Shapiro, Debate it Forward

IdeaGist 2017 Idea Makers: Leah Shapiro, Debate it Forward IdeaGist is the world’s largest virtual incubator for people with ideas. Here we highlight some of the idea makers and mentors involved in IdeaGist2017. IDEA: Debate it Forward Idea owner: Leah Shapiro...

Global List of Virtual Business Incubators

I had been working on this list for a while and my main objective was to find out how many virtual incubators started before we even thought about starting IdeaGist. My friends know that IdeaGist did not start as a virtual incubator. It was started as a place for...

IdeaGist 2017 Mentors: Joanne L. Scillitoe, Ph.D.

Joanne Scillitoe mentor IdeaGist is the world’s largest virtual incubator for people with ideas. Here we highlight some of the idea makers and mentors involved in IdeaGist2017. Mentor: Joanne L. Scillitoe, Ph.D. Mentoring: Jens Rinnelt Location: New York, NY IdeaGist...

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