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Here you will find articles on entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystem, virtual incubation, and how to use IdeaGist.

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction is the best business strategy of all

Customer satisfaction: the best business strategy of all Too often, companies worry about generating new customers but they forget about the importance of keeping them happy. The Pareto rule puts it into perspective: studies show that 20 percent of your customers...
blockchain tsunami

Blockchain tsunami

The blockchain cannot be described just as a revolution. It is a tsunami-like phenomenon, slowly advancing and gradually enveloping everything along its way by the force of its progression.      ~William Mougay Blockchain tsunami Find out how to maximize your...
selling relationships and dreams

People do not buy goods and services. They buy relationships and dreams.

Selling relationships and dreams Learn how IdeaGist can help your startup build relationships. selling relationships and dreams

How far are you willing to go?

taking risks Only those who are willing to risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Small Teams Can Accomplish Great Things

Small teams can accomplish great things. Find out how IdeaGist's virtual business incubator can show you how.
Halloween

It’s Halloween! Be Creative!

Halloween Halloween is a great opportunity to show your creativity! Find out how IdeaGist can help you sharpen your creative startup chops. Halloween
entrepreneurship's inevitable failures

Entrepreneurship’s inevitable failure: how to overcome them and succeed.

Entrepreneurship's inevitable failures: how to overcome them For entrepreneurs, failures are inevitable, but successful entrepreneurs have learned overcome them. A primary element of overcoming business failure is established in your mindset.  It starts with an...

Are you moving fast enough?

Fast enough Learn how IdeaGist can help you reach your start-up goals faster while maintaining control.

5 steps you can take when you feel like quitting your business

When you feel like quitting If you’ve been trying to grow your business alone, discouragement can easily undermine you and make you question whether accomplishing your goal is even possible. If you’re experiencing this trepidation, you are not alone. Plenty of...
A New Currency for your Ideas: GIST-Points

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...

Equity Crowdfunding – Step by Step guide

Equity Crowdfunding – Step by Step guide

Equity Crowdfunding Check List for Legal Compliance in the United States We are in the process of launching our first crowdfunding campaign for IdeaGist Blockchain Incubator and our team was tasked to investigate the complex process of legal compliance. Here is our...

Minnesota Startup Ecosystem – We have a problem

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?

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

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

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....

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

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 startup

IdeaGist Platform Features

IdeaGist Platform Features

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

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 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...

Blockchain will change the way startups work now and down the road

Blockchain will change the way startups work now and down the road

There is an opportunity to recreate the financial world as we know it in the parallel universe that is the blockchain. We are writing rules for this whole new universe. ~ Patrick M. Byrne According to an article in Inc. Magazine by Bill Carmody, Founder and CEO,...

IdeaGist 2017 Mentors: Obi Umegbolu

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

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

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

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 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?

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

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

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

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

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

IdeaGist 2017 Mentors: Rahul Sethi

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 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...