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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...
startup diligence

Startups: Diligence is the mother of good luck.

  Diligence: careful and persuasive work or effort.   Learn more about IdeaGist's virtual online incubator that fosters teamwork through the early stage of development and all along the startup journey. We're here to help you take your startup dream to...
startup fears

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear

Beneath one's fears lie great opportunities. By starting to do the things that scare us the most, we dismantle the invisible barriers that separate us from the life we want. We become the person we’ve always dreamed of being. Finding your courage is a life-changing...
be curious

Be curious about ideas

Be curious: IdeaGist can help take your ideas to reality.  
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...
failure

Failure is never an option

Failure is not an option Find out how IdeaGist can help you take your great ideas to the next level
Independence Day possibilities

Have an Inspired 4th of July!

This Independence Day, celebrate the possibilities! Let IdeaGist show you how  

Incubate your great ideas

incubate great ideas Learn how Ideagist can help you incubate your great ideas
go your own way

Go your own way

Go your own way What do startups need to do or do better to succeed? Learn not only from your mistakes but from the mistakes and successes of others. Armed with this information, you can go your own way. Begin working on your startup idea today, click here to start....
success elevators

Success elevators aren’t a thing. Take the stairs

Success elevators aren't a thing You have to take the stairs. IdeaGist can help. Success elevators  
self-trust

Self-trust: the secret of success

Self-trust is the first secret of success ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Learn how IdeaGist online business incubator can help self-trust  

Global List of Virtual Business Incubators and Accelerators

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...

How a Virtual Incubator can help Entrepreneurs

In my previous blog, I shared my thoughts on the pros and cons of a virtual incubator. I promised to share with you a global list of virtual incubators in my next blog, but I am still working on it; it is taking longer than I thought. For now, you can access a...

IdeaGist 2017 Idea Makers: Jens Rinnelt

Jens Rinnelt, idea maker IdeaGist 2017 Idea Makers: Jens Rinnelt. 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: Human Business – Making Business Human Idea...

Pros and Cons of Virtual Incubator Model

Background In my previous blog on Virtual Incubators, I pointed out the potential for disruption of the traditional incubator industry through the rise of virtual incubators. In this blog, I will suggest some pros and cons of a virtual incubator model. The inspiration...

Virtual Incubators

Background Incubators have been around from the 1950’s, but became increasingly popular in the 1990’s reaching 7,000 incubators worldwide today [InBIA]. There is still a debate on how to define a business incubator. There are many competing ideas that include...

Time Management Tips for Entrepreneurs (34 of them, by experts)

Time management tips for busy entrepreneurs I came across a great new blog today, offering 34 time management tips for busy entrepreneurs like you! Take away: time management is critical for entrepreneurs. Tips include: •  Taking advantage of just-in-time learning •...

Start-up Ideas

Start-up Ideas The IdeaGist team is hard at work selecting 50 startup ideas for IdeaGist 2017. Stay tuned to hear their stories.   IdeaGist Virtual Incubator helps people with innovative ideas launch their start-ups. IdeaGist is the world’s largest virtual...

IdeaGist 2017 Application Deadline is June 30.

IdeaGist 2017 applications are due by June 30! F6S is taking applications for IdeaGist 2017. Simply click here for information, and we'll get you started on your application right away. IdeaGist Virtual Incubator plans to help a large number of people with innovative...

  Start-up news: Great article by Ray Zinn in Entrepreneur June 5 titled  "The 5-Step Formula for Success; Prepare for failure so you know how to avoid it." According to Zinn, "There are many “rules” to success. Here are the most important rules for not failing,...

Naming Your Start-Up: Techcrunch Looks at the Trends

"Startups put great effort into finding the perfect name. Ideally, it should be short, memorable, descriptive, and easy to pronounce." Techcrunch's article "The Bizarre Naming Trends That Modern Startups Follow" is the result of a search for naming trends among  more...

3 Steps To Make Vision and Action A Perfect Fit In Your Startup

Guest blog by Pascal Finette Are you wasting time optimizing the wrong thing? Talking to the wrong customers and partners? Measuring the wrong metrics? Recently I was asked to look at a friend’s business and provide some candid feedback. He has a strong vision for...

Turning Vision into Action: Tap Your Inner Motivator

Turning vision into action: 3 steps to achieving your dreams Whether it's a start-up idea you've been putting off for too long, or a lifestyle achievement that drives your imagination, success is yours for the taking. Here are three steps that, if you're willing to...

Start-up Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Plan Not to Make

  Most likely, you didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur because you thought it would be easy. Launching a new business is hard work, and the challenges, like the rewards, can seem monumental. Most entrepreneurs make mistakes and those who are most likely to...

Guest blog: The Epic Plan to Transform Government Into a Startup

           The Epic Plan to Transform Government Into a Startup Guest blog by Richie Hecker startup transformation We have the opportunity to transform politics, making it clean and crony-free. As a citizen, this is your chance, your opportunity to participate in the...

6 Steps to Start-Up Growth and Profitability

  by Liz Ernst Entrepreneurs from all walks of life usually start out with a high level of ambition and idealism regarding their pursuit of success. They go after their venture with enthusiasm and determination, only to discover that the enchantment of start-up...

Bootstrapping 101: Self-Funding Your Startup

Bootrapping your start-uo   Guest blog by Liz Ernst Bootstrapping your start-up Whether you’re in the idea phase of starting a business or you’re in the early growth stage, you’re probably already thinking about finances. Launching and operating a business...

Turn Your Product or Service Idea into a Reality—Here’s How

  Guest blog by Liz Ernst You’ve put much thought into developing that product or service idea that’s been on your mind for a long time, and you feel fairly confident people will buy it. But how can you make certain that your product will be a success? If you...