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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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 granted.
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Innovation: Results from challenging the obvious and the safe

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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...
set your business goals

How to achieve your business goals

Set your business goals. Find out how IdeaGist can help you achieve them.

Think Big

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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...
achievement

The joy of achievement, the thrill of creative effort

Achieve, create Learn how IdeaGist online startup incubator can help achievement
shared success

The key to success? A great team. True story.

Are you a part of an active, productive, collaborative team? Or do you lead one? Does your team consistently achieve goals and objectives? Below are six qualities that make a strong and effective team, and have been proven to equip teams to achieve goals and attain...
human interaction innovation

Human Interaction Drives Innovation and Collaboration

Human interaction in innovation So many technologies allow us to collaborate “virtually” in today's workplace. But regardless of what technologies we use, all collaboration still needs one fundamental element: each other. No matter how advanced the technology...
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...

Global List of Virtual Business Incubators and Accelerators

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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,...