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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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...

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...
Success ahead

The road to success is ahead. Don’t look back

Success ahead Successful startups know that the road to success is ahead. No looking back. IdeaGist can help you move forward. success ahead
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...
Entrepreneurship checklist

Entrepreneurship checklist

Entrepreneurship checklist: "Create a platform. Engage. Help. Find their struggles. Solve those problems."             ~ @BrendanHufford   Begin working on your startup idea today, click here to start.

Dream big every day

Dare to dream big!   Learn how IdeaGist's virtual online incubator can help you think big and take your great idea to development. Click here to start. dream big
you are an entrepreneur blog

You create. You take risks. You live Your passion.

You are an entrepreneur. Learn how IdeaGist can help you achieve your start-up goals.
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  
entrepreneur life

The entrepreneur life: were you chosen?

Entrepreneur life Find out how Ideagist can help incubate your start-up
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,...

Naming Your Start-Up: Techcrunch Looks at the Trends

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

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: 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

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

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

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...