Startup Open 2017

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Startup Open 2017 Welcome 2017 #StartupOpen participants! Startup Open is a global competition that is open to entrepreneurs from any industry with a new business that has yet to raise any outside capital from angel investors, venture capital firms or other formal sources of seed funding. More than 1,000 teams applied to compete in 2017. WILL YOU BE NEXT? Apply now! Just hit the big orange button on your left to get started! Rules All applications must be submitted in English. Applications will be accepted from 03 April 2017, until 30 September 2017. Applications will only be accepted online through the Startup Compete platform or through an officially approved Global/National Competition. It is not required that a startup be incorporated, but a company cannot be incorporated over 18 months to compete. You must…
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MIT to Award $1 Million to Inclusive Innovators

MIT to Award $1 Million to Inclusive Innovators

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The second annual MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) will award more than $1 million to "heroes of the digital economy" − organizations that are using technology to reinvent the future of work and create a more equitable economy. For-profit and non-profit organizations of any size, age, type, and nationality are encouraged to apply. GEN is partnering with the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) to expand the reach of the Challenge to its global network. More 
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Startup Huddle

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Startup Huddle is a free, monthly program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Every month entrepreneurs come together to pitch their startup, reveal challenges and crowdsource solutions. From local founders, innovators, educators and investors to a global network of entrepreneurial leaders, Startup Huddle provides a unique platform to strengthen your startup community. Developed at the Global Entrepreneurship Network, and continually refined by a dedicated community of entrepreneurs across the globe, we have created an educational program that holds the promise to revitalize, empower, grow, and activate your city’s community of entrepreneurs through coaching/experiential learning, feedback and research.
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Lack of an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Sierra Leone

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The question is why in 2017, we lack all the elements of an ecosystem that support entrepreneurship. An entrepreneurship ecosystem "refers to the elements – individuals, organizations or institutions – outside the individual entrepreneur that are conducive to, or inhibitive of, the choice of a person to become an entrepreneur, or the probabilities of his or her success following launch. (wiki) To answer this question, one needs to define two forms of entrepreneurship; rent seeking entrepreneurship and value creating entrepreneurship. In particular, rent seeking provides a good explanation as to why we lack a basic ecosystem that supports entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone. (more…)
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