Next week is the GEW or Global Entrepreneur Week celebrating entrepreneurship. There will be events taking place all around the globe in 140 countries. One of the most impressive events is taking place at one of the major hubs of entrepreneurship in Kansas City, MO.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is hosting a full week of events for the GEW. Many really excellent speakers and sessions are planned. To hear more about the event, check out this video:
I am really looking forward to ending this 18 day trip in Kansas City for the final day of the GEW. I have a workshop scheduled with the entrepreneurs on Friday, November 22. Funny thing is, the first day of this trip was in Kansas City too working with the famous Pipeline Entrepreneur team of startups. Go figure!
The WSJ announced the winner of the Startup of the Year on Monday of this week. I was fortunate to be able to hop on a plane Sunday to be there for the finale party at Bryant Park on Monday.
It was really a great group of companies who all worked really hard at each task to reach the finale. It was truly my honor to be asked to coach these companies on their elevator pitches in the actual elevator at the WSJ in NYC. Rumor has it that they will run this contest in 2014, so stay tuned!
To see the top 5 finalists and their individual coaching sessions, watch here.
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Educational videos offer as-needed curriculum for entrepreneurs at every startup stage, served up by leading experts covering often overlooked topics.
Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
Tapping the potential of online education to teach entrepreneurs best practices in areas not typically covered in other training programs, the Kauffman Foundation today unveiled the Kauffman Founders School.
The online video education program curated from years of the Foundation’s experience in developing and supporting entrepreneurship programs is designed to enable entrepreneurs to learn anywhere, anytime, and to immediately apply the lessons to their businesses.
“As we seek to encourage more people to start and grow companies, the Kauffman Founders School allows us to reach entrepreneurs with critical education, delivered by best-in-class experts, that, until now, hasn’t been broadly available,” said Thom Ruhe, vice president of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation.
“Armed with the right information, entrepreneurs can significantly increase their effectiveness and improve their chances for success now and in the future.”
Founders School curriculum includes:
- Presentations from leading experts
- Suggestions for related readings that enhance lessons and offer founders additional insights and resources
- Questions for founders and their teams to answer
- An impact guide designed to help answer the question, What will I do differently as a result of the lesson I’ve learned?
- Insights from other founders about how theyve tackled challenges
- Tools and resources to help founders implement what theyve learned
Three topics and experts currently are featured, with at least three more modules planned for this year and a steady stream of new content to be added in 2014. Current modules are:
“We carefully select experts who have substantive knowledge and experience as well as proven ability to teach cogently,” said Wendy Torrance, entrepreneurship director at Kauffman who leads development for the Founders School.
“We invite entrepreneurs and those who teach and mentor them to use this content to enhance their understanding of critical decisions, build essential skills and create opportunities to discuss the decisions they are making about their businesses every day.”
About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit http://www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on http://www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and http://www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.
FailCon is a conference that I have always talked about in my travels, but never actually attended. And, when I mention to people that there is this conference called FailCon, they mostly respond with laughter, utter shock, or disbelief, especially when I travel outside of the US. There are even a few countries where if you fail in business, you might as well leave the country and set up a new life somewhere else. Really?
Not at FailCon. This conference is rapidly becoming the “go-to” event where you get to hear from real entrepreneurs and people who have failed and how they learned from that failure. Failure in business is really no different than failing in life. You try something. You succeed or you fail. Either way, you can learn something from both. And, in my opinion, you can often learn a lot more about how to be successful by taking a deep dark look at how one has failed.
I was humbled and honored to be one of the two coaches on today’s Wall Street JournalSpreecast regarding how to pitch to angel investors. Scott Case was my co-coach for the program. He was the original CTO for Priceline.com and most recently, the founding CEO of Startup America Partnership. By the way, in case you have not heard, Startup America Partnership has merged and joined forces with an amazing global organization named UP Global.
We each gave a short intro with a few tips followed by live coaching of 3 callers. Each person delivered their 1 minute pitch and Scott and I gave immediate feedback to help them improve for the next time. Major fun. It’s moments like this that I live for.