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The Real Face of Minority Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley holds a perception of inclusion and progressiveness. Even a recent Intel commercial featured an Indian man as the company’s own rock star – and other tech companies have done the same. But the release of recent data shows stark contrasts between these images and the reality of visible minorities in Silicon Valley. Continue reading “The Real Face of Minority Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley”

Power Moves NOLA Encourages Minorities in Entrepreneurship

Power Moves NOLA, a seed company based in New Orleans, is focused on creating opportunities for minorities in Entrepreneurship. The opportunities are designed to allow entrepreneurs to take home a salary and focus on building their business. Power Moves NOLA offers several areas of interest to budding minority entrepreneurs. Continue reading “Power Moves NOLA Encourages Minorities in Entrepreneurship”

Disabled Vets Pitch Business Ideas “Shark Tank” Style Through Entrepreneurship Program

Saint Joseph University in Philadelphia is launching a new entrepreneurship program this spring with a unique three-phase program that allows disabled veterans to pitch their business plan “Shark Tank” style. The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart program is modeled after an entrepreneurship “boot camp” started by Syracuse University in 2007. That program has expanded to include eight other universities, and Saint Joseph has applied to join the consortium. Continue reading “Disabled Vets Pitch Business Ideas “Shark Tank” Style Through Entrepreneurship Program”

The Delta Challenge: A Government Partnership to Boost Entrepreneurship Across 8 States

Let’s face it: there are times when hardworking entrepreneurs could use a boost to their ecosystem and the surrounding business climate. In the distressed parishes and counties stretching across the eight-state Delta Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee), a new partnership aims to do just that. Continue reading “The Delta Challenge: A Government Partnership to Boost Entrepreneurship Across 8 States”

Bloomberg Data Identifies the “Best” Potential Entrepreneurs

For most of us, the term entrepreneur drums up images of bright, young minds. While it is true that some of our most successful entrepreneurs emerged on the scene while quite young, a new study pokes holes in the stereotypical image of an entrepreneur. Bloomberg Beta, a venture capital fund launched just last year, recently set out to use data to identify people who had a good chance of starting and building a successful company. Bloomberg Data teamed up with Mattermark, a research firm, to use data analytics to find potential entrepreneurs. Here’s how they did it and their surprising results.
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The Dallas Entreprenuer Center Focuses on Women and Minorities in Entrepreneurship

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) serves business owners in the Dallas metropolitan area by providing mentorship, training, and promotion in an effort to help them become successful. This organization has recently taken steps to increase the number of women and minorities in entrepreneurship through a number of programs. Continue reading “The Dallas Entreprenuer Center Focuses on Women and Minorities in Entrepreneurship”

Indiana Study Examines Entrepreneurship, Poverty, and Self-Sufficiency

Since the economic downturn of 2008, the continued financial difficulties Americans are experiencing seems to come as no surprise.  Various government efforts, such as the expansion of safety-net programs, extended unemployment benefits and increased non-profit funding, have all been made in order to lower poverty rates. However, a recent study suggests that these measures may not constitute the entire answer to bringing more people out of poverty. In fact, in Indiana one researcher concludes that government may actually be inhibiting entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency. Continue reading “Indiana Study Examines Entrepreneurship, Poverty, and Self-Sufficiency”

Texas Prison Inmate Entrepreneurship Program Saves State $6 Million

A Texas non-profit is taking a different approach to rehabilitation. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) aims to reduce convict recidivism by teaching prison inmates the entrepreneurial skills they need to be self-sustaining on the outside. Started in 2004, the PEP trains soon to be released inmates marketable business skills, encouraging them to think about the training in the context of starting their own businesses. The program has quickly become highly respected, with individuals and private foundations contributing more than $2 million each year to the PEP’s mission and Baylor University becoming a partner in 2013. Continue reading “Texas Prison Inmate Entrepreneurship Program Saves State $6 Million”

Southern States See Biggest Rise in Female Entrepreneurship

According to data collected by Expert Market, female entrepreneurship in the U.S. has been growing steadily over the last 20 years, increasing from 4.1 million female owned firms in 1997 to 9.1 million female owned firms in 2014. While the District of Columbia and Maryland are the states with the top two (respectively) highest percentages of female owned firms, southern states have seen the largest gains in female entrepreneurship over the span of the analysis – benefitting from record numbers of female owned businesses.

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