Technology Startup Incubator Deadlines

Fist there was Y Combinator, then there were copies and similar style initiatives that popped up all over the world, were they micro investments, business and tech incubators, business accelerators, hand holding initiatives for the business non-savvy, what have you. And with the multitude of them out there, it’s hard to keep a track of when and where all the deadlines are.

Jüri Kaljundi an Estonian blogger, technology and internet entrepreneur recently put together a list of the upcoming deadlines for these initiatives, and seeing as we’re here to help the entrepreneurship community at large as well, we figured we’d spread the love, you can find the original post here.

Technology Startup Incubator Deadlines Spring(ish) 2010

NYC Seedstart (New York City, USA): February 28

The Openfund (Athens, Greece): February 28

i/o ventures (San Francisco, CA, USA): March 1

SproutBox (Bloomington, IN, USA), March 1

Y Combinator Summer 2010 program (Mountain View, CA, USA): March 3

Morpheus (India): March 10

Startl (Philadelphia, PA, USA): March 15

Techstars Boulder (Boulder, CO, USA): March 22

DreamIt Ventures (Philadelphia, PA, USA): March 22

Betaspring (Providence, RI, USA): March 22

Tetuan Valley (Madrid & Barcelona, Spain): March 23

The Founder Institute (San Diego, CA, USA): March 26

Capital Factory (Austin, TX, USA): April 2

NextStart (Greenville, SC, USA): April 5

Seed Rocket (Barcelona, Spain): April 5

AlphaLab (Pittsburgh, PA, USA): April 8

Shotput Ventures (Atlanta, GA, USA): April 10

Startup Bootcamp (Copenhagen, Denmark): April 30

Bootup Labs (Vancouver, BC, Canada) May 1st Intake (Deadline Not Announced)

LaunchBox (Washington, DC, USA): May 31

Techstars Seattle (Seattle, WA, USA): June 1st

And if you know of any others please add them in the comments section and we’ll update this list accordingly. Thanks.

Entrepreneurship Profile: Your Critical Success Factors


Entrepreneurs are definitely a special breed, this is motivation, personality as well as a number of additional factors. So before you or someone you know wants to jump in and tackle the world, we recommend gauging your personality to see if you possess any of the critical success factors that make up an entrepreneur.


1. Belief in success – if you doubt yourself, if you don’t think you can do it, climb up a mountain and conquer the world, or if you don’t have somewhat megalomaniacal expectations of yourself and understand that accomplishing event half of those expectations will mean success to others, read no further and go get a 9-5 day job.

2. Possess valuable practical world experience – you may have a great idea, but having real world experience is vital, schools can only teach you so much, and this experience will often mean sink or swim for your enterprise. Furthermore, you should always be getting this experience, before your venture, during it, and after.

3. Be unusual and unconventional – Let’s face it, normal never got anywhere. Are you unusual, quirky, do you visualize the world in a unique and peculiar way? Great. This factor is key to you identifying opportunity.

4. Embrace risk and failure – The majority of the population is risk averse, they don’t like it because it means, possible failure and people are afraid of failure because of the way it will be perceived by others. But what is failure other than a great learning experience?

5. Want to leave the large Co. behind – If you like the large company, the security of belonging to someone on a fortune something hundred list, then Entrepreneurship is not for you. Entrepreneurs are independent thinkers, they are leaders, not followers.

6. Think like or belong to a society where above normal expectations are welcome – If the expectations in your society are to get a comfy job, because that comfy job provides security, and better yet it’s a government job. You’ll have a a harder climb than someone who belongs to a society that encourages risk taking. See how your societal culture holds up, if need be, leave.

7. Be ambitious – If someone tells you you’re thinking too big, maybe you’re not thinking big enough. As innovation is the mother of invention, ambition is the mother of innovation, and even though the developers of some new iPhone app will tell you it’s the next most innovative thing since sliced bread. It probably isn’t. Real innovation sprs positive change, be ambitious, think you can change the world. Do you?

And we’ll close this with words from one successful entrepreneur, Sidney Pulitzer, who started an undergraduate entrepreneurship course at Tulane University with the following opener.

95% of the people on this planet have no clue what the hell is going on, out of the other 5%, 3% do know what’s going on, but they’re too God damn afraid to do anything about it. Those last 2% boys and girls, they’re the movers and shakers, so take a moment and ask yourselves. Where do you belong?

So… where Do you belong?

Musings from Kenneth Morse of 3Com, MIT, and ESADE


“Entrepreneurship is like porn, it’s hard to describe but you know it when you see it.” is what came out of the mouth of Kenneth Morse – co-founder of 3Com and former Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center at the ESADE Forum in Barcelona yesterday, where he is currently teaching and I must say it was a welcome and fresh experience.

The sad truth is that Entrepreneurship in Europe as well as the methodology behind investing and the general mindset lags behind the US not just by a few years, but at what seems at time by decades which is one of the reasons that the team behind this site, 1/2 American, and 1/2 British decided to put it together.

But instead of blabbering on about the European scene, let’s have fun this Friday and convery some of the more exciting, and even funny things that Ken mentioned during his

1. First is first. A line of bull and a power point presentation is no longer enough

DAD > MBBB (Down And Dirty > McK, BCG, Bain & Booz)

2. What are the characteristics of an Entrepreneur?

Integrity, leadership, impatience, quick clock speed, modest ego, willingness to be different, pragmatism, no petty jealousies, drive to solve problems.

3. Five Additional Quotes from Ken Morse

“Don’t Let a good recession go to waste.”
“Sales is the difference between an average company and a great one”
“It’s character building to have one foot in bankruptcy and the other on a banana peel.”
“The ph of an entrepreneur is 1-2 standard deviations from the norm.”
“Engineers need to understand that sales people are not a lower life forms.”

And that’s that for today.

VIDEO Series: Our Inspirationally Changing World


Another video this week, this one is from a “did you know” series and talks about the currently somewhat exponential growth in the way that technology is augmenting communication and how the world just keeps on getting smaller. It’s quite interesting and cool to see the way that our world and our species is evolving, and how we’re all working in commonality towards “something”. And notwithstanding, just think about your lifetime, and how much has changes since you were a kid, and where we’ll be in 20-30-50-100 years.

Video Series: Following Your Goal


This video comes from the May 18, 2005 presentation by Jeff Hawkins for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program Entrepreneurship Corner in the School of Engineering at Stanford University.

Jeff Hawkins is the founder of Palm Co. and in this video he speaks about having fun, keeping your eye on your goals, prioritizing and work life balance, and dealing with those little crises that happen all too often to entrepreneurs.

In all it’s a great and quick video that we believe everyone should see as it gives some really good insights.

In any case, enjoy.

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