Challenges Facing CleanTech Startups (And Resources to Overcome Them)
Greg Bullock

Challenges Facing CleanTech Startups (And Resources to Overcome Them)

A dynamic subset of entrepreneurship focuses on the “CleanTech” industry, which is a broad term encompassing energy, water, manufacturing and other alternative solutions designed to improve efficiencies, consumption, and more. Regardless of the variety of innovations being created in this sector, CleanTech entrepreneurs face unique challenges beyond the traditional startup development lifecycle.

Here's How to Better Engage With Your Business Incubator or Accelerator Right Now
Greg Bullock

Here's How to Better Engage With Your Business Incubator or Accelerator Right Now

So your startup has decided joined a business incubator or accelerator. You were sold on the benefits and resources it could provide, and you are excited about taking your company or idea to the next level. Now what? How do you maximize your time in the program to ensure a positive experience? Believe it or not, a lot of entrepreneurs do not know how to best engage with their incubator or accelerator; with that in mind, we present our list of ways to operate inside these valuable entrepreneurial support organizations.

6 Things Every Successful Biotech or Medical Device Startup Needs
Greg Bullock

6 Things Every Successful Biotech or Medical Device Startup Needs

Not surprisingly, traditional software-as-a-service (SaaS) or app development companies are dramatically different when compared to a biotech or medical device startup. From goals to challenges to funding, the development and commercialization of bio and medical technologies requires a unique support structure in order to be successful, and these are the six ingredients that repeat across top-notch bio companies.

5 Steps to Create a Winning Team for your Startup
Greg Bullock

5 Steps to Create a Winning Team for your Startup

One of the biggest competencies for an entrepreneur to have is the ability to surround himself or herself with the right mix of people and skills to take a startup from garage to growth. In fact, there are some interesting facts related to the founding team of a company:

  • 62% of all startups fail due to co-founder conflict (source: fundersandfounders.com)
  • The majority (40%) of all new business startups in 2012 had two founding members (source: Mashable)
  • Most “unicorn” companies ($1 billion or more valuation) had experienced co-founders in their thirties with a prior history together (source: TechCrunch)

What these statistics show is the importance of building a solid team for your startup. But how do you get started? Here are 5 easy steps to begin assembling a winning team.

The Startup Lifecycle: 4 Stages to Success
Greg Bullock

The Startup Lifecycle: 4 Stages to Success

No two companies share the exact same path to growth and success. The plain fact is that various factors influence how a business develops; these can include existing market conditions, industry type, founding team (or lack thereof), so on and so forth. However, there are general stages of development that a majority of startup companies experience:

  1. Market Validation

  2. Product Development

  3. Commercialization

  4. Scale and Growth

In this blog, we will offer some unique insights from leading experts in each of these areas.

How Business Incubators Help Startups Protect Intellectual Property
Greg Bullock

How Business Incubators Help Startups Protect Intellectual Property

Business incubators provide numerous services for entrepreneurs; they provide valuable mentorship and advisement at all stages of a business from validation to commercialization and growth; they typically offer high-tech infrastructure that nurtures innovation and collaboration; and they also offer tremendous guidance in the area of intellectual property.

As Mary Juetten, founder/CEO of Traklight — a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that helps entrepreneurs identify and protect their intellectual property — has stated: IP is the most valuable asset of your business. So here are a few ways in which incubation centers can keep it that way. 

How Maker Spaces Can Offer a Win-Win for Business Incubators
Greg Bullock

How Maker Spaces Can Offer a Win-Win for Business Incubators

By now, you have surely heard of the “maker movement” – an international community of innovators, builders, engineers, entrepreneurs and others utilizing the latest in manufacturing technologies and techniques to create things. In addition, the advent of maker spaces equipped with the right tools has made the creation of products more affordable and easier than ever.

5 Reasons To Join a Business Incubator
Greg Bullock

5 Reasons To Join a Business Incubator

Business incubators have been around for decades, with most having the primary goal of educating entrepreneurs in best business practices, providing mentorship and guidance as well as offering financial support (either by taking a direct equity stake or arranging investment opportunities with VC and/or angel groups).