Spring Activator - Small Business BC Awards Nominee Spring Activator has been a crucial key activator in the startup community by empowering impact-driven entrepreneurship with a hands on lean methodology and community-driven approach through its programs (local, national, global kick) and events (VanImpact), breaking down barriers and make entrepreneurial growth and resources more accessible to all. Spring Activator is instrumental in incubating many impact-driven entrepreneurs and organizations and propelling their successful graduates further into hypergrowth and success, it further amplifies social impact into every corner of the world.
Why Failure Drives Innovation This essay was written by Baba Shiv, Sanwa Bank, Ltd. Professor of Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Failure is a dreaded concept for most business people. But failure can actually be a huge engine of innovation for an individual or an organization. The trick lies in approaching it with the right attitude and harnessing it as a blessing, not a curse. I’ve coined two terms that describe how people view failure: the type 1 mindset, and the type 2 mindset. Temple SmallBizU The Temple University Small Business Development Center provides exceptional training opportunities for start-up and existing business owners. Take advantage of the free or nominally priced educational programs. Classes are available in the following areas:
Rising Concentration in Agricultural Input Industries Influences New Farm Technologies Highlights: Concentration in several global agricultural input industries has risen significantly; by 2009, the largest four firms in the crop seed, agricultural chemical, animal health, animal genetics/breeding, and farm machinery sectors accounted for more than 50 percent of global market sales in each sector.Factors influencing changes in market structure and concentration vary by industry and include market forces, the emergence of new technologies, and government policies.The largest agricultural input firms are responsible for a large and growing share of global agricultural research and development (R&D), and higher input prices paid by farmers partially reflect the higher quality of inputs created through private-sector R&D. Market Concentration is Increasing in Research-Intensive Agricultural Input Industries Factors Driving Market Concentration Vary by Industry In the crop seed and animal breeding sectors, the emergence of biotechnology was a major driver of consolidation.
Better Ventures PreSeed: Fireside chat with Mitch Kapor As the founder and Partner at the Kapor Center, Mitch works with startups using information technology platforms to drive disruptive innovation. He is a seed stage investor in Uber, Twilio, Inkling and University Now and his focus is increasingly on driving positive social impact, especially in leveraging IT to close gaps of opportunity and access in education, health care and other areas. In addition, Mitch founded Lotus Development Corporation and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. He is the co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet and the founding chair of the Mozilla Foundation, creator of the open source web browser Firefox. He is also a founding investor in Linden Lab, maker of the first successful virtual world, Second Life.
Patents What is a patent? A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted. There are three types of patents. Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. Here is the process for obtaining a utility patent. Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.
Darden Speaker Series This series features speakers who have visited Darden as part of the Darden Distinguished Speaker Series (DDSS), the Darden Leandership Forum (DLF), and the 50th Anniversary Speaker Series. The speaker series brings top-level corporate, government, and industry leaders to Darden to discuss current business issues and trends, and their individual leadership philosophy. These guest speakers represent a variety of experiences, industries and geographical regions, but all share a similar commitment to the core values consistent with the Darden mission: to better society by developing leaders in the world of practical affairs. Subscribe to this series of podcasts: Social investment helps thousands see things clearly Willemijn Geldorp channels her entrepreneurial spirit as an angel investor, business mentor and active member of social impact ventures. Her varied international career has involved diverse roles in wholesale operations in Europe and emerging markets. She has worked in large corporates as well as managing a small manufacturing venture in Ecuador and has an MBA from IMD Business School in Switzerland.
Patent Overview A patent is essentially a limited monopoly whereby the patent holder is granted the exclusive right to make, use, and sell the patented innovation for a limited period of time. The U.S. Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq., was enacted by Congress under its Constitutional grant of authority to secure for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their discoveries. See Article I, Section 8, Clause 8. Granting exclusive rights to the inventor is intended to encourage the investment of time and resources into the development of new and useful discoveries.