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Singularity University Startup Lab Applications will be accepted and reviewed in three different groups from September to December to fill this year’s cohort. Please select the group below that best fits your startup or nonprofit.* SME Performance Review - Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) - Enterprise and Industry The SME Performance Review is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess countries' progress in implementing the Small Business Act (SBA) on a yearly basis. With an emphasis on the measures from the SBA Action Plan, the review brings comprehensive information on the performance of SMEs in EU Member States and other 9 partner countries. It consists of two parts – Annual Report on European SMEs and SBA country fact sheets.

Crowdfunding: 5 Things You Should Know New crowdfunding sites are springing up every month and more and more entrepreneurs are looking to these sites for money. Despite all the hoopla, crowdfunding is not currently a good alternative for most start-up or small businesses. Here are five things you should know about crowdfunding. Entrepreneur: The Newest Superhero Why Give a Damn: In a world in trouble, entrepreneurs are our best hope of implementing solutions to the crises facing us and bringing prosperity to our communities. On a planet beset with recession, erosion of all major ecosystems, the climate crisis, and political instability, it is clear that governments are incapable of implementing needed solutions, large companies are committed to preserving their incumbency, and citizens too unorganized to respond effectively.

Buxfer’s Founders Both Work For Facebook. Who Works For Buxfer? Buxfer is a social payments service that launched in 2007 as part of that class of new Y Combinator companies. The site is still live and working, but a user, Sean Leather, emailed us to say it’s a bit of a ghost town. The blog has been taken down and was last updated in 2009. The last tweet was on October 9, 2009, six days after their first tweet. How 'venture builders' are changing the startup model If you haven’t yet heard of venture-builders — also called tech studios, startup factories, or venture production studios — let me introduce them to you: They’re organizations that build companies using their own ideas and resources. Unlike incubators and accelerators, venture builders don’t take any applications, nor do they run any sort of competitive program that culminates in a Demo Day. Instead, they pull business ideas from within their own network of resources and assign internal teams to develop them (engineers, advisors, business developers, sales managers, etc.). You’ll want to get used to the idea because we’re going to see a lot more venture-building organizations emerging. Venture builders develop many systems, models, or projects at once and then build separate companies around the most promising ones by assigning operational resources and capital to those portfolio companies. A Rising Movement

The Ultimate Guide to Social Media Image Dimensions [Infographic] When you're designing cover photos, graphics, and other social media assets, sometimes knowing the bare bones image dimensions isn't enough. What if you wanted to place text or an arrow on your Facebook cover photo without it getting covered by the profile photo? And what about the shared link thumbnails on Facebook or in-stream photos on Twitter ... how big should those be? Download pre-sized cover photo templates for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube for free here. If you're looking for a detailed guide to social media photo sizes -- including recommended dimensions, minimum and maximum dimensions, image scale, and more -- then this is it.

Kickstarted: How one company is revolutionizing product development 172inShare Jump To Close Entrepreneurs as Dissidents Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. Top Tech Acquisitions Of 2009 We track a lot of acquisitions on CrunchBase. At the beginning of 2009, acquisitions were at a standstill. But as the economy begrudgingly roused itself from recession, the deal flow started to pick up in the summer, and then rebounded more in the third quarter. There are still a couple weeks left in the year, and a lot can still happen, such as Google buying Yelp for more than $500 million. Comment ça marche ? Tipeee is a new way of crowdfunding based on the concept of leaving a tip. Here creators are passionate people who already provide, on a regular basis, free content to their community. However, unlike a traditional crowdfunding platform, creators on Tipeee don’t seek a large amount of money in order to make their projects happen.

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