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1391 days ago 0 comments From: RobGordon Categories: Incubators and Accelerators  Tags: startups africa — A recently annouced 100 million program to support entrepreneurship in Africa.  The programs goal is to identify and train 10,000 entrepreneurs across Africa over the next 10 years.   The 10,000 start-ups will be selected from a pool of applicants across Africa will participate in a comprehensive program which will include a customized 12-week business skills training course, mentoring, an entrepreneurship ‘boot camp’ and seed capital.  “
1407 days ago 0 comments From: RobGordon Categories: Angel Investor Networks  Tags: investor network funding — This site claims that "over 300,000 startups have used to connect with millions of dollars in funding" - Which is a rather ambigious statement - and they say that if you join you will be able to connect with over 20,000 investors.   I found the join form to be easy - they just ask for a two sentence business description, but after they have your information it takes you immediately to the payment page, and the lowest reat is $59 a month.   That might be worth it is you have a business that is completely ready for funding otherwise it might be a waste.   There is no way to know how good their investors are, or how many would really see your business plan or summary.  
1408 days ago 0 comments From: RobGordon Categories: Online Communities  Tags: online communities — Lean Startup Circle describles itself as being for "Peer-to-Peer lean startup know how.  It's a decentralized grassroots organization of Lean Startup practitioners all over the world". I went to this homebage and entered my email as requested, thinking that was just the first step and there would be additional information required.  Instead, I was immediately enrolled in a Google Group and informed that I would be receiving an email once a week from them.   The Google Group does look moderated, and the questions to seem serious and thoughtful so while I didn't care for the way they got my email, this aay be worth visiting from time to time - especially if anything in their weekly archive email is of interest.
1410 days ago 0 comments From: RobGordon Categories: Angel Investor Networks  Tags: startup news — CrunchBase describes itself as the "definitive database of the startup ecosystem" and claim to be "the business graph" but honestly, I don't get it.   Registering is simple - but once inside there is little to do.  There is a big announcement of funding rounds, but that is about it.   I was able to find a place where you could add a new company or organization so i did so with my little startup and this was also easy - they asked for very little information.   When it displayed, however - it put a prominant message that it "couldn't find any employees".  i am just not sure what this site is for - there is nothing to do in it.  I guess i would recommend people join to get the inbound link if nothing else, but i don't yet see the value.
1411 days ago 0 comments From: RobGordon Categories: Angel Investor Networks  Tags: funding — The service describes itself this way. "Dreamstake works closely with founders to accelerate the success of early stage technology startups.  We build teams around ideas, turn concepts into prototypes and match companies with seed capital."  They say they have 10,000 members and host "weekly workshops and monthly events providing entrepreneurs with mentoring and knowledge".   I completeted the first part of the registration and I can tell you it was extremely daunting.   Although the "connect with Linkedin' went smoothly, they ask tons of questions about your startup after that and any error will cause everything to be wiped out - it took me more then a half hour to finish.   Once inside the site it seems far less sophistacted than the rather involved registrations process would seem to justify.  There is a standard members discussion forum, a blog, an events section where you could buy tickets to paid events- but most were San Francisco Bay Area.  There is a "skill swap" section but who would feel comfortable doing that with people you hardly know?  I didn't immediately see how I could learn more about the other members.  Then I saw the "People and Startup Finder" link, but all it did was bring up a page that was nearly useless - a list of members they had "rated" as being the top including their founder.  There was no other way to learn about people as far as I could see but to scroll down this list and click each profile individually.   All and all I think this has potential - the guys running it obiously take it seriously, but they should have put as much energy into providing services inside the site as they did in collecting information. Obvously this is the kind of site you don't want to cast judgement on too quickly so expect a follow on report from me on this one.
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