Entrepreneurship

Is it time to thin the unicorn herd?

Nearly a decade after the term “unicorn” was coined, venture capital’s best and brightest companies may have finally outgrown what the ecosystem can sustain. Their rise was a product of business models that engineered growth with cheap money, and the financial conditions that made this model possible have changed profoundly. Starting in 2021 and continuing …

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Innovate Now Africa Assistive Technology Accelerator Program 2023 for African Startups

Application Deadline: 5th January 2023 Innovate Now has helped to launch 21 African assistive tech ventures over four acceleration cycles. African start-ups receive mentorship, learning and expert guidance over a 3-6 month period to create market fit, scalable and investable Assistive Technologies (AT). Innovate Now is a partnership between Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), …

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Scottsdale-based Kidstop prepares for Small Business Saturday

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Kate Tanner can tell you all about the latest toy trends, although she’s reluctant to say which toys, exactly, are the most popular. “So, it’s not that ‘hot toy’, because sometimes that ‘hot toy’ doesn’t get the Head Toy Expert’s approval. That’s more of the neat thing about Kidstop,” Tanner said. “You …

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Young entrepreneurs showcase their business dreams at the inaugural Sandbox Somerset event

She had been “doing pop-ups here and there to get exposure” for her small business after failing to get enough traction for her business online. And within the first day of Sandbox Somerset, she had already been approached by other businesses for collaborations. “When they were walking around, I got to know a few different …

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AOL founder Steve Case on the surprising entrepreneurs reimagining the economic landscape

Steve Case: Yes, I have a chapter in the book on a diversity imperative and the data there. I talked about 75 percent of venture capital going to three states. If you look at people, women make up 50 percent of the population. Female founders get less than 10 percent of venture capital. Latinos are …

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3 traits of an entrepreneurial mindset

open share links close share links Entrepreneurship sparks innovation, drives employment, fuels economies, and offers solutions to a range of environmental and societal challenges. But before those sparks and drivers ignite, an entrepreneurial mindset must be in place as a catalyst. An entrepreneurial mindset helps leaders create value by “recognizing and acting on opportunities, making …

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Entrepreneurial brothers from Ngunguru have created their own surf brand

Quinn, 13, and Dusty, 11, at Ngunguru Estuary, sporting their new brand. Photo / Michael Cunningham A pair of entrepreneurial brothers from Ngunguru have created their own surf brand, Liquid Surf Co, with the help of local businesses. Surf labels are a popular staple for some beach-hopping Northlanders, and brothers Quinn and Dusty Borlase have …

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A wave of late-stage startups quietly marked down their valuation in Q3

Many startups are overvalued. But because they are also well-stocked with cash, they haven’t had to raise new funding at a lower or flat valuation — yet. However, new data from Carta found that cracks are starting to show. Startup equity infrastructure platform Carta found that a record number of startup employee stock grants — …

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An ex-Shopify employee used her severance to found a new startup after getting laid off with 1,000 others. Here’s why that can be a smart move in a downturn.

Stella Alexandrova founded travel app MAVE after being laid off by Shopify.Stella Alexandrova Stella Alexandrova was one of 1,000 employees laid off by e-commerce giant Shopify in July. She saw the layoff and five months of severance as an opportunity to launch a business. A recession is actually a good time to start a company, …

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‘Singham’ actor Kajal Aggarwal turns investor, invests in D2C start-up The Ayurveda Company

Singham actor Kajal Aggarwal has turned investor. She has now come on board as the first investor in the direct-to-consumer Ayurveda brand The Ayurveda Company, which has initiated its Series A funding round. The Series A round is expected to close at up to $15 million. Talking about her investment, Aggarwal shared that the brand …

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