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November, 2012

Foundum’s Entrepreneurial Resource Section is live

Monday, November 26th, 2012

We are very proud to announce the launch of our new entrepreneurial resource section! Our members can now browse more than 1.000 resources on specific entrepreneurial topics. Our team has been working on this more than a year, researching quality resources to make sure to add great value to every entrepreneur or everybody who would like to become one!

 

 

Within our resource section you’ll be able to find web articles, podcasts, videos, books & white papers related to a wide range of topics around entrepreneurship. Whether you are looking for funding & legal advice, how to attract talent or marketing related issues, you should be able to find the right insights.

Browse by category or type of resource. Read the articles of your favorite author, learn about latest market trends or simply enhance your entrepreneurial knowledge by exploring through this informative section.

Those are the categories within our resource section:

1. Funding
2. Legal
3. HR & Team Building
4. Product Management & Innovation
5. Marketing
6. Growth & Internationalisation
7. Sales & PR
8. Leadership & Self Development
9. How to start?
10. Success & Failure Stories
11. Research Studies
12. Social Entrepreneurship

We hope you’ll enjoy the readings and we keep on adding new content to the site. Any Foundum member is welcome to contribute to make this a relevant source for entrepreneurs. Any kind of feedback is always welcome.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 has come to an end! It is the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurs, innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life. These people drive economic growth and expand human welfare. There are thousands of events taking place all over the world. Most of them are free, covering a wide range of topics. Whether you are looking for advice on how to come up with an exceptional idea or how to get a lucrative exit deal.

In 2011 about 7,3 million people from about 123 countries gathered on 33.000 different events around the Global Entrepreneurship Week. Every November, GEW inspires people all over the world through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as entrepreneurs and innovators. From competitions to intimate networking events and workshops, this week is all about spreading the importance of entrepreneurship in society. Some of the most exciting events are “The World Series of Innovation” (New York), “The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards” (New York) and “Meet the Lions” (Namibia). Thousands of new startups are being created and millions of people are exploring their entrepreneurial potential. The participants can get in touch with potential collaborators, mentors & investors leading to new exciting opportunities.

The GEW initiative started in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. It has expanded to 115 countries with more than 24.000 partner organizations (DECA, Endeavour, Entrepreneurs’ Organization ect.) planning more than 37.000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people. With most new jobs in entrepreneurial economies originating from firms less than five years old, it is not surprising that the leaders of the world are looking to reinforce these efforts. Check out this youtube video on the Global Entrepreneurship Week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maausW9CP9E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

GEW is about releasing new ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life. It’s also about spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It’s about thinking big & doing good by creating value that offers direct and indirect social benefits at the same time. Some inspiring quotes & golden rules of being an entrepreneur taken from Virgin’s blog “The first rule of being an entrepreneur is”:

“If something can’t be explained on the back of an envelope, it’s rubbish.”
Richard Branson

“Becoming an entrepreneur is a process – realize that you will have great days and frustrating days so remember to tap into your passion as the internal fuel to drive you forward and keep believing in yourself.”
Alissa Finerman

“Don’t be scared to fail. Within failure there is always a lesson. Look forward to failing as it shows that you are actually trying and you are learning through that process.”
Jamie Dunn

“If everything is under control, you’re not going fast enough”
Mario Andretti

Foundum presents the Verne Harnish Growth Workshop

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Foundum & Verne Harnish together invite for a special day: The Growth Workshop! At the 22.11.2012 you’ll have the chance to attend this very unique workshop for entrepreneurs and their leadership teams!

Verne is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company, Verne has spent the past 30 years educating entrepreneurial teams. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture Columnist for Fortune magazine. He’s the author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits which is endorsed by over 100 CEOs of mid-size companies and is published in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Serbian, Polish, Dutch, German and Spanish. He recently released his new book “The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time”.

Learn how to accelerate profitable GROWTH using the Rockefeller Habits Four Decisions™. Entrepreneurs and their Leadership Teams are invited to spend a a day, and join the exceptional company of more than 20.000 business leaders who have attended this workshop and experienced results.

Spend a day with us and you will GAIN:
• An overview of the Four Decisions™ (People, Strategy, Execution and Cash) you must get right to grow.
• A considerable start on your 2013 One-Page Strategic Plan™ to focus and align your team.
• The Rockefeller Habits check list to strengthen your ability execute and accelerate your growth.
• Simple, practical and applicable tools to improve your business results right away.
• An aligned, accountable and enthusiastic leadership team, ready to hit the ground running in 2013.

The Four Decisions™ refer to the critical decisions that growth companies must get right to maximize their revenue, profit and time. This workshop will teach you tools for making the right decisions in the areas of People, Strategy, Execution and Cash for driving your business growth.

What you will learn for GROWTH in 2013:

CORE VALUES & PURPOSE
Enliven your identity and energize your employees.
IDEAL CUSTOMER & BRAND PROMISE
Develop clarity on your “who” and on your unique, targeted and measurable differentiator.
GROWTH TARGETS & ONE-YEAR PLAN
Set your strategic targets for the next 3-5 years and your measurable, one-year goals and priorities for 2013.
PRIORITIES & METRICS
Make your most critical short-term decisions for your 13-week race by setting quarterly and personal priorities and metrics.
EXECUTION
Learn or review the 10 Rockefeller Habits checklist to strengthen execution.
COMMUNICATION RHYTHMS
Develop practical and efficient regular meeting rhythms, to keep meetings short and effective.
TOP TALENT
Ensure everyone in your company is clear on accountabilities and has a road map for growth.

This workshop is a must-attend for every entrepreneur! The price for the event is €300 and Foundum members will get 50% off and pay only €150. To To get your personal discount code please contact us at: david@foundum.com

Please register following this link: http://www.ticketea.com/growth-workshop