Accelerators and Business Plan Competitions

In my third post on social entrepreneurship in a developed country, I mentioned that there is already an extensive infrastructure in place to support general entrepreneurship in The Netherlands.  This is not too surprising given that The Netherlands was ranked as the most entrepreneurial country in Europe in 2011 according to The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor [...]

Financing Playa Blanca’s Energy

PictureLast week, Don Domingo Morales, our primary contact in Playa Blanca, asked for a proposal that included all costs required to electrify the entire village.  Although we have always been clear to communicate that Lumeter’s principal goal during our time here is to test our technology, his request signaled that Jona and I should begin talking with each of the four families about paying for their renewable energy.

Startups for startups

An interesting phenomenon and testimony to the growth of the entrepreneurial sector in the Netherlands is an increasing number of Dutch startups that are creating services for other startups.  These include fundraising, valuation and social measurement services introduced below. Symbid – A crowdfunding platform An alternative way for startups to gain investments from the traditional [...]
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