Kauffman Foundation News (6/21/11): Kauffman Foundation – Ideas at Work – June 2011

Ideas and Insights
This edition of Ideas at Work features presentations by Kauffman Labs Education Ventures founders as they showcase the motivations, inspirations, and market cases for their companies. The enterprises are designed to serve the education market across a broad spectrum of innovations, technology, and business models.

School’s Out for Entrepreneurs
Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Founders
Present Their Innovative Companies
Entrepreneurs in the Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation Education Ventures program showcased their ideas to revamp and revolutionize education this month. The presentations marked the culmination of a four-month program that allowed twenty-three founders of education companies to immerse themselves in an intensive, hands-on curriculum designed to catalyze the development of their businesses.
The Education Ventures program offered participants individualized training and entrepreneurship education, coaching on a variety of business and marketing skills, and guidance in connecting with financiers. The program is one of the initiatives of Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, which studies first-hand how startups gain traction while also providing a collaborative atmosphere that contributes to the evolution of the businesses. Watch the video presentations…>>http://www.kauffman.org/KauffmanMultimedia.aspx?VideoId=985368717001&type=R&tag=Education%20Founders?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_06_2011

More news from the Foundation:
Maker Faire Makes Its Way to Kansas City
Maker Faire, a two-day event that attracts thousands of people of all ages to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself movement, is coming to Kansas City’s Union Station June 25 and 26. The community festival showcases the creativity of scientists, engineers, students, welders, software developers, hackers, circuit benders, musicians, crafters, artists, and food artisans, who will exhibit new technology, electronic gizmos, robots, urban farming, ‘slow-made’ foods, homemade clothes, quilts, and sculptures. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/maker-faire-kansas-city-arrives-at-union-station.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_06_2011

Kauffman Labs Entrepreneur Wins Business Plan Competition
Alexandre Scialom, one of twenty-three entrepreneurs in the Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Program, has been named the first-prize winner in the 2011 Milken PennGSE Education Business Plan Competition, as well as the winner of the Hewlett Foundation’s Startl Prize for Open Source Solutions in Education. The two awards include a total cash prize of $50,000 in funding to support Scialom’s new company. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-labs-entrepreneur-wins-milken-penngse-education-business-plan-competition.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_06_2011

A Permanent Home for the Kauffman School
The Foundation has announced that the permanent location for the Ewing Marion Kauffman School will be 63rd Street and The Paseo in Kansas City, Mo. The Kauffman School will open with its first class of fifth graders in August in a temporary site at 4251 Bridger Road in the Westport area. The Kauffman School will move into its permanent home in Kansas City’s urban core for the 2013-14 school year. By 2018, the charter school will serve 1,000 fifth through twelfth graders. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-foundation-announces-permanent-site-for-its-charter-school.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_06_2011

Looking for the World’s Best Startups
Startup Open, a competition that recognizes startups with high-growth potential, has launched its search for the fifty most promising new startups around the world as one of the featured events of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011. The competition, now in its second year, is open to entrepreneurs who have a “startup moment” between November 2010 and November 2011. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/search-for-50-startups-with-high-growth-potential-begins-with-launch-of-2011-startup-open-competition.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticas

iStart Business Idea Site Reaches Milestone
iStart, a customizable web-based platform that simplifies how organizations market and administer business competitions worldwide, is picking up speed as students access the site fulfill their dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2010, the website, hosted by the Kauffman Foundation, has gathered more than 1,200 business ideas from forty-four countries. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/istart-business-idea-competition-site-collects-more-than-1200-business-ideas-worldwide.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_06_2011

Agreement Seeks to Speed Pace of Research and Development
The National Institutes of Health has announced an agreement with two nonprofit organizations to accelerate the development of potential clinical therapies for rare blood cancers. The cooperative research and development agreement has been established as a shared commitment to move therapies for rare blood cancers into clinical proof-of-concept studies so that promising treatments can eventually be commercialized. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/nih-and-non-profits-sign-research-and-development-agreement.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_06_2011

Summit Seeks to Remove Barriers for Women Entrepreneurs
The second annual We Own It Summit convened in London this month to explore the role of women in business. During the Summit, business and thought leaders examined the lack of women’s participation in high-growth enterprises and identified solutions to move forward. Read more…>>http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/second-annual-we-own-it-summit-convenes-in-london-to-explore-womens-participation-in-high-growth-enterprises.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_06_2011