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  • Thumbnail for Who will have an entrepreneur as their neighbor?
    Who will have an entrepreneur as their neighbor? by Bjerke, Axel

    Columbus on the boarder between Georgia and Alabama has gone from about 113 new firms in 2005 to 68 new firms in 2012, while Bend in Oregon had almost 830 new firms in 2007 or almost 0.006 new firms per capita. Which is the highest per capita for any city in the US between 2005-2012. These differences have been attributed to culture and other factors that are very hard to change and control. This thesis will investigate the effect of the presence of specific types of firms on entrepreneurship. Does a city want to attract big, small, tech or manufacturing firms to create more entrepreneurship? The findings show that there are positive effects of attracting manufacturing, construction, retail and transportation firms. Big agricultural, health and accommodation firms all have a negative effect on the number of new firms started in the city

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    Re-conceiving entrepreneurship for libraries : collaboration and the anatomy of a conference by Scanlon, Mary G., 1955- , Crumpton, Michael A.

    For librarians who have worked in the field and have become innovative out of necessity, developing and creating entrepreneurial activities are not unusual. Perhaps recognizing and celebrating those achievements could change common perspectives on the entrepreneurial abilities of librarians. This idea launched the collaborative efforts of two universities to demonstrate this to be so. The libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, successfully collaborated on the planning and execution of a conference to celebrate entrepreneurism within the field of librarianship. In doing so, each organization was able to promote its unique talents and give signature to the notion that librarians can be, and in fact are, entrepreneurial. The collaborative value found in this project was derived from our sense of fulfillment of our social responsibility and of celebrating entrepreneurship within the profession. This conference serves as an example of embedded collaboration versus simple logistics, and the conference planning team now looks forward to future endeavors.

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    Kids Are Dramatic by Kirksey, J. Jacob

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneur J. Jacob Kirksey presents his Big Idea, Kids Are Dramatic.

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    QuickLock by Newby, Seth , Merrill, Jay

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Seth Newby and Jay Merrill present their Big Idea, QuickLock.

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    Hydraulic Jump by Curran, Mike , O'Connell, Brennan

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Mike Curran and Brennan O'Connell present their Big Idea, Hydraulic Jump.

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    KickHub by Akpablie, Paul-miki , Munyao, Benjamin

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Benjamin Munyao and Paul-miki Akpablie present their Big Idea, KickHub.

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    Assavat Company by Schwarzenbach, Breton , Tappe, Christian

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Christian Tappe and Breton Schwarzenbach present their Big Idea, Assavat Company.

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    Brayn by Barron, Trevor , Marble, Jesse

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Trevor Barron and Jesse Marble present their Big Idea, Brayn. Trevor Barron and Jesse Marble were awarded first place, and $38,000 for their Big Idea, Brayn.

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    Staying ahead of today's economy : the six essential aptitudes for successful entrepreneurs in tomorrow's business world by Kanipe, J. Tristan

    In today's economy, the failure rates of new companies are astronomical. In 2007 there were about twenty-eight thousand businesses that closed. In 2008, about forty-two thousand closed, and that number only continues to grow. With only twenty-nine percent of new businesses start ups succeeding beyond the first ten years, there is little question that the business world is in the midst of a major transition. The economic theorist and bestselling author, Daniel Pink, has developed a six-part theory to cope with this change. His theory contains six essential aptitudes, which will allow one to excel during this transformational time. Pink describes this movement as a transition from the Information Age, which values logical and linear thinking, to the Conceptual Age, which values inventive, empathetic, and big-picture thinking. This study is an empirical investigation of the simultaneous presence of the six essential aptitudes in ten entrepreneurs, five in product-based industries and five in service-based industries. The results suggest that the transition from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age although well underway, is not yet complete.

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    HOW DOES RELIGION AND CULTURE AFFECT SELF EMPLOYMENT? by Mankin, Solomon K

    The focus of the thesis is to look at religion and culture’s effect on entrepreneurship. I hypothesized that culture and religions that promote strong social networks will lead to an increase in entrepreneurship. To answer this question, I collect data from the World Value Survey Wave 6 in the years of 2010 to 2014. I measure the effects by quantifying religion and culture from the survey dataset. I then use the probit regression to find if religion and culture positively affect entrepreneurship. The results show that religion and culture negatively affect entrepreneurship.

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    Piece 5 Applications by Eppstein, Dan , Anderson, Josh

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Dan Eppstein and Josh Anderson present their Big Idea, Piece 5 Applications.

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    TeachBook by Schneider, Lauren , Callahan, Kathleen

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Lauren Schneider and Kathleen Callahan present their Big Idea, TeachBook.

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    The role of mentorship in entrepreneurial ventures by Reddy, Daniel

    This thesis explores the role of mentorship in entrepreneurial ventures. With staggering failure rates of entrepreneurial firms, the study of the determinants of success and failure of entrepreneurs is abundant. Among the key determinants of success are the factors comprising the human capital of entrepreneurs. Using models and theories based on corporate mentorship, this thesis bridges the gap between the study of entrepreneurial human capital and mentorship. Relying on seventeen interviews with a variety of entrepreneurs from around the country, this thesis identifies the significance placed on mentorship, reveals the models these relationships can take, and identifies the primary benefits of mentorship among entrepreneurs.

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    Disha by Barlow, Samantha , Harleen, Alexander , Rahman, Navin

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Navin Rahman, Samantha Barlow, and Alexander Harleen present their Big Idea, Disha.

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    Creativate Foundation by Mueller, Monica

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneur Monica Mueller presents her Big Idea, Creativate Foundation.

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    City Roots by Birmingham, Sara , Lindseth, Fredrik , Harlam, Jeremy

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Fredrik Lindseth, Jeremy Harlam and Sara Birmingham present their Big Idea, City Roots. Fredrik Lindseth, Jeremy Harlam and Sara Birmingham were awarded third place and $2000 for their Big Idea, City Roots.

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    Mobile Munchie Machine by Atchinson, Zach , Landon, Halsey , Berglund, Hanna , Muzzy, Leslie , Sigalov, Stanley , Byers, Alex

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Alex Byers, Halsey Landon, Hanna Berglund, Leslie Muzzy, Stanley Sigalov, and Zach Atchinson present their Big Idea, Mobile Munchie Machine.

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    Artizan of the Andes by Castro, Francisco

    In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneur Francisco Castro presents his Big Idea, Artizan of the Andes. Francisco Castro was awarded second place and $10,000 for his Big Idea, Artizan of the Andes.