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The Innovative Class – Inventors

May 3, 2015

In their 2012 Kauffman Foundation paper, Motoyama and Danley analyzed 30-years of data from Inc. Magazine’s annual rankings of the 500 fastest growing American companies.  The paper focused on local and state factors that influence where fast growing companies are located. This is one of the first studies to focus on regional factors associated with the […]

Why Innovation Matters

May 3, 2015

Most of history has been marked by limited economic growth. Subsistence living passed from generation to generation. And, then, some one-hundred and fifty years ago, we began the most remarkable period of economic growth known to humankind. To get a sense of this period of growth, it is helpful to visualize the data. The British […]

What is an accelerator?

May 3, 2015

At a high level, we would define an accelerator as, “a program run by entrepreneurs for a discrete period of time (usually 12-weeks) that helps other entrepreneurs get their business started or grow their business to the next stage.” Recently, in a blog post titled, “A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network,” Brad […]

Who should you raise capital from?

May 3, 2015

Beggars can’t be choosers – or should they be? If you’re a startup raising capital you should be selective as to whom you raise money from. The moment you take capital from an investor your company culture changes. You are no longer a bootstrapping team of entrepreneurial misfits but you now have a new partner […]

21st Century Entrepreneurship

May 3, 2015

We use the phrase “21st Century Entrepreneurship” to capture what we think are the three core elements of modern innovation. By “innovation,” we mean an “invention” that is “implemented.” “Inventions” are novel solutions represented by products or services. When an invention is “implemented” it creates market value. The act of creating market value drives important […]

Marquette MBA Marketing Students Help Victory Spark Startups

May 3, 2015

As part of our Fall Victory Spark Program, a Marquette University MBA Marketing Class has joined the startup process. We were approached this past summer by Professor Scott Rex, who teaches Marketing Analytics, CRM, and Marketing at Marquette. Professor Rex also brings a lot of industry experience to the table. He wanted to try something […]


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