Nordic entrepreneurs, the next supermodels? Startup Grind 2013 kicks off, college treps test their startup skills, D.C. gets a tech hub, congress weighs a new tax credit for startups, entrepreneurs brainstorm how to makeover Michigan, the clean-tech community convenes… This week’s notable news and startup events for young treps:
1. The next supermodels? The Economist’s cover story this week asks the question “Are Nordic countries becoming a hothouse of entrepreneurship?” Our interest is piqued.
2. Startup Grind 2013: Pegged as a conference sans pitching and panels, we’re not quite sure what they’ll be doing. But with attendees — who will include Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, venture capitalist and founder of 500 Startups Dave McClure, as well as video game exec Bing Gordon and angel investor Naval Ravikant — the event surely won’t disappoint. (Mountain View, Calif. Feb. 4 – Feb. 6)
3. CEO Startup Simulation Challenge: The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, or CEO, is hosting a virtual startup simulation — allowing college treps to test their startup skills in a bracket-style tournament against other CEO chapters around the country. (Online, Feb. 4)
4. DC as a tech hub? A new startup center is expected to launch in DC this week. Dubbed 1776, with the tagline “where revolutions begin,” the co-working/school/accelerator was founded by Evan Burfield of Startup D.C. and Donna Harris of Startup America. Oh and just fyi, the 15,000 square foot tech hub is across the street from the Washington Post headquarters, a convenient location for media startups, perhaps?
5. New York Tech Meetup: A monthly gathering of professionals from around the tech industry, this meetup boasts a convivial setting to learn, network and see product demos from tech industry leaders. Can’t make it to the event? Watch the meetup Simulcast from Stamford, CT. (New York City, Feb. 5)
6. Clean Tech Investor Summit: A premier opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors alike, Fortune 500 executives, government representatives, entrepreneurs, investors and service providers gather for two days of networking and high-level presentations from across the clean tech industry. (Palm Springs, Calif., Feb. 5 – 7)
7. Entrepreneurs Engage: Part of the University of Michigan’s Tech Transfer unConference series, this invite-only event aims to bring innovative thinkers together to engage in meaningful “action-oriented dialogue.” The goal is to form a foundation for Michigan’s cultural and economic revival. (Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 7)
8. A startup tax credit? A group of senators last week reintroduced a bill that’s designed to allow startups (that aren’t yet profitable) to claim the R&D tax credit. A companion measure to the bill, called the Startup Innovation Credit Act, is expected to surface in the House this week.
9. The Lift Conference: Focused on exploring the financial and social implications of digital technologies, Lift attracts more than 1,000 participants from 30 countries. Given the location and subject matter, conference goers and speakers are sure to be far from usual. (Geneva, Feb. 6 – 8)
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