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"We do all entrepreneurship, all the time. We are really trying to instill entrepreneurship into the fabric of the University of Washington, so that any student, any faculty member, any staff member who is interested in entrepreneurship can take classes, participate in activities, find the resources they need to do a startup, which include broad accessibility to the entrepreneurial community." Connie Bourassa-Shaw - Director of the University of Washington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Great insight into a very successful Montana company - " Robert Scoble gets a tour of PrintingForLess.com in Livingston, Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Highway 12 Ventures
- Robert Scoble gets a tour of PrintingForLess.com in Livingston, Montana
He came and found antelope on the hillside next to America's Print Shop - Printing For Less
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Bill Joos Entrepreneur Bootcamp - Wrap Up
“A must attend for all entrepreneurs - worth every penny!”
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Cupcakes and Cattle Breeding: Teens Turn to Summer Start-Ups
Faced with the darkest summer-job market since the government began collecting data after World War II, a growing number of teens are turning to entrepreneurship.
- Warren Miller’s World: Halfway Around the World with Camera and Skis
When the European tour was all over, I had to let 43 employees go, as well as sell most of my camera equipment to cover the expenses. Then I went back to business – producing, filming and directing my annual 90-minute theatrical ski film, for which I would spend four months of every fall and winter traveling to cities all over America and Canada to narrate live.
- Nation needs youthful idealism more than ever
Embedded in our nation's core values is a spirit of community, generosity and entrepreneurship — a can-do attitude that says no challenge is insurmountable.
- Entrepreneurs work to make Midwest a high-tech hub
Innovators from a Midwestern triangle generally extending from Kansas City to Omaha, Neb., to Des Moines, Iowa, are trying to do something about that. They increasingly are joining together as they seek to overcome disadvantages of geography that can come with running high-tech start-ups in the nation’s sprawling midsection.
- University of Washington’s Connie Bourassa-Shaw on the Genetics of Entrepreneurs, and Why Seattle Is Startup Mecca
We do all entrepreneurship, all the time. We are really trying to instill entrepreneurship into the fabric of the University of Washington, so that any student, any faculty member, any staff member who is interested in entrepreneurship can take classes, participate in activities, find the resources they need to do a startup, which include broad accessibility to the entrepreneurial community.
Montana Economic Development
- ClearSky Climate Solutions helps some of Missoula’s largest local businesses become carbon neutral.
In each case, ClearSky performed an appraisal of the business, measured the approximate amount of greenhouse gases normally produced—aka, the carbon footprint—and then worked to offset that amount to zero.
- Big Sandy, Montana firm, Progressive Agriculture Inc. joins 'Bio-Agtive' Process - increased root development due to the introduction of exhaust emissions.
Developer Gary Lewis explains that by injecting the carbon dioxide (CO2) released during combustion, free-living, nitrogen-fixing bacteria are fueled to produce essential plant growth proteins.
Regional Economic Development
- Indian Business Alliance: 3rd annual conference in Missoula starting 4/20, plans for future, jobs
A “revolution” is sweeping across indigenous lands from Montana to New Zealand, according to one of the country's leading economic development experts.
- Canada's Cities Need More Creativity, Says Richard Florida
Cities and regions increasingly need to invest in, and build up, their real capital - the kind that comes from the energy and talent of their people.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- How to Nail an Interview - Tip 11
I don't know about you but I sure want to hire this guy...
Funding and Building your Business
- Federal Fund Proposal Targets Valley Of Death
The proposed fund-of-funds would make allocations to certain regional-development groups, which would then make the final investments in start-ups.
Incubators and R&D
- Firm Lets Others Choose Start-Ups Venture-Capital Group Outsources Funding Decisions; $25,000 and a Dream
"Early-stage ventures are about betting on people."
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana Tech researcher, Andrea Stierle and professor, Don Stierle get $650,000 NIH grant to study Berkeley Pit microbes for cancer cure
Andrea Stierle says her research has found two compounds produced by microbes that are effective in killing breast and ovarian cancer cells by knocking down the enzymes that allow the cancer cells to multiply.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Superintendent Denise Juneau announces Great Falls teacher Kathie Heusel to receive $25,000 Milken Educator Award
"We are proud to acknowledge Kathie Heusel and her passion and dedication to furthering excellence in education," said Superintendent Juneau.
- Ravalli County College planners plot course toward fall
The effort to get a new two-year college off the ground came out of the failed attempt to incorporate a locally run Bitterroot Valley Community College under state statutory guidelines. Despite the fact that voters approved a tax district that would have financed a portion of the school, both the Montana Board of Regents and Legislature rejected the plan as an inefficient use of limited higher education resources.
- Montana State University students learn by research
“I came here for the neuroscience program,” said Martin, who wants to become a scientific researcher. “I love asking ‘Why?’”
- Montana State Univerity faculty vote to join union.
About 85 percent of eligible voters in both groups voted to join the MEA-MFT, the state's largest union. MSU is the last campus in the state without a faculty union.
- Montana Tech faculty protests researcher's exclusion from job
The letter said although they weren't on the committee, Stierle's strong academic and teaching record and loyalty to Tech make it "incomprehensible" that the committee won't interview her.
- Young entrepreneurs to compete in BSU ‘Elevator Pitch’
Presented by Boise State’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the competition will put 10 undergraduates and 20 graduate students before a panel of judges with two minutes to share their ideas for a new product, service or company.
South Dakota Economic Development
- U of M Drug start-up Lycera nets $36M in venture cash
Lycera is developing a new class of drugs that it hopes will more effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases than what's available.
- South Dakota Research Centers Generate $111 million Impact
South Dakota shows a $3 million TBED investment in strategic research areas can yield impressive results for a state strengthening its position in an innovation-based economy.
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- Allegis Capital Leads $7MM Round for Lindon, UT based Solera Networks.
The 25-employee company was established in 2005. It has developed software that captures traffic on computer networks, saves it on hard drives or other storage devices, and allows investigators to search for indications of security breaches and where hackers went after gaining entry to a network.
- Russians eye big stake in Canada's nanotech industry
A state-owned Russian venture capital fund is poised to pump millions of dollars into Canada's fledgling nanotechnology industry, Canwest News Service has learned.
Connectivity & Communications
- Washington State University Launches Online MBA
Washington State University’s College of Business, in partnership with the Center for Distance and Professional Education, is launching an Online MBA program beginning fall semester.
- The College of Idaho Model UN wins Most Outstanding Delegation in NYC
"It is a remarkable achievement," said Dayley, who noted that some colleges prepare for months. "Our students do well because they are skilled analytically, are comfortable debating political issues, and know how to write well and work collaboratively."
- High-Quality Charter Schools Create High-Achieving Students
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today released a blueprint to help state policymakers accelerate the development of high-quality charter schools.
- Six States Selected to Develop New Models of Teacher Compensation
NGA Center Policy Academy to Help Enhance Overall Teacher Effectiveness
Energy and Climate Change
- A Seattle geek fest spreads its wings
You know an idea is good when it spreads.
- In Knight communities, bold broadband projects
In rural Aberdeen, S.D., for example, 100 civic leaders turned out for a series of meetings to discuss how digital initiatives might advance Aberdeen and the area surrounding this hub city.
- Solar power captured in space, beamed to Earth
West Coast energy giant PG&E unveiled a plan this week to put solar panels in orbit and wirelessly beam energy down to Earth by 2016.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009
She was mocked and laughed at when she walked out onto the stage... and then she started to sing.
- Can robots help treat autism?
Robots are now being used to help socialize children with autism.
- High-speed rail: Can it work in the US?
Hey, wait a minute! Is this back-to-the-future government policy?
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