Research Highlights Effect of Gender Stereotypes on Female Entrepreneurs
Recent research by Carlson PhD student Nachiket Bhawe addressed whether social factors played a role in the gross inequity among men and women in terms of entrepreneurship. "It seems like entrepreneurship is viewed as a male domain but it need not be is what we found. If we change the role models and the associated stereotype, it is possible to increase entrepreneurship in women, however this is at the cost of entrepreneurship among men. This is almost like a zero sum game and we need to study how we can improve both at the same time." See full paper by Bhawe and co-authors Vishal Gupta and Dan Turban.
$185,000 Cash Prizes Offered in 2011 Minnesota Cup
The search for the next breakthrough business idea continues with the 7th annual Minnesota Cup competition. Entries are due by 11:59 PM on May 20th! The largest statewide entrepreneurship competition in the country has attracted more than 5,000 participants who have proceeded to raise over $30 million to pursue their new ventures. See Governor's Announcement of 2011 competition.
Carlson, Digital River, General Mills New Sponsors
In 2011, three Minnesota's leading corporations joined the Minnesota Cup's community-led effort to support and encourage entrepreneurs that drive job growth across Minnesota. These sponsorships increased cash prizes by 85% - directly funding the most promising startups in Minnesota.
|Seed Capital Recipient Lands Product in Best Buy|
Colin Karpfinger had a great idea for improving the gaming experience on iPhones by creating attachable thumbie buttons. The Holmes Center business hatchery funded 1/2 the cost to develop his prototype and he was off and running. One year later his "Thumbies" product was rolled out to Best Buy stores. Each year the Auth and Jackson Seed Capital Funds support the launch of businesses by University students. Read more about Business Hatchery.
|Entrepreneurship Summer Bootcamp to Welcome Minneapolis High School Students to Carlson School|
The third annual Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota program will bring 30 Minneapolis high school students to the Carlson School this June-July. Students will spend five weeks on campus developing new business ideas, touring local businesses and hearing from legendary Minnesota entrepreneurs. This program is a partnership between the University's Office for Business and Community Economic Development and the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship.
Recent Alumni Entrepreneurs in the News
Zipnosis - health care in your pocket, founded by MBA alum Jon Pearce
Fulton Beer - local craft brewery, cofounded by MBA alum Ryan Petz
Contour Innovations - sonar recording platform and lake database, cofounded by MBA alum Mike Lauenstein
Kipsu - customer feedback service, cofounded by undergraduate alum Geoff Dutton
Adogo - upscale dog hotel and daycare service, founded by MBA alum John Sturgess
Man Cave - home parties for men, founded by undergraduate alum Nick Beste
QwikMind - educational gaming and analytics firm founded by alum Ahmed Siddiqui