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Matching Entrepreneurs, Experts, (and Investors) -- Refined

A smart website to help connect budding entrepreneurs with like minded individuals and possibly investors to help realize their ideas.

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Refinement

I've thrown out some and added some to come up with a minimum viable product.

Interactive mockup: bit.ly/K62djJ

Please take a look at the interactive mockup. I've only tackled the entrepreneurs' part in this one, to get a basic understanding of how the site will work. The experts' part will work in a similar fashion. (Flash player required - sorry :-/)

Idea sketch/map

Perhaps sketching it out is better than keying in all the info. larger version of the sketch is attached below. Take a look...

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It takes lot more than an idea to realize a startup. As new entrepreneurs move towards the prototyping phase, they will need more external help. Placing ads, trying to find contacts, and shuffling through hundreds of resumes could be really time-consuming. They already have a full plate, so what if built something that could help entrepreneurs source talent efficiently, and vice versa?

Eventually, funding is needed.

I am very inspired by sites such as sparked and kickstarter. So here is a website that helps connect entrepreneurs with talent and investors. Not only that, but individuals interested in startups could also contact entrepreneurs with whom they would like to work.

See sketches for a better visual explanation.

Eventually, the site could be scaled to include stories, featured entrepreneurs, etc.

How will your concept support web entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurs can use this site to find the right people who can help the business at any stage.

What kinds of resources will be needed to get this concept off the ground and scale it?

Perhaps the European Commission could help fund this project. The best bet would be to partner with design/innovation companies to design and develop the product.
A budget for press releases and targeted advertising may be needed.

How could we get started?

The first step would be to roll out a test prototype to a small group of entrepreneurs. Universities/business schools would be a great place to start. They could use this test as part of career services to find both entrepreneurs and experts.

Virtual Team:

ImagineN4tion
Paul Reader
Tobi Gerhard
Jyotirmaya Mahapatra
Meena Kadri
Dan Pernik

Evaluation results

13 evaluations so far

1. How well does this concept address a significant pain point felt by European web start-ups?

This is a major pain point for European start-ups - 76.9%

This is a "nice to have" but not a serious pain point - 23.1%

I really don't know - 0%

2. How novel do you think the concept is?

Never seen it before - very novel! - 0%

This is common in some places but not in many parts of Europe - 23.1%

This is not novel but a good iteration - 61.5%

There are already other solutions out there that address this problem - 15.4%

3. How easy is this concept to implement and maintain?

It could be implemented quickly and easily maintained - 7.7%

It could be implemented quickly but will require regular updates to ensure it is accurate and relevant - 61.5%

It is a big undertaking and would need a lot of support and cooperation from people and organisations to make it happen and to maintain it - 30.8%

4. What type of organisation is best placed to take this forward?

The European Commission should own this one - 15.4%

This belongs with member state governments (e.g., the UK, Belgium, etc) - 15.4%

This is best being owned by a private company - 7.7%

This feels like a non-profit - 23.1%

This is a start-up itself! - 38.5%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

It rocked my world! - 46.2%

I liked it but preferred others - 30.8%

It didn’t get me overly excited - 23.1%

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Photo of Jyotirmaya Mahapatra

I liked the way you have proposed that how we can get started. It will definitely work that way.

I think you should also think about out a few things. These are

1. How it will help the startups to find people at different stages.
2. What happens further once these people are connected.
3. How startups with complementary needs and offerings can collaborate.

Photo of Priyanka Kodikal

Thanks! I really like your feedback, especially about incorporating different stages. I'll be sure to add it to my next iteration.

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