The UNLV Entrepreneurial Makers Mini-Grants help current UNLV students that are actively engaged in actions building and testing a business idea. This is not a business plan competition, but rather is focused on business building. The Mini-Grants are funded by the Las Vegas Lean Startups grant from Venture Well. Mini-grants range from $500 to $2000.
Apply: Send the following (less than 600 words) to email@example.com by March 28.
- Describe your business idea and who your customer is (200 words or less).
- PRIOR WORK. Explain the number of hours in the last six months (outside of required class activities) you have spent to build, make or test your product/service. Explain or show (photos, graphics help) the results of that work. Examples include: making of a prototype, trying to sell, creating a website, or sharing with potential customers. Writing a business plan or feasibility study and talking to a few people is NOT sufficient. You have to have built or tested something. (200 words or less)
- PLANNED WORK. How would you use up to $2000 in the next three months to continue to build and test your business idea? Attach a budget, and explain how each expense will help you build and test. Ineligible expenses: salary, expenses that can be reimbursed by others such as senior design expenses. (200 words or less)
This might be a good event to attend for an entrepreneurial reflection event:
Very awesome collection of 170,000 photographs from 1935-1945, sorted by county with the help of Yale and the National Endowment for the Humanities. You can look at the photos of the counties that have meaning to you. If you’re interested in poverty, as I am, you might type in “shack” or “laborer” in the search tool to see the extent to which U.S. living conditions have changed in a few generations.
Please come to the UNLV Idea Pitch Final Presentation
Friday, October 9th in BEH241 at 11:00 am
Being an entrepreneur often requires being a jack-of-all-trades, since, at least at the beginning, you have to do a lot of different types of tasks. Here is a list of websites to teach you real skills online!
Google doesn’t care where you went to college
Google is consistently rated the best place to work. So you need a degree from Harvard to get in the door, right?
Not really, according to Laszlo Bock, Google’s Head of People Operations.
When the company was small, Google cared a lot about getting kids from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. But Bock said it was the “wrong” hiring strategy. Experience has taught him there are exceptional kids at many other places, from state schools in California to New York.
“What we find is the best people from places like that are just as good if not better as anybody you can get from any Ivy League school,” said Bock, who just authored a book titled “Work Rules!” and stopped by CNNMoney to share his smarts.
Every year, 2 million people apply to get a job at Google (GOOG). Bock himself has seen some 25,000 résumés.
So what else does Google not care about:
Grades: Google’s data shows that grades predict performance for the first two years of a career, but do not matter after that.
Brainteasers: Gone are interview questions such as: Why are manhole covers round? or How many golf balls can fit in a school bus? “Our research tells us those questions are a waste of time,” Bock said. “They’re a really coachable skill. The more you practice, you get better at it.”
Here’s what Google does care about:
Problem solvers: Your cognitive ability, or how well you solve problems.
Leaders: The idea is not whether you were president of the student body or vice president of the bank, rather: “When you see a problem do you step in, help solve it,” and then critically, “Are you willing to step out and let somebody else take over, and make room for somebody else? Are you willing to give up power?”
Googleyness: That’s what Google calls its cultural fit. It’s not “Are you like us?” Bock said. “We actually look for people who are different, because diversity gives us great ideas.”
What’s most important is that people are intellectually humble, willing to admit when they’re wrong, and care about the environment around them …”because we want people who think like owners not employees,” Bock said.
The least important thing? Knowing how to do the job.
See the interview here:
Startup Ideas: How do you know if your startup idea already exists?
Carlos Del Carpio, Analytics & Entrepreneurship
The founder of Dropbox was pitching in front of an investor one day, and the investor asked him: “there are similar companies out there doing the same as dropbox, why should I invest in just another similar company?”
His reply: “Yes. There are similar companies out there doing the same as dropbox. But do you use any of them?”
“Because they are bad.”
“Ok. That’s what Dropbox wants to solve.”
So bottomline: Ask your potential customers.
Any business idea is a solution to someone’s problem out there. Ask them if they are solving it, how they are solving it, and if they would be willing to pay to have it solved.
It doesn’t matter if it already exists if it can be done better.