Angelique Moss

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5 organizations and platforms that are useful for budding startups and entrepreneurs

The startup scene grows more competitive with the increasing number of entrepreneurs who do not just want to launch their businesses — they hope to stand out from the crowd. But before they can even catapult themselves into the market, it would be a great idea to fortify their fundamentals.

One way to do it is to look for organizations that can provide support as these fledgling businesses harness the necessities that would help them emerge strong and loud in an ever-expanding market.

And if it happens that you are new in the business and are looking for some organizations to help you with your venture, here are some organizations you must know and consider.

1. Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) connects entrepreneurs all over the world and establishes a relationship with them and between fellow tycoons and business founders, and it aims to guide them in expanding and improving their businesses.

Some of the benefits EO members can receive include participating in forums where business owners talk about their experiences and even share the lessons and advice to give their comrades some directions and guidance and learning from global business experts through its Executive Education program, which can help in improving their business leadership and gaining new additions for their entrepreneurial skill set.

EO also holds global and regional events such as learning programs and social gatherings for entrepreneurs to gain more knowledge and to build professional relationships with other members.

2. Public Accelerator-Incubator (PAI)

Another one-of-a-kind organization which entrepreneurs — especially startups — should also consider is a Public Accelerator-Incubator (PAI). It is distinctive because it combines the services of business accelerators and incubators, is distinctly established as a microcap company and focuses primarily on accelerating a startup’s access to capital by accelerating an investor’s access to liquidity.

One known PAI is Digital Arts Media Network (OTCMKTS:DATI). DATI teams up with and helps startups having the capabilities to create changes in the tech industry and move it forward to share their innovative businesses to the market via its “path of accuracy” program. It collaborates with other accelerators, incubators, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists as well to provide more aid to tech startups.

The company also offers programs that can speed up the development of projects potentially having a remarkable influence on society through procuring more capital with the help of the crypto markets — via Token Generating Events (TGE) and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) — without expending equity.

Moreover, DATI provides angel and early-stage investors of startups access to liquidity within within two years, without any loss of equity in their private startup investment. As a result, startups that partner with DATI will generally raise the funds they need for their growth faster. What is better is that both startups and investors have access to the portfolio of DATI without paying additional fees.

Finding the right platform and organization for your business is crucial for successful funding and support.

3. Young Presidents’ Organization

The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) is the oldest in the list as it was established back in 1950 by founder Ray Hickok. It bridges the geographical gap between CEOs and gives them the opportunity to learn and develop better abilities that are essential in keeping their businesses running. It currently has over 25,000 members from various countries and industries.

YPO holds global, regional and even local events for its members every year to help them in becoming better business leaders. Additionally, families of the members can also tag along to experience and learn.

Aside from the events, members also have access to video and audio learning programs, which is convenient for those who do not have the luxury of time and availability to attend the events. One of the programs is a podcast titled “Ten Minute Tips from the Top,” where members and experts share their insights and give advice.

4. Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is, according to its website, “the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program.” It is providing ambitious entrepreneurs an arduous yet rewarding set of programs along with the opportunity to receive feedback from its vast list of mentors with varying backgrounds such as CEOs, business founders and consultants and also establish professional relationships with entrepreneurs from other countries and the mentors themselves.

Those hopeful entrepreneurs who do not have a business degree can also benefit from the organization as it offers a crash course on business, where they can learn the basics of starting and operating a company.

The reason why their programs are challenging is that establishing a company that can endure and stand out in the competition is more difficult, according to Founder Institute CEO Adeo Ressi.

Some of the companies established by the Founder Institute graduates include online learning platform Udemy, online inventory management company Itembase, Southeast Asian mobile content distribution platform Appota, cloud-based storage provider Gridblaze and peer-to-peer car rental service iCarsclub.

5. Impact Hub

Impact Hub is a unique organization as it identifies itself as “part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center.” It established its “impact hubs” in various locations such as Amsterdam, Singapore, London and San Francisco, where members — dubbed as “Impact Makers” — can have access to resources, gain some inspirations and get opportunities to work and connect with other members.

These impact hubs have created a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who support and inspire each other in creating unique and great ideas for business ventures that can leave a positive impact on society. The hubs also provide comfortable yet mind-stimulating spaces where all the creative and passionate exchange of ideas happens and where startups can acquire support and tools through incubator programs.

Additionally, entrepreneurs can also be a part of the hubs’ numerous events, programs and workshops that can further strengthen the ideas of collaborative learning and thought leadership.

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