Universities as the startup engines of their regions

Platform companies (collaborative economy) that allow teams of students (multi-disciplinary teams) to work on real-world business and societal challenges to build their career path networks – continue to emerge, ensuring that universities are the startup engines of their regions:

http://www.springtheory.com/
http://www.skild.com/
https://www.coursolve.org/
http://www.realindustry.org/about-us/
http://expe.stanford.edu/index.php/Main/SUGAR
http://www.demola.net/
https://www.eswusa.org/
http://www.ninesigma.com/
http://crowdsmart.net/
https://www.fiatphysica.com/
https://www.younoodle.com/
http://studentcompetitions.com/
http://victorinox2014.jovoto.com/
http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org/
https://www.mindsumo.com/
http://www.kaggle.com/
http://www.ncet2.org/
http://www.globalcorporateventuring.com/pages/triple-helix-venturing-for-the-longer-term.html
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/uidp/index.htm
http://ashokau.org/programs/changemaker-campus/
http://www.destinationimagination.org/
https://toughmudder.com/
http://vator.tv/company/moremarbles-com
https://www.mentormint.com/

VCIC –  Venture Capital Investment Competition
http://www.vcic.org/

VCIC is very interesting, and I did not know about them.  I found this especially interesting:
“Our judges are venture capitalists, who come to VCIC for the opportunity to reconnect with their alma maters,
network with other VCs and get a peek at some early stage startups as well as bright MBAs.”

Digital platform as a service:
http://kivuto.com/

Kickstarter is being embraced by many universities and student entrepreneurship groups:
https://www.kickstarter.com/pages/duke
http://www.sandiego.edu/about/news_center/news/news_detail.php?_focus=47965
http://c21u.gatech.edu/blog/kickstarter-new-platform-higher-education-innovation

AUTM has been ranking universities based on local start-up impact on  job market and tax base growth:
        http://www.autm.net/Home.htm
        Old & Suprising Example of AUTM Ranking: http://www.unews.utah.edu/old/p/121710-1.html
        Meanwhile Stanford and MIT battle it out at the top: http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2012/11/06/stanfords-2-7-trillion-economic-jolt-beats-mits-2-trillion/

Professional Association (IEEE, ACM, INFORMS, AAAI, AIS,  ISSIP, IIE, INCOSE, etc.) are doing more to encourage entrepreneurship linking their senior members and student members:
http://www.ieee.org/education_careers/education/university_programs/smarterplanetchallenge.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACM_International_Collegiate_Programming_Contest

And of course IBM has some relevant partnerships and programs for them.
http://smartercitieschallenge.org/
http://ibmsmartcamp.com/

Previously, I had written about some of these here:
Service System Analytics: http://service-science.info/archives/2177
How can universities win the race with ever smarter machines: http://service-science.info/archives/2558
Tip: Starting a new university competition: http://service-science.info/archives/2538
California leading a transformation of higher education: http://service-science.info/archives/2692
NSF Virtual Forum: Smart Service Systems: http://service-science.info/archives/3209

If students need a professional association, I recommend ISSIP.org.  Students can join ISSIP.org (free to join here) and participate in ISSIP mentoring projects: http://service-science.info/archives/3084

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  3. Here is a video that captures some of the potential of Bluemix in about 7 minutes
    https://youtu.be/-EIGKFwqNCU

    The goal is to help university create and scale more and better startups faster. Each specific university-based startup can be thought of as a specific recipe (combination of ingredients), and Bluemix provides the components for quadrillions of recipes to be tried by faculty and students at universities. IBM partnerships with Apple, Twitter, Weather Channel, and other companies will increase the availability of data and services – increasing the number of ingredients and increasing the number of stakeholders interested in seeing the university-based startup succeed.

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    More on what we see possible:

    Here is a landing page for learning Bluemix
    http://ibm.biz/learnBluemix

    Here are some of the Watson Services in Bluemix (Cognition as a Service will be growing)
    http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/developercloud/services-catalog.html

    There will be many partnerships announced for physical devices in the world as well, these will be tied into IBM Internet of Things and Bluemix capabilities
    https://console.ng.bluemix.net/solutions/iot
    https://developer.ibm.com/iot/

    Getting started on Bluemix is easy, with either the 30 day free trial, but I recommend signing up with a credit card which gives immediate free access to 750 Gigabyte hours per month free service, and avoids the hassle of re-signing up every 30 days. Also by sighing up, startups can also compete for $1000 per month additional (this is more than 10,000 Gigabyte-hours per month) free Bluemix services.
    http://www-01.ibm.com/software/info/ecod/cloudoffer/startup_faqs.html

    We can already envision tens of thousands of startups, many with cognitive assistants…
    http://service-science.info/archives/3721

    With these services, universities will be even better positioned to be the startup engines of their regions
    http://service-science.info/archives/3681
    http://www.crowdsmart.net/
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  4. ISSIP.org – International Society of Service Innovation Professionals – has open innovation coaching projects that link business professionals with challenges and tools and data, with faculty and students to do educational and professional development projects. There is even a role for small consulting firms who have refined innovation methodologies to play in these “cognitive sport” arenas.

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