Andalucia Emprende

La Red Territorial de Apoyo a Emprendedores es un instrumento de la Junta de Andalucía puesto al servicio de las personas emprendedoras y empresas de la Comunidad. Gestionada por Andalucía Emprende, esta red cuenta en la actualidad con más de 200 Centros de Apoyo al Desarrollo Empresarial, distribuidos en 37 zonas CADE, desde donde un cualificado equipo técnico de especialistas en las distintas materias empresariales, presta servicios de apoyo a la creación y consolidación de empresas y empleo, dando cobertura al 100% de los municipios andaluces.
Además, estos especialistas prestan servicios destinados a identificar los sectores emergentes de cada territorio, articular los tejidos productivos locales y fomentar la cultura emprendedora en la sociedad, mediante el desarrollo de acciones de dinamización.
www.andaluciaemprende.es

La Caixa
La Caixa is one of the largest banks in Spain and Europe, and it’s the one that most involved in new technologies, startups and venture capital investment.
www.lacaixa.es

MV&A

MV & A is one of the 15 largest law firms in Spain in account control and bussines law. MV & A manages the interests of some of the most important companies in Andalusia.
www.mv-asociados.es

Serendipia
Serendipia is a new coworking space in Cordoba. It offers services and work-space for more than 50 companies. Serendipia is expected to shelter the most innovative startups in Andalusia in its early stages.

coworking-cordoba.es

Universidad Loyola

Pasión por conocer, compromiso por transformar, exelencia, vocación de servicio, universialidad y apertura
uloyola.es

Indra

Indra es la multinacional de Consultoría y Tecnología líder en España y Latinoamérica. Ofrece soluciones y servicios tecnológicos para los sectores de Transporte y Tráfico, Energía e Industria, Administración Pública y Sanidad, Servicios Financieros, Seguridad y Defensa y Telecom y Media.
indracompany.com

Do What You Love! Passion Drives Success, by George Deeb

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-04-29

Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches.

In this post from his blog, George Deeb, Managing Partner at Red Rocket Ventures and Chicago Founder Institute mentor, explains why passion is the key to startup success. He says "If you are not passionate about what you are building, you might as well pack up your bags right now, as your startup will never work".

Below, an excpert from Do What You Love!! Passion Drives Success has been republished;

 

Lesson #50: Do What You Love!! Passion Drives Success

 

"Passion is one of those intangibles that drives an entrepreneur, gets them through the good times and the bad times, and ultimately dictates the success of any startup.  If you are not passionate about what you are building, you might as well pack up your bags right now, as your startup will never work.

Webster's Dictionary defines passion as "an intense, driving or overmastering feeling of conviction" or "a strong desire for or devotion to some activity or concept".  I couldn't have said it any better.  Passion needs to ooze from every pore of a startup entrepreneur.  This passion is usually instilled by some core knowledge of the product or service that is being built, which translates into clear domain expertise and first-hand knowledge and confidence that you are heading in the right direction.  This passion also translates into infectious enthusiasm, that ultimately feeds the energy and drive of every employee in your office.  And, most importantly, this passion is the glue that holds the company together and gets it through its most difficult times.

When I launched iExplore, the whole business idea was conceived based on my personal frustrations experienced while planning my personal vacations as an avid adventure traveler.  I wanted a "one-stop shop" to look for all adventure tours in one place, I wanted the confidence of buying from a trusted resource and I wanted the flexibility to customize my itinerary and dates to my exact needs.  iExplore would fill the huge void in this highly-fragmented, packaged-tour industry, and our passion to build a better customer experience sparked the fire to iExplore ultimately becoming the #1 adventure travel website.  So, my personal passion as an avid adventure traveler and my personal experiences in the industry, fueled the vision and direction of the company.

But, it was more than that.  Because I was so passionate about iExplore, I came to work jazzed up every day, and that enthusiasm rubbed off on all of our employees.  And, I was intently-focused on hiring other empassioned adventure travelers, that shared the company vision based on their own personal adventure travel experiences.  It was like the iExplore staff was a team of whitewater rafters, all paddling in unison to avoid the potential business hazards of the rushing rapids, because, in fact, we all were whitewater rafters in real life.  So, our personal and business passions had become one, making for a very powerful combination and recipe for success."

Click here to continue reading Do What You Love!! Passion Drives Success and for more startup insights from George, check out more from the Red Rocket Blog and follow him on Twitter @GeorgeDeeb.

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