Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, and startup resources can seem hidden to many people, which can prevent new startups from taking off. Companies are not built in isolation. An introduction to a priceless advisor can help steer a company in the right direction, and away from making a disastrous mistake. A seemingly minor connection with an investor, an incubator, or a business partner can propel a company through dilemas, or give them that first spark of success.
The Startup Resource List, from the Founder Institute, provides entrepreneurs in a variety of cities with a sequential list of the best local tools and companies that help startups through every stage of their journey. Below, you can find our Resource Lists for dozens of cities around the world.
It takes a city to raise a startup.
The Startup Resource List Template represents a somewhat sequential view of a startup ecosystem. It was inspired by Startup Communities, and refined using the Founder Institute's experience launching companies in over 170 cities worldwide. To read the long story behind its creation, see this blog post.
1. The Stages
There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common framework.
This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.
In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.
Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.
2. The Supporters
To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.
Successful entrepreneurs must be the guiding forces of any startup ecosystem, especially in the Idea-Stage.
Public organizations can play an important role by facilitating and supporting the community in the Launch-Stage.
You can't grow without talent, and both universities and large technical employers attract and cultivate the local talent pool.
3. The End Product: Success Stories
It takes time, but the product of a strong ecosystem is startup success. The leaders of these companies should be startup evangelists, as well.
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