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Jobs and Growth are today’s world biggest problems.
 

Our collective aim should be Eudemonia.

 

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and positive creativity are certainly the best means to reach Eudemonia.


Startups are the essence of the solution, but still the well known early stage funding problem called “Valley of death” is the biggest obstacle they face. Start-up America, Start-up Britain and other initiatives are trying to give a solution but yet, not satisfactory. See what Kauffman Foundation says...

 

 


 


 - Democratize the process of entrepreneurship -

 

Make it look easier and be easier for people to go pursue.

 

This is not an American only problem... the contrary, is our worlds most compelling problem today, Growth... It affects everyone... Young people 18 - 35 unemployment rates reach and exceeds in some regions numbers like 45%!!... Occupiers are almost everywhere... There is a systemic problem around the world...

 

So lets see how thinks are today...

 

Just the 2-4% of the highest growth startups found a source of funding in their early stage steps other than own capital, FFF (Friends-Family-Fools) and bank loans (entrepreneurs commons research from inc 500|5000 list), that simple statistic proves a simple fact:

To start a business you need to have your OWN capital.

That fact also dictates a failure…

95% of population doesn’t have enough funds to startup.

That results to all of us waiting the wealthy 5% of the population, to have all the ideas or want to fund our prosperity… something that doesn’t happen in the magnitude needed because profit is not enough motive, as necessity is, when you are in the top… as a proof of the numbers see EU's statistic chart below:


 

Source: Annual Monitoring Report 2009, Social Situation Observatory, Income Distribution and Living Condition page 75 http://bit.ly/mcBtf6

Considering that the median income for the year 2006 was 13.187€, it’s clear from the above chart that almost 95% of EU population needs at least 15 to 25 years of savings to accumulate for investment purposes a mere 40K€ to 80K€, subtracting the cost of the rest of survival needs an individual has like food, clothing, transport, house etc... thus to accumulate the amount needed is almost impossible; huge capital barriers are imposed to entrepreneurs, which they have to pass thru risk averse investors to get funded and the result of all these are good ideas to be lost and us, as communities, hopeless, to dive deeper in our misery having jobs and growth evaporating in a daily basis...

But hey, we live in a Democracy, we should all have the opportunity to startup… if we had a good idea, shouldn’t be the lack of capital our barrier to startup…

So what are the today's, solutions for the early stage funding problem or the so called “equity gap”…?

There are two approaches in the world on how to fund start-ups... The US way and the European (or Governments way)... The differences are boiling down to two simple things...

Source of Assessment and Source of Capital...

The US way is based on assessment and capital coming from the private sector... whereas in Europe, part of the assessment and big part of the funding is being provided from the public sector. Something in between of the two is the “risk sharing” method, which is more like the US since all assessment and half of the funding comes from the private sector, a fact that gives the same results as the US way.

Both are having pros and cons.

Recently is being invented a third way...

Its Participatory Entrepreneurial Assessment, Assisting and Funding... It’s using the private sector to Assess and Assist, while Funds are coming from the Public sector in full…

The model is called iDea Framework and it combines the pros of the American way, such as, free will, personal risk factor, market driven triggers, mentoring, incubating and unconstrained entrepreneurial freedom without the use of Angels and VC’s, along with the pros of the European way which is the investment of public money on start-ups, without public servants being involved or wealthy ones with the assessment and funding of start-ups. All that, while on the same time having strong Democratic authorization and accountability of the model by activating the whole community in the process.

By keeping investors on the first steps of the process in a distance, its not "super profiting" the only motive in the equation, although while keeping profiting as a main target in order whatever we do to be sustainable, we add another human driver not existed until today; our necessity to innovate, change our life's and create jobs and prosperity for our communities.

All that, while investors are in distance are not get crowd out but instead of being "Pushed" by the community to invest they are just "Pulled" to invest because the mechanism makes the startups compelling and investor friendly... So everyone is involved in the right moment for the right reasons...

 

Additionally is our Democratic responsibility to fix what we have today.


It’s all about Equal opportunities… Aristotle the Greek philosopher said, 2300 years ago:

                "There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people."

US approach does not fix the inequalities of incomes and the shortage of real equal opportunities people are facing due to lack of own startup capital… neither European approach can be as effective as US is in the long run because it misses real private motives and risk sharing method is dysfunctional as the US way is, since all the triggering are directly connected to what the top and wealthy 5% are doing…

So if we want both to happen, effectiveness and real equal opportunities for all, we need a third way.

 

Innovation Dipole Entrepreneurial Assessment Framework (iDea Framework) is the answer.
 

iDea Framework White Paper

 

Click below on the link to open a .PDF document that was submitted to EU Commission call for proposals regarding Innovation Subsidies in Europe.

 

An abstract, of iDea Framework (submitted to Kauffman Foundation), 1,15Mbyte:  http://bit.ly/teTDcU

 

(If you want to read the solution -The Magic Sauce- go immediately to page 3)

 

iDea Framework paper, a practical guide to revolute Innovation, 2.87Mbyte:  http://bit.ly/q6WolG

 

 

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