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E-Mindset is a 5 week-end program built on a rigor and relevance framework
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Testimonials formerly Startup Genome has announced 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking. It has been almost three years since the last Startup Ecosystem Report was released (in November 2012), and since then the startup sector has grown at a booming pace.


The centerpiece of the 2015 Startup Ecosystem Ranking is updated and revamped component index, which ranks the top 20 startup ecosystems around the world. The index is produced by ranking ecosystems along five major components: Performance, Funding, Talent, Market Reach, and Startup Experience.

Download the free complete report here.

To analyze and benchmark your growth metrics with Compass’ free app, in seconds, go here

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One important caveat to note: This index does not currently include startup ecosystems from China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. It has been challenging for Compass to get survey participants and complete data. We hope to have these ecosystems included in our index later this year. While we have not completed our analysis yet, we particularly expect:

  • Beijing to rank in the top 5
  • Shanghai to rank in the top 15

The following ecosystems all scored highly and were contenders for a spot among the top 20: 

  • Atlanta, Delhi, Denver-Boulder, Dublin, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Stockholm, and Waterloo. 

 iStart Valley (Formerly known as iSart Jax) is pleased to announce the launch of an ambitious program, E-Mindset. Short for Entrepreneurial Mindset, E-Mindset is a revolutionary and globally proven program focusing on engaging and inspiring underprivileged women and young adults on the fundamental concepts of the entrepreneurial mindset and its unlimited potential.

According to a recent study by The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, nearly 2.4 million college graduates cannot find employment in their area of study. That’s 80 percent of college graduates. The study also states that 54 percent of Millennials (ages 18-34) would like to start a business, but only 11 percent plan to do so.

iStart Jax, in association with Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation and local corporate sponsors including Florida Blue and The Jaguars Foundation, is working to reach its goal of empowering 1,000 participants with transformative experiences of the entrepreneurial mindset.

 “As a community working together, we can make this happen,” explained MJ Charmani, Founder and Chairman of iStart Valley.We need to create a whole new generation of youth who are job creators vs. job seekers. We will work with community champions, entrepreneurs, and leaders to reach our goal”.

E-Mindset-logoE-Mindset will be offered in a five-weekend format. Participants will go through a hands-on curriculum, which includes case studies of people with limited resources that have triumphed over hardship and adversity by embracing an entrepreneurial mindset. The overall objective is to empower learners through the development of entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in real-world entrepreneurial experiences.

“It’s our responsibility as a society to provide our youth with the tools and guidance they need to take charge of their own futures and have a beneficial impact on their local communities,” said Yash Nath, President of iStart Valley.

To sponsor an underprivileged women or young adult, please donate at

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