Smart List LogoEntrepreneurship is something to be valued (both in students and in adults), but developing an entrepreneurial mindset can be a challenge. And for entrepreneurs, maintaining that energy is another challenge altogether. That’s why it’s important for innovators to have organizations–and their peers–to lean on. Today, we’re recognizing 35 organizations connecting and supporting entrepreneurs to encourage continued innovation in the education sphere.

Organizations Connecting & Supporting Entrepreneurs:

  • 1871: Chicago’s center for technology and entrepreneurship
  • 4.0 Schools: Incubating people, tools & schools in NOLA & NYC
  • 500 Startups: Supporting 800 startups worldwide
  • BUILD: Success through youth enterprise
  • DreamIt: Provides startups with access to investors, a sales pipeline and a network of resources
  • Founder Institute: World’s largest startup accelerator
  • General Assembly: The best in tech, design & business
  • Google for Entrepreneurs: Programs, events & tools
  • Impact Hub: Part innovation lab, part business incubator & part community center
  • Kauffman: Fosters startup communities and develops challenges to spur entrepreneurial activity in select metropolitan areas
  • The Lean Lab: Kansas City-based community that launches transformational education innovations
  • LEAP Innovations: Convenes educators & tech innovators to discover, share & scale tools
  • Meetup: EdTech meetups with edupreneurs around the country
  • StartEd: A year-round community for EdTech entrepreneurs, faculty & students
  • Startup Institute: Eight week launch pad in NYC, Boston & Chicago
  • Startup Weekend EDU: Network supporting communities of entrepreneurship
  • Tom Tom Founders Festival: Pitch competitions, luncheons, workshops & mixers in a SXSW-esque setting
  • Trailhead Boise: Helps entrepreneurs in Boise, ID, start and scale businesses and projects
  • Y-Combinator: Mountain View accelerator

Supporting Student Entrepreneurship

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