Ask a local startup how they got from their big idea to a full-fledged company with a business plan, employees, customers and revenue, and chances are good that Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator played an important role in their progress. The 10-week ‘business boot camp’ works with emerging tech-entrepreneurs from the university and the community who are thinking about turning a tech-business idea into a tech startup and helps them grow their concept into a successful company. And best of all, it’s available at no cost. 

Ask a local tech startup how they got from their big idea to a full fledged company with a business plan, employees, customers and revenue, and chances are good that TechCelerator’s name will come up within minutes.

In classic entrepreneurial fashion, Global Entrepreneurship Week started with a big idea. In 2007, that idea –  inspiring people to unleash their ideas and take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey –  became an event in 18 countries. By the next year, host organizations in 77 countries came on board, participating in 25,022 events that celebrated innovators who dream big. Today, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) sees 35,000 events happening at the same time in 125 different countries, collectively reaching millions of people of all ages and backgrounds through local, national and global events and activities.

When doctoral candidate Eric Kennehan had to spend three weeks in the lab making spectroscopic measurements around the clock, “grumpy and sleep deprived,” he had no idea that he was on the verge of creating something groundbreaking. 

For four generations, the Morris family has been part of the energy solution, helping to do more than just heat homes and power vehicles. But even with their long-standing pedigree of responsible drilling, involvement in the community and honest hard work, Paul gets it if you don’t like what he does. He’s met me on a Sunday morning in his office at the Incubator in the 200 Building of Innovation Park for our interview to have an open conversation about a controversial topic: fracking.