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Command Center for Startups and Startup Communities

The Ecosystem is a web-based, customizable command center providing digital tools and human guidance to help entrepreneurs test their ideas, plan, launch and manage their business as well as connect their startup to valuable resources anytime, anywhere.

The Ecosystem is the ultimate digital platform, connecting startups and startup communities for the facilitation of ideas, intentional mentoring and access to the necessary services and tools needed for new idea and venture incubation.

Test:

Test your idea with the Ideasphere, the world’s only educational testing system built to vet an entrepreneur’s ideas and startups. Each one of our five proprietary assessments will lead you through a series of questions designed to put your idea to the test. Once you are done with the free assessment, you will receive a free SWOT and Review Analysis, and Confidence Score that will be helpful for you, your teammates, investors and others.

Learn:

Learn to start, grow and scale your business through the Ecosystem’s private library of video and written curriculum designed to engage, educate and propel an entrepreneur’s ideas and startups forward.

Plan:

Plan your launch with the Ecosystem’s step-by-step visual Canvas and business planning guide that helps you fine tune key concepts like your value proposition, target market, marketing strategy, pricing and more. Our financial planning software helps you stay on track by allowing you to easily manage and update your Profit & Loss Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow forecasting.

Manage:

Manage your startup at-a-glance and execute with precision using the Ecosystem’s accountability and project management software that allows the founder and key team members the ability to create targets, assign tasks and monitor progress. The Ecosystem includes Runway, to help startups manage their short-term cash flow; Round Table, to track investors, team members and partners; as well as The Vault, to protect and organize all key documents in a safe-guarded environment.

Connect:

Connect with teammates, mentors, service producers and even other startup communities through our open community or join one of the many private networks already on the platform.

Startups & Startup communities love the ecosystem!

Suite of Tools and Modules

Ideasphere

Vet your ideas in the world's only educational testing system built to help assess an entrepreneur's ideas and startups.

Canvas

Visually describe, design, challenge, invent and pivot your business model with these strategic management and entrepreneurial tools.

Business Plan

Build your detailed business plan while forecasting your future and current opportunities.

Round Table

Maintain analysis and a record of founder and investor percentages of ownership while being able to create organization charts of members, contractors and employees.

Project Manager

Execute with precision using collaborative software that allows you to manage and delegate your strategies and tactics.

Runway

Manage short-term cash flow, along with sales projections, churn rates and other variables to know the amount of money and time left to execute.

Vault

Organize and protect your documents in a safe-guarded environment with private access to those you designate.

Network

Access mentors, service providers, peers and others.

E-Learning Center

Learn with THESTARTUP.com's own library of video and written curriculum.

FinConnect

Integrate with over 12,000 bank APIs, payment gateways and accounting platforms, updated in real-time.

Startup Communities Love the Ecosystem

In addition to being available to directly to entrepreneurs, the Ecosystem is also available to accelerators, incubators, academic institutions and other startup communities as a white-label, customized, turnkey command center.

Along with the robust features available to individual startups, each startup community’s Ecosystem will provide community administrators with the following features:

  • Customized Branding – The Ecosystem will feature the organization’s own logo and branding.
  • Customized Modules – Startup communities can choose which modules to provide to their startups.
  • Mentor Facilitation – The Ecosystem’s network provides the ability to connect and track mentor relationships.
  • E-Learning – Startup communities can create their own video, audio or written curriculum that can be accessed 24/7.
  • Monetization – Startup communities can choose to provide certain Ecosystem features for free while charging for premium features.
  • Portfolio Management – Startup communities can instantly aggregate data from all startups into reports that provide clarity behind the progress of each startup.
  • Cloud-Based Tool Set – Startups can access the Ecosystem anytime, anywhere.

Our model accelerates growth for your startups and startup communities while saving you development time and money.

 

“We’re very enthusiastic about providing the Ecosystem to our clients!  It’s the perfect tool to help them to launch and grow their businesses, while also providing an effective way to stay connected to their mentors” –
Lisa O’Dell, SCORE Mentor.

Suite of Tools and Modules

Canvas

Entrepreneurs can visually describe, design, challenge, invent and pivot their business model with these strategic management and entrepreneurial tools.

Ideasphere

Entrepreneurs can vet ideas in the world's only educational testing system built to help assess their ideas and startups.

Business Plan

Entrepreneurs can build their detailed business plan while forecasting their future and current opportunities.

Round Table

Entrepreneurs can maintain analysis and a record of founder and investor percentages of ownership while being able to create organization charts of members, contractors and employees.

Project Manager

Entrepreneurs can execute with precision using collaborative software that allows them to manage and delegate their strategies and tactics.

Runway

Entrepreneurs can manage short-term cash flow, along with sales projections, churn rates and other variables to know the amount of money and time left to execute.

Vault

Entrepreneurs can organize and protect their documents in a safe-guarded environment, with private access to those they designate.

Network

Entrepreneurs can access mentors, service providers, peers and others while startup communities have the option to create their own private network.

E-Learning Center

Entrepreneurs can learn with THESTARTUP.com's own library of video and written curriculum while startup communities have the option to upload their own library or use THESTARTUP.com's existing learning center.

FinConnect

Entrepreneurs can integrate with over 12,000 bank APIs, payment gateways and accounting platforms, updated in real-time, while startup communities can track all financial data and mission critical information for their entire portfolio.

THE ECOSYSTEM STORY

The idea for the Ecosystem emerged from our own need. THESTARTUP.com needed to build a suite of digital tools for our private incubator clients as well as develop a command center we could use to better manage our various incubator companies. After failing to find an existing solution in the current marketplace, we looked to produce our own simple software and what would become the Ecosystem started to take form.

Before development began, however, we decided to not only create a tool THESTARTUP.com could use, but to create something that startups and startup communities around the world could use to grow, launch and scale their own companies as well. After surveying over 2,000 entrepreneurs and over 100 startup communities, we discovered that our command center would provide the connectivity, digital tools, data management, customization, mentor facilitation, e-learning, financial management and portfolio management they needed as well.

And thus, the Ecosystem was born!