Take advantage of a bunch of “free” or “low-cost” Apps for Business learning, product feedback & mentoring.
Apps for Business: Startup Grind, GAN (Accelerator), Strategyzer, Young Entrepreneur’s Council, UserInput, Clarity, Growthorit, CourSera, Udemy, EdX.
When I started my first company, I was a little bit lost, because there were not that many open Apps for Business back at that time, 20 years ago. There was the city library, of course, (blah) and the option to attend a lecture from a successful business owner at the local university. But, otherwise, there wasn’t much else.
10 new Resources for Startups. Things changed exponentially. Today, startup founders can easily access numerous organizations, websites & experts to help them launch their startups and help them grow. After all, knowledge is power: isn’t it? Knowledge is key to making the best decisions you can, and developing optimal strategies, to get your startup off the ground and into a position to sustain itself. Here are 10 new startup Apps for Business you can use in 2017, to gain the greatest effectiveness to meet the Goals you’ve set:
1. Startup Grind
is one of the largest startup communities in the world, Startup Grind brings together more than 400,000 entrepreneurs in 85 countries & 200 cities. The community offers a network of resources, which include events, partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs & media opportunities. There are also local community events that help entrepreneurs meet up with others for face-to-face assistance & connection. That assistance includes ways to reach out to talent, innovators, investors & educators. Startup Grind started in 2010 in Silicon Valley and has grown, to offer on & off line opportunities for tapping into some very important resources and opportunities for funding.
2. Global Accelerator Network
(Gan.co) is an incredible resource for startups comprised of more than 70 Accelerators across 6 continents & 100 cities. GAN offers a way for startups to benefit from short-term, mentorship-based programs that help them launch in a smart, strategic way. Started in 2010 by two co-founders of TechStars, this network has helped 3,300 companies complete their GAN program as well as raise more than $4 billion (average $1.2 million each), across the globe to fuel these companies and create nearly 22,000 new jobs. Startups enjoy access to best practices, industry data, discounts + perks, consulting, investors, peers & mentors.
offers a tool called Business Model Canvas, which helps users to create – on one page – a business model that helps direct their startup path. The company also offers other resources, like the Value Proposition Canvas and other tools that businesses can use, to improve their strategic management processes & overall direction especially when they’re not sure where they are going or how to get there.
4. Young Entrepreneur’s Council
YEC created by entrepreneurs is an”application-only” resource that offers startups considerable support & resources. For marketing, YEC offers a free website, numerous opportunities for media exposure, tools for brand-building & invitations to special events & conferences. As a resource, YEC has knowledge-sharing, networking & professional development opportunities. Other perks include affordable healthcare options, a travel agency & discounts for co-working spaces all over the country.
Sometimes it’s difficult to know if your website, app or idea really has enough traction to go the distance and become a full-fledged business. Userinput.io helps startups get honest feedback from users – willling to provide their opinions. The benefits for the businesses are a very affordable way to get reviews & input from selected reviewers. The feedback comes quickly and offers constructive criticism to make the necessary improvements to increase a startup’s chances at success.
is an organization geared to providing access to Mentors & other experts that can help entrepreneurs in specific areas. Users can browse for experts by topics such as business strategy, marketing, social media, strategic planning, SEO & business development – to name a few. Users then select their expert and connect directly with them to get answers & advice. This is a great way to tap directly into an area’s founders they are unfamiliar with, to get the assistance needed, rather than hire someone full time to do the same thing.
is a growth-hacking service that helps startups by taking over the early stages of growth for them. It’s similar to an out-sourcing service for growth, where startups have a team that can handle online marketing & technical skills – as well as provide other knowledge necessary to help build the business into something larger – with the traction needed to continue the momentum.
If you’re looking for a convenient, affordable way to expand your own knowledge and skill set – as well as that of anyone you hire – Coursera will connect you to the world’s universities & their best online courses. There are numerous specialties available, including Coding, Machine learning, Python, Data science and a wide range of other very relevant topics and courses to assist today’s startup founders. Prices range from $25 to $99, making this a very affordable way to expand knowledge and skills within a typical startup founder’s budget. Online degrees and certifications are also available, depending on what you are looking to achieve.
Similar to CourSera, Udemy is another excellent resource for learning about all types of subjects and acquiring the necessary skills, so businesses do not have to invest their “lean” financial resources in additional staff to handle those projects. This global marketplace of learning offers more than 42,000 courses and a network of more than 14 million students. Numerous certifications are also available.
While similar to some of the other educational resources on this list, EdX offers free courses which are especially attactive for startup founders facing a very limited budget. Those courses’ major benefit: They’re from prestigious universities like Harvard, MIT & UC Berkeley. The organization also has business partnerships with universities, professors & industry experts all over the world + features a global community that facilitates connections among entrepreneurs.
Conclusion: In 2017, be sure to leverage these “free” or “low-cost” Apps for Business startup resources. Most are available on users’ preferred time-zone schedule & platform. In return, users can obtain the necessary advice & support to build up their startups to the point where these businesses have a life of their own, where founders have the knowledge & savvy to operate them.
Comments: Do you know any other good “free” or “low-cost” Apps for Business?
from Scoop Nest.com 12/16 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz
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