If there are any entrepreneurs still on your shopping list, here are a few gift ideas that are almost as easy as Amazon’s one-click. They range from free to extravagant and should cover anyone just launching a new company or someone with a little more experience who needs to go to the next level.
Any one of these books will start the year off right.
- The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care by Dr. Eric Topol – Everyone in healthcare should read this one.
- The Lean Startup by Eric Reis – Because you can never be too thrifty or too good at pivoting.
- Work the System by Sam Carpenter – The audio and PDF versions of this book are free and what entrepreneur wouldn’t like leave a world of chaotic, amorphous conglomeration for one of orderly individual linear systems?
Free lab space
This gift only works for scientists in the metro New York area, but it’s still a good one. NYC Bio wants to launch a co-working space that includes a web and dry lab. They have started a crowdfunded project to get it off the ground.
We propose MOIST, a Wet/Dry Science and Technology Innovation center in Manhattan. The MOISTech Center will be an affordable, accessible and general place for ideas in science and technology (including biotech, medical devices, health tech, Ag, etc.) to become reality. It combines lab space with office space, meeting rooms, and a machine shop ’ everything needed to transform ideas into reality.Advertisement
A gift of $200 covers one month’s rent, one month free, and a desk or a lab bench. With Blueprint Health, StartupHealth, and the New York Digital Health Accelerator near by, not to mention a city full of investors and a huge healthcare system, this space will be networking heaven.
If you are feeling extremely generous this holiday season – or you are extremely worried about a friend or relative’s new company – this is the option for you. The Kauffman FastTrac NewVenture course will teach a newcomer to startup world how to succeed.
Most courses are 12 weeks long and cost about $700. People learn how to vet ideas, assess market risk and network. Go here to find a course in your city. There are also programs for women and veterans.
Full disclosure: MedCity Media has a business relationship with the Kauffman Foundation, which developed these courses and licenses them to organizations around the country. However, I have seen FastTrac graduates in pitch competitions (impressive) and talked with other people who have been through the program (satisfied customers). This program is a worthwhile investment for any entrepreneur.