Startups & Corporations: Match Made in Heaven?

Torsten Kolind | March 21, 2016 | Corporate Startup Engagement, Startup Engagement
Startups are agile, but corporations have scale. What if they joined forces and took over the world together? It should be a match made in heaven, but more often than not, the result is a mere illusion of a successful marriage. Both sides fail to embrace each others’ culture, and friction or politics get in the way of building things. However, fear not, the game can be won. Remember when Facebook bought Instagram for $1 Read More

Growing your Innovation Economy through Startups – How to become a startup nation.

Adele Burnes | March 14, 2016 | Entrepreneurship
Every single (net) new job created in the US in the past 25 years has been created by startups or SMEs, according to a recent study by the Kauffman Foundation. It is therefore no surprise that governments everywhere are looking to the startup world for tomorrow’s economic growth. The global startup revolution is upon us, and smart governments harness its power in ways you wouldn’t have thought possible. YouNoodle has worked with many governments around Read More

YouNoodle is a Mini UN

Adele Burnes | March 8, 2016 | YouNoodle
Happy International Women’s Day! YouNoodle is a mini UN, and we believe innovation is powered by diversity Today, the UN is recognizing International Women’s Day, with the theme of “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” and I am proud to be part of a startup tech company that apparently got there 14 years early. YouNoodle needs to be a small nimble fast moving startup, and we simply can’t do that without Read More

YouNoodle Lite

Torsten Kolind | March 1, 2016 | Updates, YouNoodle
Startup innovation at your doorstep We recently realized that YouNoodle has become the world’s largest startup advisory hub. The platform has distributed more than a quarter of a million pieces of individual advice and feedback from thousands of experts to 100,000+ startups across the world. For free. All done by volunteer investors, advisors, and entrepreneurs giving back to the startup ecosystem by being judges, jury members, and mentors in hundreds of competitions and challenges. We Read More


Mariana Camacho | February 23, 2016 | Startup Engagement
At YouNoodle we believe in empowering the global startup revolution. The enormous pool of startups we bring together come from all over the world. Without cutting-edge participants, innovative startup programs would not be nearly as fascinating as they are. Below we have selected three featured #YNStartups that participated in different innovation competitions with great success, needless to say on the YouNoodle platform. Bringing the farm to a rooftop near you. As the world’s population continues Read More

Beat the politics: Win and scale with a big company

Shilpa Prasad | February 18, 2016 | Startup Engagement
Will 2016 finally be the year banking and fintech innovation come together and create real change? Never has this been more true than in the financial sector. Banks are big and regulated and slow moving. Startups are small and nimble and under the radar. But 2016 just may be the year in which the two come together most effectively. Like so many large corporations, banks are observing the digital innovation all around them and recognize Read More

February’s Featured Startups

Shilpa Prasad | February 9, 2016 | Entrepreneurship, Uncategorized
Engineers transforming Natural Gases to Chemicals Industrial chemical manufacturing is a multi-billion-dollar business quietly being disrupted by a small team in the east bay. Backed by Y Combinator, Industrial Microbes is led by 3 synthetic biologists developing microorganisms that will convert natural gas into industrial chemicals. Most chemical manufacturers use sugar to engineer the chemicals they need to produce. According to their interview with TechCrunch “Natural gases are 75 percent cheaper than sugar. They’re cheaper Read More

Dear corporates, stop buying desks at local incubators!

Adele Burnes | January 26, 2016 | Corporate Startup Engagement, Entrepreneurship
Instead of buying a desk at your local incubator, run a targeted startup program. Ask your local incubator or accelerator if they work with corporations, and they will most likely try to sell you a desk or a sponsorship. Presence in your local incubator is a great tool for staff training and startup environment acclimatization. However, if you think you are going to find tomorrow’s business model there, you are most likely wrong. Let’s look Read More

The Puerto Rican Government looks to Entrepreneurship for Answers

Shilpa Prasad | January 12, 2016 | Entrepreneurship, Startup Competitions
Director of Parallel 18, Sebastian Vidal, talks with CNN about the new Puerto Rican government entrepreneurship initiative. Once fueled by its coffee and sugar production, Puerto Rico is turning towards entrepreneurship to transform its economy. Parallel 18 is a new dynamic economic initiative from the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust to jumpstart Puerto Rico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. This year Parallel 18 will host 2 cohorts of 40 startups for a five-month period. These startups Read More

How do YouNoodle?

Shilpa Prasad | January 5, 2016 | Corporate Startup Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Startup Engagement, Torsten Kolind, YouNoodle
A YouNoodle original poster from 2010. “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” William Shakespeare Here’s a fun story about our odd startup name and no it does not involve noodles. When Torsten Kolind and Rebeca Hwang founded YouNoodle in 2010, they built what appears to be a zany pasta factory from an original poster we found in our storage room. However, YouNoodle originated Read More
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