Archive for February, 2016

Putting Work-Based Learning to Work: A Learn and Earn Implementation Strategy for Central Louisiana

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

In 2014 the Central, Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) engaged RTS to examine the shape of the future CLEDA regional economy – the industries that will define it, the jobs that will be needed to drive it, and the workforce development system that will produce the talent and skills to fill those jobs with qualified people. CLEDA and RTS then crafted a set of recommendations on how the region might better organize itself to deliver the talent it needs to realize the future it wants. This project takes one of the five major recommendations from the 2014 report off the drawing board and into action. This report offers a demand-driven, best-practice based blueprint to launch and support a connected, coordinated and comprehensive work-based learning system that will deliver the higher level skills and talent that Cenla business and industry will need to prosper.

Driving Innovation and Growth for Los Angeles Bioscience: A Plan to Identify and Implement a Dealmaker Firm-to-Firm Network

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

RTS, in concert with its partner, CommonWeal, LLC is identifying, analyzing and animating the network of serial entrepreneurs and investors (Dealmakers) within the Los Angeles region’s biotechnology cluster to support the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation’s engagement with the County of Los Angeles to deliver an implementation plan to support the cluster. This CommonWeal/RTS effort will focus on connecting the bioscience Dealmaker network to key assets within the development strategy and implementation plan to support value creation, business formation and growth, technology transfer activities, commercializeable research outcomes, talent development et al. The basis and driver for the overall approach employed for this analysis is a proprietary analytical tool– the CommonWeal DealMapper - that delivers big data-driven detailed insight into the dynamics of entrepreneur, investor, and company networks that power new value creation within economies.

Understanding the Strength of our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: A Dealmaker Network Analysis of the Nova Scotia Economy

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

RTS, in concert with its partner, CommonWeal, LLC is identifying and analyzing the network or serial entrepreneurs (Dealmakers) in Nova Scotia and then mapping the connections among these individuals and their associated companies within each major industry sector. The project is being performed for Dalhousie University’s Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship (NNCE) in support o their project to strengthen the Nova Scotia’s economy’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The basis and driver for the overall approach employed for this analysis is a proprietary analytical tool– the CommonWeal DealMapper - that delivers big data-driven detailed insight into the dynamics of entrepreneur, investor, and company networks that power new value creation within economies.

The Duke Energy/UNC Chapel Hill Charlotte-Research Triangle Business-to-Business Bridge (B3) Initiative

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

For this project, as a subcontractor to the UNC Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, RTS led the technical effort to identify, analyze and map industry networks of serial entrepreneurs, investors (Dealmakers) and associated companies within the Charlotte and Research Triangle regional economies. These networks were mapped for each industry sector and then individual Dealmakers with concurrent equity positions in both regional economies were identified to serve as business-to-business bridges to support a new framework to foster a comprehensive Charlotte – Research Triangle entrepreneurial network.

The Danish Dealmaker Network Initiative

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

This report was prepared by CommonWeal/RTS team to support the Symbion Entrepreneurial Learning Lab’s (EL2) project with the Danish Industry Foundation to investigate networked approaches for building the entrepreneurial social capital of Denmark with the goal of facilitating higher firm startup, growth and earnings performance and accelerated capital formation within key industry clusters and sectors while also extending international reach within these networks across all regions. It includes a country-wide, industry sector by industry sector Dealmaker network analysis, a Dealmaker diaspora analysis that identifies concentrations by city, region or country of Danish expat Dealmaker university alumni and Danish expats who in the past served as senior executives of the top 100 leading business enterprises in Denmark. Complementing this diaspora analysis was a comprehensive review of the financial flows from and to Denmark from both Europe and the United States. While the diaspora analysis seeks to understand the concentration of Danish affiliated individuals who may be leveraged to enhance business-to-business relationships, the financial flows will show the extent to which business-to-business activity is correlated with financial transactions in the area of mergers, acquisitions, and private placements of private equity. Based the this information CommonWeal then crafted a strategy to support the development of the Danish Dealmaker network and an assessment tool to track the network’s progress.

The Los Angeles DealMaker Network: Who They Are; What They Do; and How They Connect

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

This report, prepared by Regional Technology Strategies (RTS), delivers information and analysis to Kauffman Foundation’s Innovation Fund America (IFA) and its partner, Long Beach City College (LBCC) to support their pilot project to establish a new approach to advance innovation and entrepreneurship within the U.S including the creation of its own pre-seed fund, the LBCC Innovation Fund. IFA engaged the RTS research team to use the CommonWeal Dealmaker DealMapper tool to produce a database of serial entrepreneurs and investors within the overall LBCC Los Angeles service area and then to mine this database to find the region’s most robust entrepreneurship networks and identify the connections and relationships among the individuals and companies that define these networks.