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Ralf Lippold

Co-Founder of @HTxA

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Creating a startup accelerator on the notion of open collaboration across disciplines to shrink the "idea to market time" to more than half.

Creating a space (within an historical building), where citizens, entrepreneurs, workers, researchers - in short locally engaged people - can play out their skills, knowledge, creativity in order to collectively creative economic wealth to the region they currently live in. Especially as I live in Dresden, Germany, once and again today one of the most interesting tech hotspots in Europe, built on a centuries-long legacy of innovation, and invention. Being on the edge drives innovation disrupting the current canvas of business, bringing up new opportunities to create value across the complete value chain.

Sharing is gaining shall be the motto!

Several role models of approaches and institutions are the underlying conceptual framework. Explicitly the following:

BMW Plant Leipzig - open space office environment, offering work space in the central building, designed by Zaha Hadid, for 700 employees (without any closed rooms)

Team Academy - "If you really want to see the management education of the future visit Team Academy" (spoken by Peter Senge, author of "The Fifth Discipline"; were team entrepreneurs are grown; there motto "Innovate or Die"

Singularity University - "creates a global network of like-minded entrepreneurs, technologists and young leaders to participate in crafting a road map to guide the evolution of these disruptive technologies" (written on their website)

Presencing Institute - "focuses on co-creating social technologies for change makers and social innovators around the world." (written on their website)


To set the project in motion I have applied to http://singularityu.org/gsp/ to learn more about emerging information technologies, and their impact on society, business, and education. To make it happen I have set up the following http://www.crowdrise.com/gsp12ralflippold, and ask you for your advice, support, or help in any form.

PS.: This is an experiment of a life time, thanks for your support


Closing Statement from Ralf Lippold

2012-07-27 The project has turned out different as envisioned, it did not go to Singularity University Graduate Studies Program 2012.

However what looks like a failure at first sight, evolved as the opportunity to bring the project of the startup accelerator into being, using the energy I gained by not being accepted this time for #GSP12, and extensively reaching out in my networks.

As a result, in September there will be a MVP (minimal viable product) version of the startup accelerator with two guest speakers from San Francisco and Sweden. If you are interested to be on the list of news on that check for #ColorsOfChoice on Twitter, and register.

Thanks for your ongoing support on making a vision for the region reality
Ralf (http://about.me/RalfLippold)

PS.: The follow-up of the crowdfunding process for #GSP12 has become http://BlueFuture2012.blogspot.com

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