Startup Roundup 10.22.13

We know you’re busy running your startup. You don’t have time to search for all of the relevant content out there for entrepreneurs and small businesses. But we do. Each Tuesday, in Startup Roundup, we compile smart stuff we’ve seen. If we leave out something good, post a link at the bottom for others. This is a community, and Atlanta will keep thriving if we keep sharing.

Points of Light Civic Accelerator Invests in 15 Startups Working to Improve Communities. The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today the 15 startups selected to participate in its third round. The innovative program and investment fund, with founding support from PwC Charitable Foundation and Starbucks Foundation, and in partnership with Village Capital, includes 50 percent more participants and double the number of mentors than the accelerator’s first round a year ago. Find out more here.

Top 5 Lessons From Startup School As an entrepreneur building a company, you should always be focused on learning from those who came before you. With that goal in mind, here are five lessons from five entrepreneurs who shared their wisdom at Startup School. Find all five lessons at Huffington Post. 

How I Did It: From 15 Years In Corporate To Startup CEO Not every startup CEO is 21 years old, fresh out of college, and eating ramen. There are those who spend years – even decades – biding their time in the corporate world, before at last taking a leap of faith and founding their own company. Forbes has the rest of the story.

8 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week. Get the 411 on crowdfunding from General Assembly. Denver’s Galvanize wants you to code for a cause. Get educated at Business Insider’s Startup University. Nashville gets KEEN on entrepreneurship. TechCrunch brings the Startup Battlefield to Berlin at Disrupt Europe. Get all of the details from Entrepreneur.

Prescription lens tech maker QSpex raises $8M Prescription lens technology company QSpex Technologies Inc. has raised $8 million, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing. Alpharetta-based QSpex has developed a process that involves a liquid plastic that, when exposed to certain wavelengths of light, is converted into a hard plastic lens. Using its technology, QSpex claims eye-care specialists can make high-quality lenses in about 35 minutes, versus the typical three- to seven-day turnaround. Find out more here. 


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