El pasado 10 de febrero tuvo lugar la gran final de The Venture, iniciativa de Chivas Regal para impulsar a emprendedores sociales. La convocatoria reunió más de 230 proyectos que buscan generar un impacto positivo en la sociedad y/o el medio ambiente, de los cuales cinco fueron elegidos para un proceso de aceleración de la mano de 500 Startups.
About a year ago, online education platform Coursera launched “specializations” – its version of college credentials. To graduate from the programs, students take a number of classes and then finish a “capstone” project that lets them showcase that they can put their academic knowledge into practice – similar to a senior project in a traditional college environment.
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Image: Chandrakala Basnet Pranshu Patni | 28 Co-founder, CultureAlley Category: Ecommerce Pranshu Patni, 28, is solving a problem that she faced from close quarters: Effective communication. In early 2012, her fiancé (now husband) Nishant had to relocate to Shanghai, China, for an exchange programme and was trying to learn Mandarin in a hurry.
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Christine Tsai, managing partner at 500 startups: Unconscious bias holds everyone — men and women — back. Few people blatantly discriminate or admit to it, but many do without even realizing it. For example, many people have assumed that I’m a secretary or someone without investment decision authority.
Last October, Gymtrack co-CEO Pablo Srugo, wrote about the benefits of being accepted to 500 Startups, stating that after three months in the program, “half of Silicon Valley” knew the company’s name. It appears as though the exposure has paid off, as today the Ottawa-based company announced a $2.5 million seed round, lead by Real Ventures and White Star Capital, with additional investment by BDC and 500 startups.
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How 500 Startups is investing in female founders and challenging women to write checks. By Jess Erickson (Director of Marketing, 500 Startups) What kind of person comes to mind when you hear “startup founder?” How about “partner at VC”? Or “angel investor?” If you ask people walking down the street (ok, maybe not every street in …
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