Times of Entrepreneurship Stories
Nina Roberts reports on the entrepreneurs who are taking on the ossified supermarket brands as the Mexican-American consumer market matures. “Consumer packaged goods on supermarket shelves have been lagging so far behind. “Mexican”-style products like Old El Paso taco kits, owned by General Mills, are still sold at supermarkets across the country, a throwback circa 1985. B&G Foods brings Ortega sauces, like taco ranch, to the market, when there are thousands of better salsa options available across the country, and PepsiCo is still producing Rice-A-Roni’s Mexican style rice.”
VC Spotlight: Realist Ventures in Connecticut
Ellen Chang highlights a woman-led fund focusing on healthcare and biotech. The VC also launched Realist Lab, a tech accelerator for underrepresented founders in Connecticut, to support entrepreneurs seeking help with funding, technology and practical tools to scale their businesses and startups.
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News With A Future Spin
• The U.S. economy added far more jobs than expected in January, with the biggest increase in leisure and hospitality employment. Read it here.
Diversity and inclusion employees are among the first to be cut at the Big Tech firms, probably too soon to see if they might have made a difference. Read the story here. And, the term LatinX is controversial, among Democrats, too. Read about it here.
Censorship: Remember when we were complacent about Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to chose, while abortion opponents were mobilizing at state and grassroots levels to change the federal law? Public schools are under attack, including with tools of censorship. Read more here about a play banned in a Florida public school.
Living the dream
From George Orwell’s Politics and the English Language: “If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy. You cannot speak any of the necessary dialects, and when you make a stupid remark its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself. ”
vi. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
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1. GET Champions: Tech Leadership in Miami
Forward-thinking Miami tech industry leaders are invited to apply for GET Champions Miami. The program will accept 20 participants in 2023 for its program of virtual training and curriculum, executive coaching and events over six months. Designed by GET Cities and powered by Radical Partners (a Miami-based social impact accelerator), the GET Champions Miami program aims to grow the pool of diverse talent in each tech leader’s company, as well as empower tech leaders to create real world change by positively impacting the technology industry, which disproportionately excludes marginalized communities. GET Champions accelerates the representation and leadership of women in tech through the development of inclusive tech hubs across the U.S. Launched in 2020, GET Cities is led by SecondMuse and Break Through Tech, in partnership with Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company created by Melinda French Gates. GET Cities launched in Miami in January 2022 and has other locations in Chicago and the DC area.
Delaware Prosperity Partnership is opening applications for the Startup302 Pitch Competition for Tech-Enabled Ventures with Underrepresented Founders. Startups must be technology-enabled with at least one founder from an underrepresented group: women; people of color, including African Americans, Latin Americans and Native Americans; and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Startups can be based anywhere in the world. Winners will share more than $215,000 in cash grants and receive mentoring and networking connections such as introductions to potential investors.
3. Robotics Factory Launches
Pittsburgh-based Innovation Works is launching the Robotics Factory to create, accelerate and scale startups and manufacturers. The Robotics Factory’s program lasts seven-months and is designed for pre- and early- stage startups. Companies will locate in the Pittsburgh facility and will receive an investment of $100,000, mentorship and resources. Entrepreneurs developing robotic and related technologies are encouraged to apply when the application cycle opens Feb 1, 2023.
Link to apply: https://www.roboticsfactory.org/
4. A Course To Reach the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
In this free course developed by entrepreneurship professor John Lynn, professors and other entrepreneurship educators get a curriculum and supporting materials based on the influential book, The New Builders.
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