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Upcoming: Launch Lab X Startup Showcase

first_img Read Full Story Event to highlight accomplishments of ventures that graduated from Harvard’s nine-month accelerator for alumni-led startups   The Harvard Innovation Labs, an ecosystem that supports Harvard students and select alumni in exploring innovation and entrepreneurship, is hosting its first annual Launch Lab X Startup Showcase on May 23 at 5:15 p.m. The event will feature five-minute pitches from the startups that participated in the inaugural Launch Lab X accelerator program for Harvard alumni-led ventures.More than 260 ventures from 36 countries applied to Launch Lab X. In September 2018, 13 startups began the nine-month program, which was divided into three 90-day sprints. Each sprint culminated in a pitch and feedback session with investors, prospective customers, and industry leaders, giving teams the time, guidance, and 360-degree view necessary to transform materially into sustainable, disruptive businesses with real-world impact. To push progress, ventures gained access to expert coaching within a like-minded community, and developed roadmaps designed explicitly for their businesses.Accomplishments from Launch Lab X ventures included:Launching world-changing products: More than half of the ventures launched a new product or service, including Nebula Genomics’ private and secure DNA testing kit; Nurse-1-1’s app that allows people to chat privately with a nurse about health concerns 24/7; Electra Labs’ solution for advancing the safe, effective, and personalized introduction of medicine; and MakerFleet’s 3D Printing Management Software.Growing customer bases and teams: Collectively, Launch Lab X teams secured thousands of new customers over the course of nine months. Notably, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Jamber reported that it is on track to sell hundreds of thousands of mugs in 2019. Additionally, more New York City residents began using Mobley’s furniture rental solution, Zubale saw increased use of its consumer research app, and Gain Life added customers for its software that drives behavior change. More than 60 percent of the ventures who participated in Launch Lab X hired staff to support their growth.Receiving recognition from prestigious startup competitions and awards: Learning how to tell a compelling venture story to prospective customers, employees, and investors is a primary focus of Launch Lab X. These stories were well-received in a number of competitions. Legacy won TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield at Disrupt in Berlin for its innovative approach to addressing the decline in male fertility; Nebula Genomics won the SXSW Startup Pitch “Best in Show” for its private and secure DNA testing kit; Nilus received an honorable mention in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2019 for its solution to reduce food waste; and Sophya was recognized as a finalist in the Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge for helping students learn more effectively on the internet.Raising capital: Launch Lab X ventures collectively raised millions of dollars in funding during the program. One notable raise was Zoba’s $3 million seed round. The company is building the next generation of spatial analytics to improve the efficiency of cities and the lives of the people who live in them.The Launch Lab X Startup Showcase is free, and open to the public. Register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-lab-x-startup-showcase-tickets-60734489493 last_img read more

Man United ‘enter race to sign £40m Liverpool and Man City target’

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Paqueta is regarded as one of Brazil’s brightest young talents and he’s already been linked with a move to Europe Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Able to play on the wing or in an attacking midfield role, Paqueta has scored six goals and created a further four in 28 appearances this season, and his playmaking abilities – primarily his eye for an incisive pass – have seen Paqueta likened to Brazil great Kaka.Earlier this year, Paqueta was linked with moves to Premier League duo Manchester City and Liverpool, with both clubs said to be ready to trigger the £40million release clause written in his contract. Manchester United have become the latest team to express interest in signing Lucas Paqueta, according to reports.Paqueta, the midfielder, has quickly established himself as one of the finest young players in Brazil and he was rewarded for his performances for Flamengo by making his international debut earlier this month. RANKED Latest transfer news Lucas Paquetá (21) is the only player to complete 50+ tackles, 40+ dribbles, and 25+ key passes in Brasileirão this season.Feliz Aniversário! 🔴⚫ pic.twitter.com/yJhjAopkVY— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) August 27, 2018There is talk Paqueta could sign a new contract with Flamengo that will raise his release clause to £63million, meaning interested parties must move fast if they want to capture the wonderkid for the current £40million clause. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets However, Le10 Sport say Man United have now entered the race for the 21-year-old, along with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan.United and PSG are reported to be pushing hardest for Paqueta, and it is expected there will be a ‘duel’ between the two clubs in the battle to sign the midfielder when the transfer window reopens in January. LATEST moving on REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade three-way race last_img read more

BCCI email and report leak in bad taste

first_imgIn the best of times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not been known for diplomacy. And with the Mithali Raj versus coach Ramesh Powar conflict playing out like a top soap opera, the BCCI can take credit for “leaking” a confidential email written by the superstar of Indian women’s cricket and the tour report by Powar.Since the time India lost in the ICC World T20 semi-finals to England where Mithali was benched, there has been all kind of speculation. One would have liked to treat India’s loss as one where they were not the best side on view that day. From team mix to strategy, everything went wrong.The match was played on November 22 and perhaps time would have been the best healer. In the good old days, women’s cricket did not enjoy this kind of popularity. Thanks to their efforts on the field and India making the ICC World Cup (ODI format) final last year in England, the popularity has grown. It’s a good sign for Indian women’s cricket.Then came the most foolish act from someone within the national cricket board who had access to the Mithali email. It was leaked and almost everyone from media fraternity and social media users could read its contents.The email was emotional and also explosive. It had all the ingredients of a letter where the aggrieved party (Mithali) poured her heart out. She spoke of her pain, she spoke of her commitment to Indian cricket and she also spelt out how coach Ramesh Powar was “avoiding” her in the West Indies.advertisementIdeally, an email like this should have set the BCCI thinking and they should have conducted a proper probe into it. Mithali was called to the BCCI office and just a day after that her email was leaked. It was in very poor taste as the whole idea was to play out in public personal grievances being nursed by India’s captain in Tests and ODIs.To say that Mithali was left red-faced would be an understatement. None can question her commitment to cricket and as someone who was even being touted as a possible Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award nomination in 2017, she has every right to feel let down.Coaches versus player differences are nothing new. In team sport, the coach, manager or captains have a say. If Mithali is saying she was being avoided by coach Powar that in itself is a big story. The job of a coach is to ensure best possible communication, which seemed missing in the West Indies. There have been instances before in men’s cricket where players have been dropped. At first, it seemed for just one match, before their careers simply petered out!These are troubled times for Indian cricket. The BCCI finds itself embroiled in many controversies and for even matters of pure cricketing domain, we find the CoA (Committee of Administrators) poking its nose in it. Then again, the CoA has also not come out with flying colours in the Mithali episode as she has taken a huge swipe at Diana Edulji for her comments in the media.It’s a bizarre situation. Mithali cannot deny the contents of the email and none in the BCCI has offered an explanation till now as to who was crazy enough to leak the email. The best of controversies in life can be handled when you let it cool down. In this case, what has happened is more fuel has been added to fire and everyone has an opinion on it now.Former cricketers, men and women, are giving their views. The controversy finds huge mention in the media and one thing is certain, Powar is no longer the Indian women’s coach. But there is a catch here, he has not been dumped because of the content of Mithali’s email. As per his contract, this was his last assignment.Powar, too, has called Mithali “selfish” and so on in his report that the BCCI cannot dismiss lightly. Just to jog the readers’ memory, when Anil Kumble was being eased out as coach, the dressing room was being blamed for leaks! The rooms were not speaking but people from within. It could have been players or those who have regular access to the dressing room.With the BCCI advertising for a new women’s coach, it will be interesting to see how it pans out. The Mithali topic sees former cricketers giving their verdict. In this whole drama, if there is one group of people having a real good laugh, it’s the wise men in the BCCI. Howzzat?advertisementlast_img read more