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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

Palmdale district to recruit bilingual teachers in Mexico

first_imgPalmdale previously recruited teachers from Canada in the mid-1990s and Spain in 2000. The recruiting trip to Spain caused some controversy as the board split 3-2 on a vote to authorize it, with some trustees complaining that the district could find qualified bilingual teachers closer to home. At Tuesday’s board meeting, the vote was 5-0. Trustee Sheldon Epstein, who was in the minority in the 2000 vote, said he didn’t have a problem recruiting teachers in Mexico. District officials said they are looking in the United States for teachers, but can’t find the number and type of teachers they need. There is a shortage of teachers in general, especially among those with the expertise to teach math and science, officials said. “We do find qualified instructors in the U.S. We are currently recruiting in New York, the Northwest and Midwest, but they don’t typically have bilingual people in certain areas,” Gallizzi said. PALMDALE – The Palmdale School District will recruit bilingual teachers from Mexico under a program aimed at fostering mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. The goal is to find nine teachers who would work at Los Amigos School, where students are taught in both Spanish and English, and at the district’s junior highs in the 2007-08 school year. “We are short teachers. We are short bilingual teachers. This is one place to find them,” interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi said. The Exchange Teacher Visitor Program is the result of a 1961 federal law that aims to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges, which assist the U.S. State Department in furthering its foreign policy objectives, a district staff report said. Epstein said Palmdale is competing with other areas that have growing Latino student populations. “It’s a case of supply and demand, and the supply is low. We have to look at other options,” Epstein said. The Mexican teachers must possess the proper teaching credentials in their own country and obtain a California credential once they arrive here. They also must take a language-proficiency exam to show fluency in English and pass a basic skills test for new teachers. A worker visa also is required, Gallizzi said. The Palmdale district will help those chosen find a place to live and familiarize them with the community, said Pauline Winbush, director of certificated personnel. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MET EIREANN: ANOTHER WEEK OF GLORIOUS WEATHER FOR DONEGAL

first_imgAPART from a minor blip on Wednesday, Donegal can look forward to another week of warm sunny weather, Met Eireann has said.The national forecaster says the North West will continue to see the best of the weather – with the southern half of the country more likely to see rain and thunderstorms this week.But up here, it will be different. And this is what Met Eireann is predicting:* Monday – dry, sunny and bright with temperatures up to 24C.* Tuesday – more of the same, lighter winds and temperatures up to 21C* Wednesday – sunny spells – with the chance of a thundery shower. * Thursday/Friday – slightly cooler and fresher – but sunny in Donegal with temperatures around 19C. The chance of a bit more cloud.* Next weekend – warm, dry and sunny. Temperatures around 18C to 21C.With 1,655,000 page views last month, get your story seen on Donegal Daily.Send your stories and pictures to [email protected] Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily MET EIREANN: ANOTHER WEEK OF GLORIOUS WEATHER FOR DONEGAL was last modified: May 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MET EIREANN: ANOTHER WEEK OF GLORIOUS WEATHER FOR DONEGALlast_img read more

34 Labour MEP candidates including 13 sitting MEP

first_img34 Labour MEP candidates, including 13 sitting MEPs, have signed up to a public vote pledge organised by the grassroots group Remain Labour.Almost half of those running in the European parliament elections for Labour next month have made commitments going further than party policy. They have pledged to:Campaign to give the people the final say, with a referendum that offers a choice between a Brexit deal and the option to Remain in the EU.Campaign to Remain in the referendum.They have signed the pledge before Labour’s crucial national executive committee (NEC) meeting being held tomorrow, which will determine the manifesto content for the European elections.A majority of MEP candidates are understood to be in favour of another referendum, but NEC members are divided between those who back a public vote without conditions, and those who (often reluctantly) support a referendum only to avoid a Tory Brexit deal or ‘no deal’.Every Labour candidate on the regional list for Wales has signed up to Remain Labour’s campaign pledge. All four told LabourList last week that they were in favour of another public vote.Jackie Jones, lead candidate for the Labour Party in Wales, said: “Now that we know more about what Brexit would mean for Wales, a confirmatory vote on any Brexit deal, with the option of staying as an EU member must be on the ballot paper.“Mary, Matthew, Mark and I are therefore signing the pledge to give Wales a clear chance to support Labour and Remain in these elections.”Below is the full list of signatories.Sitting MEPs:Alex Mayer (East of England)Seb Dance (London)Claude Moraes (London)Jude Kirton-Darling (North East)Paul Brannen (North East)Theresa Griffin (North West)Julie Ward (North West)Wajid Khan (North West)David Martin (Scotland)John Howarth (South East)Clare Moody (South West)Sion Simon (West Midlands)Richard Corbett (Yorkshire & the Humber)MEP candidates:Anna Smith (East of England)Alvin Shum (East of England)James Beckles (London)Clare Penny-Evans (North East)Erica Lewis (North West)Claire Cozler (North West)Amy Fowler (South East)Emma Turnball (South East)Rohit Dasgupta (South East)Duncan Enright (South East)Lubna Arshad (South East)Simon Burgess (South East)Rachael Ward (South East)Andrew Adonis (South West)Jackie Jones (Wales)Matthew Dorrance (Wales)Mary Wimbury (Wales)Mark Whitcutt (Wales)Eloise Todd (Yorkshire & the Humber)Martin Mayer (Yorkshire & the Humber)Alison Hume (Yorkshire & the Humber)Tags:Labour /Brexit /European elections 2019 /Jackie Jones /Labour MEP candidates /Remain Labour /last_img read more