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Small and Medium Enterprises Seeking to Start a Governance Program Get Tailored Road Map in New COBIT Resource OutBuro lgbtq business owner entreprenuer networking online community

Small and Medium Enterprises Seeking to Start a Governance Program Get Tailored Road Map in New COBIT Resource

SCHAUMBURG, Ill–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The benefits of good governance systems are widely acknowledged, but often governance programs at smaller organizations are nonexistent or immature. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) often deal with constraints such as limited IT resources and smaller budgets, and may have unique needs for their core business and priorities. A new guide from global technology association ISACA, COBIT® for Small and Medium Enterprises, provides guidance for SMEs on developing an enterprise governance system for information and technology (I&T) tailored especially to their unique needs.

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COBIT for Small and Medium Enterprises explains the core model and components of the globally recognized COBIT framework, illuminates the key governance and management objectives that are most relevant to SMEs, and walks SMEs through the fundamentals of starting and implementing an I&T governance program. It also provides detailed COBIT guidance specific to SMEs by domain, objective, component, activities, capability levels and metrics. In addition, the guide features mechanisms to help a SME including a governance system design workflow, a suitability assessment, COBIT goals cascade mapping tables, a practical example with detailed steps, and descriptions of SME roles and organizational structures.

“There is no magic formula for all small and medium enterprises to follow when it comes to developing an I&T governance system,” says Lisa Villanueva, ISACA IT Governance Professional Practices Lead. “However, by using tailored resources and a governance system design workflow, SMEs can thoughtfully develop an actionable road map for developing a governance system that can help guide them through the process and ultimately help them design and implement a system tailored especially to their needs.”

Some of the activities outlined in the detailed guidance include:

  • Evaluate the governance system—Consider external regulations, laws and contractual obligations and determine how they should be applied within the governance of enterprise I&T.
  • Understand enterprise context and direction—Develop and maintain an understanding of the current way of working: the operational environment, the enterprise architecture (processes, data, applications and technology domains), organizational culture, and current challenges.
  • Initiate a program—Appoint a dedicated manager for the program, with the commensurate competencies and skills to manage the program effectively and efficiently.
  • Monitor, control, and report on the program outcomes—Manage program performance against key criteria (e.g., scope, schedule, quality, benefits realization, costs, risk, velocity), identify deviations from the plan and take timely remedial action when required.

COBIT for Small and Medium Enterprises is geared toward organizations with up to 250 full- time employees, in which 30 to 70 employees work with IT systems and services, including business managers, professional staff, IT managers, quality or security professionals, and internal auditors. The guidance reflects that enterprises of this size may have limited in-house IT skills and/or capacity, lack complex IT infrastructure, tend to be cost conscious, have a short span of control, and may need to outsource more complex tasks.

COBIT for Small and Medium Enterprises can be downloaded at https://store.isaca.org/s/store#/store/browse/detail/a2S4w000004L2noEAC. Additional COBIT resources and publications can be found at www.isaca.org/resources/cobit.

About ISACA

For more than 50 years, ISACA® (www.isaca.org) has advanced the best talent, expertise and learning in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organizations, and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organization that leverages the expertise of its more than 150,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy to drive innovation through technology. It has a presence in 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide. In 2020, ISACA launched One In Tech, a philanthropic foundation that supports IT education and career pathways for under-resourced, under-represented populations.

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Emily Van Camp, evcamp@isaca.org, +1.847.385.7223

Kristen Kessinger, communications@isaca.org, +1.847.660.5512

doola Is Growing Profitably and Has Raised $3M to Empower Anyone in the World to Turn Their Dream Idea Into Their Dream US Business OutBuro lgbtq entreprenuer networking online community

doola Is Growing Profitably and Has Raised $3M to Empower Anyone in the World to Turn Their Dream Idea Into Their Dream US Business

doola raises $3M led by Nexus Venture Partners

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  • Helps global entrepreneurs start a US business with support including EIN, US address, bank account, and tax consultations
  • Funds will be used for scaling the team and investing in product and engineering to automate a process still inundated with manual paperwork
  • There are 50M+ independent creators globally, and US monthly business applications are over 400,000 per month

NEW YORK & BENGALURU, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–StartPack announced today that they have rebranded to doola, are growing profitably globally, and have raised $3M in financing to empower anyone in the world to turn their dream idea into their dream US business. The new funding round was led by Nexus Venture Partners with participation from YCombinator, Hustle Fund, XX, Psion Capital, Translink Investment, and other all-star angels, including Jacqueline Reses, Dharmesh Shah, Ankur Nagpal, Rohini Pandhi, Arjun Sethi, and Prasanna Sankar. The funds will be used to scale the team and further invest in product and engineering.

It’s time for the paperwork to keep up with the demands of the modern entrepreneur. doola empowers founders, wherever they’re based, with the tools they need to set up a US entity so they can charge what they’re worth, access best-in-class payment systems, and understand how to get and stay legal. With hands-on and continued support, doola partners with entrepreneurs to confidently start a US business.

doola (formerly StartPack) helps global entrepreneurs form US LLCs by supporting customers through the incorporation process so they can confidently collect payments, build credibility, stay legal, and make more money. doola provides company formation, an EIN, a US address and bank account, access to US payments, tax consultations, US tax support, a phone number, $50,000 in startup perks, and more. Today, hundreds of companies have launched with doola, and these founders didn’t need a US social security number to benefit from doola’s products and services. doola was founded in late 2020 by Arjun Mahadevan and JP Pincheira, with its HQ in New York City.

“Creators and independent entrepreneurs want to focus on their crafts that they love. However, to build businesses around their crafts, they would also need to take care of unexciting but necessary backend business management functions (like incorporation, compliance, taxes, banking, payments, etc.), for which they usually do not have expertise, nor interest, nor the time those activities demand. doola is set to address just that: so solopreneurs can do what they love and are best at, while doola takes care of the rest,” said Jishnu Bhattacharjee, Managing Director at Nexus Venture Partners.

Arjun Mahadevan, CEO, doola, said, “doola is not just a formation service; we’re a fintech company. This is our wedge to building the operating system for creators globally: from formation to financial to legal stack. Our work at doola is far from complete; we’re just getting started. It’s just the tip of the global iceberg for us.”

About Nexus Venture Partners

Nexus Venture Partners is a leading early-stage venture capital firm partnering with extraordinary entrepreneurs building product-first companies. With $2 billion under management, Nexus operates as one team across the US and India. Nexus portfolio includes Apollo, Aryaka, Clover Health, Delhivery, Druva, FingerprintJS, Hasura, H2O.ai, Infra Market, Kaltura, Mezi, Observe.ai, PaySense, Postman, Pubmatic, Quandl, Rancher, Sibros, Turtlemint, Unacademy, and Zomato. For more information, visit www.nexusvp.com.

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Arjun Mahadevan, CEO

arjun@doola.com

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Davis Wright Tremaine’s Project W Completes Inaugural Tech Equity Hub Virtual Accelerator Program

Impressive nationwide cohort featured 10 Black and Latinx female entrepreneurs

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is pleased to announce the completion of Project W’s inaugural Tech Equity Hub virtual accelerator program, which provided 10 Black and Latinx female founders the tools, resources and connections they need to build successful companies.

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“Tech Equity Hub is our newest initiative to unlock the power of pre-revenue tech companies founded by Black and Latinx women,” said Project W founder Lynn Loacker, partner-in-charge of DWT’s New York office. “These talented founders are innovating in education, healthcare and commerce to address some of the most intractable problems that underrepresented communities are facing. Without a doubt, these remarkable women will leave the world in a better place.”

The program’s full cohort included:

  • Tiffany Hosey – BuilDATAnalytics: Streamlining complex construction projects.
  • Laura Thomas – Effective to Great Education: Social emotional learning technology for underserved school communities.
  • Emily Brown – Free-From Market: Healthy food solutions to improve health and equity outcomes.
  • Sheena Franklin – K’ept Health: Virtual dermatological clinic providing culturally competent care.
  • Aireka Harvell – Nodat: Artificial intelligence to help small businesses drive sales.
  • Noelle Acosta – Noula: Affordable, at-home maternal wellness test kit and personalized pre- and postnatal care plans.
  • Mandy Bowman – Official Black Wall Street: Connecting consumers to Black-owned businesses.
  • Tope Mitchell – Reflekt Me: Personalizing ecommerce by size, body type, skin tone and hair texture.
  • Ashley Williams – RIZZARR, Inc.: Promoting brands through millennial- and Gen Z-created content.
  • Danielle Allen – Si · La · Bul: Video platform for cultural language learning.

During the 12-week program, which ended Sept. 30, the group engaged in workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions, individualized coaching and tech deep dives, as well as community-building events. The expert faculty and accomplished mentors covered product design and evolution, marketing and sales, business strategy and finance, growth, legal, fundraising and personal development. All of the experts, investors and mentors were committed to help the founders build successful companies. Partners that generously shared their expertise and resources included Coalition Venture Studio, M12 (Microsoft’s venture capital fund), R/GA Ventures, Stripe and U.S. Bank.

“Tech Equity Hub was immensely helpful in solidifying my team’s growth. I love how the program focused on the development of every single department within a company,” said Ashley Williams, founder and CEO of RIZZARR, a tech-enabled content marketplace in which brands can find and work with over 5,000 millennial and Gen Z content creators worldwide. “I really think it’s so wonderful that these programs are being created to help women of color. There’s a lot of conversation going around about what women of color go through with startups, funding, and more, and until now, it’s been a lot of talk: Project W actually put it into action.”

Noula founder and CEO Noelle Acosta added: “As a founder, my background has mainly been in business development and go-to-market strategy, so getting exposure to so many different components of the startup journey has been really helpful. The most helpful part, for me, of Tech Equity Hub has been the fact that the faculty and mentors took the time to understand where I’m at in my startup journey as well as what I do well. I was paired with an investor and a mentor in my field who taught me practical and tangible skills.”

BuilDATAnalytics founder and CEO Tiffany Hosey said: “Tech Equity Hub was organized in a way that I never felt we were being shorted on any programming. For the entire program to focus on women of color, specifically Black and brown, and for Project W to pour all of the resources into the programming, it really felt like there was a sincere commitment to see all of us succeed. No other program in which I’ve been involved – from start to finish – has been comparable.”

About Project W

Project W is Davis Wright Tremaine’s commitment to help women build great companies, advance their careers and achieve parity in the boardroom and the workplace. Through its programming, partnerships with like-minded organizations and national network of over 2,500 founders, investors and executives, Project W is moving the needle in closing the gender equality gap and in advancing the careers and lives of women. For more information, visit https://www.dwt.com/about/project-w.

About Davis Wright Tremaine

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is an AmLaw 100 firm with more than 600 lawyers representing clients based throughout the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.dwt.com.

Contacts

Leora Goldfarb

Baretz+Brunelle

Lgoldfarb@baretzbrunelle.com

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Isobar Public Sector Launches Minority-Owned Business Incubator

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DEI–Isobar Public Sector, a dentsu international company, announced today the launch of a new minority-owned business incubator with Maryland-based firms. The goal of the partnership is to provide black-owned, 8a and minority-owned small businesses with technical support and resources to accelerate their operations, growth and go-to-market efforts in the public sector.

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The program is part of Isobar Public Sector / Merkle and dentsu’s Economic Empowerment initiative. The firm has partnered with Maryland Black Businesses Matter organization, founded by Gregory Holmes, to identify black businesses currently working with U.S. federal, state and local governments. Following an initial matchmaking session, participating firms determine the type and level of support required. This may include business development, capacity building, proposal support, marketing efforts and/or administrative support.

“With this program, our goal is to make a difference for these firms and collectively improve not only their bottom line but also the careers and opportunities for both existing and prospective employees,” said Larry Gillespie, president, Isobar Public Sector. “Although we’ve just started, I’ve been amazed at the talent and creativity of all the firms. We are extremely fortunate to be working with Gregory, who brings a ton of passion and energy to the growth of black businesses in Maryland. This isn’t a typical mentor-protégé arrangement but a true collaboration. In fact, I find that it’s the larger firms in the relationship, like Isobar, that often learn the most.”

Collectively, the companies share a common focus and mission in delivering digital transformation, IT modernization and program management for government agencies. The collaboration often includes support of business development activities, proposals, white paper development and other activities. These efforts are supported by dentsu’s Global Technology Alliance partners, including Qualtrics, Salesforce, Adobe, Amazon, Google Global Technology practice and others.

Read the full press release here.

About dentsu:

Part of the dentsu group, dentsu international is made up of six leadership brands – Carat, dentsuX, iProspect, Isobar, dentsumcgarrybowen, Merkle and supported by its specialist brands. dentsu international helps clients to win, keep and grow their best customers and achieve meaningful progress for their businesses. With best-in-class services and solutions in media, CXM, and creative, dentsu international operates in over 145 markets worldwide with more than 45,000 dedicated specialists. Visit www.dentsu.com.

Contacts

Press:
Jennifer Ferguson

Chief Communications Officer, dentsu Americas

Jennifer.fergsuon@dentsu.com

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BTI360 Announces Meigan Ward as Chief People Officer

Company Hires Visionary People Leader to Expand Investment in Culture

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BTI360, a transformational software development company, announced today that Meigan Ward, has joined the organization as its first-ever Chief People Officer. In her new role, Ward will oversee BTI360’s People Team including HR operations, talent acquisition, and teammate development. Her charter—to build a community where its possible to have it all—meaningful work, great teammates, opportunity for growth, and a company that invests in you personally and professionally.

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“At BTI360, our teammates and culture are fundamental to our innovation and success in building software,” said CEO MJ Wivell. “Meigan’s commitment to identifying and unleashing people’s potential is a primary reason she is an ideal match for our company. Her collaborative, authentic approach will help us continue to foster a creative and inclusive culture where our teammates can thrive.”

“BTI360’s passion for people first drew me to get to know the company,” said Ward. “Throughout the interview process I was thrilled to learn that they really do put their teammates first and build both their culture and their solutions by elevating talent. I am excited by the programs and culture they already have in place and motivated to further contribute to a culture marked by engagement, personal growth, and teammate delight.”

Prior to joining BTI360, Ward gained more than 15 years of empathic human resources leadership experience in the information technology and professional services industries for large and mid-sized companies. She is a member of Forbes Councils and has considerable expertise in all areas of the employee life cycle. Ward holds an MA in Employment Law from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Psychology from Norfolk State University. She has a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University and is currently pursuing her MBA at Penn State.

About BTI360

At BTI360, we focus on the practical application of software engineering technologies to solve complex problems. Our unique, industry-leading engineering culture ensures We Deliver Great Software Fast® through a blend of disciplined management and engineering practices, technical innovation, and domain expertise. BTI360 is based just outside Washington, DC, and has led and delivered large-scale software capabilities in the federal space for more than 17 years. Learn more at http://bti360.com or contact us at info@bti360.com.

Contacts

Michael Collins
BTI360

michael.collins@bti360.com
864-313-9567

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Notion Launches New Startups Program to Give Early Companies Everywhere Access to Customizable Work Tools

Partnering with Amazon and Stripe, Notion expands its reach and doubles down on its commitment to startups’ success

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Notion, the collaboration software company, announced today that it’s launching a new startup program to expand access to essential work tools that early companies can tailor to their own needs. As part of this, the company is offering a credit of at least $500 for all startups to try its product for free, regardless of size or funding status.

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At the same time, Notion kicked off partnerships with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) and Stripe, two startup ecosystem heavyweights that will extend Notion’s reach and a $1000 discount to hundreds of thousands of new users through their startup portals. Those who are interested can visit AWS’ Activate program and Stripe Atlas to learn more about this offer and other resources they provide.

Notion decided to launch these new initiatives after observing unprecedented growth in the startup market over the last year, and some key trends:

  • 4x growth in the number of startup companies using the product between September 2020 and September 2021 — following on record growth during the migration to remote work earlier in 2020.
  • 90% of Forbes’ Cloud 100 companies have a Notion team workspace.
  • Over 50% of startups in Y Combinator’s recent batch have a Notion workspace.
  • 28% of startups on Crunchbase that have raised $1M+ are using Notion globally.

The customizable tools Notion provides — combining notes, shared docs, wikis, and project management — have become a standard in the industry. Often, they are blended into a full operating system that provides a single, quickly navigable home for daily work.

“Startups crave focus — but there’s a ton of noise to contend with. From building and sharing knowledge to growing the team to managing workflows, these companies need to remain connected at scale,” says Notion’s Head of Customer Experience Kate Taylor, whose team spearheaded the new program. “Ultimately we’re seeing that startup growth didn’t slow down during the pandemic — it accelerated, and these companies are investing in organization and their people. Whether it’s remaining consistent in processes, hiring and onboarding, documenting knowledge, or growing their sales motion, successful companies need to take all employees along for the ride.”

Today, Notion is used by tens of thousands of high-growth contenders, including Figma, Substack, Modern Health, Mixpanel, Buffer, and Headspace. As companies like these and others navigate new challenges, they require even more transparency and alignment. Notion is at the center of this shift, helping all types of teams collaborate more effectively.

“As Substack grows, it’s important that we keep everyone aligned with our core mission to enable a creative renaissance by helping writers flourish,” says Hamish McKenzie, Co-founder of Substack. “We use Notion to create a collaborative and living library around crucial topics like playbooks for writers, writer milestones and wins, our approach for shipping new products, and shared goals. Centralizing knowledge in that way lets us work autonomously but in coordination, with a constant focus on helping writers.”

This is the advantage Notion hopes to give more startups by engaging with the Stripe Atlas community, known for providing a robust launch pad of helpful tools and resources.

“Notion is a strong benefit for the Stripe Atlas community, helping businesses of all sizes stay organized and aligned through all of their key milestones, and bringing employees closer than ever before,” said Krithika Muthukumar, Startups Business Lead at Stripe. “We’re happy to partner with Notion and explore new ways we can support our community together.”

Notion is also joining the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network. Both this program and AWS Activate will help introduce Notion to entirely new startup networks — including in emerging markets, where the company is already seeing traction.

“Startups are crucial for moving our industry forward. We’re excited that Notion has joined our AWS Activate Console Exclusive Offers program, supporting hundreds of thousands of startups,” said Charles Chu, AWS WW Leader for Digital Native Businesses and ISVs. “Our customers rave about Notion as an essential tool for growing their businesses; and we look forward to collaborating more strategically with Notion to serve this community.”

Providing education and inspiration that startups can learn from to succeed is also a high priority for Notion. In addition to the day’s other announcements, the company also launched an official Startup Starter Pack, containing guides, tutorials, livestream opportunities, customer stories, and templates specifically tailored to startups’ top questions and needs. Those can be accessed here, and Notion will be rolling out more startup-oriented programming over the next three months.

For more information, or to redeem a startup credit toward Notion’s team-based plans, go to notion.so/startups.

What other startup leaders have to say about Notion:

  • “Figma is a design platform that allows people to collaborate, and as our VP of people, my job is to make sure that ethos is reflected in how we work and learn from each other as a team,” said Marie Szuts, Vice President of People Operations at Figma. “By offering a shared space that’s easy for anyone to use and access, Notion helps me do that.”
  • “We use Notion as our operating system for everything at Clay. From our engineering specs to our sprint planning, our growth and marketing initiatives to our public launch planning, our all hands resources to our new hire onboarding,” says Nashilu Mouen-Makoua, Head of Growth & Operations at New York-based startup Clay. “Our team tripled in size between 2020 and 2021, and Notion allowed us to keep all information central, customizable, and quickly accessible for everyone.”

About Notion

Notion is the all-in-one workspace that combines notes, docs, project management, and wikis — and makes them all customizable. Tens of thousands of teams and companies around the world use it to collaborate, stay informed, and get more done together. If every person and business can tailor software to their problems, the world will be better at solving its problems. Our mission as a company is to make that a ubiquitous reality.

Contacts

Elaine Greenberg

press@makenotion.com
415-259-9924

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Ataeum Levels the Playing Field for Aspiring Entrepreneurs With New All-in-One Platform to Transform Ideas and Dreams Into Successful Businesses

MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ataeumAtaeum has unveiled an innovative new platform that empowers entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into successful businesses. The all-in-one approach is unique in that it removes obstacles that commonly discourage would-be entrepreneurs from pursuing their startup dreams. The Ataeum platform – which until now has been in private beta – is now accepting new members at ataeum.com.

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Entrepreneurs with even the most brilliant ideas often falter because they’re hesitant to leave the security of their job, or they don’t know where to find the right collaborators to get their startup off the ground. Ataeum addresses both pain-points by automating the most time-consuming legal and administrative tasks associated with creating a joint venture, and by connecting entrepreneurs with other co-founders and individual contributors to build the right team to get the startup off the ground.

Ataeum is unique in its approach to smart vesting. No other startup platform offers such a robust set of legal tools to ensure fair and equitable distribution of the venture’s future commercialization value. As each participant joins a venture, the founders determine their target ownership and vesting schedule based on mutually agreed-upon responsibilities and budget contributions. The Ataeum platform then keeps track of vesting, ensuring participants are appropriately credited for the work they perform and the financial contributions they make to the venture.

How Ataeum Works

Joining the Ataeum community is free. Members can build their profile, network with other entrepreneurs and browse a growing list of projects – or create a project of their own. Ataeum Projects enable members to document their ideas and use Ataeum’s “MVP Flow” to define and refine their minimum viable product (MVP) vision. Starting a project gives members the ability to sign unlimited NDAs with other members, making it easy to explore collaborative options with full protection of their intellectual property (IP).

Once an Ataeum Project has a clearly defined MVP and a team of collaborators in place, it’s time to upgrade to an Ataeum Venture. This step forms contractual relationships between the co-founders, allowing them to take concrete steps toward assembling a team to build the MVP. An Ataeum Venture enables co-founders to expand the team while defining roles and fairly managing the participants’ potential ownership interests and reinforcing them legally. At the Venture stage, Ataeum holds all IP in escrow and enables founders to assign future ownership and set clearly defined vesting schedules for all involved.

With the team in place and the MVP built, Ataeum Ventures then have the option of commercializing the project. At this stage, once the Venture delivers a commercialization notice, Ataeum then establishes the Venture as a Delaware corporation. In addition to filing the certificate of incorporation, Ataeum also obtains an IRS EIN number, issues stock to venture participants, creates contractor agreements for personnel, and transfers the related IP to the newly established corporation. At this stage, the Venture graduates the Ataeum platform.

Get Started Today!

Not only is joining Ataeum free, but members can interact with fellow members and create as many projects as they like at no cost. This includes unlimited use of Ataeum’s MVP flow, which guides founders through a series of questions to help them take their startup from the idea stage to a fully conceptualized MVP. Once a member converts their Project to a Venture, Ataeum charges a fee of $699 plus 3.99% of future commercialization entity (for a limited time, Ataeum is offering early bird pricing of $199 plus 1.99% of future commercialization entity). Ataeum then charges a $999 fee for incorporation, at which time the Venture becomes its own legal entity.

Visit ataeum.com for more information about the Ataeum platform. Like Ataeum on Facebook, follow on Twitter and connect on LinkedIn to stay up to date on the company’s latest news.

About Ataeum

Founded in 2021, Ataeum’s mission is to empower people to turn their ideas and passions into businesses, and build a world where everyone designs their own lives and loves the work they do. Ataeum delivers an all-in-one platform that empowers entrepreneurs to bootstrap startups in an automated, low-cost, no-paperwork way. The company’s innovative work-based approach minimizes co-founder uncertainty and conflicts, and facilitates fair ownership based on the amount of work performed. Ataeum is privately held and headquartered in Menlo Park, CA. For more information, visit ataeum.com.

Contacts

John Snedigar

Faultline Communications

john@faultlinecomms.com
408-705-7518

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Ohio-Based Startup Is First Northeast Recipient of Black Business Support Fund From Kinetic

Kinetic Business has awarded $125,000 in grants since 2020 to benefit Black-owned firms

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GENEVA, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kinetic Business today announced that an Ohio-based consulting firm that specializes in professional coaching, training and development, has been selected as the first Northeast Region winner of the Black Business Support Fund. The fund seeks to increase the number and stability of Black-owned businesses located within Kinetic’s service footprint.

Jewel White recently learned that, as a small-business grant recipient, her firm will receive $2,500 in cash and a year of free internet. Located in Geneva, Ohio, near Ashtabula, 180 Development Solutions & Consulting Co. LLC is a consulting agency that serves business and impact-driven organizations with coaching, facilitated dialogue, and shared learning experiences. Through its services, clients are given tools to manage and resolve disputes effectively, strengthen relationships, and encourage a collaborative team culture.

White says she is using the grant award to build strategic partnerships for her business. She recently became an authorized partner of Everything DiSC®, a global network of consultants, trainers, and coaches dedicated to improving the performance of people and cultures of organizations. That official partnership may not have been possible, at least not this year, without the support and recognition of Kinetic Business, she said.

“I’m so grateful that a close friend shared information about the Black Business Support Fund with me. I read the requirements and applied for it right away,” White said. “I strongly encourage other owners of Black-owned businesses to take the time to look into it and apply as soon as possible. The application process was a breeze. And already, the grant has been a real blessing for our small business, allowing us to continue pushing toward our vision of assisting other businesses and organizations, eliminating barriers, and implementing strategic techniques to produce purposeful, profitable, and impact-driven results.”

White’s is the first Black-owned enterprise to win the Fund since early August, when Kinetic Business began accepting applications for the awarding of grants to eligible businesses in three Northeast states: New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Previously, Kinetic opened the Fund to eligible customers in areas of Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania where the company has service.

Since the fund’s launch in late 2020, businesses selected for the grants have received a grand total of $125,000 in cash awards. If chosen, each small-business grant recipient will receive $2,500 in cash and a year of free internet for their business. The selected businesses will also get a free consultation from Kinetic Business on processes and products that could improve efficiencies and make their business more profitable.

To be eligible for a Black Business Support Fund grant, a business must:

  • Be a new or current small business in a market area that Kinetic serves in North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, New York, Ohio or Pennsylvania;
  • Be Black-owned and have 25 or fewer employees;
  • Not be currently engaged in bankruptcy proceedings;
  • Not be a nonprofit organization, liquor store, check-cashing agency, gun shop, pawn shop or adult entertainment business, and
  • Not apply for multiple businesses.

Funds will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Applicants should check Black Business Support Fund website for full terms and conditions and application process.

Kinetic has a long history of partnering with business and residential customers to connect communities to what’s important. Kinetic by Windstream is committed to deploying fiber to communities across the 18-state Kinetic footprint. This multi-year, $2 billion investment expanding fast, reliable connection allows residential customers gig speeds to navigate the internet safely from home with no lag times while they work, learn or stream entertainment services. Businesses ranging from small shops to large enterprises can take advantage of the fiber-backed network to deploy solutions that make their companies more efficient and profitable such as OfficeSuite UC® and SD-WAN.

About Kinetic

Kinetic by Windstream is a business unit of Windstream, a privately held communications and software company. Kinetic provides premium broadband, entertainment and security services through an enhanced fiber network to consumers and businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. The company also offers managed communications services, including SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the U.S. Additional information is available at KineticBusiness.com. Follow us on Twitter at @GoKineticBiz.

Contacts

Kerri Case

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Comcast NBCUniversal Selects 11 Startups for the Fourth Class of Its LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Companies were chosen based on their innovations shaping connected living, next-generation entertainment, the future of work, and personalized experiences

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast today announced the startups selected for the fourth Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars. These 11 companies, chosen from hundreds of applicants from over 40 countries, were identified for their potential to revolutionize industries across the core focus areas of the accelerator, including Connected Living, NextGen Entertainment, Future of Work, and Personalized Experiences.

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Starting today, founders hailing from France, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and cities across the United States, from Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York City, will participate in this immersive 12-week program.

This year’s class is developing new innovations that have potential to shape the future of their industries, ranging from products that can power the future of work to gaming services to platforms that facilitate more creative and connected ways for families to enjoy and interact with media. More than a third (36%) of selected companies are led by at least one founder who self-identifies as a person of color or racial/ethnic minority in their home country while more than a third (36%) are led by a woman or gender diverse founder.

These startups will be mentored by over 100+ experts and industry leaders from across Comcast, which was recently recognized as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators by Fast Company. Mentors include leaders from the Xfinity technology, product, and experience teams; the NBC and Telemundo broadcast stations; NBCUniversal cable networks; Universal Studios; Universal Theme Parks; DreamWorks Animation; Comcast Business; Comcast Ventures; Strategic Development; and Sky; as well as mentors from Techstars’ expansive global network.

Since the first class in 2018, 32 companies have completed the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, and 75% have secured pilots or enterprise deals with a division or business unit of Comcast NBCUniversal.

“This Accelerator gives Comcast the opportunity to build long-term relationships with these carefully selected high-potential startups and I am excited to welcome this diverse and talented group of entrepreneurs into our fourth class,” said Comcast’s Chief Business Development Officer Sam Schwartz. “We will work hand-in-hand with these companies to help them grow, learning as much from them as they learn from us.”

Founders will participate in workshops on fundraising, working with corporations, communicating through the media, and will meet experienced founders, business leaders, and subject matter experts who will share their insights in building and selling highly successful startups. At the conclusion of the program, the companies will participate in a Demo Day on November 4, 2021 and present their businesses before some of the world’s top venture capitalists, startup founders, business executives, and media.

Techstars’ veteran KJ Singh will serve as the Managing Director of the 2021 accelerator and work alongside the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs team, led by Danielle Cohn, Vice President, Startup Engagement, and Luke Butler, Senior Director, Startup Engagement. Together this team will leverage their operational expertise to guide these startups on formulating the best product/market fit, business development, and fundraising strategies, and tap their extensive relationships to facilitate deals and other business opportunities for these companies.

Meet the 2021 class of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars:

Employee Cycle automates the HR reporting and analytics process by transforming disconnected employee data from multiple HR systems into one centralized, real-time, actionable and shareable HR dashboard.

Founders: Bruce Marable (CEO) & Salas Saraiya | Philadelphia, PA |

Hollo is an AI enabled talent experience platform that helps HR teams pre-qualify candidates for roles and helps resurface past applicants for future jobs that are a better match while making the communication more efficient.

Founders: Thomas Moussafer (CEO) & Andy Mpondo Black | Paris, France |

Holodia’s platform, HOLOFIT, is an immersive, hardware agnostic, connected FitTech platform that merges gaming and fitness leading to increased user engagement and physical activity.

Founders: Shahin Lauritzen (CEO) & Bojana Knezevic | Zurich, Switzerland |

HUSSLUP is a networked marketplace of individuals in the creative industry making discovery easier via personal profiles, verified credits and encrypted creative samples to increase diverse hiring.

Founder: H Schuster (CEO) | Los Angeles, California |

LootLocker is a game backend-as-a-service that unlocks cross-platform services for development teams, saving time and money.

Founders: Alexander Bergendahl (CEO) & Andreas Stokholm | Stockholm, Sweden |

Nagish’s mobile app allows people who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate via phone by converting speech-to-text and text-to-speech faster and more accurately than ever before.

Founder: Tomer Aharoni (CEO) | New York, NY |

Paco is an intelligent workflow assistant that helps teams eliminate distractions, capture to-dos and tasks from multiple communication channels allowing employees to focus on their work.

Founders: Sumit Suman (CEO), Sameer Narang & Nitin Pande | New York, NY |

Peek is a social reading app that creates a multiplayer reading experience, allowing users to purchase books, discuss in text, engage with authors, and interact with other readers in real time.

Founders: Deborah Igunma (CEO) & Emmanuel Ojo | London, UK |

Sidewalk connects communities of business operators to give them access to modern property and liability insurance at a significantly lower cost than other insurance providers.

Founders: Brennan Pothetes (CEO) & Jenn Sammarco | New York, NY |

Think Confluent is an AI assistant that analyzes free form text feedback from employees to provide individualized action plans for employees and actionable insights for managers to increase team satisfaction.

Founders: Sarah Allali (CEO) & Nicolas Cabrignac | Paris, France |

Zoog is an asynchronous communication platform that allows users to take any children’s book and bring it to life using modern AR, ML and advanced animation capabilities.

Founders: Yoav Oren (CEO), Matan Guttman | Tel-Aviv, Israel |

For more information on the companies in this year’s accelerator, visit www.ComcastNBCULIFT.com and follow @LIFT_Labs on Twitter.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About Techstars

The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed. Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas—entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation, and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now we are on a mission to enable every person on the planet to contribute to, and benefit from, the success of entrepreneurs. In addition to operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, we do this by connecting startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities. Techstars has invested in more than 2,500 companies with a combined market cap of more than $220B. www.techstars.com

Contacts

Media:
Louise Eich, Comcast

202-839-2659

Louise_eich@comcast.com

Matthew Mirandi, Berk Communications

matthew@berkcommunications.com