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For Immediate Release

September 14th 2017

iStart Valley, a leading Business Accelerator is pleased to announce the launch of “Human Capital Accelerator Program” geared towards helping the workforce to transition their careers to new and emerging Industries. Primary goal will be to prepare the workforce for the fourth Industrial Revolution. Besides learning new and necessary skills, programs offered through this accelerator will provide a holistic assessment of personal and professional goals, leverage individual strengths for a personal transformation journey.

 

Compared to previous industrial revolutions, the Fourth is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing the emerging technology breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing.

 

iStart Valley’s Human Capital Accelerator Programs will focus on preparing the workforce and to empower people with the necessary learnings required more tactically to secure jobs in AI, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Data Science, Analytics etc. Program also offers special learning opportunities for College Students and kids in Middle and High School from Grade 6th - 12th learn the new and emerging Technologies and Industries.

 

MJ Charmani, Founder and Chair of iStart Valley says “We are thrilled about this new initiative that’s geared towards enabling personal transformation of the individuals. Our goal is to introduce programs on the emerging technologies to prepare the workforce for the fourth Industrial revolution.”

 

CoWork Incubate will work with iStart Valley as a service provider and consulting partner to help set up and launch the programs. Nancy Hong, Managing Director of CoWork Incubate is excited about this new opportunity to work with iStart Valley and says “there is no better time than now to rebrand, rewire, or retrain to position oneself for the economic boom.”

About iStart Valley

iStart Valley Inc., is an award winning non-profit Business Accelerator for Technology based Startups in emerging technologies. Our goal is to provide world class resources for aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their creative ideas into growing Tech Startups. We help redefine the startup ecosystem with the support of local and global resources by providing a viable pool of startups and entrepreneurs.

 

About CoWork Incubate
CoWork Incubate helps coworking spaces’ members grow and scale their members’ businesses by connecting their residents to resources at the exact time that they need to grow their businesses: not too soon or not too late, and by providing coaching and mentorship to the residents within a coworking space.

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SW DFW

 

Registration Link: http://communities.techstars.com/usa/dallas/startup-weekend/10958

Receive an EXCLUSIVE 35% OFF DISCOUNT CODE: THIRTYFIVE

Friday, July 28th to Sunday, July 30th 2017

Location: NoD Coworking (North Dallas), 17290 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

 

What is Startup Weekend? Startup Weekend™ is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Yes, the hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Techstars Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

 

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

 

Get ready for 54 hours of fitness, design, and entrepreneurship. Design mentors and experienced entrepreneurs will be available to mentor you and your team as you develop brand new startup ideas and business plans. Teams will get tons of cool event swag (t-shirts, stickers, books, and other giveaways) and they will be competing for prizes including: 2017 Big Design Conference Passes and NoD Coworking 3-Month Memberships.

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NSBW 2017 Small

Read the below blog by Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator

Once upon a time….

It’s the classic opening to our favorite fairy tales. As children we dream of magic potions and knights in shining armor that will provide our happily ever after. How were we to know that our own hard work, skill and determination could be far more effective?

linda-mcmahon-bioOnce upon a time, my husband and I started our business sharing a desk. As he developed our product and expanded our markets, I managed the books. When the work became too much for the two of us to handle ourselves, we hired our first employee. As our business grew, we hired another. Then another. Over decades of hard work growing our business, that company we created now has grown to a publicly traded enterprise with more than 800 employees and consumers in 180 countries worldwide.

As an entrepreneur, I have truly lived the American Dream: the classic tale of taking a risk on an idea, working hard and creating something from nothing. Don’t get me wrong – we had plenty of stumbles and challenges that provided the plot twists along the way. But it’s a story I am always proud to tell.

And as head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, my goal now is to help more people have the opportunity to live the American Dream.

Yet many aspiring entrepreneurs have no idea how to get their stories started or write their next chapters.

The SBA is here to help, with resources both online and in communities from coast to coast.

During National Small Business Week, as we celebrate the 28 million small businesses that drive our nation’s economy, we also showcase the resources and services the SBA provides to entrepreneurs at every stage, whether they are starting up, expanding or getting through a tough time.

The SBA has 68 district offices and an extensive network of resource partners across America, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. The experienced professionals that staff these offices offer a core group of services that we call the “three Cs and a D” – capital access, counseling, contracts, and disaster assistance

Many entrepreneurs need capital to start or expand their small business, combining what they have with other sources of financing. While the SBA doesn't loan money directly to small business owners, it helps facilitate loans with a guaranty that a certain portion will be repaid. We offer counseling on starting, scaling and succeeding in business, from how to draft a business plan to how to export your product overseas. And we train small businesses on how to compete for government contracts, especially those set aside exclusively for small business owners. Finally, SBA provides a helping hand to small businesses recovering from disasters.

As I think back on my own story as a small business owner, I wonder how much easier things might have been if we’d been aware of the many valuable services SBA provides. My hope is that as more people learn about the SBA, they will have the confidence, skills and resources they need to succeed as small business owners, and we can continue to revitalize a spirit of entrepreneurship in our country.

There’s room for far more success stories in our library.

And the SBA can help more entrepreneurs write their own “happily ever after.”

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SnapRyde Collage 3

 

SnapRyde a Startup Team from the 2016 Batch of iStart Valley Accelerator Program launched its app on 21st March. Within 4 days of its launch SnapRyde has garnered 300+ registered users using the service. We wish them a big success in days to come and a smooth Ryde ahead.

SnapRyde provides a unique platform where driver gets privilege to bid their price and riders will be matched with the cheapest bid available. People sharing the ride pitch in some amount for drivers to cover the gas expenses, cutting down the expenses on commute for both Riders and Driver. We highly value the green environment and our vision is to reduce the carbon footprints for a cleaner, healthier environment.

Mayank Jain, Co-Founder and CEO of SnapRyde says “We whole heartedly thank iStart Valley for supporting us in transforming our idea into a startup. The personal attention, guidance and mentoring from them is helping us in understanding the startup ecosystem and coming up with the best strategy to develop a world-class enterprise level product. We are fortunate to collaborate with them in our journey towards success and look forward to keeping working with them in near future”. Mayank put together a team with Shraddha Jain as the Co-Founder and CTO and Samvaran Kashyap Rallabandi as the Co-Founder and CTO working deligently to transform the idea into a successful Startup.

iStart Valley offers a 9 Month Startup Accelerator Program for the technology Startups to transform ideas into growing Technology Startups. For more information check out - http://istartvalley.org/programs/accelerator.html. Next batch of the Accelerator program for the year 2017 is expected to begin May-June timeframe.

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iStart Valley promotes Jacksonville Startup Weekend scheduled between Friday, September 9th to Sunday September 11th 2016. Buy your tickets for the demo day today @ http://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-jacksonville-sep-9-2016-tickets-26085554596

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