Young African Leaders Initiative

On Thursday, June 27, Carson City and Adams Hub welcomed a delegation of 25 members of the Young African Leaders Initiative. (YALI.) The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the YALI, which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2017, the Fellowship has provided 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.

Each Mandela Washington Fellow takes part in a six-week Academic and Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management. UNR is one of a handful of universities selected to host a delegation.

Adams Hub Entrepreneur in Residence Matt Westfield, an adjunct professor of business at UNR and a founder of Entrepreneurs Assembly (EA), is enthusiastic about the university’s involvement in the YALI program. Westfield recently returned from a trip to Africa with EA board member and UNR faculty member Dave Croasdell. The men worked on forging relationships and fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems in a number of West African countries, including Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Ghana. Affiliate chapters of Entrepreneurs Assembly are already operating in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We’re honored to help African nations continue to build their economies. For us it’s a love and a passion to spread entrepreneurship,” he notes. His enthusiasm and energy clearly resonated with the group.

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, boast records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2017, Fellows include leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa; half are women.

“We wanted to give these young leaders a taste of what’s happening here in the entrepreneurial environment in Carson, as part of their six week Northern Nevada residency,” says Miya MacKenzie, Chief Professional Officer of Adams Hub. “Fortunately we have a terrific group of very generous entrepreneurs here who are eager to share their experiences.”

Adams Hub hosted a panel discussion by founders of several business incubator startups, including Easykeeper, a livestock herd management software; LuDela, a candle company/social venture whose genesis was in Africa; Mapwater, a software company providing water-use intelligence through the Google Earth Engine; Dunce Labs, a college-prep consultancy; and Cycladex, whose scientists have developed an eco-friendly way to refine gold ore.

“The opportunities being pursued by the Northern Nevada startups in our incubator were remarkably relevant to the business opportunities the YALI members are pursuing back home. Many of them are involved in tourism, mining and agriculture. To have incubator businesses that are also operating in these same sectors was serendipitous. And it also speaks to the diversity of economic opportunity both here and in Africa,” says MacKenzie.

After brief presentations by the Adams Hub startups, there was a Q & A session with audience members and the entrepreneurs. Then YALI delegates toured the Capitol and revitalized downtown Carson with Carson City Tourism’s Joel Dunn. The Carson expedition finished with a lively social at the new Union Taphouse and Eatery, where YALI delegates continued a spirited, informal Q & A with the Adams Hub entrepreneurs over pizza and soft drinks.

Following the academic component of the Fellowship, the Fellows will visit Washington, D.C., for a Summit featuring networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

One hundred selected Fellows then remain in the United States to participate in a six-week Professional Development Experience with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and governmental agencies that relate to their professional interests and goals.

Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows continue to build the skills they have developed during their time in the United States through support from U.S. embassies, four Regional Leadership Centers, the YALI Network, and customized programming from USAID, the Department of State, and affiliated partners. Through these experiences, select Mandela Washington Fellows have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentoring, networking and training, and support for their ideas, businesses, and organizations. Fellows may also apply for their American partners to travel to Africa to continue project-based collaboration through the new Reciprocal Exchange component.

WiCis wins international honor for its I-Streme App

On November 15, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, The Palm Dubai, Adams Hub coworking member company WiCis received the Thuraya 2016 Innovation Award for Best App. The Tahoe-area company received the international honor for its newly-launched WiCis Sports I-Streme App, a disruptive technology for the outdoors which promises to render satellite messengers and sports watches obsolete. I-Streme works anywhere on the planet with WIFI, 3G, 4G or satellite. Its purpose is to “monitor, share and protect” by transmitting data about the user’s geolocation, altitude and speed, as well as key biometrics.

Thuraya, a leading mobile satellite communications company, serves global customers that include industry leaders from sectors such as energy, media, marine, government, and NGOs. Thuraya’s technology has been embraced by adventure travel and extreme sports enthusiasts.

“The awards are a great catalyst for the creation of new ideas, products and applications, because they draw upon the creative skills of our development partners,” said Bilal Hamoui, Thuraya’s
Chief Commercial Officer.

The I-Streme© app connects and protects users while running, boating, hiking and climbing. I-Streme-enabled wearables also produce medical-quality biometrics, including oxygen, heart rate and body temperature, and can transmit them as frequently as the user desires, enabling athletes and adventurers to be closely and continuously monitored during demanding adventures and climbs.

I-Streme is platform-independent, so its data can be viewed on any platform, including iOS, Android, and Windows. WiCis I-Streme is built for social sharing, making it easy for followers to track their favorite adventurer regardless of where they are in the world. The app enables users to send texts to their public dashboards and get SpotCast weather information live wherever they are. Data is also stored so the user can review it any time.

WiCis I-Streme© integrates with an array of proven wearables and technology, which the company’s development team members have personally field-tested in the Sierra and Himalaya. A recent expedition to Everest by WiCis, in conjunction with Thuraya, was live-streamed on its public dashboard, using the I-Streme app.

Founded in 2011 by Harvard and Stanford anesthesiologist Dr. Leo Montejo (also founder of Picis) in the Lake Tahoe area, the company’s goal is to promote the use of mHealth and tracking devices to make adventure sports safer and engage their followers with real time data that is either private or also available to social media platforms.

Dr Leo Montejo did his residency at Harvard in anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been a Professor at Stanford in this specialty, and is an extreme sports enthusiast. Dr. Montejo has participated in three Himalayan expeditions.

TEDx Comes Alive in Carson City this Friday!

Insights, entertainment, and life-changing stories abound in this exciting event starting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Adams Hub for Innovation is here to support the message of building a better community through fresh ideas and unprecedented solutions. Learn how to change your reality with 17-year-old Shaylin Segura from Carson High School. Choose hope with local artist Audrey Markowitz. These topics and many more will highlight the passion and endurance of Carson City’s unique community. If you didn’t get a ticket, you can watch it from the comfort of your home at http://www.tedxcarsoncity..​ For further details, click on the article linked below and get ready for a TEDx you’ll never forget!

Carson City’s TEDx — which stands for technology, entertainment and design — will feature 16 speakers and entertainers who will be talking or performing about a single theme.

The all-day event sponsored by Farmer’s Insurance and Carson Tahoe Hospital is taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brewery Center.

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CHS student featured in TEDx Carson City | NevadaAppeal.com

TEDx Carson City will be featuring New E’s very own Shaylin Segura! Her eclectic worldview underpins a larger talk about the way the mind affects the body, which she will discuss in detail at the April 8 TED Talk. Learn more about her, as well as her fellow TEDx presenters in this final installment of the Nevada Appeal’s coverage of the upcoming event:

CHS student featured in TEDx Carson City | NevadaAppeal.com

This submersion with the array of kids and teachers and lifestyles has given her a unique perspective and a versatile personality. Segura is passionate about her business class and is the vice president of the New Entrepreneur network. She’s also a national Lincoln-Douglas Speech and Debate competitor, a tennis captain, and singles player. She has played the flute and violin from very young and loves tennis, camping, reading and her bustling family.

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Tedx in Carson City

TEDx is coming to Carson with a full force of entertaining, informative, and downright paradigm-shifting short talks (only 10-15 minutes each), each touching on the theme of Creating the Community You Want to Live In. From battling the negative effects of certain food dyes to battling prejudice in the transgender community, to the Adams Hub’s very own mentor John Rutledge addressing the challenges lawyers face in today’s society, each speaker has something fresh and insightful to share. The all-day event seeks to bring ideas from multiple perspectives and disciplines into the forefront, creating an atmosphere rich in discussion, reflection, and positive action. The first few and further info on their stories and upcoming talks, along with event details, can be found in this article:

Tickets on sale Monday for TEDx Carson City

The talks will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 and will feature 15 speakers addressing ways people can make a difference in their community and in their own lives.

“I want people to leave that day with the inspiration and tools to make a real difference,” Hill said. “I’m extremely proud of the fact that all of our speakers that day have strong ties to our community.”

Organizer Gina Hill said the goal for Carson City’s TEDx is to unite listeners in a common vision of creating a community that all would want to live in. She hopes it’s transformational.

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Nevada Is In the Top 10 for Startup Activity!

Nevada is now ranked one of the top 10 U.S. states for startup activity! Together with the fact that we’ve skyrocketed up the rankings since only last year and you’ve got statistical proof that our state is on the rise to becoming one of the biggest entrepreneurial spheres in the country. The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship is the latest set of data on national entrepreneurship and small business trends, bringing together statistics on the city, state, and regional levels.

Check out more detailed info here:  The Latest: Kauffman Index | Main Street Entrepreneurship

Jonathan Sarmenta

Home-grown Nevada

Nevada prides itself in its spirit of pioneering and self-sufficiency, so what better way to celebrate the rugged individualism of our state than by buying local, home-grown products? The Made in Nevada marketing co-op has been linking together local producers, creators, and innovators with consumers at home and abroad for over 25 years. This article shows how not only producing locally, but buying locally has a strong impact on the Silver State’s economy.

Made in Nevada: Home-grown businesses make a difference

Made in Nevada: Home-grown businesses make a difference Through manufacturing, employment and local purchasing, the Made in Nevada program keeps dollars in the community. Check out this story on rgj.com: http://on.rgj.com/1XKCsdw

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WNC Student Pitch Presentations This Week!

WNC Students to Pitch Business Plans at Adams Hub

“Many of our students haven’t worked with real professionals,” Whitcomb said. “It puts them in real settings and helps students start their own businesses. They need to be where the business is; you can’t just teach this in the classroom.”

Students are preparing marketing plans for businesses such as snow removal, home care, sports-related activities, animal shelters, horseback riding, and more. Students will present their marketing ideas to Rob Griffin, executive director of Adams Hub; Jeff Glass, director of New Entrepreneurs Network; and Miya MacKenzie, Hop & Mae Adams chief officer.

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