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.
Adams Hub has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 EDAWN (Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada) Award for #Entrepreneurial Program of the Year. The award was presented on March 30th during 10th annual #NCET Technology Awards at the Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa. The NCET Technology Awards celebrate the #Northern Nevada individuals and companies who have greatly enhanced the growth and prestige of the technology #community. The #EDAWN Awards recognize the people and resources that have played an integral part in contributing to the growth of our community.
“We’re delighted to receive this honor,” said Miya MacKenzie, Chief Professional Officer of Adams Hub for innovation. “We’ve kicked off lots of new programming in the past year to support entrepreneurs and small businesses. This award is validation that those efforts are making a difference.”
City officials and local #business experts meet with a group of visiting Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative fellows at the Adams Hub for Innovation in Carson City, Nev. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.
Photo by Cathleen Allison
New program launches in 2016 included a Carson City chapter of Entrepreneurs Assembly, the award-winning Nevada nonprofit; a Pre-Accelerator program facilitated by #entrepreneur Kevin Lyons; Research Ninjas, on-site Carson City Librarians who assist clients and community businesses with deep research using proprietary databases; and Lunchbox Learning, monthly sessions with subject matter experts on a key business-building topics. A 2017 addition is “Motivation Mondays,” one-on-one entrepreneurial-effectiveness coaching with Diane Dye Hansen of What Works Coaching.
“Adams Hub has extended our programs beyond traditional #startup incubation,” explained MacKenzie. “Our goal is to foster #entrepreneurism and increased employment throughout the Northern Nevada business community.” To that end, a number of the #incubator‘s services are offered to community businesses and non-profits. “We’re building an ecosystem that supports peak performance for the entrepreneur and solopreneur,” she said.
Adams Hub is proud to congratulate BaseVenture on its quick progress and traction in the financial technology (FinTech) industry – as evidenced by BaseVenture’s selection to be a presenter at Finovate Spring 2016.
BaseVenture, an innovative new software as a service (SaaS) platform that is transforming private fund management and administration, counts Adams Hub as one of its early investors, and has an office within the Adams Hub Business Incubator in Carson City.
Brian Sandoval, the Governor of Nevada, said “We believe that Nevada is the next cradle of tech innovation. Adams Hub was created in part to identify and cultivate exciting young technology startups like BaseVenture in our capital city. We believe that smart investments in promising technology companies like BaseVenture will help increase Nevada’s competitive edge as an incubator for the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.”
BaseVenture will use the Finovate Spring 2016 Conference to unveil the company’s breakthrough cloud-based platform that simplifies and automates the operations and administration for thousands of private funds. Finovate Spring 2016 is a two-day showcase of the latest innovations in financial technology (FinTech) from leading established companies and emerging young startups.
John Pizzi, Co-founder & CEO of BaseVenture said, “We are excited about the traction that we are quickly making in the market, as evidenced by our selection to present at Finovate Spring 2016. Our partnership with the Adams Hub is a competitive advantage, providing us with both an efficient way to grow and scale our operations in Carson City, as well as the platform to expand our business reach into the thousands of private funds, fund administrators, and private banks in the greater Nevada area.”
Curated from Adams Hub investment in financial technology industry startup BaseVenture shows promise | Carson City Nevada News – Carson Now
You don’t want to miss this free event, sponsored by Adams Hub for #innovation and many of our great partners! Milton Chen will sure to give us the inspiration for innovation. Check out the press release in the Nevada Appeal in the link below:
Carson City Brewery Arts Center hosting Milton Chen’s talk on innovation March 16 | NevadaAppeal.com
“On a two-day speaking tour, Chen will address students at Carson High, Carson Middle, Eagle Valley Middle and St. Teresa of Avila schools. He will also tour the Innevation Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Chen will discuss the principles of his book as well as how to embrace a habit of learning, how to use this new-found energy to encourage #community engagement, spark innovation and impact the future of the community.
Curated from Carson City Brewery Arts Center hosting Milton Chen’s talk on innovation March 16 | NevadaAppeal.com
We couldn’t be more excited to have our very own client, #Aware Systems, jump in the ring of the Biggest Little #Startup Competition! Cast your vote for Aware Systems and check out the competition by clicking the link to read more and vote.
Be sure to click the link at the end of the story and vote for Aware Systems.
Aware Systems pushing for the win in Biggest Little Startup Competition | Carson City Nevada News – Carson Now
“Aware Systems was our first choice as an incubator client at the Adams Hub and we are very excited about the progress that they are making with their unique security system. We encourage everyone to support this great local company with their vote” said Rob Griffin, Executive Director at the Adams Hub for Innovation.
Curated from Aware Systems pushing for the win in Biggest Little Startup Competition | Carson City Nevada News – Carson Now
Attention entrepreneurs! We are excited to share the Biggest Little Startup Competition with our startup community, in Carson City, Gardnerville-Minden, Tahoe, Reno and beyond. Please read the news release and then get your entries in!
The Abbi Agency Holland & Hart Launches The Biggest Little Startup Competition
Holland & Hart, in partnership with The Abbi Agency and J.A. Solari & Partners, has launched the Biggest Little Startup Competition to support the growth of one emerging Northern Nevada company. The winner of the competition will be awarded a prize package valued at $25,000.
Participants are asked to submit a three-minute video describing their startup concept and what entrepreneurship means to them to the competition’s Facebook by October 16. The public will then vote for their favorite startup video through Facebook from October 16 to October 31. The five videos with the most Facebook votes on October 31 will be selected to participate in a live pitch competition.