Both students and other entrepreneurs in South Bend can participate in the first New Venture Launch Weekend, which is the effort of a partnership between the IDEA Center, Elevate Ventures and Startup South Bend/Elkhart. The event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.Patti Reinhardt, the student entrepreneurship engagement program manager at the IDEA Center, said anyone can benefit from the workshop, even if they do not have an idea themselves for a startup.“It’s for anyone who wants to learn the process of problem-solving and validating an idea,” she said.Reinhardt said the event will start with individuals who have ideas giving a short pitch. Five or six ideas will then be chosen, and participants will be broken up into teams.“It doesn’t mean that their idea isn’t valuable [if an idea isn’t chosen],” Reinhardt said. “It just means that this is what we’re going to do this weekend.”Participants will also listen to a speaker Friday and begin to learn about the lean business model canvas, which involves learning about how to develop an idea in terms of the problems, solution, key metrics and competitive advantages.On Saturday, the teams will have time to validate their idea, which will likely involve leaving the building.“They learn all the steps they actually need to launch a business,” Reinhardt said.As the final step in the workshop, the teams will come together on Saturday and pitch their ideas again to investors. Reinhardt said the teams can win almost $2,000 in prizes.The facilitators for the workshop are members of a startup called INVANTI.“They’re actually a student startup that came out of the competition a few years ago,” Reinhardt said. “They’re all about teaching entrepreneurs how to look at a problem and then figure out a solution based on that problem.”Reinhardt said 75 people are currently registered for the event, and they represent a mix of undergraduate and graduate students from Notre Dame and local universities as well as members of the South Bend community.“What we’re hoping is that they come to this and they realize they have a good business concept and they enter that into our pipeline at the IDEA Center and the McCloskey New Venture Competition,” Reinhardt said.Regardless of whether participants take their ideas any further, Reinhardt said the experience of the event will be the most valuable aspect of the weekend.“They’re going to be put together in a situation where they might not have their own idea, but they’re going to get put on a team and for them to realize their own value that they’re going to give to that team is something that you’re not going to get out of a textbook, you’re not going to get anywhere else,” she said. “I think realizing how to look at a real problem in the world and figure out the steps to get yourself to a product that could be sustainable and turn into a business is invaluable.”The event is free, but registration online is required. Registration will close at noon on Friday. All meals will also be provided at the event.Tags: IDEA Center, McCloskey New Venture Competition, new venture launch weekend, Startups
February 23, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Signs Two Bills Into Law Bill Signing, Press Release, Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed two bills into law, including:Act 6 – House Bill 561, sponsored by Rep. Rob Kauffman, amends the Local Tax Enabling Act by exempting all active duty military pay, regardless of where it is earned, from the Earned Income Tax.Act 7 – House Bill 941, sponsored by Rep. Mike Regan, dissolves the two separate Horse and Harness Racing Commissions and establishes regulatory oversight of the racing industry with the creation of a single entity – State Horse Racing Commission – under the Department of Agriculture (PDA), which shall have exclusive jurisdiction and regulatory authority over pari-mutuel wagering and other horse racing activities.# ##Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Image source: MTCCMaldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) officially kicked off the land reclamation operations in Shaviyani Atoll Komandoo last week, local media reports.Under this major development program, MTCC’s trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Mahaa Jarraafu’ will reclaim about ten hectares of new land within a period of approximately seven days.Commenting the project’s progress, the Vice President of the Komandoo Council, Mohamed Arif, stated that the speed of the land reclamation works is satisfactory.Komandoo consists of seven hectares of land which would be increased to fourteen once reclamation is done.The Vice President also added that – when the project is completed – the island’s powerhouse and the waste management center would be moved to the new land along with some leases for businesses.Image source: MTCC[mappress mapid=”25039″]
BROWARD – Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will provide food to BCPS students and their families. Breakfast will be offered from 8 – 10 a.m., and lunch will be offered from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.The meals will be provided during regular school day closures, which are:Monday, March 16Wednesday, March 18Thursday, March 19These meals will be available at the following schools across the District:Boyd Anderson High SchoolBlanche Ely High SchoolDillard High SchoolFlanagan High SchoolHallandale High SchoolMiramar High SchoolNova High SchoolSunrise Middle SchoolTaravella High SchoolStudents are required to present their valid school identification and will receive a meal for themselves and family members that are present. Some students may have been asked to leave their IDs at school. Flexibility will be provided for these students to assure they receive meals.Meal distribution can be accessed by walking up or driving up to the designated location on campus.The District is thankful to our community partners – Feeding South Florida, Health Foundation of Broward, The Hunger Coalition, The United Way – for their support.
World Cup QuarterfinalMatch: Brazil v BelgiumTime: 6pm (buildup starts 5.30pm)Commentary: George Addo Jnr & Gary Al-Smith–There was a spell, for the first 20 minutes or so, when it seemed Mexico might be able to trouble Brazil. Carlos Vela was getting the better of Fagner on the Brazil right and it felt that Mexico, as they had throughout the group stage, were struggling to convert decent positions into clear opportunities.But the longer the game went on, the more it became apparent that Brazil were comfortably holding Mexico at arm’s length. That first 20 minutes, though, perhaps offers Belgium the best hope there is.One of the less talked about aspects of Tite’s Brazil revolution is the way he has stiffened their defensive resolve. In his 25 games in charge, Brazil have conceded only six goals. In this tournament, they have leaked only one – and that the header by Switzerland’s Steven Zuber from a corner that might have been ruled out for a push.Belgium’s biggest problem in trying to beat Brazil is finding a way to score against a supremely well-drilled defence. This is the balance of which Tite speaks incessantly. Tactics are only part of it. Tite is a hugely impressive figure who projects calm and confidence, but there is still a sense that Brazil might be emotionally brittle. Zuber’s goal knocked them off their stride and the recriminations over that mildly controversial decision, together with the furore that surrounds every challenge on Neymar – who continues to try to turn the World Cup into a personal biopic – suggests that the hysteria that undid them in the semi-final four years ago may not have been entirely expunged. It may be, in fact, that it is an inevitable corollary of the expectation that surrounds them.But that opening quarter against Mexico did suggest a possible tactical opportunity for Belgium. Once Dani Alves was ruled out of the squad through injury, Brazil always looked vulnerable at right-back. Danilo played in the draw against Switzerland, since when Fagner has been deployed there. Vela, and Hirving Lozano when he moved to the Mexican left, both made him look slow on the turn. The problem for Belgium, though, is that their 3-4-2-1 does not necessarily push a player tight up against the full-back.Yannick Carrasco can get forward from left wing-back but he is likely to have his hands full dealing with Willian. That then means Eden Hazard, who operates almost as an inside-left behind Romelu Lukaku, with Dries Mertens alongside him, needs to pull to the left to try to pressure Fagner.But that in turn leaves an additional problem, one that Mexico faced, which is how to get sufficient players into the box to take advantage. If Hazard pulls left, it places great onus on Kevin De Bruyne to get forward to join Mertens and Lukaku in the box.The absence of Casemiro through suspension breaks up the highly effective triangle he and the two central defenders, Miranda and Thiago Silva, had formed, but the back of midfield is an area in which Brazil have cover. Fernandinho is used to operating as a breakwater in front of two central defenders, dropping between them if necessary. He is, though, a more dynamic presence than Casemiro and while that means he may be more effective at joining counterattacks, it also perhaps offers Belgium, and De Bruyne in particular, an opportunity to counter back against him.Belgium themselves have an issue at the back of midfield, Axel Witsel being badly at fault for Japan’s second goal in their last-16 game. If he is similarly lax against Neymar or Philippe Coutinho, it is hard to see much hope for Belgium.Against Mexico, Brazil switched from the fairly orthodox 4-3-3 they had used through the group to something closer to 4-4-2, with Neymar operating more centrally and Willian dropping deeper. Neymar perhaps benefits from the more central role but it would be a surprise if Tite did not go back to the 4-3-3 against Belgium.With the 4-4-2, Belgium would have three against two at the back with two central midfielders plus two inside forwards against two in the centre of midfield, which would allow them to overman even if Coutinho played narrow on the Brazilian left. So long as Carrasco and the right wing-back, Thomas Meunier, were able to hold their own on their flanks, that would, in theory at least, allow Belgium to control the centre of the pitch and probably possession – although as Brazil showed against Mexico, that is not necessarily something which concerns them.A 4-3-3, though, immediately causes problems for Belgium by having Willian target the space behind Carrasco, while Neymar operates in the awkward zone between Toby Alderweireld, the right-sided centre-back, and Meunier.There is still potential for a four on three in midfield, but if Meunier is forced back Marcelo can advance to give Brazil an extra man on their left. That side of the field, with Marcelo behind Coutinho and Neymar, looks as though it could be vulnerable, but so far their positional work has been good enough that they have not been exposed.That is testament to Tite’s work. Belgium may have been more fluent so far in the tournament, but Brazil have looked a far better-balanced side.— Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2017-18 Bulldog Club Drake Basketball Tipoff Breakfast took place Thursday, Oct. 26 morning at the Downtown Marriott in front of a record crowd. The annual breakfast is an opportunity for Drake basketball fans and supporters to wake up and socialize with the men’s and women’s programs as another season of Bulldog basketball is set to start.The voices of Drake basketball Larry Cotlar and Hunter Phillips served as co-emcees of the morning’s event. Cotlar started the event with a few remarks, including thanking the Downtown Marriott for their continued support of the annual preseason event. He then welcomed the seniors from the men’s basketball team, Ore Arogundade, De’Antae McMurray, C.J. Rivers, Reed Timmer and Graham Woodward to the stage. Arogundade introduced the rest of the team to the audience.Phillips then took the stage and welcomed Paige Greiner, the lone senior from the women’s basketball team, who introduced her teammates to the group.In addition to the introduction of both teams, fans had the chance to catch up and eat breakfast with the student-athletes and the basketball coaching staffs while listening to comments from women’s head coach Jennie Baranczyk, first-year men’s head coach Niko Medved and interim director of athletics Megan Franklin.This season fans will have the opportunity to check out the women’s team first as it hosts Grand View in an exhibition contest on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The men’s team welcomes Minnesota Crookston on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. in its lone exhibition game. The women will play one more exhibition against Truman State on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.The regular season opens the following week as the women host Milwaukee on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the first round of the preseason WNIT. The following afternoon, the men welcome Coe College with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.Single game, flex packs and season tickets men’s and women’s games are on sale now. For more information call the Drake Ticket Office at 515-271-DOGS (3647) or visit www.draketix.com.Print Friendly Version