2016 Harvard Deans’ Challenges winners announced

first_img Related The 2016 winners of the Harvard Deans’ Challenges were announced in a ceremony at the Harvard i-lab on May 4. In its fourth year, the startup competition, aimed at finding novel solutions to pressing issues facing society, received more than 90 proposals from ventures representing 12 Harvard schools.In the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge, the $45,000 grand prize winner was magic, a subscription box focusing on career awareness and positive self-image, developed by women of color for girls of color. Songshark, which allows anyone to compose and record complete musical works with a few clicks, was awarded the $10,000 prize.The winner of the $30,000 grand prize in the Bertarelli Foundation Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge was Herald, which makes health care safer by offering clinicians real-time access to their clinical data. Pykus Therapeutics, which is developing a dissolvable intraocular device to make retinal surgery less painful, won the $25,000 Health and Life Sciences Challenge prize. Two Deans’ Challenges garner 90 proposals Ten teams named finalists for their novel solutions to pressing issues facing society In March, the applicant pool for the challenges was narrowed down to 20 teams. Each finalist venture had the opportunity to participate in the i-lab Venture Incubation Program (VIP), with access to experienced business mentors and $5,000 to further develop their ideas. A judging committee composed of Harvard faculty members, industry experts, entrepreneurs, and investors evaluated the finalist teams and named the winners.Sponsored by three deans and hosted by the Harvard Innovation Labs — which include the i-lab and the Harvard Launch Lab — the competitions, along with the President’s Challenge, give Harvard students and fellows a unique opportunity to create and develop solutions that could impact health, the arts, and society for generations.“Here at the i-lab, it’s all about taking your ideas as far as they can go, and the challenges are a perfect manifestation of that mission,” said Jodi Goldstein, the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs. “We are challenging Harvard students to create and develop solutions that have meaningful impact for people around the world.”Chris Viehbacher (from left), a partner at Gurnet Point Capital, is pictured with Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge winners Craig Monsen, Andrew Hillis, Matt Fujisawa, and Brad Diephuis, and Nohria.The Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge, created to find venture-based solutions in the arts, is co-chaired by Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria, Arts and Humanities Dean Diana Sorensen, and the Silkroad Project, which encourages dialogue among artists and musicians, educators and entrepreneurs.“The Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge is a project that came together because so many people came together and decided to do something creative,” said Nohria.The Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, chaired by Nohria and Harvard Medical School Dean Jeffrey Flier, is designed to support students pursuing innovative solutions to improve healthcare and patients’ lives.Chris Viehbacher, the former CEO of Sanofi and a current partner at Gurnet Point Capital, awarded the Bertarelli Foundation Grand Prize. “I think that innovation can come from any source,” Viehbacher said prior to handing out the award. “The more we can encourage diversity and give everyone a fair shot to express their ideas will make things better for everyone.”last_img read more

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PNC to buy U.S. operations of Spanish bank BBVA

first_imgIn a statement, BBVA Group Executive Chairman Carlos Torres Vila said the deal was a “very positive transaction for all sides” and enhanced the Spanish group’s “already strong financial position.”“We will have ample flexibility to profitably deploy capital in our markets strengthening our long-term growth profile and supporting economies in the recovery phase, and to increase distributions to shareholders,” Torres Vila added.Having been approved by both companies’ boards, the deal is expected to close in mid-2021, with PNC as the surviving entity absorbing BBVA USA Bancshares and BBVA USA merging with PNC Bank.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Spanish financial group BBVA has agreed to sell its U.S. business, BBVA USA Bancshares, to PNC Financial Services Group for $11.6 billion, the American firm announced Monday.Headquartered in Houston, Texas, BBVA USA Bancshares has $104 billion in assets under management, with banking subsidiary BBVA USA operating 637 branches in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Colorado and New Mexico. The new company will have a coast-to-coast presence in 29 of the 30 largest markets in the U.S., PNC said Monday.The all-cash deal is the second-largest U.S. banking acquisition since the 2008 financial crisis, according to Reuters, and values the American business at 19.7 times its 2019 earnings and 1.34 times its book value as of September 2020. The price represents almost 50% of BBVA’s current market capitalization.- Advertisement –center_img “Our acquisition of BBVA USA will accelerate our growth trajectory and drive long-term shareholder value through a strategic deployment of the proceeds from the sale of our BlackRock investment,” said PNC Chairman, President and CEO William S. Demchak. An ATM is shown at company headquarters for the PNC Financial Services at One PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Results from the Roseau Valley Basketball League Playoffs

first_img Share 11 Views   no discussions Share On Wednesday April 11th, the Lily Valley Sharks defeated the R.C. Bullets by a final score of 79-68 pts, in game 1, of a best-of 3 quarter final. Both teams made the play-offs after struggling in the final games, to get in. The game began extremely poorly, with both teams struggling to get points, and scored only a combined 12 points, in 6 minutes. The game did begin to pick up some pace in the ending of the 1st quarter, going into the 2nd. Both teams continued to trade baskets but the sharks had opened up a 10 point lead within the 1st half, but it was brought down to 5 points at the end of the half. At the beginning of the 3rd quarter the sharks walked all over the bullets, as they had no answer. Bernard Mills tried his best to keep the bullets in the game, as he was without his favourite comrade, Garth Joseph, who will not be available for the entire playoffs. The Sharks continued to dominate the game, both offensively and defensively, and closing out with a very comprehensive 11 point win. Top performers for Sharks were; Mathias “Bagalaw” Douglas – 27 pts, 5 reb, 2 asts, 2 blks, Clinton “Boogie” Charles – 20 pts, 2 asts, Ray Charles – 11 pts, 3 reb and Craig St. Rose – 10 pts, 5 reb, 8 asts.Top performers for Bullets were Bermard “Milo” Mills – 29 pts, 9 asts, 3 reb, Ian “Ehor” Brumant – 16 pts, 4 asts and Larocque St. Jean – 8 pts, 3 reb.Next games scheduled games will be on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. – Fond Canie Rebels vs. Laudat Spartans – game 2 and Friday at 7: 30 p.m. – R.C Bullets vs. Lily Valley Sharks – game 2Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img NewsSports Results from the Roseau Valley Basketball League Playoffs by: – April 12, 2012 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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Klopp Celebrates Wycombe’s Promotion with Akinfenwa

first_imgSo after Monday night’s result, Akinfenwa, a long-time Liverpool fan, joked: “Let me tell you something, the only person that can hit me up on WhatsApp this time is Klopp, so we can celebrate together. You get me? Oi!”And so that’s just what Klopp did.Speaking to reporters on Tuesday ahead of the visit to Arsenal, Klopp stated about Akinfenwa: “He is invited for the parade! I saw before the video when he was sitting in the team meeting in an LFC kit, I thought that was really funny. He responded to the video, it was nice, he was really happy.”Akinfenwa’s story will move you as four years ago he was unemployed after he was released by AFC Wimbledon.Klopp added : “I just enjoy these kinds of stories (like Akinfenwa) and football meant everything to me before someone thought you can earn some money from it.“You can fulfill your own dreams. For some teams it’s early but others can do it if they work hard,” Klopp concluded.Messages of congratulation followed from other Liverpool players, including Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson himself.The much-travelled Akinfenwa – as well as AFC Wimbledon, his former clubs include, but are by no means limited to, Torquay, Swansea, Northampton, Gillingham, Doncaster and Millwall – is celebrated almost as much for his physical stature as his goal-scoring prowess.He goes by the nickname ‘The Beast’ and has written an autobiography called ‘The Beast: My Story’.But The Beast has a soft spot for newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool.When the Reds sealed their first league title for 30 years last month, he happily took a club fine for turning up to training at Wycombe wearing an LFC shirt.And apparently he even waived a rebate on the fine due to him after Monday’s heroics, having subsequently revealed: “The gaffer told me he would halve my fine if we got promoted, but I’d be so happy if we went up, I’ll still gladly pay the full amount. It would be money well spent.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian-born Michael Akinfenwa is still in cloud nine after Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp messaged him on WhatsApp in celebration of his Wycombe Wanderers’ promotion to the English Championship after beating Oxford United at the Wembley on Monday.After the Chairboys triumphed 2-1 on Mondayto reach the second tier for the first time, veteran striker Akinfenwa gave an on-pitch interview to Sky, in which the 38-year-old referenced a similar post-match interview from four years earlier.On that day in 2016 – after scoring a penalty for AFC Wimbledon against Plymouth Argyle in the League Two play-off final – he famously said: “I think I’m technically unemployed, so any managers hit me up on the WhatsApp and get me a job.”last_img read more

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