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CTN Podcast Episode 1 – Featuring Citi Medina Founder of Equal Space & Jhamar Youngblood Founder of Blast Chat.
Discussing Diversity in Tech, The City of Newark, And Education

June Calendar

We are committed to connecting with the community on a deeper level and building bridges for others to cross. That is the mission of this calendar, to remind everyone of the beauties and opportunities that Newark offers. Enjoy EqualSpace Monthly, give us your time and we will give you the latest and greatest in Newark SPACE(r)!

Women-Power- Women-In-Novation: The Aftermath

What does it mean to be a successful woman in 2017? According to 2016 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report, almost 90% of women entrepreneurs expected their companies’ gross profits to increase or remain stable in the next year. More specifically, 61% expected profits to rise, compared to an average of 58% among all entrepreneurs. Are we to measure success by statistic or experiential growth? Women-In-Novation indirectly focused on this question.  =SPACE hosted Women-In-Novation to showcase the power of women. It is important for people to see women like our Keynote speaker, Nathalie Molina Niño, Founder and CEO of BRAVA investments, a multi-million dollar holding company, discuss her experience as an entrepreneur.

When women are discussed, there is a major focus on being perfect and brave. They have to walk a mile in their predecessors’ shoes instead of trying on their own. We only acknowledge a women who diverts to a different path when there is crowd. We do not walk with the woman when she is struggling with the bumps and steep curvatures that they have faced or will face in the unforeseen future. Society is a fickle beast that “goes with the flow” because it is how we humans learn to survive. However, there are women who leave society at the door, to watch their magic come to life, and it’s time that we stop waiting until we hear sounds of success to accept change. 

Women-In-Novation celebrated the women that thrives on change and challenge. We support everyone who is willing to take charge and make change. Women-in-Novation is not only about women but also about enlightening everyone and showing that powerful women are nothing to fear.

Women-In-Novation 2.0

 

Women-In-Novation showcases the power of the female mind and helps people gain insight on the opportunity to invest in a leading group.

Women are taking over the world by storm and it’s time for the world to see it.

Here are the stats:

More than 9.4 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.5 trillion in sales as of 2015.

2.9 million firms are majority-owned by women of color in the U.S.

4.2% of all women-owned firms have revenues of 1 million or more.

Women are making a change and have an astounding impact on the world. We want to create a dialogue that focuses on the impact of women in different career fields and correctly inform people on the power of women.

This is an event for all sexes to enjoy, so no matter what gender you identify with, you are surely welcome to learn and become empowered!

Join us on March 4th and gain knowledge on the world we live in.

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We have great a great list of innovative and powerful speakers:

Artboard 1 (2)  Aisha Glover Senator Cunningham

 

 

 

Agenda

12:00 pm to 12:25 pm

Registration & Networking (Drinks & appetizers)

12:26 pm to 12:39 pm

Opening Remarks:

Citi Medina

Rep: NJIT

Gateway Project Spaces: Rebecca

12:40 pm to 12:55 pm

The Adventures of Marie Curie: A look into the ecosystem of female scientists

  (Sylvia Wandahwa)

Question and Answer session

12:56 pm to 1:19 pm

The Coded Letter: A panel discussion of women in the realms of tech, startups, and innovation

(Rebecca Jampol, Arelene Quinones-Perez, Emily Manz, Stephanie Macias & Jazlyn Carvajal): Kelly Outing

Question and Answer Session

1:20 pm to 1:45 pm

The Woman, The Power Grab, & The Law: A discussion of the U.S. A.’s transition into a sex-based balanced government

 (Tai Cooper)

Question and Answer Session

1:46 pm to 2:36 pm           

Lunch Break

2:37 pm to 3:17 pm

Senator Sandra Cunningham

Special Guest

Topic: Women Empowerment and Intellect: The Power of Influence

Question and Answer Session

3:18 pm to 3:38 pm

Lord of The Suits: The navigation of being a successful business woman in corporate & female CEO’s on the rise

(Aisha Glover)

Question and Answer session

3:40 pm to 4:21pm

Nathalie Molina Niño

Keynote Speaker

Topic: Women change-makers

Question and Answer Session

4:23 pm to 4:40 pm 

Zoë Buckman

Art Exhibit: Imprison her soft hands

4:41 pm to 4:46 pm

Closing Remarks:

Citi Medina

Rep: NJIT

4:47 pm to 5:45 pm

Networking

Pitch Now Judge: Rakia Reynolds

Rakia Reynolds is the founder of Skai Blue Media, a multimedia communications relations agency focused on the business, branding, and bragging for an all-star roster of lifestyle, technology and nonprofit clients including Ashley Graham, Dell, Visit Philadelphia, Marley Dias, Grace Mahary and more.

As a leader in the public relations industry, Skai Blue Media provides business development, marketing, and message strategy to nonprofits, tech start-ups, and designers, among other businesses. Rakia’s path to entrepreneurship was led by many creative ventures including a role producing shows for MTV, TLC and Discovery Health networks, but ultimately she wanted to create a company that represented the future of public relations in the digital age.

Rakia has also been recognized as an implementer of great strategy by the Young Entrepreneur Council and was presented the Power to the Community award by PECO for being a community trailblazer. Rakia was also named one of the 25 tastemakers on Dell’s “Inspire 100” list, a list of the most socially influential people in the country.

 Rakia has appeared in Lucky, Essence, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Ebony, and Uptown Magazines. She has been a guest editor for Marie Claire and regularly pens pieces for Forbes.com, Small Business Trends, Tech.co, and Business Journals across the country.  She also the on-air expert for HSN for Serena Williams’ Signature Statement clothing line.

Pitch Now Lead Sponsor: NJIT EDC

The Enterprise Development Center – EDC – is a high-tech and life science business development center on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). It is their mission to help startups and growth companies become profitable businesses and dynamic participants in the economic life of New Jersey and the nation. Through a broad range of knowledge and resources — from finding the right working space and attracting investment capital to building staff and developing effective business plans and marketing strategies —NJIT’s EDC gives startups a critical edge on their path to commercialization. If you have any inquires, click here.

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Pitch Now Judge: Steve Gomez

Steven Gomez is currently the Executive Director at Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC) a 501(c)(3) non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides financing, small business counseling, and training services to entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout northern NJ. This includes the Urban Entrepreneurs Development Institute (UEDI) and the Technology Business Support Initiative (TBSI) which assists entrepreneurs in developing effective plans for financial success and improving their decision making skills. GNEC delivers programming in both English and Spanish.
Steven holds an MBA from Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business, an MA from Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and undergraduate degrees in both International Business and Computer Science from Caldwell University. He is also a graduate of the Prudential Foundation Nonprofit Executive Fellows Program and the Ethical Leadership Certificate program from the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University Business School. Steven is the Advisory Board Chair for the Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business Market Research Center, a Board Member for the Business Outreach Center Network/BOC Capital in New York City, and an advisory board member for PHAS INC in Paterson, the Collaborative Action Newark Advisory Board at Rutgers Business School, and the Black and Latino Tech Initiative at the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.  Prior to his work with GNEC, Steven held a career in information technology focusing on support services, training, and project management. He has also started, owned, an operated several successful small business ventures and has taught at the secondary and post-secondary education levels.
 

Pitch Now Judge: Christina Bright (Chris Miss)

Christina Bright, also known in the social media community as “Chris Miss”, is a multifaceted creative who was born and raised in Newark, NJ.

Using platforms such as Instagram and Youtube, she openly shares her love for her son, inner beauty, fashion, cooking, and people to inspire others to unapologetically do the things they love. She believes that everyone has a purpose, and only by doing the work within themselves will they be able to find and fulfill that purpose.

Wanting to spread the message of self-love in her community , Chris has organized and executed a number of charitable events. Everyday is Chris Miss is a platform for her to share her journey in hopes that others will find inspiration to pursue the life they deserve to live.

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Pitch Now Judge: Stephanie Macias-Arlington

Stephanie Macias-Arlington joined New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Development Center in 2013. She leads events and marketing efforts for the center and supports 75+ startups on their quest for commercialization. Prior to joining NJIT, Stephanie was responsible for raising funds for several nonprofits, most recently at Dress for Success Worldwide.

An alum of NJIT and MPA graduate of Rutgers School of Public Affairs & Administration, Stephanie is passionate about economic development and supporting the entrepreneurial community of New Jersey. In her free time, Stephanie sits on the Advisory Board of Sacred Heart School in Jersey City and works on her food startup Cauli Grains, a vegetable alternative to carbs.

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Pitch Now

 EqualSpace (=SPACE) and Fownders are excited to launch their first collaboration Pitch Now, held on December 14, 2015 at 6:00pm. This event is the beginning of a new relationship between both companies which are focused on the success of New Jersey-based entrepreneurs. =SPACE and Fownders together, hope to set a precedent for other businesses to collaborate and create a progressive environment to push the agenda of strengthening the startup, as well as increase the opportunity for more black and brown businesses to obtain funding.

Pitch Now is a great opportunity for both investors and startups to connect with each other. The competition gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to make their businesses known in front of investors who seek to support early stage startups. However, unlike most pitch competitions, entrepreneurs are given immediate feedback, which allows them to gain more insight on how to better present their ideas from an elite group of investors. In addition, newpreneurs are welcome to attend to learn firsthand the process of pitching. This learn and apply method is necessary for entrepreneurs to gain the knowledge they need to effectively launch their businesses.

Pitch Now fills a much needed gap in the Newark tech/entrepreneur ecosystem. We needed a series that addresses and showcases our startup community in a way that provides them with exposure and coaching from season professionals in the industry,” said Medina, Co-founder of =SPACE.

Pitch Now will be held at =SPACE’s new headquarters, 2 Gateway Center, with light refreshments beginning at 5:45pm.

RSVP here for the event http://bit.ly/2eZaYpM.