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Q&A with Gretchen Naugle: How to Bring SEED SPOT to Your School

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager Did you know that 65% of the jobs elementary school students will work one day don’t exist yet? Current knowledge bases are sprinting to keep up with the pace of rapidly advancing technology. As certain industries become obsolete, students are preparing for jobs that will require vast amounts of…

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D.C. DEMO DAY: 9 Ventures Pitched in Front of 500+ Community Members!

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager And just like that, D.C.’s inaugural DEMO DAY is over. Nine ventures began their journey last night, just steps away from the White House and Washington Monument. We are still on an adrenaline rush from an unforgettable night at the Warner Theatre cheering on the newest cohort of SEED…

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Halona Foods: Making Delicious Snacks out of Food Fortunes

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator Stephanie Westhelle has a passion for ugly fruits. While studying the environment in relation to tourism at the George Washington University School of Business, Stephanie realized the huge amount of ugly fruits and veggies that get left behind on farms. She set out to solve this enormous problem with…

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Empowered To Run: Converting Voices into Candidates

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator While working for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, Steve Sinha spent time in the field helping campaign volunteers organize in their own communities. While working with these volunteers, Steve noticed that “many found a voice inside themselves they didn’t realize they had. I thought it was a shame we didn’t…

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How to Pitch Your Venture to a Reporter

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager Last week, you learned all about how to deliver your three-minute pitch in a way that would make hundred dollar bills rain from the ceiling. This week, we’re taking it to the next level: how to pitch your venture to a reporter and become front page news! We can…

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Mia Learning: Helping Kids Make Powerful Choices

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator Darren Cambridge went to college to be a computer engineer, but he fell in love with the humanities, eventually earning a Ph.D. in Computers and English Studies. Since then, most of his career has been at the intersection of literacy, technology, and education. Through working with teachers around the…

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imby: Where Citizens are the Real MVPs

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator With a background in real estate development in East Coast cities like D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia, Michelle Beaman Chang has experienced her fair share of real estate challenges. Most people don’t know when a real estate development project is being proposed. The current zoning process isn’t set…

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5 Ways to Make Your Business Pitch Perfect

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager Palms sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. No, not “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, but glossophobia (noun): an abnormal fear of public speaking that induces mom’s spaghetti. For decades, numerous polls have confirmed that Americans are just as terrified of public speaking as they are of terrorist attacks, spiders, a…

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Mayla: Matchmaking for Nature

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator Naamal De Silva decided to protect nature when she was 8 years old, inspired by the PBS documentaries and wildlife books she devoured while growing up in a Washington D.C. apartment building. Naamal wanted to pursue a doctorate in biology, but realized during a field biology program in Costa…

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i4Spy: Creating a Hummingbird Effect in Cyber Security

By: Avery Gordon, D.C. Community Cultivator Lavinia Popinceanu was harassed and cyber-stalked by a graduate school classmate for three years. Despite changing phones and laptops, the cyber-stalking did not end until one year after she obtained a stalking no-contact order. Because she was not protected from this harassment even at the legislative level, Lavinia wished…

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