Innovation Park holds event

first_imgCould you develop a prototype for a new business in a little more than two days? Participants in Notre Dame’s first-ever Startup Weekend event will attempt to do just that during a 54-hour period from April 13 to the 15. The event, hosted by Innovation Park at Notre Dame and sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to entrepreneurship, brings creative thinkers together to conceptualize and launch companies during Startup Weekends around the world, co-organizer Melissa Parker said. Parker and co-organizer Brendan Daly, students in the Engineering, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) program, have planned the event since November, and hope Notre Dame’s Startup Weekend becomes an annual event. “We had heard about Startup Weekend and even visited a Startup Weekend event in Grand Rapids, [Mich.] We wanted to bring something here that was a hands-on entrepreneurship experience,” Parker said. According to Parker, a startup is simply a new company different from ones already “out there,” and Startup Weekend event embraces this innovation, though it focuses on technology-related ideas. “There’s a wide range of startups. A new restaurant is considered a startup.” Parker said. “This weekend tends to be more web-based because it’s easier to develop the prototype, but that doesn’t have to be the core business-model of the startup.” Project teams will need a variety of designers, developers, lawyers and business people, Parker said, but the event is open to anyone interested in learning more about startups. “We’re trying to build collaboration. Businesses require a lot of people working together,” Parker said. “Technology, business, marketing, law and design, all of these pieces need to come together for a successful startup.” Parker said she recommends the event to anyone interested in business, namely entrepreneurship. “You can meet a lot of people who are entrepreneurial-minded, and it’s a great way to get in contact with startup companies that are looking to hire people,” Parker said. Startup Weekend also provides undergraduate students with new creative opportunities, Parker said. “For undergraduates who are worried about finding jobs after graduating, it will look great on their resume, but it is also an alternative – starting a company instead of working for one,” she said. The weekend kicks off 8 p.m. Friday, when attendees begin pitching ideas for potential startup businesses. Attendees then vote on their favorite proposals, and the creators of the top-10 ideas assemble their respective teams from other participants and begin working on their projects. The prototypes are completed by 12 p.m. Sunday and are presented to the judges at 1 p.m. Experienced faculty members and business professionals will serve as mentors during the event and assist the teams with their projects. Parker said roughly 60 percent of the currently registered participants are undergraduate, MBA, Law and ESTEEM program students. Forty percent of attendees come from the greater South Bend community, a majority of which are web developers. One of the community participants, class of 2011 alumnus John Rocha, is the co-founder of myFit, a startup company housed in Innovation Park. Rocha said Startup Weekend presents an opportunity for Notre Dame to make a name for itself in the world of technology. “I believe Notre Dame is on the cusp of a huge technology revolution, especially compared to other universities,” Rocha said. myFit is developing software that will allow Microsoft Kinect and Windows 8 PC users to create a virtual avatar and fitting room for online clothing shopping. Although the myFit software will not be included in Startup Weekend, Rocha said he plans to present other ideas that will make use of the compatibility of the soon-to-be-released Windows 8 with the Kinect system, which currently operates with Microsoft’s Xbox. Tim Braun, an entrepreneur-in-residence at Elevate Ventures, Dave Brenner, president and CEO of Innovation Park, and Mike Vogel, entrepreneur-in-residence at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, will serve as judges for the event. Developer Town, Localstake, Elevate Ventures and Innovation Park donated prizes for the winning team, including a dinner, design software, free consultation, a business plan review and six months of free rent at Innovation Park. The second-place team will receive three months of free rent at Innovation Park, and the third-place team will receive free consultation on pitching their idea.last_img read more

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Hearts begin search for an assistant manager

first_imgSportscrusader.com can confirm that Accra Hearts of Oak has commenced their search for an assistant manager for the club.With Polo’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, the clubs Board of Directors are yet to take a decision on the position of the head Coach but believe getting a competent Assistant for the club is the best way to start the revamping of the Technical team.Sportscrusader.com investigations have revealed that the Hearts Board of Directors will on Thursday converge at the club’s offices for an emergency Board meeting where all issues concerning the search for an Assistant would be well discussed.Several Coaches including Tony Loko of Berekum Chelsea and Seth Hoffman of Wa All Stars have all been tipped as suitable candidates to take up the Hearts Assistant managerial role at the end of the season.“We intend to bring in an Assistant before our pre-season programs start. The issue of who becomes the next Coach would be solved after the season” a Hearts Board member revealed.With Polo currently as head Coach, Amankwah as Team Manager and Dida as Goalkeeper’s Coach, Hearts need an assistant to beef up the Technical team.last_img read more

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Angels, Griffin Canning wait for elbow injury update

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — The first round of testing gave the Angels some hope Griffin Canning can avoid surgery on his balky elbow, although they will have to wait until an exam Saturday to get more definitive news.The Angels announced on Friday that the pitcher’s MRI exam a day earlier had showed “chronic changes” in his ulnar collateral ligament, along with “acute joint irritation.”While there’s no evidence so far of a tear in the ligament that would require surgery, Canning and the Angels aren’t yet in the clear.Manager Joe Maddon, who spoke more openly than Canning or General Manager Billy Eppler about the situation, said his understanding is it still “could go either way.” Eppler stuck close to the official statement, without giving any estimates about what might happen after further tests and examination.“There’s a question mark hanging over one of our guys,” he said. “We’ll get more information and go from there.”Eppler also was asked if the past 24 hours had created an increased desire to sign any additional pitching depth or to look into a trade.“At this time, no,” Eppler said, adding this is “not a very popular time of the year for trades.”The Angels had been counting on Canning to begin the season as one of their top four starters, along with Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy and Julio Teheran. They also have Shohei Ohtani, who is currently healthy but won’t pitch until mid-May because the Angels are limiting his innings in the wake of his Tommy John surgery.Beyond that, they have Jaime Barria, Jose Suarez, Patrick Sandoval, Dillon Peters and Matt Andriese who are healthy and being stretched out as starters. Felix Peña is working back from knee surgery, so he likely would need some time in the minors before he’s built up enough to start. The Angels also signed JC Ramirez and will stretch him out as a starter.“Listen, there are some nice candidates but some of these kids if you have to rely on them too early it’s not what you want to do,” Maddon said. “You like (for them to have the) opportunity to learn their craft better before you put them out there on a regular basis. And then you have a much better chance of success. So yes, our depth is being challenged right now, and on Saturday we’ll find out if our depth is tested a lot or a little.”The Angels have needed all the depth they could get because in past seasons the rotation has been ravaged by injuries, often with four or five starters hurt at the same time.Now there is a question over Canning and Teheran missed his first start with hamstring tightness. Teheran threw a bullpen session Friday morning and could pitch in a game as soon as Monday.“Right now, there are just one or two situations and that’s a little easier to deal with,” Eppler said. “When you start dealing with three or four situations, the ice gets pretty thin.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Normally when you hear elbow or other stuff, it’s either good and it’s a strain, or it’s awful and he’s out for a year and a half,” Maddon said. “They haven’t really committed to either side yet.”Maddon also said: “There’s still some hope, which I thought was good. I just want to dwell on that.”Canning, 23, had been shut down for the final six weeks of last season with elbow inflammation. At the time, an MRI also showed “chronic changes,” which is simply a description for wear that comes with use. With the Angels out of the race, it made no sense to push it, so they let him rest until November.Canning said at the start of spring training that he’d been throwing without issue for months, and he was 100%. After his first outing of the spring Wednesday, a two-inning stint against the Dodgers, he said his elbow “stiffened up a little bit.” He said it was the same thing he felt last year.Asked his level of concern Friday morning after the MRI, he said: “I’m seeing the doctor tomorrow. So we’re still trying to pinpoint it.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter That was part of the impetus toward signing Teheran and Bundy, who have been among the most durable pitchers in the majors the past few years. Teheran has made at least 30 starts for seven consecutive seasons, and Bundy has started 89 games the past three years.“The things we always talk about are availability and productivity,” Eppler said. “That availability component of the equation is the thing that’s been tested and has exposed us a couple different times over the last couple of seasons. Addressing the availability component of that was important.”ALSOSandoval, who was slowed for a few days earlier in the spring because of the flu, is scheduled for his spring training debut on Sunday. He will start the home portion of the split-squad day against the Chicago White Sox. Sandoval said he has time to be ready when the season begins. …The Angels had Bobby Grich in camp as a guest instructor on Friday. Maddon has emphasized the importance of having Angels alumni participate this spring. They’ve already had Wally Joyner, Frank Tanana and J.T. Snow help with the workouts and speak to the players. 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