HVL | June 07, 2022
HVL, the venture studio founded by experiences B2B and SaaS experts, has announced the launch of its newest cohort based coaching and online community platform, AppThink.
"Our startup ecosystem is growing in vibrancy. On-ramps that equip first-time founders are more necessary now than ever. Naturally, more people in our community are curious about starting software and tech-enabled businesses. AppThink exists to harness that curiosity by guiding aspiring founders through the fundamentals of making the right decisions early. This includes understanding how to validate an idea and bring it to market with confidence. As an early-stage venture, AppThink is uniquely positioned to "build-in-public" and model the virtuous cycle of ideation, testing, and iteration for our cohort members."
- Kellie Clark, CEO of AppThink
AppThink offers a cohort-oriented learning platform with live online work sessions and a self-paced curriculum. Aspiring founders will be taught the foundation of identifying consumers, testing business assumptions, and exploring options to create an MVP without coding.
"I'm excited to see what's in store for the aspiring founders who engage AppThink. AppThink's curriculum and approach adds value to early-stage founders individually, but it is also poised to contribute immense value to the energy and growth of our tech ecosystem."
- Shegun Otulana, Founder of HVL
Cariloop | July 21, 2022
Cariloop, the Caregiver Support company that pairs caregivers and their families with dedicated Care Coaches as they plan for and manage the health and well-being of their loved ones, is launching an entirely new education support offering in response to the demands from employers and employees during the pandemic.
“In the early days of 2020, we began helping employees and their families with more pediatric care cases, and then COVID-19 brought this incredible need to assist with finding child care options as school closures as well as daycare and babysitter availability changed daily,” said Wendy Whittington, Chief Care Officer of Cariloop. “We realized that we had discovered an untapped need amongst employees in helping them navigate the complexities of the education system more effectively. Similar to the healthcare system, the education landscape presents its own challenges and requires a deep level of expertise in understanding it.”
To provide the highest quality of service for employees navigating the education system, Cariloop assembled a Center of Excellence with Education Coaches who all have highly relevant backgrounds, credentials and experiences, including masters and doctoral level educators, guidance counselors, school social workers, school nurses, school administrators, and subject matter expertise in ESL and special education.
In addition to coaching members and answering general education-related questions, the Cariloop Education Coaches will be more hands-on as they navigate the education landscape alongside the families. For example, they can attend IEP and 504 meetings as a companion to the parent; assist members with the application process and provide insight into approaching college application essays; finding available scholarship opportunities or financial options; and provide more customized support or care options for children with specific learning challenges or behavioral difficulties. This will allow working family members to stay more focused and productive at work, and relieve the burden of caregiving related to educational needs that contribute to mental stress and well-being issues.
“Over the last several years, millions of working parents have been forced to become education system experts with a vast majority of them worried about the long-term development plans for their children. “With these new capabilities online, we are now equipped and stand ready to help provide that peace of mind to all parents, students and caregivers who have been trying to solve these challenges totally and completely alone. ”
Michael Walsh, CEO of Cariloop
In addition to its new education support offering, Cariloop can also help working caregivers navigate the healthcare system with its team of Care Coaches specializing in pediatrics, adult and elder care support.
Cariloop provides a human-powered Caregiver Support Platform to help working caregivers and families plan for and manage the care of their loved ones. The Platform pairs caregivers with a dedicated, experienced Care Coach who guides families through the many decisions they make over the length of their caregiving journey, all while collaborating on a digital care portal that helps families securely communicate across all their devices and store important health, financial and legal documents.
JobsFirstNYC | June 08, 2022
On June 7th, JobsFirstNYC announced that it has partnered with New York City’s Mayor’s office to promote the expansion of the Summer Youth Employment Program. The initiative aims to expand the program from 75,000 to 100,000 participants through a multi-stakeholder partnership approach. The strategy is anticipated to boost the experience of employers and young people with learning opportunities.
"The Mayor's office is committed to supporting young New Yorkers in accessing work-based learning opportunities, building the necessary skills and experience needed to connect to our City's world-class labor market. The City is excited to partner with JobsFirstNYC and local small and mid-sized businesses to create high-quality experiences for all young people."
- Sheena Wright, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives
"Our partnership with the Deputy Mayor's office allows us to collaborate with the NYC Department of Education, as well as private sector employers, employer intermediaries, young people, nonprofits and government agencies on this initiative that bears meaning for the long-term economic wellbeing ofNew York City. JobsFirstNYC is a leader in investigating, imagining, incubating, implementing, and integrating solutions that work to remove barriers for young people and the Administration's new initiative aligns with our mission."
- Marjorie Parker, President and CEO, JobsFirstNYC
"Our students need more career-connected and work-based learning opportunities that will support them on a path to long term economic security. The expansion of SYEP is a key step towards ensuring that more students gain access to paid work experience — and a vital one to help them build skills and make informed decisions."
- Jade Grieve, Chief of Student Pathways, New York City Department of Education
"We are very supportive of the strategy to engage small and mid-size businesses, which comprise the majority of our members, in accessing talent while providing high quality work experiences for young adults inNew York City."
-Key SYEP partners and CEOs of NYC Five-Borough Chamber Alliance