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Manchester Community College announces free tuition, hybrid course offerings and virtual reality labs

manchester community college announces free tuition, hybrid course offerings and virtual reality labs

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Manchester Community College
MANCHESTER, NH — When Manchester Community College launches its fall semester on August 31, there will be a number of enhancements available to students to help them navigate through the challenges of the pandemic. From free tuition to hybrid course offerings to exciting new technology, this semester promises flexibility and wide-ranging options for those pursuing associate degrees or enrollment in certificate programs or individual classes.
There is new help available for students trying to figure out how to pay for community college during these difficult times. As part of the CARES Act, federal funds have now been made available to families who, because of COVID-19, are facing new challenges in trying to pay for college. This money is for tuition support for the fall of 2020 – for both current and new students, and can be used in all of MCC’s programs, including Workforce Development Center classes.  Many programs offer short-term certificate options which are building blocks to associate degrees or can be stand-alone professional credentials that can assist in employment. As of August 10, more than $200,000 has been awarded to MCC students.
 “MCC has struck a balance between minimizing risk and maximizing educational opportunities,” explains MCC President Brian Bicknell. “Many …

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Casper Sleep’s reawakening highlights strength of city’s startups

casper sleep’s reawakening highlights strength of city’s startups

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Casper Sleep looked doomed when the economy was put into a coma in March. The mattress retailer’s losses doubled in the first quarter, and its stock price sank to as little as $3 a share.
Today, however, Casper reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter revenue while losses dropped in half after excluding restructuring and other costs. The Manhattan-based firm’s stock price has nearly tripled from its low. CEO Philip Krim said Casper is able “to meet the needs of more consumers and capture market share in a challenging environment.”
To be clear, money-losing Casper isn’t out of the woods. Its stock still trades below its initial offering price from earlier this year, a sign Wall Street isn’t sold on this company yet. Still, Casper seems to have a future, and its resilience speaks well to the city’s startup scene, which has produced some bona-fide winners in truly trying times.

Shares in Lemonade, an insurance firm, have more than doubled since going public last month. Datadog, a software company, has nearly tripled since last year’s initial public offering.
It’s becoming clear that at least some startups are in better shape to withstand the Covid-19 lockdown than many people …

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McKinney health care delivery startup plans to expand with grant

mckinney health care delivery startup plans to expand with grant

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CourMed, a growing company built on the home delivery of prescription drugs, plans to expand after receiving a grant from the McKinney Economic Development Corporation.CourMed will move its headquarters into Hub 121 once that mixed-use development is completed. In the meantime, the startup plans to expand in its current offices at the Craig Ranch Corporate Center.The company expects to add 22 new high-tech jobs over the next three years thanks to the grant from the MEDC’s Innovation Fund, according to a news release. The Innovation Fund is designed to help startups at various stages grow. In recent weeks, computer-aided engineering company EnginSoft announced an expansion of its McKinney headquarters and software startup Ingene announced its plans to move north from Richardson. “The Innovation Fund has continued to draw interest from companies on the coasts, major metros, and from right here in DFW,” MEDC Project Manager Madison Clark said in the news release. “We’re excited to partner with CourMed as they scale in McKinney and export this service to other markets across the United States.”CourMed uses “crowdsourced delivery,” similar to services like Uber, to deliver prescriptions or other items associated with wellness, including personal protective equipment. “McKinney has …

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Jessica Brillhart discusses the power of immersive virtual reality

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Futurists follows industry leaders across all different disciplines who are advancing their fields with technology, innovation, and fearlessness. This is a look into the future of our world as we know it – and as we don’t yet. Come back every Thursday this fall to learn about more trailblazers. Despite graduating with a degree in film and television production from New York University and working extensively at Google as a filmmaker, Jessica Brillhart believed she was capable of accomplishing more. In 2018, she founded Vrai Pictures, an XR content studio based in New York City, with the goal of giving people an immersive virtual reality experience. 

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Turkey eyes more exits by year-end, investments to grow for startups

turkey eyes more exits by year-end, investments to grow for startups

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Foreign investors have turned to Turkey to benefit from increased monetary expansions caused by the coronavirus outbreak and the recent depreciation in the Turkish lira. Industry representatives say they expect $3 billion in exits and around $200 million in venture investments by the year-end.

Since the beginning of the year, large-scale “exits” of the likes of Peak Games and Rollic, as well as investments in companies such as Insider, Getir and Vivense, showed hope for 2020 mergers and acquisitions figures.

Finberg Corporate Venture Capital Board Member Ihsan Elgin said in a report published by Turkish daily Dünya on Tuesday that due to low-interest rates and fluctuations, as well as warnings in the stock market, institutional investors are turning to the startup world and that this interest will continue to grow.

Elgin said that companies that could not immediately adapt to the increasing digitalization after the pandemic also turned to startups, noting that this is an indication of the increase in the number of corporate venture capitals.

Fund amount exceeded $250M

Figopara Founding Partner and CEO Koray Gültekin Bahar also said that successful exits would be seen in financial technology, B2B software technologies and health and education technologies – the importance of which has …

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Virtual Reality is completely different from how you think it is?

virtual reality is completely different from how you think it is?

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Today’s era of Virtual Reality is still undergoing major change and rapid development. What we see with the help of media is just one-third of the whole deal. In the current world, where we are entitled to work on digital mediums, Virtual Reality holds a major name and surely is a game-changer. For example, last week my brother asked me to attend a VR meditation and I was completely oblivious of the fact to what it is. With the help of VR, now meditation groups can entice everyone to a common platform, two or three times a week, and conduct teaching sessions.I believe, that most people have a vague idea of Virtual Reality in today’s world. What they tend to see is more like a 3d TV or a gaming headset (thanks to Youtube, for which we have a common perception of VR). VR is indeed cool but if we take the thinking horizons and expand it, we can check to see that it is much cooler. The 3D part of VR is just a third level matter. Being a digital marketing specialist, the concept of technology baffles me. Technology advances every single moment and you need …

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SAP.iO Foundry Tel Aviv Program Eyes Emerging Israeli Tech Startups

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SAP.iO Foundry Tel Aviv Program Eyes Emerging Israeli Tech Startups

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Virtual Reality in Aerospace and Defence: Technology Trends

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Virtual Reality (VR) headsets typically come with a screen – or one screen for each eye – which eliminates all interactions with the real world. Autofocus lenses are positioned between the eyes and the screen, which move according to the user’s eye movements to convert 2D images into stereoscopic 3D. Visuals are then rendered on the screen, either through a direct connection with another device, or, from an in-built computing system.
Listed below are the key technology trends impacting the VR industry, as identified by GlobalData.
Custom silicon
The smartphone component ecosystem has played a critical role in the evolution of VR, but the next wave of innovation is being driven by purpose-built silicon. Nvidia and AMD lead the VR/AR chip market, but Qualcomm is a formidable competitor. The company’s Snapdragon XR1 chip, launched in October 2018, is the industry’s first VR/AR-specific processor, offering improved battery support, lower temperatures, and a better audio-video experience.
The use of XR1 in Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2.0 has raised expectations that Google’s Daydream VR, presently operating on the Snapdragon 835 smartphone processor, will also get the new chip.
3D audio
Virtual reality display technologies have improved over the years but audio has …

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8 ways to increase your visibility in the ‘new normal’

8 ways to increase your visibility in the ‘new normal’

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By now, we have all gotten somewhat familiar with the numerous challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most entrepreneurs are working hard to keep up the momentum and adjust their business strategies to the “new normal”. The key question is how can we successfully manage to not only adapt to the “new normal”, but actually define it and improve our brand positioning while doing so? We’ve pulled together 8 ways to increase your startup’s visibility both internally and externally and master your communication campaigns amid this pandemic.

Aligning your product with the current situation in a meaningful way

The challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have only increased these past months and it’s obvious that the most innovative startups are the ones who have succeeded in growing their visibility by building on existing trends. Telehealth is just one such trend making an impact. For instance, startups like Teleclinic and Cureety are moving ahead while developing telemedicine services to help patients get in touch with medical experts via digital channels. However, you don’t have to necessarily be in the health sector to be able to connect with your audience during this crisis. Be mindful, stay humble and try …

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The hidden stumbling block for corporate-startup deals: procurement | Sifted

the hidden stumbling block for corporate-startup deals: procurement | sifted

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This is the first in a series of pieces about “unsexy innovation” series: from my time working on inhouse M&A to startup partnerships and into Innovation Consulting, it’s the misalignment of processes that kills deals. This series will dive into the areas gurus have never experienced and arm you with tangible lessons for your work.
The problem:
Most corporate procurement processes are not traditionally designed to work at pace with start-ups or niche suppliers, the engagement can often mean unclear next steps and timelines leading to frustrations and blockers on both sides.
Then, the invoice hits the procurement department and a confusing dance begins.

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Tell me if this sounds familiar, you are a start-up/ services provider selling into a corporate or a corporate sponsor. Everything is going great, the two companies are getting on, you’ve had a few meetings, talked a lot, you’re both itching to get a deal going.
Then, the invoice / contract / proposal hits a department no one has been talking about — procurement — and a confusing dance begins.

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