NEW YORK : The historical event #BloggersGiveBack took place at the FIT Design Entrepreneurs Collaborative 520 8th Avenue Suite 1202, New York, NY 10018 from 6:30 PM to 9:30PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. A highly curated and diverse group of 200 of New York City’s top influencers and bloggers, models, celebrities, modeling and PR agencies, media and brands with a combined global reach of well over 20 million, have come together to provide hundreds of pounds of quality clothing donations to Housing Works which is a New York City based nonprofit fighting the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness and in partnership with the media to redefine the terms “Blogger/ Influencer” as being someone who only works for their own benefit, to being someone who can affect positive change in society.
The celebrity infused subject matter expert panel discussion was led by paradigm shifting event coproducers Catherine Schuller, renowned diversity fashion event curator of Runway the Real Way, Sarah Hamel-Smith plus sized model and digital influencer at True Model Management and Urszula Makowska, actress, influencer and social media expert.
Panelists included Nev Schulman the host of MTV’s show Catfish, creative director Laura Perlongo, Khrystyna Kaz winner of America’s Next Top Model, Chrissy Monroe founder of Survive to Thrive Global and VH1’s show Love and Hip Hop, Kahlil Martin NYC socialite and CEO of D17Productions Management Corp, Kristen Luong designer of sustainable fashion line KROMAGNON and Scarlett Hao the first Chinese curvy fashion influencer. Participants discussed the importance of diversity, sustainable fashion practices as well as ways to awaken the social responsibility component in influencer marketing/ blogging.
“#BloggersGiveBack is a brilliant idea that I hope continues to grow and help young people understand the potential they have to make positive change.” – Nev Schulman, executive producer and host of MTV’s Catfish.
“A great night for a great initiative. Proud to be part of such an inspiring community of content creators taking the time to invent new ways to give back.” – Laura Perlongo, women’s advocate, host and creator of Facebook’s We Need to Talk. Bloggers Give Back was formulated through recognizing a need for applying a social responsibility, diversity and sustainability component to Blogging/ Influencer Marketing. “With the implosion of social media we have shifted from a consumption based to an interactive based media paradigm. For the first time in history people are able to tell their own stories to mass audiences. The event has awakened bloggers and influencers to their power to utilize their voices to affect positive social change,” says Sarah Hamel-Smith.
Bloggers have a reputation in society as being selfish and narcissistic and this simply isn’t the truth. Participants gathered together to change the conversation. “Today, we are here to thank those who have supported us from the beginning and to give back to the community we are a part of, but also to do make a positive change with our voices utilizing social media to assist those in need. We have the voices. We have the power. We have the influence. We have the social media presence. Let’s do something positive together,” shares actress, blogger and influencer Urszula Makowska. “In the spirit of gratitude and sharing, we have come together to create an uplifting and joyous event to deliver a strong message about unity and caring,” Catherine Schuller.
About Bloggers Give Back: Bloggers Give Back was formulated through recognizing a need for applying a social responsibility, diversity and sustainability component to Blogging/ Influencer Marketing. The occasion has been co-produced by renowned diversity fashion event curator with Runway the Real Way, Catherine Schuller @schullercat, @runwaytherealway, plussized model and digital influencer at True Model Management, Sarah Hamel-Smith @thecurvytrini and actress, influencer and social media expert Urszula Makowska @urszulala.
Intuit QuickBooks Partners With Milaap to Support Small Businesses During COVID-19
Initiative to provide funding, resources and tools to small and micro businesses
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India: Intuit QuickBooks today announced the launch of the Small Business Relief Initiative, in collaboration with Milaap, to help small and micro businesses in India to raise money to tackle the challenges arising from the COVID-19 lockdown. Intuit’s QuickBooks Online is the world’s leading financial management solution for small businesses and accountants.
The Small Business Relief Initiative aims to raise funds for small and micro-businesses that are facing difficulties in paying employee salaries and in covering business expenses due to COVID-19. India has around 6.4 crore MSMEs that contribute to 29% of the GDP and employ 11.1 crore people. (Source)
As the COVID-19 induced lockdown continues, most of the small and micro businesses in the country are struggling to survive mainly due to cash flow problems. The Small Business Relief Initiative brings together Milaap’s crowdfunding platform with Intuit QuickBooks’ expertise, to provide local businesses with the resources and tools they require to start a crowdfunding campaign in a few clicks, via the Milaap platform where qualifying businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 can raise micro-grants to meet essential business expenses.
Talking about the program, Aditi Puri Batra, Country Manager, Intuit QuickBooks India, said, “Small and micro businesses play an important role in the larger supply chain and thus their health is imperative to kick-start the industry when the lockdown eases. While the Government of India and Reserve Bank of India have taken multiple steps to address the liquidity crunch faced by these businesses, there is a need for more programs that can put cash into their hands as not every one of them may have access to lending. We are hopeful our initiative fills that gap and empowers these small and micro businesses that are also a crucial source of employment for millions of people in the country.”
Intuit QuickBooks India is also fundraising by enabling its employees in India to donate funds to a small and micro business of their choice on Milaap’s platform and creating awareness about the initiative across its small business network and associated brand channels.
Regarding this initiative, Mayukh Choudhury, CEO and co-founder, Milaap said, “Small and micro businesses are a lifeline for countless communities. Over the last decade, Milaap has supported over 1.5 lakh micro and small businesses. An immediate financial stimulus, for these vulnerable businesses is the need of the hour. Such a stimulus will address not only the availability of goods across local areas, but also the sustenance of employment across the economy.”
How the Small Business Relief Initiative works:
Intuit QuickBooks India Small Business help site: Intuit QuickBooks is providing its network of small businesses with a resources and tools site that enables businesses to start their own fundraiser or support an existing one. From there, small businesses can share their story on Milaap and request help covering employee-related and business expenses. Then everyone – friends, family, neighbours, companies – can all search the Small Business Relief Initiative site to find small businesses in need and donate directly to them.
Milaap.org Small Business Relief Fund: Milaap.org, India’s largest crowdfunding platform for medical emergencies and social causes, has launched the Small Business Relief Initiative where people can donate to support the overall initiative. Donors in India will be able to donate towards a business of their choice on the Milaap platform.
The Small Business Relief Initiative in India follows a similar program Gofundme launched by Intuit QuickBooks in the US in partnership with Gofundme.
Milaap is South Asia’s largest crowdfunding platform for personal and social causes, especially in healthcare emergencies, micro businesses, and in natural crises. Milaap’s community of funders come from over 130 countries across the world and have contributed over Rs. 900 crores, for 200,000+ projects across India. Over the last 10 years, Milaap has become a preferred platform for people to raise funds for and contribute to the causes they care about in India. Milaap.org has the vision of making giving a part of everyday life for Indians. The website has over 2.5 million page views every month, and is growing 3x yearly. The e-mail support extends over 15 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is rendered via a dedicated team that hand-holds users through any procedure on the website. The platform’s single minded goal is to ensure an easy, trusted, and engaging way of giving for Indians.
Board Infinity has Introduced Microlearning to Enable Education Continuity Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak
New Delhi, March 2020: As schools and colleges around the world have shut down its classrooms to limit the coronavirus outbreak, college authorities and educators around the globe have shifted its focus to the online medium. With online classes being the norm today, Board Infinity, a career tech startup has introduced micro-learning in Personal Finance & Investment Planning, Data Structure &Algorithms, AI & ML, Product Management, Placement & Internship Preparation, and Python for Data Science. These modules are available from 10 hours to 20 hours depending upon the learners’ needs. Students can thus master the fundamentals from the comfort of their home and at an affordable cost. On successful completion, the learners also receive a digital certificate for each program.
In addition, the students have the advantage of live classes& mentoring from the industry experts to strengthen the fundamentals of each course. The experts include Rahul Baid – Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting; Yashwant Pachisia– AVP, Commercial Banking, HSBC; Ashish Anand – Marketing Director, Droom Technology; Mirza Rahim Baig – Analytics Leader, Flipkart; Kunaal Naik – Analytics Practitioner, Lifeaholic Evangelist, DELL EMC; Ruble Joseph – Vice President, eClerx; Naggapan Ramaswamy – Product Manager, Razorpay& Aditya Mehta – Data Scientist, General Mills
Speaking on this occasion, Sumesh Nair, Co-Founder of Board Infinity says, “COVID-19 has thrown life out of gear for everyone, whether it is business, parents or students. But thanks to technology, students are able to enhance their skills & continue their education. Keeping this in mind, we have introduced a shorter duration program for students & working professionals to continue their learning and get accustomed to new-age skills. This is a great time to upskill till the market picks up in the upcoming quarters.”
He further added that since the lockdown, we have added more than 8000 learners &there has been a surge in traffic from cities other than the top 10 such as Madurai, Nagpur, Jalandhar, Calicut, Belgaum, Raipur, Udaipur, Ranchi and Kanpur.
About Board Infinity
Board Infinity, a career-tech start-up aims to impact the entire skilling ecosystem using its unique expert-led model and live classes across domains. The start-up is bridging the gap between job seekers and the industries by making them learn as well as earn byproviding various job opportunities. It also gives directions to the students with the right knowledge to make effective career choices so that they are ready to face the corporate world. In addition, the company provides short skilling courses delivered by industry experts in live classes format across emerging technologies and management roles.
Board Infinity products have been designed with the best expertise in the industry and are aimed at students going for higher education as well as working professionals. Today, the platform has 700+ experts with tremendous growth year on year and they serve customers across 50 cities in India.
Mark Osborne to join ePropelled’s Commercial Advisory Board
Lowell, MA | March 18, 2020 – ePropelled, a leader in magnetic engineering technology for electro-magnetic motors, today announced the appointment of Mark Osborne to the company’s Commercial Advisory Board.
“We are lucky to have Mark as a member our Commercial Advisory Board,” said CEO Nick Grewal. “Mark is knowledgeable of the automobile industry and is passionate about advancing automotive technology. Mark’s sound advice and enthusiasm for motors and electric vehicles are what we need to help drive us to our goals.”
Mark has worked in the auction industry for 30 years both in the US and the UK, and currently holds the position Global Director of Motorsport at Bonhams. Mark’s involvement in motorsport dates from an early age when he attended Formula 1 races in the 1970s. Currently he serves as a consultant within the world of Formula 1, and has worked with numerous teams up and down the community over the last 5 years. In the auction world, his consignments rank as world record price achievements for marques including Rolls-Royce and for both McLaren and Williams. Mark is a regular attendee and competitor at motor racing circuits throughout North America.
Marks says, “ePropelled has embraced the timely and crucial demand for efficient future technologies at this critical juncture. I’m proud to be associated with the company and the important work they are doing to integrate their advanced magnetic engineering into our everyday lives.”
ePropelled is a leader in magnetic engineering innovations that define the future of electric propulsion. Our patented intelligent motors and generators are software controlled and enable new levels of both energy and system-level efficiencies in aviation, aerospace and electric vehicles as well as industrial and HVAC applications. For more information, please visit www.ePropelled.com.
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