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Social Entrepreneurship

This category includes articles about social entrepreneurs, typically about businesses with a for-profit model with a social mission embedded into the fabric of the business.

Dell Names Humanitarian Elizabeth Gore its Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Dell appoints EIR to extend Dell’s reach among global customers and to advocate for global entrepreneur programs and policies

ROUND ROCK, Texas – Sept. 8, 2014 – Dell today announced that Elizabeth Gore, currently serving as entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) for the United Nations Foundation, will join the company in February 2015 as its EIR. At Dell, Gore will drive initiatives that support Dell’s goals around helping small and medium businesses scale and prosper, fueling the expansion of global entrepreneurship, thereby creating jobs that will drive the world economy. Gore will extend Dell’s global advocacy efforts to raise entrepreneurship to the public policy agenda, encouraging policies and practices that support and enable entrepreneurial growth globally.

“It has been an honor to support the causes of the United Nations through working with entrepreneurs to scale innovations that improve lives,” said Elizabeth Gore. “Technology is the most consistent and reliable force that continues to enable and improve human potential through innovation. Dell’s global footprint and influence will give entrepreneurs the platform to take their solutions to the next level.”

Elizabeth will continue to chair the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council as a Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation.

“Entrepreneurs have the power to transform our global economy, but they face challenges around access to markets, capital and technology. There is no silver bullet, and a multi-faceted approach to ensure their successes is necessary,” said Karen Quintos, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Dell. “Elizabeth’s impressive background, deep expertise working with both public and private sector, make her an ideal fit as Dell’s next EIR. We are thrilled to have her on board, creating positive change for entrepreneurs, and helping to remove the barriers to risk-taking that exist in many cultures.”

Dell listens to the top challenges and triumphs that entrepreneurs face and uses that feedback to help them expand their networks, find valuable resources, and use technology to innovate and grow their businesses. Gore succeeds Dell’s first entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR), Ingrid Vanderveldt, who completed her tenure in June 2014. Michael Dell was appointed as the UN Foundation’s first ever Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship, in June 2014.

About Dell Entrepreneur in Residence Program

Dell is one of just a handful of corporations to bring on an EIR and its program takes a unique spin on the concept, which is traditionally associated with venture capital firms as a means to give investors access to new ideas and deal flow. Dell’s EIR program is designed to bridge the outside entrepreneurial perspective into Dell, and help to open up resources to entrepreneurs seeking to quickly scale and succeed in new and unprecedented ways.

About Dell

Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. As the visionary outcome of a true entrepreneur, Dell is committed to help power the success of entrepreneurs by developing technology solutions that help their businesses increase productivity and grow.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.

Dell World

Join us November 4-6 at Dell World 2014, Dell’s premier customer event exploring how technology solutions and services provide organizations a better way to accelerate business’ ability to innovate. Learn more at www.dellworld.com and follow #DellWorld on Twitter.

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Food, Film, and Fashion Win The New York Public Library’s Top Prizes for New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition 2014, Supported by the Citi Foundation

First Place Winner Receives $15,000 to Open Chicano Restaurant, Cholo Noir, on the Lower East Side in time for Cinco de Mayo 2015

September 8 – The New York Public Library (NYPL) and Citi today announced the winners of New York StartUP! 2014 Business Plan Competition, an annual competition managed by NYPL’s Science Industry and Business Library (SIBL) and generously funded by the Citi Foundation. The top prize of $15,000 went to Chicali R&B Concepts founded by Lennard Camarillo of Manhattan and Arlene Lozano of Queens. With the award, Chicali R&B Concepts plans to open a Chicano restaurant, Cholo Noir (www.cholonoir.com), on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The business plan for Cholo Noir was selected as the first place winner over 38 other completed plans. Camarillo and Lozano received the award from Kristin McDonough, SIBL’s director, after she acknowledged all 10 finalists in the audience.

“The Library’s StartUP! Business Plan Competition is a competitive process and one that gives all aspiring entrepreneurs the foundation they need to create a thriving business,” said Kristin McDonough, Director of SIBL. “Today’s finalists join SIBL’s community of passionate and driven businessmen and women. We are grateful to the Citi Foundation for their support, along with SIBL’s community of business advisors, experts, and mentors – all of whom make success possible.”

“Citi congratulates all of today’s winners as well as all who benefited from this year’s StartUP! Business Plan Competition”, said Eileen Auld, Director, New York Tristate Market, Citi Community Development. “Citi’s partnership with the New York Public Library in supporting this competition for the past five years is a great example of the Citi Foundation’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship opportunities worldwide.”

NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer gave the keynote address at the ceremony and was joined by Camarillo, Lozano and finalists:

  • Eleanor Luken and Mark Blackman received the second-place award of $7,500 for their plan to create the Harlem Independent Theater (www.thehitcinema.org), a theater showing second-run movies that also serves as a community space for local artists.
  • The third-place award of $5,000 went to Autumn Adeigbo for Makoko, an African clothing line featuring beading by woman artisans in Africa (www.autumnadeigbo.com).
  • James Lowery and wife Phylline Loza of Snowdow – which provides dogs protective gear in inclement weather – and Jemini Patel of Barcode5, a mobile app that allows users to access discount coupons and promotions for personal care products, each received $1,500.

Websites for Cholo Noir, the Harlem Independent Theater, and Makoko were created by students participating in Project Code, an eight-week free workshop series designed for those interested in learning about websites and coding from NYPL Tech Connect.

Nearly 500 applications were submitted to the 2014 New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition. As a requirement for consideration, entrants were required to attend an orientation, three out of four business planning workshops, and meet with expert business advisors in the course of writing their business plans. The workshops and business counseling sessions provided practical information about starting and growing a business and entrants made use of the extensive business collections and business information databases available at SIBL. The business plans were evaluated by a panel of judges representing local business development leaders from non profits and public agencies, venture capital firms and banks, and successful entrepreneurs.

Aspiring business owners can learn more about next year’s competition, New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition 2015, by visiting http://www.nypl.org/bizplan. The first orientation session will be held on October 9 at the Business Library; orientation sessions will continue at locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island through January 8. Attendance at an orientation session is mandatory for those who wish to participate in the competition. In order to qualify, entrants must be 18 years of age or older; live in Manhattan, the Bronx or Staten Island as a legal resident or United States citizen; and plan to start a business in one of those boroughs.

About The Science, Industry, and Business Library

The Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) is a premier public business library founded in 1996 with comprehensive print materials, e-resources, and services for start-ups and established businesses seeking expansion, and for job seekers from entry to executive levels. Library staff provide roving assistance and consultations, and advisory services are offered on-site by experienced business owners, career coaches, and a financial specialist.

About The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millionsmore around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.

About the Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress in communities around the world and focuses on initiatives that expand financial inclusion. We collaborate with best-in-class partners to create measurable economic improvements that strengthen low-income families and communities. Through a “More than Philanthropy” approach, Citi’s business resources and human capital enhance our philanthropic investments and impact. For more information, visit www.citifoundation.com.

About Citi Community Development

Citi Community Development (CCD) is leading Citi’s commitment to achieve economic empowerment and growth for underserved individuals, families and communities by expanding access to financial products and services, and building sustainable business solutions and innovative partnerships. Our focus areas include: commercial and philanthropic funding; innovative financial products and services; and collaborations with institutions that expand access to financial products and services for low-income and underserved communities. For more information, please visit http://www.citicommunitydevelopment.com.

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The Worthy Collection Partners with Ovarian Cancer National Alliance to Commemorate National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

— Fashion-for-Fundraising Campaign Unites Apparel with Philanthropy to Support Ovarian Cancer, Help Save Women’s Lives —

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 – This year, an estimated 22,000 women in the U.S. will get ovarian cancer, according to a just-published study by the American Cancer Society. Of these, two-thirds may die*1. To honor National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, The Worthy Collection, a charity-influenced apparel brand, has teamed up with The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, a non-profit that helps raise awareness of ovarian cancer, on a fundraising promotion to support the deadliest gynecologic cancer.

Each day this month, The Worthy Collection will put a spotlight on this little-understood health concern by selling themed merchandise – including graphic tees and tops, totes, mugs and pillows — from its designed collection. The company will donate a portion of the proceeds of each purchase to the Alliance to support this difficult-to-detect but deadly disease. One-of-a-kind apparel by the Collection’s talented designers reflects the color teal—the symbolic color of ovarian cancer.

Each apparel item represents a personal choice in support of women’s health and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, and is available for purchase starting today at WorthyCollection.org.

“By collaborating with the Alliance and spreading awareness of ovarian cancer, we hope to impact many women’s lives,” said Chris Worthy, Founder of The Worthy Collection. “The Alliance is a powerful voice for everyone touched by ovarian cancer, and we’re proud to be associated with national awareness month.”

Continued Worthy: “Consumers today are using apparel as a means of self-expression to demonstrate their commitment to giving back, and we hope they’ll ‘buy teal’ to support this worthy charity. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a powerful voice for everyone touched by ovarian cancer, and we’re honored to partner with them. Through our September campaign, we’re doing our part to raise hope for much-needed treatments for this little-understood cancer.”

The campaign is the latest creation of The Worthy Collection. Previous life-changing causes included: women’s rights, orphans, at-risk youth, small business entrepreneurs, clean water and many more.

About National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month:

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month—a time of year dedicated to raising awareness of the deadliest gynecologic cancer. All women are at risk of developing this cancer, and one in 72 will be diagnosed in her lifetime. Since there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, women are encouraged to make sure they are not another statistic and learn the most common symptoms:

* Bloating Pelvic or abdominal pain * Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly * Urinary symptoms *

To learn more about The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s efforts, visit: www.ovariancancer.org.

About The Worthy Collection:

The Worthy Collection is a charity-influenced apparel brand focused on creating positive change throughout the world by coming together with non-profit organizations and charities by supporting them through their passion for fashion. The Worthy Collection partners with twelve different charity organizations each year and launches a unique campaign to raise funds for causes. We offer great style, boutique design and graphic delivery on our clothes. For more information, please visit: http://worthycollection.org.

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World Hope International Named Award Nominee in Securing Water For Food Grand Challenge for Development

WHI’s Greenhouses Revolutionizing Output Project, a partnership with the Pennsylvania State University Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program, improves water sustainability to ultimately boost food security and help alleviate poverty

ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 2, 2014World Hope International (WHI), in partnership with Penn State’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program (PSU-HESE), today announced that its Greenhouses Revolutionizing Output Project (GRO) has been named an award nominee in the Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development. Founded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Securing Water for Food program aims to identify and accelerate innovative technologies and market-driven approaches that improve water sustainability ultimately helping to boost food security and alleviate poverty.

“Water scarcity and its impact on food security is one of the most pressing development challenges of the early 21st Century,” said Khanjan Mehta, Director for the PSU-HESE Program. “As partners with World Hope International on the GRO Greenhouses joint venture, we know this has the potential to transform livelihoods, health and food security for farmers currently living on less than $2 a day. We’re honored to receive this award and look forward to using the funds and recognition associated with it to mobilize the project and bring it to scale in the most poverty-stricken countries in the world.”

In lieu of water supply becoming more limited, there is an urgent need to conserve and make use of every drop of water to foster food security. The GRO Greenhouses project will invest in “Affordable Greenhouses,” a new greenhouse concept designed, developed and field-tested by PSU-HESE. Studies by the university have shown that greenhouses effectively reduce evapotranspiration by 30 percent when compared to open-field conditions, and the water use per unit yield can be lowered by up to 61 percent through the usage of a controlled irrigation system inside the greenhouse. Furthermore, the growing season under greenhouse and drip irrigation can be extended from 6 to 12 months, increasing crop yields up to 300 percent, compared to crops grown in an open field without drip irrigation. Greenhouses also allow farmers to extend their growing seasons so they can grow produce to markets when prices for produce are higher.

However, conventional small-scale greenhouses are expensive, high-maintenance and difficult to construct. Affordable Greenhouses cost under $500 per unit, and can be constructed in just two days by two trained technicians. Additionally, the Greenhouses last over 5 years on average and are portable and expandable, enabling farmers to increase capacity as their profits rise. These structures are proven to be more affordable, durable and scalable than traditional greenhouses used around the world.

The GRO Greenhouses project specifically targets women farmers in Sierra Leone and Mozambique, where over 70 percent of the work force is engaged in small scale agriculture or agricultural trading. Through WHI’s existing network in these two countries, smallholder farmers will learn how to intensify their farms and grow vegetables year-round so as to augment their livelihoods and stem urban migration. There will also be a particular emphasis on nutrition for pregnant women and new mothers.

“Many people in these countries live traditional lifestyles in remote areas, far removed from the technology, commerce, water supply and infrastructure of modern cities. By utilizing our existing network of Village Partnerships, we’re able to reach smallholder farmers in these rural areas and train and empower them to transition their subsistence crops into commercial scale farming using the new technology of Affordable Greenhouses,” said John Lyon, World Hope International’s President. “We’re proud to partner with PSU-HESE on the distribution and execution of this innovative greenhouse concept, which we hope will combat hunger, provide food security and promote income generation in rural Sierra Leone and Mozambique.”

World Hope International’s John Lyon and PSU-HESE’s Khanjan Mehta accepted the award at World Water Week on September 1, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden. Khanjan Mehta also presented on the benefits of GRO Greenhouses at the same conference.

To learn more about the Securing Water for Food program, visit www.securingwaterforfood.org. For more information on World Hope International, call 703-923-9414 or visit www.WorldHope.org.

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Made-In-France Social Entrepreneurship Spreading To California – Emblematic Instances Showcased At SOCAP 2014

In France, the social and solidarity economy accounts for 10% of jobs and GDP. This economy involves 200,000 businesses and entities and it has grown by 23% in the past 10 years. Those businesses were successful in combining social impact in the public interest with the profitability and reliability found in standard companies. Those models are acting as the spearhead of a new economy, for they are more socially effective and they cost less to the community. They are called “social enterprises”.

The Paris Region is France’s foremost experimental territory for the new economy, simultaneously efficient and solidarity-oriented.

Many entities, focused on personal well-being, quality care-giving or the fight against social exclusion, have long been operating profitably within the Paris Region.

For instance, French models which consist in promoting social integration through business activity are particularly effective. Those businesses are involved in a competitive market, as they train and hire former jobless workers so as to provide them with a means of re-entering the standard job market. For instance, the SOS Group, France’s first social enterprise located in the Paris Region, currently manages a cluster of 12 social integration enterprises in a variety of sectors ranging from catering to events management or communication. With $35m in total revenue, every year those businesses guide over 300 people through the integration process. The positions involved offer people without work a course and a two-year career, as well as social support, in order to help them secure sustainable employment. Over 85% of those going through the integration process find a job upon completion of their round inside those social integration enterprises. In addition to the social impact, for every euro invested in a social integration enterprise, the return on investment to the community is €4!

“The Paris Region can bring a lot to the development of social economy and social enterprises around the world. We have been very innovative and very creative in inventing and developing new business models that are able to target the major social issues that we are facing and which exists all around the world” agrees Nicolas Hazard, Chairman of CALSO, an American company intent on replicating France’s social entrepreneurship models in the United States.

Moreover, the Paris Region is also renowned for its innovative schemes and infrastructures devoted to social entrepreneurship. In addition to its numerous existing impact investment funds, the Paris Region also develops a large amount of business incubators and boosters intended for social entrepreneurs. Developed by Comptoir de l’Innovation, the Social Good Lab is a prime example of those: this incubator provides guidance to high-potential entrepreneurs who are developing technologically innovative products and services meant to resolve social issues. This scheme has successfully created bridges between the technological innovation and the social entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Know-how that is in tune with California’s entrepreneurial spirit

Convinced that there is potential for entrepreneurial and innovative approaches in the United States, CALSO has settled in California to replicate social integration models that were successfully developed in France. Those enterprise models, with their substantial social impact and good business performance, will complete efforts being made by existing entities, long funded by philanthropic sources in the U.S.

“We have found here great people with a great mindset! We are now developing high-potential social enterprises with them. I strongly believe California is the land of innovation that will allow us to magnify social impact and to contribute to social change in the long run”, asserts Nicolas Hazard.

The incubator model that combines social impact and new technology is also of particular interest to American partners, especially in Silicon Valley, where technological innovation is a must, but where it has a poor track record in serving the public interest or the underprivileged!

More information: two conferences at SOCAP 2014

SOCAP14 is an international conference dealing with impact investing and social entrepreneurship issues, taking place in San Francisco from September 2 to 5, 2014. CALSO will hold two major conferences at the event, featuring experts in the sector like Carla Javitz, Executive Director at REDF (an American organisation investing in social enterprises in the social integration sector), CALSO Chairman Nicolas Hazard, and Neal Baer, who was Executive Producer for TV series like ER and Under the Dome but is also an American social entrepreneur.

– Creating a Market that Values Health and Wellbeing (September 3, 2014)

Co-organiser: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

– New Theorem: Money + Job Inclusion = Better Health (September 5, 2014)

Co-organiser: SOCAP14

About

Paris Region Entreprises provides support towards the international growth of businesses from and into the Paris Region. Paris Region Entreprises makes use of its branches in the United States, China and Israel to facilitate the local establishment and growth of French and Paris Region businesses.

For further information: www.paris-region.com
http://twitter.com/ParisRegion#ParisRegion YouTube: ParisRegionChannel
Contact : Aude Colonna – +33(0)1 75 62 59 27 – aude.colonna@parisregionentreprises.org

CALSO is a Californian non-profit organization, replicating successful French social enterprise models in the U.S. CALSO’s mission is to strengthen communities by empowering individuals to reach their full potential. We aim at building an inclusive society where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by developing a comprehensive approach towards poverty. Indeed, we know from experience that each exclusion situation is a mix of several unresolved issues (health, housing, environmental, psychological, etc.) and believe it is important to develop integrated and holistic solutions. CALSO is also 100% committed to social innovation. We are catalysing innovative approaches to address old, stubborn challenges in California and beyond. We are constantly working on adapting our services to new or unaddressed social needs, and on formulating innovative solutions to give everyone a second chance.

For further information: www.calso.co
https://twitter.com/nicolashazard

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The Food Lab at University of Texas Teams With Startup Aggieland and The Borlaug Institute to Promote First-time Food Challenge Prize

Competition Supported by Texas A&M University’s New Student Business Accelerator

AUSTIN, Texas — The Food Lab at UT, which recently announced its early-stage business startup competition, The Food Lab Challenge, has joined forces with Startup Aggieland and The Borlaug Institute to encourage innovation in the global food system. In its inaugural year at The University of Texas at Austin, the competition will award $30,000 in prizes to teams producing a product or service impacting one of four food-related categories (read below). The business competition is open to anyone, anywhere, from undergraduate students to established entrepreneurs and has attracted more than 60 teams since registration began June 1, 2014.

“The Food Lab at UT is based in the idea of creating alliances across a larger, entrepreneurial-minded food community – from businesses and government to educational institutions and non-profits. We’re thrilled to team up with the like-minded innovators at Startup Aggieland and The Borlaug Institute; it’s just the beginning of our growing academic network dedicated to innovation in the food system,” said Robyn Metcalfe, founder and director of the Food Lab at UT.

“Startup Aggieland looks forward to continuing our entrepreneurial collaboration with The University of Texas by association with The Food Lab at UT and similarly innovative programs at the Austin campus,” noted Startup Aggieland Assistant Director Don Lewis, an executive professor with Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. “When Startup Aggieland Marketing Coordinator Shelly Brenckman brought this opportunity to me, it seemed like a natural fit to what our students at Startup Aggieland are already doing. The idea of addressing real world problems in conjunction with our friends at UT furthers this fit and our strategic alliance.”

Startup Aggieland has added the competition to curriculum for its prestigious Startup Fellows program for freshmen and sophomores, an initiative created by Brenckman. One of her mentors with Texas A&M’s College of Architecture also added it to his curriculum.

“We’re thrilled about the collaboration between these two flagship institutions,” stated Professor Rodney Hill, AIA Piper Professor for Teaching Excellence in the State of Texas and a founding member of the Board of Directors for Startup Aggieland. “It’s how the real world works. We encourage our students to get out of their bubbles and go global.”

A key alliance includes the support of the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, named for the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Norman Borlaug, a distinguished teacher and researcher at Texas A&M from 1984 until his death in 2009. The Borlaug Institute and Startup Aggieland will not only help promote the Food Lab Challenge across its networks, from students and faculty to corporate and community partners, but will also provide mentors and judges.

“I am honored to be a part of the UT Food Lab Competition,” stated Associate Director for External Relations at Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture Julie Borlaug. “Programs like this provide a platform for the next generation of “hunger fighters” to become engaged in the fight against global hunger. Our collaboration with The Food Lab at UT shows that people can and do work together across disciplines to find unique and innovative solutions to food security. Business as usual won’t adequately address the challenges we face in feeding nine billion people. We need fresh ideas and open minds.”

Competition registrants form teams of four or five members to aid the development of their business plans and supporting materials. The Food Lab is looking for team ideas that not only result in a great product but also impact and improve how the food supply chain functions in the following categories:

  1. Inputs and Production
  2. Processing, Packaging and Safety
  3. Storage and Distribution
  4. Healthy Eating and Food Education

A winner in each category will receive $5,000 and be eligible for the grand prize of $10,000; a total of $30,000 in cash rewarded.

Important Dates:

June 1, 2014 – Registration opens
September 30, 2014 – Food Lab Challenge registration ends, business plans due
November 1, 2014 – Finalist teams chosen and paired with mentors
February 14, 2015 – Challenge Prize Day event, winning teams announced

Teams chosen as finalists will be notified in early November. At that time, finalists will be paired with industry mentors who will guide the strengthening of business plans and the development of prototypes. Winning teams will be announced at an event in Austin scheduled for February 14, 2015.

For more information on the Food Lab Challenge Prize and for registration details, please visit the website.

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Pirelli Top Partner to the Inter-Religious Match For Peace

Support for the Initiative to Include a Charity Auction for A F1 Tire

Autographed By F1 Drivers and Soccer Players and the #P4peace Social Media Campaign: A Selfie for Peace

Milan, 25 August 2014 – Multicultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic values have always been an integral part of Pirelli’s culture, so it was only natural that the company would be proud to participate in the Inter-religious Match for Peace. A focus on the needs of society can be seen in the work Pirelli does every day. As a company with production facilities in 13 nations and a commercial presence in over 160, a manufacturer that employs 39,000 people of 34 nationalities and who speak over 20 languages, the values that the Inter-religious Match for Peace hope to convey – namely multicultural dialog and respect for others – have always been a part of Pirelli’s genetic makeup.

In conjunction with the Inter-religious Match for Peace, Pirelli has designed a number of initiatives to help everyone – from the company’s employees to the online community – to express their support for the event. Sport, of course, plays a central role, and soccer and Formula 1® – where Pirelli has been the sole tire supplier since 2010 – in particular. The members of the two teams playing in the event on 1 September, along with the drivers from all Formula 1® teams, will be autographing a P Zero Grand Prix tire, which will then be auctioned off on the PUPI Foundation eBay channel beginning on 25 August, with the proceeds from the auction to be donated to the Scholas Occurrentes and PUPI Foundations.

Pirelli has also launched the social media campaign #P4Peace. The initiative, which started within Pirelli with selfies of employees from around the world, had already seen the participation of over 2.5 million people and been supported by over 70,000 fans by mid-August; this included celebrities from the worlds of sport, fashion, art and entertainment, who continue to publish selfies on their social networks, all signed with a “P” for peace drawn on their hand, on their face, on a t-shirt, or on a flag or banner. The selfies of Pirelli employees have also been made into a video – which will be shown at the Olimpico stadium on the evening of the match – underlining the values of multi-culturalism and integration which the event aims to promote and which have always distinguished Pirelli’s entrepreneurial culture.

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Finally, in conjunction with the event, Pirelli and PZero have created a limited-edition t-shirt featuring the word “Peace” written in the world’s major languages. This “t-shirt for peace” will be available for purchase at the PIRELLI CORSO VENEZIA flagship store, through the online stores of Pirelli PZero (www.pirellipzero.com) and the PUPI Foundation, and at the stadium on match day. All of the proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts are to go to the Scholas Occurrentes and PUPI Foundations.

By supporting the Inter-religious Match for Peace and developing related projects, Pirelli has reiterated the company’s commitment to promoting sport as a powerful means of cultural and generational dialog and integration. Through this association with sports to which the company has been committed since 1907, with activities over the years ranging from motorsports to sailing, golf and soccer, Pirelli has promoted many social initiatives to help local communities of the countries in which the organization operates. This commitment to sports has even become synonymous with ethics and solidarity, particularly among young people. Getting youth engaged in sports is a way to educate children from a range of social classes on the importance of integration, while also working to prevent situations of hardship such as isolation and solitude, thereby promoting growth, health and a spirit of teamwork that can then be reflected in society both now and into the future.

Passion for sport

Pirelli’s passion for sport began with cycling in 1895, a relationship which intensified with the 1909 Giro d’Italia when 30 of the 40 riders used Pirelli tires. In 1913, Pirelli also entered motorcycling, where it remained until 1956, to then return at the end of the 1990s, and the company has been the sole supplier of the world Superbike championship since 2004. Pirelli first entered motorsports, however, in 1907 when Pirelli tires were used by the Italians in the Peking to Paris rally. This was just the beginning and was to be followed by leading roles in the Mille Miglia, the world of rally racing, Grand Touring and, ultimately, Formula 1, where the company has been the sole supplier to all teams since 2011. But Pirelli’s commitment to sport does not just involve cars and motorcycles. There is also aeronautics – with the development of rubberized fabrics for aircraft and tires for airplanes – as well as athletics, fencing and sailing.

Pirelli’s most famous non-motorsport involvement is with the world of soccer, a relationship which dates back to 1877, when the production of rubber sporting goods also begins, and in 1922 it evolves further with patent rubber treatments for soccer balls. In 1926, Piero Pirelli – son of the company’s founder – pushed for the construction of the San Siro stadium in Milan, which is one of Milan’s major landmarks to this day. In 1995, Pirelli’s ties to soccer became even stronger when the group’s history becomes entwined with that of Inter, one of the most important and well-known clubs in the world.

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This 20-year association is not only one of sporting passion, but also an actual sharing of values, which resulted in Pirelli’s support for the Inter Campus project, which first arose in Italy and was then exported to other countries around the world with the goal of helping children in difficult situations to get an education as well as sports training.

There is, in fact, a preferential link between social solidarity and sport, a virtuous cycle in which commitment in sports becomes synonymous with a commitment to spreading social and ethical solidarity, especially among young people. Involvement in sport means teaching children of different social classes the concept of integration and working to prevent adverse situations, such as ostracism and loneliness.

Pirelli has, since 2008, supported the Inter campus social project in Slatina, in Romania, where the group has a production facility. Recreational and sporting activities are organized all year round for over 80 children from different social backgrounds and who have learned – through soccer – the values of teamwork, integration into society and friendship. In 2012, Pirelli and Inter repeated the experience in Silao, in Mexico, near the new Pirelli factory, involving 150 children in that area. In 2014, the first Inter Campus was launched in the U.S., in Inwood, New York, over time involving 120 children ages from 6 to 13, as well as four trainer/educators who will themselves receive periodic sports training from the technical staff of Inter Campus. The children participating will also be followed by the educators during the school year in the form of planned after-school activities and initiatives and tutoring.

Social involvement

Pirelli’s social involvement is not limited solely to sports, but is also expressed through activities of solidarity throughout the world. Since its inception in 1872, Pirelli has been aware that the company plays an important role in promoting social progress in all of the communities where it operates by supporting social, environmental, cultural, sporting, healthcare, educational and training initiatives around the world.

The promotion of education and technical training constitute values that are inherent to Pirelli’s history, which has featured technical and research partnerships with various universities around the world, beginning with, among others, the Milan and Turin polytechnic universities, but also the University of Shandong in China and the University of Craiova in Romania. Pirelli firmly believes in training as a key to individual growth and the growth of a nation and, for this reason, donates scholarships, supports projects, and provides educational support to give underprivileged children the instruments they need to climb out of poverty. Among the most important of these educational support programs for children, which Pirelli conducts in communities in which the company operates, is Projeto Guri in Brazil, a project which, for years, has provided singing and other musical instruction to hundreds of children in the areas of Campinas and Elias Fausto in São Paulo. Among the other educational and training initiatives, the agreement between Pirelli and the Qufu Normal University in China deserves special mention. This project provides financing for students of excellence who come from poor backgrounds in order to help them complete their studies.

Another priority for Pirelli is helping to improve healthcare services in the communities in which the company operates. In this context, Pirelli Romania, in cooperation with Milan’s Niguarda Hospital, has, since 2008, supported training for doctors and nurses and donated medical equipment and instrumentation to the Slatina Hospital. Over 120 medical professionals, who each year provide care for more than 40,000 patients, received training as part of the project, in particular in the areas of oncology, pediatric care and first aid. Pirelli has, since 2010, supported the Pequeno Príncipe Hospital in Curitiba, Brazil, the nation’s largest pediatric hospital, helping 5,000 children and their families.

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Earthquake Near Napa, California Causes Significant Damage; Region at Risk of Strong Aftershocks this Week

Catastrophe risk management firm RMS finds significant non-structural and contents damage throughout Napa and surrounding counties; roughly 30 percent probability of a strong and damaging aftershock within the week.

NEWARK, Calif. – August 25, 2014 – According to RMS, the world’s leading catastrophe risk management firm, the earthquake that shook Napa, California in the early morning on Sunday, August 24 caused significant non-structural and contents damage throughout the region. Repercussions for local businesses, particularly wineries hit by the earthquake, will become clearer over the coming days.

“There is evidence of serious damage to older residential, wood frame structures and a large number of chimneys toppled as a result of the earthquake,” said Dr. Patricia Grossi, earthquake expert and senior director of model product management, RMS.

According to RMS experts, extensive damage to unreinforced masonry buildings and façades occurred, particularly to plate glass, in the eight square blocks of downtown Napa. Several water mains broke, and fires in the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park were difficult to control due to cut-off water supply.

“There is little evidence of liquefaction in the initial assessments of damage, though more damage might emerge over time,” said Grossi.

According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred on a strike-slip structure just west and parallel to the West Napa Fault. Aftershocks have been consistently northwest of the epicenter. As of 24 hours after the mainshock, the USGS is indicating that the probability of a strong and possibly damaging aftershock in the next week is approximately 30 percent. The last earthquake in this area was a magnitude 5.0 on September 3, 2000.

RMS is assessing details of the earthquake and subsequent damage and will determine whether to issue a loss estimate based on those findings to ensure accuracy.

Experts on earthquakes and catastrophe risk management are available for comment by contacting pr@rms.com.

About RMS

RMS models and software help financial institutions and public agencies evaluate and manage catastrophe risks throughout the world, promoting resilient societies and a sustainable global economy.

Learn more at www.rms.com and follow us @RMS.

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New to SDSU This Fall

Changes on campus lend to transformational students experiences at SDSU this fall.

SAN DIEGO (August 25, 2014) — San Diego State University students are welcomed back this fall with new leadership, changing buildings, accomplished returning and 54 new faculty and a multitude of new majors and classes, which will enhance the student experience.

New and returning students will step foot on a transforming Mesa, one that is characterized by remarkable students, exceptional and dedicated faculty and staff, and innovative programs.

Guided by the strategic plan, the university is moving forward with initiatives to enhance student success, research and creative endeavors, and community and communication.

SDSU is not only inspiring leadership, but nurturing tomorrow’s leaders.

Here are some of the top new changes, updates and experiences happening on campus this fall:

  1. 8,000 New Undergraduates: Nearly 78,000 freshmen and undergraduate transfer students applied for fall 2014 admission to SDSU ― an all-time high for the university. On Aug. 25, SDSU will welcome a total of 8,000 new undergraduates. Of those, the class of 5,000 first-time freshmen is academically impressive, with an average 3.69 high school GPA and SAT score of 1114. Another 3,000 new transfer students and 2,300 graduate and post-baccalaureate students will also join the Aztec family.
  2. Entrepreneurship Starts Here: SDSU’s commitment to entrepreneurship was recently recognized by FORBES, which ranked the university No. 18 on its list of “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities” alongside top universities, including Stanford, Yale, Dartmouth and Princeton. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center within SDSU’s College of Business Administration and the Zahn Innovation Center, SDSU’s own business incubator, offer students the chance to cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit. This fall, SDSU is also launching a Music Entrepreneurship and Business Program that is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Open to students in all music disciplines, the program is a professional bachelor of music degree with a specialization in entrepreneurship.
  3. Arts Alive: Since the launch of its Arts Visibility Initiative, SDSU continues to work to increase awareness of arts events and opportunities at the university. You may have already noticed benches designed and painted by students across campus. The university community can look forward to fully-produced events from the arts schools in traditional venues as well as pop-up performances. Keep an eye out at Love Library, the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, the Farmer’s Market and the Performing Arts Plaza. The arts will be alive throughout the year at SDSU – sometimes where you least expect it!
  4. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies: Students can now enroll in a new graduate certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender studies, one of only a handful of like programs in the nation. The certificate is intended to advance knowledge in sexual and gender identity, and increase understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, ethnic, racial and contemporary experiences of people across sexualities. The certificate program joins SDSU’s LGBT studies minor, which began in 2009, and the major, which launched in 2011.
  5. College of Business Administration Page Pavilion: SDSU’s College of Business Administration broke ground in May on a $3.1 million renovation that will expand student, faculty and staff collaboration and meeting areas, add a research lab and observation room, establish a first floor lobby area and provide new administrative office space. All of the funding for the new construction came in the form of numerous gifts, including the lead gift which came from College of Business Administration advisory board member, Tom Page, for whom the Page Pavilion on the third floor of the Student Services East building will be named. The renovation is set to be completed in December 2014.
  6. Zura Residence Hall Facelift: SDSU’s Zura residence hall is undergoing a $53 million renovation which will include 600 available beds for students and the addition of community space for academic achievement and socialization. Other upgrades to the nearly 141,000-square-foot building will include an enhanced main entrance; the enclosure of selected balconies to increase resident room sizes; restroom updates; upgraded finishes; new HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems; as well as replacement of windows and seismic upgrades. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2015.
  7. Construction of South Campus Plaza: Construction has begun on a new mixed-use student housing and retail project located immediately south of the SDSU Transit Center, between Hardy Avenue and Montezuma Road. South Campus Plaza will include housing for more than 600 students, along with retail outlets designed to serve both the campus and its surrounding neighborhoods, creating a pedestrian-friendly destination for shopping, dining and living. Preliminary work on the site, which is currently home to temporary classrooms, is underway though major project work will start in September. The project will be constructed in two phases and is estimated to be complete by fall 2016.
  8. Associated Students Programming: Just days before the fall semester begins, the annual Templo del Sol celebration will take place, welcoming new students to the Aztec family. Set for Aug. 22, current Aztecs will lead new students on a ceremonial walk through the Hepner Hall arches, where they’ll be greeted by continuing students, alumni, faculty and staff. Associated Students have also prepared several new social events for students as part of Aztec Nights, including a campus carnival, movie and snack nights and a red and black inspired 5K.
  9. SDSU Bookstore and Aztec Dining: SDSU Bookstore continues to offer its Price Match Pledge to students ― the store will match textbook prices from KB Books, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com. The bookstore encourages Aztecs to consider the not-for-profit campus partner whose net proceeds support students. Originally sponsored by a U.S. Department of Education grant, the store also offers a Rent to Save program which allows students to rent books for a lower price than if they purchased them. Aztec Dining offers more than 20 restaurants and markets to choose from across campus from The University Towers Kitchen, which offers naturally prepared fresh food, comfort food choices and trend-setting culinary creations, to chain restaurants such as The Habit Burger Grill, Chipotle and Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company, located in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Meal plans are available for students living on and off-campus.
  10. Parking and Traffic: SDSU Parking Services will post electronic signs and staff will direct traffic with the intention of expediting vehicles toward the nearest available spaces. Areas to avoid include the W Lot near Storm and Nasatir Hall Building Complex which will still be under construction. Visit SDSU Police’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on locations for parking.

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

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Rallyhood Partners With LIVESTRONG Foundation to Mobilize Social Support for Survivors

New “LIVESTRONG Rally” enhances community collaboration in cancer care

(AUSTIN, TEXAS)… Rallyhood, a web-based collaboration platform that enables action-oriented communities, has announced a new partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Through Rallyhood, the Foundation will empower survivors, caregivers and their communities to organize social, emotional and practical support throughout their cancer journey. “LIVESTRONG Rally” will be offered as a free service through LIVESTRONG.org and available as part of LIVESTRONG’s cancer navigation resources that reach more than 300,000 people annually.

“We can’t do cancer alone. We need our people. Research shows that strong social support delivers positive impact on survival and recovery from any long-term illness. Studies also show that medical adherence sky-rockets when our social network is engaged.” said Patti Rogers, CEO and founder of Rallyhood.

“The LIVESTRONG Foundation recognizes the need to support the patient, family, caregiver and the extended community throughout their whole journey,” said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. “Our new partnership with Rallyhood demonstrates LIVESTRONG’s continuing commitment to providing powerful non clinical solutions.”

Rogers, a marketing and design entrepreneur, founded Rallyhood after her personal experience going through breast cancer. During treatment and recovery she witnessed the power of community in action, as well as the frustration and burden of inadequate tools that were fragmented and hard to use. Thus, the launch of Rallyhood, a community collaboration platform that transforms how people come together with purpose.

“Communication clutter and email overload can weigh down our lives and drive us to disengage, even when we care about the cause” said Rogers. “But when support efforts are well organized, we accomplish more together, we engage and build better relationships, and have more time to enjoy the moments that matter most.”

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