Showing 6 results for:

HBCU Founder

by Topic

All results

HP to Launch New Virtual Development Experience Targeting HBCU Students

Class of 2020 graduates have found themselves in a peculiar time navigating our new normal. From canceled graduations and proms to adjusting to remote learning online, students are at a great disadvantage during this time. Many graduates are faced with the reality of an uncertain economy with a scarcity of internships and job opportunities. According to a new report published by Glassdoor, 1 in 2 U.S. internship openings on Glassdoor have been closed since the coronavirus crisis began resulting in over four million jobs being lost. To assist students and graduates during this transition period, HP announced that it plans to launch a new virtual development experience targeting HBCU students, Black Enterprise reports. HP Summer Scholars , a free virtual development series to help university students with business and professional skills, will launch this summer and run from June 15–July 24. The program plans to help students with the following: Learn how a global business operates...

Njera Perkins

May 29, 2020

How A Rural HBCU Prepared VIBEHEAVY's Founder To Thrive As A Serial Entrepreneur

At 4 a.m., most people are still catching a few more hours of sleep before their alarm clocks go off, but that’s the time that VIBEHEAVY founder Arif Gursel is usually sending out emails and starting his day. “I believe in getting a start on my day before the world gets moving,” Gursel said. “I know a lot of people probably think I’m weird because they’re getting messages from me at 4 a.m., but it allows me to clear my day and understand the most burning issues that I’m going to have to deal with.” Gursel isn’t alone. Many entrepreneurs know the struggles of early starts and late endings to their days. It’s one of the few ways Gursel can effectively manage his time between his digital agency VIBEHEAVY, his coworking space, The Union Seattle, and his non-profit PACE. VIBEHEAVY offers a wide range of services in product development, marketing, and business strategy. Gursel works as the founder and CVO (chief vibe officer) for VIBEHEAVY while implementing new initiatives as CEO for The...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 29, 2019

This Founder Is Using Candles To Take People On a Journey Through The Harlem Renaissance

Teri Johnson spent years running a travel blog on Instagram before setting off to launch her own luxury candle company. After graduating from Florida A&M University with an MBA, the Houston native set her sights on New York City. Johnson released her first candle in 2014 and now has nearly a dozen scents that pay homage to figures and significant locations of the Harlem Renaissance. Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, and Duke Ellington each have candles dedicated to them. Her most recent release pays tribute to James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk.” One of Johnson’s missions is to connect her products with the community. The Langston Hughes candle was even launched in the home of the late poet. Photo: Harlem Candle AfroTech caught up with Johnson to talk about how she brought her creation and vision to life: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you get into the candle industry? I really love beautiful fragrances. I’ve been a consumer of luxury...

Arriana McLymore

Mar 7, 2019

Uvii Wants To Bring On-Demand Education To The Masses

In 2016, the average cost of a 4-year college or university was $39,000. The amount of money it pays to attend school every year is on the rise and students and self are looking for alternatives ways to educate themselves on a budget. That’s where Uvii comes in. Uvii is a mobile app that brings speaker seminar and micro-learning courses to the palms of people’s hands. The app is currently in beta and uses video to offer skill training, self-help courses and other sessions at a nominal fee. “I knew that there had to be a way through technology to bridge the gap for education,” Uvii Founder Kimberly Gray said. Uvii’s main goal is to provide quality education and on-demand courses for a fraction of the costs of traditional schooling. Gray got her inspiration for Uvii from her parents, who both served as principals in Washington, D.C. public schools. The company has two business models — the frontend, consumer-focused model and the B2B model. On the consumer side, the model app provides...

Arriana McLymore

Feb 8, 2019

Dirty Jokes and Cleaner Eating: How Slutty Vegan Is Reshaping Our Conversation Around Food

If you’re a fan of double entendres and meatless cuisine, then you will love Slutty Vegan. The restaurant sits in the heart of Atlanta and offers plant-based burgers, sandwiches and milkshakes with names that could make a few people blush. The “Ménage à Trois,” “Heaux Boy,” and “One Night Stand” are just a few names on the Slutty Vegan menu that have been known to catch people’s eyes. Vegan bacon, burger patties, shrimp and cheeses are offered throughout the menu alongside fresh vegetables. Founded in 2018 by Clark-Atlanta University alum and former campus queen Pinky Cole, Slutty Vegan was born out of tragedy. Cole previously owned two eateries in Harlem: a Jamaican restaurant and Pinky’s Juice Bar. The restaurant burned down and the financial strain led Cole to close the juice bar, forcing her to shift sights on Atlanta. As Cole’s third business venture, Slutty Vegan originally started in a shared kitchen in August. The Atlanta community quickly caught wind of Cole’s vegan...

Arriana McLymore

Jan 11, 2019

This Developer Launched a Kickstarter for a Children's Coding Book

Coding classes are becoming more popular as organizations like Girls Who Code and Black Girls Code gain traction and more major tech companies offer programs to encourage computer science involvement. Cabral Clements wants to start teaching foundational concepts of coding through his children’s book ABCode. Clements teamed up with artist Alannah Vincent to create a character called “Brainy” and other illustrations featured throughout ABCode. Photo: ABCode Clements was inspired to write ABCode after thinking that the children’s books he often read to his niece and nephew were not substantial enough. “I hope the book will spark something in [kids’] imaginations to discover more as they grow,” Clements said. “There is an apparent disconnect between access to technology and technology courses in communities of color. This is why it’s my mission to get this ABCode book funded.” In 2015, Clements was named as one of HBCU Buzz’s Top 30 Under 30 for creating Campus Bubble, a social media...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 18, 2018