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BaseLaunch announces that Johnson & Johnson Innovation has renewed its commitment becoming latest strategic partner in the second phase

BASEL, Switzerland, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BaseLaunch, the Basel Area-based biotech venture accelerator and incubator, today announces their renewed strategic partnership with Cilag GmbH International, one of the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, who becomes the latest company to join the second phase of BaseLaunch’s endeavor to fuel the next generation of biotech companies. The agreement was facilitated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, which supported BaseLaunch’s first phase, joins recently announced healthcare, pharma, venture fund and biotechnology strategic partners, including Roche, BB Pureos Bioventures, Roivant Sciences, Bridge Biotherapeutics and CSL Behring, in supporting BaseLaunch’s investment in life sciences innovation.

Nerida Scott, Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, EMEA, commented: “Incubators and accelerators are central to the global healthcare startup ecosystem. We have been collaborating with BaseLaunch since launch in supporting the growth and development of early-stage biotech ventures and recognize the

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Stacy’s Rise Project Expands Commitment to Female Founders; Partners with Hello Alice to Fund $150,000 in Grants to Black Women Business Owners

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Earlier this year, the Stacy’s Rise Project expanded its annual grant and mentorship program to support more women with more services than ever before – but the continued disparity among Black female business founders persists, with women of color receiving only 0.2 percent of venture capitalist funding1. In a continued quest to “help women rise,” the Stacy’s Rise Project has now further expanded its program together with longtime partner Hello Alice to support an additional 15 Black female founders with a total of $150,000 in business grants, professional advertising services – including a prominent spotlight on the Stacy’s Amazon e-commerce hub – and executive coaching/mentorship.


The 15 remarkable Black female founders selected by Stacy's Pita Chips and Hello Alice to receive a total of $150,000 in business grants, professional advertising service and executive coaching/mentorship

As small business owners nationwide have been impacted significantly by the events of the last year, a recent survey by Stacy’s found that Black female founders are facing their own unique challenges:

  • 70 percent say
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Is Penn State set to pick up a Class of 2021 commitment, or will it be disappointed again?

Decision day is here for Milbrook, N.C., three-star offensive tackle Diego Pounds.



Anita Palvin et al. that are talking to each other: Penn State offensive line coach Phil Trautwein addresses the media on Feb


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Penn State offensive line coach Phil Trautwein addresses the media on Feb

Will it mean good news for Penn State in the Class of 2021 for the first time since July?

All signs initially pointed to yes, as the experts involved with Rivals’ FutureCast and 247Sports’ Crystal Ball, which are the recruiting industry’s leading prediction tools, were unanimous in making Penn State the pick.

Then, on Thursday night, that changed when Blue-White Illustrated expert Ryan Snyder flipped his choice from the Lions to North Carolina.

Pounds has also been considering the Tar Heels, among others, but the Lions long ago put themselves in a strong position to become the leader for this commitment when they offered the 6-foot-6, 305-pound talent back in March and then continued to make him a priority recruit

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American Express Launches the “Coalition to Back Black Businesses” Grant Program with a $10 Million Commitment

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Express (NYSE: AXP), in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, announced today the formation of the “Coalition to Back Black Businesses” with a $10 million commitment to fund a grant program and support Black-owned small business recovery in the U.S. over the next four years. The Coalition is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between four major Black chambers: the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the National Business League, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., and Walker’s Legacy. Eligible and interested Black small business owners can apply for the grant online here, starting today.

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities has become apparent as U.S. Black-owned small businesses were twice as likely to close during the early months of the pandemic compared to small businesses nationally1. Building on its long-standing commitment to back small businesses and underrepresented communities, American Express has expanded its

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Strengthening its commitment to small businesses, H&R Block announces new vice president and general manager, small business

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) today announced that Ian Hardman joined the company as vice president and general manager, small business, advancing the company’s focus on growing its services for and support of small business owners. Hardman will be responsible for building cross-functional solutions that help small business owners confidently manage their business and finances.

“H&R Block serves more than 2.5 million small businesses owners each year,” said Karen Orosco, senior vice president, U.S. Retail at H&R Block. “Under Ian’s leadership, we look forward to developing and implementing innovative products and services to help them manage their finances year-round and strengthen their business for future growth.”

In this new role, Hardman provides the leadership, strategic prioritization, and

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