Silicon Valley Drone Company Launches Blood Delivery Service In Rwanda

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The world's first drone delivery service has launched in Rwanda to airdrop blood to dying patients

This Drone Company Will Deliver Blood and Medicine to Rural U.S. Communities

Inc Startups

San Francisco-based Zipline, which launched its autonomous drone medical supply delivery program in Rwanda, is bringing its live-saving robots to the U.S.

SXSW Startups: GoTech Puts Out Fires

Austin Startup

Based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as Rwanda, GoTech is resolved to develop, design and implement solutions to help communities respond to fire. GoTech is based in the DRC and Rwanda. startup rwanda africa entrepreneurship sxsw

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Development Through Self Empowerment

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While in Rwanda, I went on long drives, for it’s the only way to see this beautiful country. On my next trip to Rwanda I hope to see only smiling faces waving and none with outstretched hands. And with that thought, I bid this wonderful country adieu and look forward to returning someday… Economics Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Technology development aid education rwanda technology

A Gorilla’s Eyes

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Emerging Markets gorilla rwanda politics congoYesterday I went mountain gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park in the Virungas. Unlike the elusive chimpanzees I tracked a few days ago in Nyungwe Forest, visitors are able to get very close to the animals. Several habituated groups exist, and the one I visited was a particularly playful one, so much so that one of the toddlers kept coming up to me to peer into my camera lens.

Feeling More Awake Than You Have Ever Felt

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Jay Kirk's good travel essay on Rwanda last year in GQ captured one hard-to-describe benefit of traveling: There is no other place on earth where you can visit mountain gorillas one day, discover the true cosmic dimensions of the banana the next, feel haunted and overwhelmed and harrowed to your very brink, and for the same price of admission, feel more awake than you have ever felt.

Amanda Mills Los Angeles: Transforming Loss into Hope and Inspiration

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It was while looking for a yoga class in Rwanda when Amanda met the Ubushobozi Project , an organization working to elevate young women in the country out of poverty by teaching them valuable vocational skills, like sewing, weaving and crocheting.

Leapfrogging into the Future

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Including Rwanda, which now has over 60% female representation in its Parliament – instrumental in healing the country from its horrific 1994 genocide. We live in strange times, and sometimes it seems that the world is spinning backwards.

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Traveling the world, meeting startups: What We learned

The Next Web

Our winner in Rwanda Zilencio Creativo is a Kickstarter clone; When asked why the founders built a clone they told us they were unable to put a project on Kickstarter as the legalities state it’s for USA users only.

Best Countries for Start-ups

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It's easier to start a company in Rwanda, Singapore, or Macedonia than it is to do so in the United States, according to the World Bank's latest report on start-up friendly economies.

Leapfrogging into the Future

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Including Rwanda, which now has over 60% female representation in its Parliament – instrumental in healing the country from its horrific 1994 genocide. We live in strange times, and sometimes it seems that the world is spinning backwards.

The road to healing from heartbreak

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Let’s change the world’s perception of Rwanda FOR GOOD!” Some years are marked by tremendous challenge and heartbreak. This year, some people very close to me experienced unthinkable losses.

Five College Startups That Help Others

YoungUpstarts

They were inspired to create Givbag during a mission trip to Rwanda, where they recognized a need for backpacks among the schoolchildren. by Jessica Martinez.

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Leapfrogging into the Future

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Including Rwanda, which now has over 60% female representation in its Parliament – instrumental in healing the country from its horrific 1994 genocide. We live in strange times, and sometimes it seems that the world is spinning backwards.

Counting On ‘Social Capital’: The New Way To Evaluate Entrepreneurial Worth

YoungUpstarts

For the last two years the company has been measuring and scoring the social capital of entrepreneurs in Kigali, Rwanda. by Chris Hale, CEO and Founder of kountable, Inc. Entrepreneurs hustle. It’s part of the deal—table stakes.

Transformative Thinking for Sale

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The company now shepherds students as well as corporations, conference communities, and enterprise incubators to Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa. Another team created a process for cleaner charcoal use using maze in Rwanda.

Made by Entrepreneurs: 8 Great Gift Ideas

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Grace Hightower De Niro, the wife of Robert De Niro, started this fair trade company as a way to source coffee directly from Rwanda and help the local coffee farmers there stay in business. Spread some holiday cheer in the office. Here are eight unique gift ideas that won''t break the bank.

Start Your Business in One Day

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In a dozens of far-flung countries, from New Zealand to Rwanda, the goal of the one-stop shop strategy is to put all the agencies that an entrepreneur needs to start a business —such as tax offices or employee and property registration bureaus—in one place. How can the U.S.

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9/11: Bravery, Luck, & Resilience

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The closest experience I’ve had to this is at the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, which interviewed survivors – you hear their voices as you walk through rooms showing pictures of the victims (many of them children). On this 15 th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I am particularly aware of the march of time and how, as each year passes, those who study it or learn about it outnumber those that experienced that day.

Here’s to You, Women in Business

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And there certainly have been wins: Rwanda, a country so recently torn apart by war and genocide, is now stable and comprised of a parliament in which 63.8% The United Nations Headquarters, pictured here, will hold the inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Conference.

9/11: Bravery, Luck, & Resilience

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The closest experience I’ve had to this is at the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, which interviewed survivors – you hear their voices as you walk through rooms showing pictures of the victims (many of them children). On this 15 th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I am particularly aware of the march of time and how, as each year passes, those who study it or learn about it outnumber those that experienced that day.

The Rule of Law and the Global Poor

Thinking About Thinking

The scenarios I described are the all-too-common real-life stories of people in places like Rwanda, Guatemala, Bolivia, India, The Philippines, Cambodia, and many others. This weekend, I learned something fundamental and important about the plight of the global poor. I learned that for most of the global poor, they live in a world without the rule of law. What this means, quite simply, is that they live in a world where crimes committed against them go systematically unpunished.

Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa

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Alliy is managing partner of the Savannah Fund , a $10 million fund that will soon begin investing in technology startups in East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Africa has most of the elements required for technology innovation.

Entrepreneurs on Their Favorite Gifts

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What I Want This Year: A trip to Rwanda with my daughter, Taylor, to see the gorillas —Charlie Chanaratsopon, founder and CEO of Charming CharlieWe asked business owners to describe their most cherished present--and one thing they're hoping for this year.

Searching for a Leader? Try looking in the Mirror

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Their work has changed the lives of countless citizens in Haiti, Malawi, Rwanda and other communities in need. Leadership is about figuring out what you believe and having the courage to act on it. Many people ask why we don't have more leaders.

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The Gender Issue Part II

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On my trip to Rwanda last year I wrote a blog post on why I thought diversity in general was important. My twitter stream and email inbox has been full of links to the NY Times article published yesterday — Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley. It is great to see that a conversation is finally evolving on the importance of gender diversity in the technology and venture capital sectors.

The Unbearable Lightness of Travel

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Levi is an American traveler and talented writer who's riding his bicycle through Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya. His dispatches from the road are worth following if you read travel blogs. In a recent post he first covers the liberating freedom of not owning much stuff. Things are a burden: nice and expensive things come with the stress of potentially losing those nice and expensive things.

FEED's Lauren Bush Lauren: Social Enterprise Is Her Bag

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Ultimately, Whole Foods bought so many bags that FEED was able to feed school children in Rwanda for a year. The founder of FEED explains how she turned a simple burlap bag into a powerful tool for fighting world hunger.

Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa

ReadWriteStart

Alliy is managing partner of the Savannah Fund , a $10 million fund that will soon begin investing in technology startups in East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Africa has most of the elements required for technology innovation.

The Writing Ability of James Wolcott

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

There’s no bad place to watch children grow [Beirut, Rwanda, Baghdad?], It is, shall we say, quite high. His recent review of Lena Dunham’s book has several quotable lines within a well-constructed piece. And his 2007 review of Adam Gopnik’s book about raising children in New York contains various amazing turns of phrase. First, Dunham. I don’t know Dunham’s work at all, but I have heard of her.

Snack Company on a Mission

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Walters had just returned from a devastatingly poor part of Rwanda, where he was serving as an advisor to Boston-based non-profit Partners in Health.

10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2014

Inc Startups

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup and research incubator came out of stealth mode in late 2013 and is currently designing field tests in Rwanda. These talented female startup founders are bringing to life impressive--and in some cases, world-changing--technology.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo: What I've Learned

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You’ll see a woman in Canada direct a question to Paul Kagami, prime minister of Rwanda and get an answer. The captain of the world''s most ubiquitous social media platform talks leadership, disruption, and why he follows Mia Farrow.

What the Elephant God Can Teach Tech Entrepreneurs

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Large Flapping Ears: Last year when I was in Rwanda I wrote a post on the importance of listening. This weekend I was at a family celebration in New Jersey and spent some time with an uncle who is a chemical engineer by training but also well versed in the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures. So well versed that he is in high demand throughout the world performing weddings and other Hindu ceromonies in his retirement, giving any donations from his activities to charity.

5 Takeaways from the 2012 Skoll World Forum | Stanford Social Innovation Review

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Ned describes his organization’s work as creating new “water economies” in emerging markets like Rwanda and Honduras, and has leveraged the private sector to catalyze his market development efforts. John Saul over at Stanford Social Innovation Review blog shares his thoughts after attending the Skoll World Forum. He has some interesting insights: 1. It’s OK to make an economic return from solving social problems.

Invincible Ball Brings Joy to Kids (& Lions)

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They were sent to a child-soldier rehabilitation camp in Rwanda and to rural areas in South Africa, Haiti, and Iraq. Soccer balls from the One World Futbol Project stand up to life in a refugee camp. Soccer is enduringly popular in many poor countries.

The Best Economy In History

Growthink Blog

back up the board where it is lagging in the World Bank ease of doing business rankings - #17 in starting a business (behind countries including Belarus, Rwanda, and Saudi Arabia!), #62 in paying taxes, and #20 in international trade. You would never believe it given the drumbeat of negativity that passes as business news these days, but last month U.S.

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A Glimpse: My American Dream

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When I looked at my inbox this morning, I had emails from six organizations I have advised/worked with over the past couple of years (including Astia and Techstars ) announcing their partnership with the White House’s Startup America initiative. And, lest I for a moment forgot that I am living the American dream, thanks to parents who left a life that they loved to give me an even better one, it was once again etched in my mind. It seems like yesterday (although it was 1989!)

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Visiting the Balkan Ghosts

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Obviously, if you look closely at Bosnia—as well as the Caucasus, Rwanda and other places—you will find that there is a lot more going on than just ethnic disputes. Graves in Sarajevo, with everyone’s death year around 1995.