A Valuable Resource to Combat Current Business Barriers

The Future of Business

In October, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) hosted The Future of Business Virtual Events Series. On October 16, WHIAAPI partnered with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to discuss topics surrounding COVID-19 response initiatives, entrepreneurial network expansion, and digitalization and e-commerce. Donna Ennis, The Atlanta MBDA Business Centers’ Project Director, served as a panelist for this event primarily discussing the new Southeast MBDA Inner City Innovation Hub (ICIH).

In this discussion, Donna presented how the ICIH is a two-year, collaborative project amongst the Georgia Tech Enterprise Institute, Morehouse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, and Preneruology Global. Focusing on innovation, connectivity, and technology, the ICIH prototypic design blends innovation, entrepreneurship, and educational programs to help entrepreneurs at all levels holistically develop their businesses. In her conversation, Donna speaks about the accessible features the new hub will offer towards minority business entrepreneurs and how this will serve as a valuable resource to combat current business barriers.

Click here to hear more information about the ICIH or listen to other MBDA speakers.

NEXTTECH 2020 July Meeting

The NEXTTECH 2020 series continues July 21, 2020, with a need for training solutions using artificial reality, virtual reality, or simulation technology. The corporations will introduce its funded initiatives – challenges that can be solved with artificial intelligence software and AR/VR training software.

The Atlanta MBDA Centers staff will curate Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to participate in the challenge.

The challenges presented in July will identify technologies to:

  • Provide simulated training, safety, and education to systemically reduce the number of harmful injuries, accidents, hazardous risks, and lack of resourceful training.
  • Uniquely impact training and education for new and experienced technicians to become experts within their industry.
  • Produce high-level technicians in correlation with their field experience.
  • Seeking technology to create an AI (Artificial Intelligence) algorithm that can learn crowd behavior from detected entities in Full Motion Video in simulated environments.

This event is free to qualified MBEs and sponsored by the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Our goal is to support minority-owned businesses in the U.S. and to connect innovative MBEs with opportunities to link with buyers.
Register to attend this event here.

The first NEXTTECH 2020 presentation on May 19 was in collaboration with the Department of Energy and focused on energy storage challenges.
The Department of Energy described future-focused energy storage needs. To see the Department of Energy NEXTTECH 2020 presentation, click here.

To learn more about the NEXTTECH 2020 series, visitwww.nexttechpitch.com.