Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 2:27 PM EDT Jun 28, 2019 Elias Khalil, a co-owner of La Feria Spanish Tapas, just expected to stop by to say hello and congrats to a fellow entrepreneur the day that Caribbean cuisine restaurant, Norma G's, opened last fall in Detroit's Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. But when Khalil saw customers lining out the door, order tickets flying into the kitchen and the commotion of a frenzied first night, he took a step back and offered a hand to fellow Comerica Hatch Detroit contest alumni Lester Gouvia. Khalil remembered how hard it was to get something brand new off the ground. "He clearly needed help," said Khalil, who worked much of the night expediting orders. And Hatch Detroit's executive director -- who was also there to show support -- ended up pitching in opening night, too. It's that got-your-back kind of spirit that the nonprofit Hatch program hopes to build upon in … [Read more...] about How to pitch a Detroit startup and win $100,000
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Participants are seated in groups so everyone gets a chance to talk (Photo: VOV) The project’s cafes involve no registration, no attendance sheet, and of course, no homework, but still try to help students improve their English conversation skills. The “No name” café, which is part of the “Talks Café 100% English” project, is hidden in a small alley along Pham Van Thuan street in Bien Hoa, Dong Nai province. Like the other cafés in the project, “No name” is an ordinary coffee shop during the day, but turns into an English class at night. The participants are diverse in age, gender, and job, but all have to follow one basic rule: “No Vietnamese maybe spoken in class”. Through activities led by a qualified instructor, participants learn to make small talk and work effectively in teams while improving their pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. By creating a friendly environment where people can … [Read more...] about Talks Café, a learning English start-up project by Dinh Minh Quyen
By Tomaso Andreatta Vice chairman, Eurocham All of humanity is gradually concentrating in cities. In countries like Vietnam, with a youthful population and with recent experience of getting out of poverty, these tend to be fast-growing megacities of many millions of people. Today, more than ever, opportunities for employment, business, education, health, entertainment, shopping, and real estate investment are concentrated in cities. The connectivity among cities, both in terms of the physical moving of people and goods and data and information, is increasing fast. Many cities have a wide network of relations with peers around the world, not necessarily in the same country or region. The criteria for these links are mostly similarities in the structure, size, and leadership in solutions achieved. Devolution, whereby more responsibility is given to the institutions closest to the people they cater for, ensures that a greater share of revenue generated by cities stays there. However, … [Read more...] about Learning global lessons in smart city creation
Confused on where we are? I’m taking this moment while my travels are grounded to care for my mom to catch up on my black hole of un-blogged content. Here, I’m digging back into my trip to Bali in March 2017 with a review of Institute of Code — which I know from your messages on social media a couple of you have been curious about! My apologies for the delay and for any confusion with the timeline, and thanks for sticking with me. As I packed for Bali, I thought to myself, “what a low-key trip this is going to be!” I envisioned myself getting tons of reading done, catching up on sleep, and writing tons of blog posts all alongside my coursework at Institute of Code. Ha! My nearly three weeks in Bali were some of the most intense I’ve experienced in years. I met people I hope to know for the rest of my life, I learned so much I felt like new parts of my brain were actually flexing, I danced the nights away harder than I had in a long time, … [Read more...] about Learning to Code in Canggu: A Review of Institute of Code • Alex in Wanderland
By John C. Roper, Staff writer Updated 9:25 pm CST, Sunday, December 16, 2018 Bob Harvey of the Greater Houston Partnership says Houston can leverage oil and gas expertise to take a key role in developing renewables projects such as large-scale offshore wind projects. “That’s kind of where the big bucks are,” he says. less Bob Harvey of the Greater Houston Partnership says Houston can leverage oil and gas expertise to take a key role in developing renewables projects such as large-scale offshore wind projects. “That’s kind of ... more Photo: Jon Shapley, Staff Photographer / Staff Photographer Photo: Jon Shapley, Staff Photographer / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 Bob Harvey of the Greater Houston Partnership says … [Read more...] about Can Houston keep its title as world’s energy capital?