NJTW News: Happy Thanksgiving, Princeton START Program And More

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  • We wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving week!

Princeton Opens Up START Entrepreneurs Program Application

Rodney Priestly of Princeton | Screenshot by Esther Surden
  • During Empower 2021, an event celebrating Black academic entrepreneurship, Rodney Priestley, Princeton University’s vice dean for innovation, announced the launch of the START Entrepreneurs program.
  • Startups can now apply. See more information here.
  • Princeton is looking for entrepreneurs from historically underrepresented communities for this program.
  • Founders must have advanced degrees from any institution.
  • START Entrepreneurs is an integrated program that is part academic fellowship and part startup accelerator.
  • The goal of the program is to help aspiring commercial and social entrepreneurs translate academic scholarship into highly impactful new ventures.
  • Entrepreneurs spend 12 months on campus at Princeton working with a faculty member on “translational” research, then 18 months off-campus at the Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs, building their startup company or nonprofit.

JSWT Group Discusses Tech And Human Trafficking

Bella Hounakey at Jersey Shore Women in Tech | Screenshot by Esther Surden
  • The November Jersey Shore Women in Tech meetup hosted Bella Hounakey, a fierce advocate of initiatives to combat and abolish human trafficking.
  • She was a victim of human trafficking herself.
  • Hounakey spoke about the need for simple tech tools for enabling victims to find shelters nearby, so they don’t have to accept help from dangerous people.
  • She added that we have to find a way to be innovative and still protect privacy.
  • For example, there is no way for human-trafficking victims to change their names in databases everywhere in order to protect themselves from further exploitation, she said.

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