AlphaS collaborates with the University of Canada West and University of Georgia to identify areas where students need math learning support

AlphaS collaborates with the University of Canada West and University of Georgia to identify areas where students need math learning support

 

Vancouver, B.C, May 15th,  2022AlphaS Data Science Inc., a startup in incubation at Empowered Startups, launched two research projects within Canada and the United States to understand the math abilities and needs of high-school students. The support of the University of Canada West (UCW) and the University of Georgia will equip the founder, Dr. Ivan Lau, with the insights needed to kickstart the product development for AlphaSMath.

The pressure on high-school students to get into university is rising
Having a four-year degree has become almost compulsory, a transformation that is caused by the infusion of tech in new areas of the labour market (Morgan). Manjari Raman, director of Harvard Business School’s project on Managing the Future of Work, describes a degree gap where workers without college degrees retire, and companies aim to replace them with candidates that have a degree. An excellent example to illustrate this shift can be found with production supervisors in 2015, where 67% of job postings ask for a university degree, while only 16% of workers within that position had one (Morgan). This evolution showcases how students will be increasingly under pressure to pursue a college or university degree.

Why good grades and standardized test scores matter
One of the factors that will be assessed when applying for university in Canada is the GPA. The GPA is usually one of the metrics used to identify possible candidates. For example, the average GPA of students admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of British Columbia is 92%. It is fair to assume that achieving such a GPA is related to hard work and strategy (Allen Cheng). Universities in the United States do assess GPA, however, SAT plays a more significant role related to their admissions requirements. Therefore, getting a high SAT score can be important for students to get into their dream college. It is recommended for students to study between 10-20 hours per week for 2-3 months to get a good score (Kaptest).

Initial research that guides product development
The University of Canada West (UCW) collected over 4,000 data points related to high schools in Canada during their research. Data has been collected in British Columbia, Calgary, Ontario, and Quebec since the eventual solution from the venture will be most needed in these provinces. The dataset will be a vital asset to analyze potential customer profiles. The University of Georgia has conducted further research to understand where American students need support to feel prepared for the SAT or ACT. Most students indicated that they feel the least comfortable with geometry and lengthy word questions. Further analysis also illustrates that students need help with time management, different problem-solving approaches,  and how to get the correct answers quickly without a calculator.

“Our research revealed a broad range of math capabilities based on schools. I am glad that my students could be part of the solution by supporting Alpha Data Science with the market research needed. I believe that students should have the opportunity to improve their math skills in an unbiased environment. Alpha Data Science’s learning platform can be a vital resource to close this gap.”


Mazyar Zahedi-Seresht, Ph.D., M.Sc., MBA, CIFC – Faculty University of Canada West

Why these collaborations are important
The extensive data set collected by the universities lays the groundwork for the content of the training section of AlphaSMath. The findings will be enhanced with assessment and artificial intelligence to create an adaptive learning experience.

About AlphaS Data Science
The AlphaSMath platform will firstly provide a personal intake assessment, which will be used to define their initial setup for students based on their abilities. The assessment reports will help identify individual strengths, weaknesses, and learning patterns. The ultimate goal is to develop an affordable learning tool that is flexible, customized, and effective, allowing students to gain confidence in their abilities. Like a math tutor online, just quicker, cheaper, and always available.

About Empowered Startups
Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, France, and Portugal, we train/mentor/ and network entrepreneurs to successfully launch new businesses in diverse markets. As a foundry we also conceive, build and launch our own products and solutions. Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator and is known internationally for growing ideas into sustainable businesses using both a virtual and on-site model. Our training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, Startup incubators, and innovation hubs. To apply for the Canada Startup Visa Program, visit: www.empoweredstartups.com

Dr. Ivan Lau – Founder and CEO – [email protected]
Address: Unit 420 – 744 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1A5
Website

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Empowered Startups Opens New Office in Evora Portugal

Empowered Startups Opens New Office in Evora Portugal

Evora, Portugal –International business incubator Empowered Startups announced today the opening of its new office in Evora, Portugal.

As the leading provider of business incubation for Canada Startup Visa participants, and a cornerstone of Portugal’s HQA Visa program, Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Canada. With offices in Canada, France, the United States and Portugal, Empowered trains/mentors/ and networks entrepreneurs to successfully launch new businesses in diverse markets. As a foundry they also conceive, build and launch products and solutions.

The new office space in Portugal is meant to serve as Empowered’s headquarters in Alentejo province, which is rapidly becoming a tech hub and is one of the first official Smart Cities in the European Union.

Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator and is known internationally for growing ideas into sustainable businesses using both a virtual and on-site model. Empowered’s training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, startup incubators, and innovation hubs.

 

MED-iBOX Secures Mitacs Grant for Independent Pharmacy Engagement

MED-iBOX Secures Mitacs Grant for Independent Pharmacy Engagement

Vancouver, B.C. –MED-iBOX Solutions Inc, a startup in incubation at Empowered Startups, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Mitacs grant to engage with independent pharmacies on developing a digital product that transforms how their customers manage over-the-counter medicines.

Industry engagement to occur over the next 4 months

Over the next 4-months MED-iBOX will be going through an intense industry engagement to better understand the challenges independent pharmacies face from increased competition as self-care goes digital. Through this process it will refine its launch product that supports independent pharmacies, which are valuable local businesses, to better compete with both digital and big-box alternatives.

Over the past 10-years I have seen the increasing challenges faced by independent pharmacies. We think there is a way to strengthen what they do best, which is build relationships with their customers, by providing a digital platform to help pharmacies keep their customers up to date on their needs.” – Justin Vu, Founder and CEO of MED-iBOX Solutions Inc.

Through the Mitacs grant, MED-iBOX has recruited two interns to support this industry engagement. One Masters of Technology intern experienced in digital transformation from Saint Mary’s University and one intern from Ivey Business School at Western University.

We have built a diverse team with a well-rounded skill set and are excited to launch this industry engagement. We are confident that over the next 4-months we will uncover a path that will create value for independent pharmacies and their customers. We are grateful for Mitacs’ support.” – Justin Vu, Founder and CEO of MED-iBOX Solutions Inc.

Contact MED-iBOX to learn more

Independent pharmacies interested in learning more about MED-iBOX and the industry engagement process can reach out to MED-iBOX through its social channels.

About MED-iBOX Solutions

MED-iBOX Solutions Inc, founded in 2021, is a Vancouver-based software-as-a-service startup in the healthcare industry. MED-iBOX Solutions Inc is passionate about developing software tools that enhance the competitiveness of independent pharmacies while enabling their customers to live healthy lives. Founded by Justin Vu, an entrepreneur with more than 10-years of experience in distributing healthcare products, we are a mission-driven team transforming consumer’s over-the-counter (OTC) medicine cabinet to allow independent pharmacies to increase customer touchpoints and promote healthcare products around consumer’ needs and their desires for self-care in a digital world.

Justin Vu – Founder and CEO
Email: [email protected]
Address:    420-744 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5
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About Empowered Startups

Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, France, and Portugal, we train/mentor/ and network entrepreneurs to successfully launch new businesses in diverse markets. As a foundry we also conceive, build and launch our own products and solutions. Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator and is known internationally for growing ideas into sustainable businesses using both a virtual and on-site model. Our training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, Startup incubators, and innovation hubs.

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Empowered Nations Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Tanina Williams Named Finalist for Small Business BC Awards

Empowered Nations Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Tanina Williams Named Finalist for Small Business BC Awards

In February 2022, Empowered Nations’ Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Tanina Rose Williams and her business were nominated for the 2022 Small Business BC Impact Award. Her consultancy amawílc, brings Indigenous ways of knowing and being to the classroom and to the boardroom.

We are pleased to announce that Williams was named a top-five finalist for Small Business BC’s (SBBC) Business Impact Award earlier this month, with winners slated to be announced at a gala on April 28.

Amawilc—means “to come back to life” in the Lil’wat Nation’s traditional language, aims to bring “Indigenous ways of knowing and being” to classrooms, companies, and non-profits. Through workshops built around sharing circles, hand-crafts, and storytelling, we bring opportunity to create awareness, understanding, respect and together-ness between indigenous and non-indigenous cultures.

Amawilc was selected out of 636 nominations submitted for this year’s awards, for 442 businesses in 88 communities, according to SBBC. More than 38,000 public votes narrowed down the massive field to 20 businesses, while a panel of experts determined the five finalists. Those five businesses were each required to deliver a virtual pitch to judges this week, who are now tasked with selecting an overall winner who “embrace[s] the challenge of entrepreneurship, display their business savvy, and take positive action to invest in their community,” according to a SBBC release.

When asked about her work ethic, Tanina told Pique Magazine:

“When I work at a job, I have to give 200 per cent, because I am an Indigenous female,” she explained. “If I don’t, I am looked down upon, like I’m not doing enough, and so it’s uncomfortable for me to not fill every second of my time.”

Williams launched Amawilc after participating in an Indigenous entrepreneurship course with Empowered Nations/Empowered Startups at Mount Currie’s Ts’zil Learning Centre. While she’s felt the pull of entrepreneurship before, Williams’ previous business ideas “didn’t come to fruition because they just weren’t feasible,” she explained.

“This platform came along, and it was really something I could understand in the simplest terms. They were still teaching you how to be a business person, they just changed the language so that it was understandable.”

Our team is incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with Tanina, and can’t wait to watch her business grow.

To book a workshop with Amawilc, please visit: https://amawilc.com/ 

To book a workshop with Empowered Nations,  please visit: https://empowerednations.ca/

Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, France, and Portugal, we train/mentor/ and network entrepreneurs to successfully launch new businesses in diverse markets. As a foundry we also conceive, build and launch our own products and solutions. Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator and is known internationally for growing ideas into sustainable businesses using both a virtual and on-site model. Our training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, Startup incubators, and innovation hubs.

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Job Posting: Global Sales Associate

 

About the Position

About Us:

Empowered Startups is a Global Startup Incubator, Accelerator, and Foundry with a diverse and expansive portfolio of international relationships and businesses. This role is 100 percent focused on selling unique global mobility pathways through specific jurisdictions rooted in entrepreneurship, innovation, and research projects to customers worldwide.

Position Overview:

We are seeking an energetic, qualified, and results-driven Global Sales Associate to join our dynamic global team! In this role you will sell an exclusive range of innovative business Startup and global mobility products to prospects around the world. As a Global Sales Associate at Empowered Startups, you will work both independently and as part of team. Most importantly, we’re seeking a team member who is coachable, embodies the growth mindset, has strong communication and organization skills, and is driven to meet revenue targets.

The role utilizes an online pan-global digital work environment that requires ongoing communication with international clients and requires a full time yet flexible work schedule.

Responsibilities and Duties:

• Receive and proactively engage with leads in a timely and meaningful manner.

• Maintain in-depth knowledge of specific products and be able to clearly communicate to customers the delivered value.

• Evaluate leads and follow processes to move through the sales funnel effectively and efficiently.

• Actively engage in companywide systems that manage all sales funnels.

• Meet revenue targets based on closing deals with high-income earning customers.

• Participate meaningfully in ongoing discussions regarding insights, product evolution, sales strategies, and targets.

• Weekly reporting to the leadership team on sales funnel and items of note.

Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree and/or 2+ years of sales-related or relevant experience.

• Strong communication and interpersonal skills both written and verbal.

• Comfortable using digital technology and Microsoft systems.

• Desire to work independently while also able to collaborate with a dynamic global team.

• Lateral thinker with a growth mindset and is driven to meet targets.

Compensation:

Commiserate with experience. Commitment: Full-Time.

Location:

Downtown Vancouver, Canada. Work-from-homers and digital nomads are welcome if the discipline and fit is right.

Contact:

[email protected]

Deadline to Apply:

Hiring immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

We appreciate everyone that applies however will only be contacting shortlisted candidates for first and second round interviews.

 

Read About The ‘Bitcoin Family’ Who Emigrated to Portugal for its 0% Tax on Cryptocurrencies – From CNBC

Read About The ‘Bitcoin Family’ Who Emigrated to Portugal for its 0% Tax on Cryptocurrencies – From CNBC

It’s not often we throw out a “We told you so,” but in this case we did! Have a look at this article coming out of CNBC this past weekend about how a family of cryptocurrency investors moved to Portugal due to their favorable taxation structure.

The article highlights:

Unlike the U.S., which treats virtual currency as property, taxing it in a manner similar to stocks or real property, Portugal views cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. That distinction is a game-changer with respect to taxes.

“Capital gains resulting from crypto transactions such as cashing out and crypto-to-crypto trades are not subject to personal income taxes,” explained Shehan Chandrasekera, a CPA and head of tax strategy at crypto tax software company CoinTracker.io.

This means that gains from buying or selling cryptocurrency, as with other fiat currencies, are not taxed. It also means that crypto transactions or payments, as well as the exchange of bitcoin for fiat money, are not subject to a value-added tax, or VAT.”

Read the full article from CNBC Here for more information! 

Select here to sign up to receive more information about Portugal’s HQA Visa, which is a great fit for crypto investors looking to invest in a startup or start a new venture while also maintaining their crypto portfolio!

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