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Piikup is quickly becoming one of Oakland’s most promising delivery startups

Piikup is one of the only socially responsible delivery hub’s in the Bay Area offering logistic and transportation services for food and retail businesses. Piikup was founded in 2016 by April Fenall. The Startup offers flexible pricing options with realistic delivery times for food and retail businesses in the Bay Area. Photo: Piikup Founder April Fenall, Far right of the photograph What makes Piikup a “rising star” in this growing industry is that, the business of food delivery has attracted more than $1 billion, with growth potential in markets such as America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Most countries expect to see an annual growth of an estimated rate of 3.5 percent over the next

Crowdfunding while black: Inventrify’s new crowd sourcing platform breathes life into entrepreneurs

Photo credit: Founder of Inventrify, Brandon Brooks, Linkedin There’s a new “kid on the block” in the crowdfunding platform space: Inventrify. What is “crowdfunding”? Crowdfunding is a financing method for raising funds. The funds are generally sourced from everyday people, including investors. The entrepreneur sets a goal to raise a certain amount of money, utilizing crowdfunding platforms to help promote their projects. The benefits of crowdfunding? Entrepreneurs can receive access to funds much quicker than applying for bank loans or other debt related instruments. It’s a great way to validate your business idea, to test to see if there is a market for what you have to offer more importan

T.I. launches new investment syndicate for early stage startups

Photo: Clifford Harris better known as "T.I." Mr. “Rubber Band man himself”, Clifford Harris, who goes by the stage name “T.I.” has added more “bands” to his bag with the launch of Tech Cypha, a new investment syndicate. An investment syndicate operates much like a venture capital fund, only the investments are singular. Most syndicates are private, and consist of experienced technology investors, and sophisticated angel investors. The new Investment fund will focus on early stage startups in Atlanta. Why Atlanta? According to a report conducted by Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate services firm, Atlanta ranked number 4th in the top 25 cities across the country with a high

The wedding planning guide to launching a successful business

Why become a Wedding Planner? If you love the “idea of love”, two people joining together in matrimony, in hopes of building a beautiful marriage, then wedding planning is definitely your calling! Are you passionate about creating unique events that bring people together? In the wedding planning business, no two clients are the same, nor events. This allows the unlimited possibilities of sparking your creativity, enhancing your skills and talents. The wedding planning business is great for those with a “knack” for project management and logistics, allowing your skills to be easily transferrable into a role as a Wedding Planner. Do you have a background in Hospitality? Your background experie

21 Black owned and produced Media outlets and content platforms you should be supporting in 2019

There has never been a better time in history, for black people of the African diaspora to not only tell our stories, but to take back control of those narratives, then now. We live in a world saturated with media publications who profit from false narratives including, those that publish sensationalized headlines used as “click bait of black men, women and children. We’re often times, negatively portrayed in the media as ingrates, non-educated, criminals, with low self-esteem. These images are used to reinforce racial biases, untruths and myths that only depicts a small percentage of our race, as the “norm”. Our “greatest accomplishments” as a people, are only highlighted when it comes to

4 Side hustles you can start with your Trade Skills

Let’s talk Trade Skills! First, what is a “Trade”? Definition of a Trade: A skilled job, typical one requiring manual skills and special training. To earn a Trade certification, one must attend a vocational school specializing in a particular field. Trade programs focus on the following areas: Carpentry Electrician Welding Equipment Operator Boilermakers Formwork Technician Collision Repair Technician Crane Operator Industrial Instrument Mechanics Before we get started, let me be clear, this isn’t one of those “quit your job” blog posts. I don’t believe in telling people to leave their jobs and jump into entrepreneurship full time. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and we, as entrepren

Nigeria’s Nere Teriba is becoming a force to be reckoned with as she lead’s one of the most progress

Photo Credit: The Nerve Africa Kain Smith Trade & Co Ltd secured a gold refining license, lead by Nere Teriba, MD Vice Chairman, making her the first and youngest Nigerian at 36, to refine gold locally. While the process in itself took a daunting 7 years before the company secured a gold refining license, it’s a major feat for both Kain Smith & Co Ltd. and the future of West Africa’s mining industry. While attending Nigeria’s third annual Nigeria Mining Week, Teriba tells the audience, “Our message at Nigeria Mining Week will be about developing a gold market centre in West Africa by integrating the development value chain into the regional economy”. Kain Smith & Co Ltd., is a mining consult

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