iHub Co-founder Jessica Colaco Joins 16 Risk Takers in Blackbox Connect

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iHub’s Managing co-founder Jessica Colaco has been selected  for the 2017 Blackbox Connect: Female Founders Edition.

Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, the two-week immersive residential program brings 16 founders who are based outside the US to Silicon Valley to live and collaborate with like-minded entrepreneurs from all around the world.

The 16 founders hail from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Spain and the United States

Through the program, over 350 founders from more than 60 countries, including those from Africa such as Uganda’s TMCG and Egypt’s Edfa3ly, have been helped to reach their full potential. Many have gone on to raise funds.

“We don’t just help entrepreneurs play the startup game better, we help them play a better game as globally-connected engines of growth,” says Google Entrepreneurs.

This edition of the program was open to female founders across the world with startups that have a product with customers.

Brave Venture Labs

The applications and assessment phase have gone by and the organizers have now announced their pick, with Jessica Colaço, founder of Kenya-based Brave Venture Labs, making the cut.

A network science lab, Brave Venture Labs uncovers the secrets of human performance to help you get a better job and your company build a better team. Its products include Brave Data Festival, a two day showcase of data science applied to the world’s toughest problems, Brave Academy and Unleash.

Jessica Colaço and the other 15 women entrepreneurs will live and learn together while connecting with top Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, and executives in an intimate environment.

READ: Philomena Mburu Wins Blackbaud Mentorship

During this period, the entrepreneurs will attend speaker sessions and workshops, and receive pitch coaching, mentoring and expert feedback.

The program will culminate in the Blackbox Connect Startup Showcase where the entrepreneurs will pitch their companies to investors and Silicon Valley tech leaders.

“Our entrepreneur-first approach instills a holistic growth mindset, allows for the open exchange of knowledge across borders, and ultimately translates to greater success back home,” said Fadi Bishara, Blackbox Founder & CEO.

The program runs from May 15 – 26, 2017 at Fact0ry in San Francisco. The Startup Showcase will hold on May 25, 2017.


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