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Columbia/Wharton startup “Sportaneous” wins White House “Champions of Change” Award

Columbia/Wharton startup “Sportaneous” wins White House “Champions of Change” Award

Omar Haroun, MBA candidate at Columbia Business School, and Aaron Royston, MBA candidate at the Wharton School, and their startup Sportaneous were named “Champions of Change” by the White House this week. According to its founders Omar and Aaron Royston Sportaneous is a mobile app that, “…makes it easy for busy people to get physically active … Continue reading

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  • A blog post from IEDP (we think it stands for "International Executive Development Providers") reports that Oxford's Said Business School has partnered with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the 10,000 Women Initiative to educate 88 female entrepreneurs - including earthquake victims - in the Chengdu region of China (yes, in case you were wondering, that *is* where the pandas are). Other participating schools include the IE Business School in Brazil, and Columbia Business School in Tanzania and Kenya.
  • Techcrunch reports that Accel Partners, no stranger to the space of online payment platforms, is investing $34 million dollars in Braintree. The company's client list reads like a who's who in the Web space, including: LivingSocial, OpenTable and 37Signals. Braintree was founded by Bryan Johnson (Booth '07), who won Booth's New Venture Challenge his second year at business school. Congrats to Braintree, Bryan and the Polsky Center!
  • MIT's Technology Review posted this week about Ginger.io, an app that collects data from your phone usage (bursts of frantic texting, for example) to warn users or doctors of potential illness or manic behavior. Sloan student Karan Singh is a co-founder. Privacy issues abound, but it's still pretty cool.  

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