EarthKong Business and Technology Incubator

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A business and technology incubator for software engineering students and professionals from all backgrounds. A workplace without glass ceilings for the historically-excluded – where all can thrive without pleading for inclusion. The time is now.

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EarthKong Business and Technology Incubator

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  2. 2. 2<br />2<br />Overview<br />Vision Statement<br />Strategic Goals<br />Business Objectives<br />Philosophy on Giving Back<br />Planned Revenue Breakdown<br />Next Steps<br />Questions?<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />3<br />Vision Statement<br />A business and technology incubator for software engineering students and professionals from all backgrounds. A workplace without glass ceilings for the historically-excluded – where all can thrive without pleading for inclusion. The time is now.<br />Motto: For all. By Us.<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />4<br />Strategic Goals<br />Mold Technology Talent: Create an online software development community where computer scientists from historically-excluded communities can come together to build innovative software technologies.<br />Create a friendly workplace for business and technology professionals from historically-excluded communities.<br />Build Successful Technology Businesses: Launch viable/profitable software technology ventures owned, in significant part, by universities servicing historically-excluded communities.<br />Promote humanitarian and environmental causes on a global scale.<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />Establish lasting partnerships between computer science departments in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and those in leading universities in India.<br />Create an online software development community of over 300 members by December 2010, including computer science undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students from HBCUs and software developers from other historically-excluded communities.<br />Host EarthKong’s first annual conference at an HBCU by December 2010.<br />Incubate and champion artificial intelligence technologies, innovative enterprise software and captivating consumer apps developed by the EarthKong community.<br />Launch site for developer collaboration, including requirements gathering, design, inspections, coding, building, testing and distribution.<br />Launch 3 viable EarthKong ventures by December 2010<br />5<br />2010 Business Objectives<br />
  6. 6. 6<br />It starts when skilled students and professionals from historically-excluded communities (e.g., HBCU computer science students) contribute their talent to an EarthKong venture.<br />The software development project makes money through licensing, subscription or advertising fees.<br />A venture built from scratch on a philosophy of inclusion thrives.<br />Leading developers from the EarthKong community are hired.<br />EarthKong invests in software ventures founded by its members.<br />At least 20% of EarthKong revenue is donated to one/all of the following:<br />Early childhood education and after-school programs in historically-neglected communities.<br />Scholarships to students attending colleges and universities established to meet the educational needs of historically-excluded communities.<br />Leading global organizations promoting humanitarian and environmental protection causes.<br />6<br />Philosophy on Giving Back<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />7<br />Planned Revenue Breakdown<br />
  8. 8. 8<br />8<br />Next Steps<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />Considerations<br />Which universities will participate?<br />Which HBCUs? Which non-HBCUs?<br />How do we establish partnerships with universities in India?<br />Can universities grant their students course credit for contributing code to EarthKong ventures?<br />How about providing scholarships to foreign developers who contribute code?<br />What’s the idea submission process for the incubator?<br />What should be the market focus?<br />Software products or software services?<br />Consumer software or enterprise software?<br />Enterprise software typically requires significant integration and customization services, which students may not be able to provide.<br />Vertical/niche or horizontal?<br />For products, should we have a licensing fee, subscription fee or advertising revenue model?<br />
  10. 10. 10<br />10<br />Questions?<br /> Email: admin@earthkong.com<br />

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