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Covering Coronavirus News Through a Startup Lens With Rowan Walrath, Associate Editor, BostInno & Rhode Island Inno

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These days, one of BostInno's main tasks is covering how coronavirus has impacted the Greater Boston startup community. Some of that news is grisly: At least 25 local startups and tech firms have collectively laid off or furloughed thousands of workers, and unemployment rates are skyrocketing in Massachusetts. Still, no one pivots quite like an entrepreneur. Rowan Walrath will cover some of the coronavirus-driven innovations by Boston startups. She'll also talk about balancing the good news with the bad as a reporter to ensure her news outlet continues to drive value to the community. Follow @RowanWalrath @BostInno @Rhody_Inno

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Covering Coronavirus News Through a Startup Lens With Rowan Walrath, Associate Editor, BostInno & Rhode Island Inno

  1. 1. Covering Coronavirus News Through a Startup Lens Rowan Walrath • BostInno
  2. 2. Hello!
  3. 3. What we do at American Inno: ➔ Cover Report on startups and innovation - profiles, funding rounds, industry news.. ➔ Catalyze Boost the ecosystem by providing resources to early-stage startups. ➔ Connect Put entrepreneurs in touch with each other through events (live and virtual) and our newsletter.
  4. 4. No one pivots quite like an entrepreneur.
  5. 5. Nift Launched an online store to help small biz owners affected by Covid-19 Working with local governments on economic recovery programs
  6. 6. Soofa Partnered with local governments to get PSAs to pedestrians Can provide pedestrian traffic data to public health officials
  7. 7. Biobot Analytics Tech platform analyzes wastewater. Originally deployed for opioid detection, now detects SARS-CoV-2.
  8. 8. Drafted Developed a version of their platform to connect laid-off workers with hiring managers Launched “the Layoff List”
  9. 9. BostInno isn’t just a news outlet. We’re a community partner.
  10. 10. Pitch me! rwalrath@ americaninno .com

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