Positive Planet US announces 29 participants in its second Accelerator Hub Program for underserved women entrepreneurs

Positive Planet welcomes 26 start-ups

Second Accelerator Hub offers resources and expertise to five times as many startups selected for their potential to give back to their communities.

We are excited to welcome 29 participants to our second “Accelerator Hub” program, dedicated to helping minority women in the U.S. kickstart and grow a business. Selected by Positive Planet US’s Board of Directors for the originality of their business idea and its social and economic impact on their community, the 26 startups will participate in this intensive 10-week program supported by project partners Genpact, a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation. 

The Accelerator Hub includes weekly coaching sessions to help create and master business plans and provide a knowledge base for startups, finance, sales, and marketing. Participants will also be offered access to special bonus sessions presented by key industry experts from exclusive partnerships with Positive Planet US. 

The 29 participants are:

Shalini Akur, Alexandra Shvets, Audrey Muhammad, Christine Matovich, Jacqui McKenna, Priya Jaswal, Charlotte Bowens, Ashima Sharma, Natasha Norie Standard, Gloria Henderson, Azizah McEntire, Tierra Bartolotti, Huan Xia, Valeria Alvarez, Monique January, Porscha Mcwhite, Rawchaayah Charles, Roberta Arleatha Byrd, Norma Thibodeau, Stacy Chong, Baily Rose, Janée Artis, Uma Iyer, Wanxi Yang, Cheryl Cunningham, Janae Bosquet-Wright, Y. Elaine Rasmussen, Cathleen Trigg-Jones and Ana Jakimovska.

“We are pleased with the success of our first Accelerator Hub program, which enabled six women to develop their businesses in an unprecedented economic climate. We are now excited to offer a second program with five times as many promising enterprises,” says Ingrid Gonzalez, President of Positive Planet US.

Thank you to all the candidates who took the time to apply to this program. Congratulations to these amazing women for being selected! Our accelerator program is specially designed to provide personalized coaching for minority women entrepreneurs at the early stages of their entrepreneurial journey and look to take their new business ideas to the next level. It aims to set them on a course to success not just for themselves but also for their community.

Positive Planet has an unmatched track record of helping millions worldwide create sustainable development solutions for disadvantaged populations, particularly women and youth. To support our efforts, you can get involved by volunteering or donating to Positive Planet US

Episode 06: Antoine de Mirbeck and Rédouane el Haloui fill a hidden gap with a rapidly growing “Uber Freight” in Casablanca, Morocco

Antoine de Mirbeck and Redouane el Haloui founded @peecoopcom in 2020 but have known each other for years. Peecoop is a free mobile application based out of Casablanca, Morocco, which allows you to quickly find and geolocate a scooter, a mini Honda, or a pick-up to transport all your goods; your “Uber Freight,” if you will.

Peecoop now has more than 1,000 verified “peecoopers” who are currently referenced and deployed in Greater Casablanca to respond to all your requests without you having to move from where you are.

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Episode 05: Rosemary Kwofie and Edward Neequaye use Built Accounting to democratize prosperity, making digitalization indeed an inclusive advantage for micro-enterprises throughout Africa

Rosemary Kwofie and Edward Neequaye met at University in Ghana and founded @Built Accounting in 2016. They participated in the 2019 round of the @afidba, a multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder, international, and bilingual program dedicated to the inclusive, digital, and sustainable economic growth in continental Africa, in partnership with @positive planet international.

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Episode 04: Florence Bassono and Faso Attiéké

Faso Attiéké produces fresh and dried cassava couscous (attiéké). The company produced 542 tonnes of attiéké in 2019 and currently employs 50 full-time employees. Florence Bassono founded the company in 2015 after being stopped at the border. She was forbidden to bring attiéké into her community in Burkina Faso, an essential piece of their diet. She now works with 500 small-scale cassava farmers. They’ve differentiated themselves from the competitors through the quality of their products and their brand image. Faso Attiéké’s is having a tremendous impact on the community. By creating over 50 full-time jobs, providing sustainable income to over 500 local farmers and 200+ female cassava collectors, Florence’s presence goes far beyond the kitchen.

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Episode 03: Fanta Mone and Malaika’s Garden redefine happiness in education for mothers and children in Burkina Faso

Fanta Mone founded Malaika’s Garden schools in 2015. She is, first and foremost, a mother. Always smiling, she is very attentive to the needs of the children she welcomes daily. Fanta is a passionate entrepreneur who is constantly looking for solutions to ensure a suitable and quality education for many children. She wants to support parents in making the new generations “grow and shine.”

She joins us today with a fellow mother and English teacher at the school, Mrs. Traore, to help translate this conversation in real-time.

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Episode 02: Yaye Helene Ndiaye and Kitambaa address the social inequalities that arise without an infrastructure that considers feminine hygiene needs

Kitambaa, which symbolizes and evokes ‘dignity’ in Swahili, aims to provide young African girls and women of childbearing age with washable pads that meet their hygienic needs to enable them to go to school and so to participate equitably in national development. By reducing the upheavals caused – in their education and their lives – by their periods and the lack of accessibility to disposable hygiene products and adequate infrastructure, Kitambaa provides an ecologically and financially sustainable solution while answering her community social needs.

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Episode 01: Yaye Souadou Fall and E-Cover work to reverse the effects of mass rubber pollution in Dakar through eco-friendly upcycling

E-cover aims to solve the problem of ​​waste management in Africa by upcycling in an eco-friendly way in order to create marketable resources.

Mbeubeuss is an open-air landfill in the capital of Senegal, Dakar. This landfill exposes the entire city to many fumes and filth every day, leaving all surrounding communities to live in dire conditions. There are such limited options for them that they are forced to find ways to extract iron and steel contained in the tire waste and resell it. They are exposed to illnesses such as pneumonia, mycosis, and cancer. Surrounding communities have voiced complaints with little to no response.

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How This Nonprofit is Championing Entrepreneurship for Minorities in the United States

In the past year, the world has struggled to cope with the innumerable effects of the coronavirus. Two million people have perished, with millions more losing their jobs and facing unprecedented personal hardship. However, during this dark period, one organization has committed to help alleviate the situation to create a more positive future: Positive Planet US.

Positive Planet is a nonprofit organization founded by Jacques Attali in 1998 and has since helped eleven million people escape poverty around the world. Through international partnerships, corporate programs, and business networking, Positive Planet created a system to support an equal society where the economy serves all human beings and future generations, regardless of their color, gender, or background. In an effort to advance these values and expand our reach in the world’s largest economy, Positive Planet US launched in July 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, with one mission: to make the world more positive—economically, socially, environmentally, and democratically.

Positive Planet US would not function without the commitment and perseverance of its volunteers. In a matter of six months, departments have grown to include more than 65 volunteers working around the clock to create a more positive economy in the United States, equipped for sustainable development locally and globally. The organization focuses on three areas of expertise: entrepreneurship, financial education, and inclusive value chains.

Positive Planet US partners with local nongovernmental organizations, public and private training centers, universities, incubators, and public authorities to provide accelerator programs, vocational training, and seed funding for underprivileged entrepreneurs looking to support underserved communities. Each program is focused on supporting an informational financial education with partnerships from banks, cooperatives, and insurance companies.

With the current economic environment, Positive Planet US is dedicated to helping achieve local and global economic growth in underprivileged communities and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals for a better and more sustainable future for all.

Ingrid Gonzalez, Chairwoman and President of Positive Planet US is leading the charge to not only achieve these objectives, but also make diversity and inclusion the norm. Currently a Sales Director at Google Cloud New York, Ingrid has enriched her expertise and skill sets to help further the businesses of underprivileged entrepreneurs. Due to her strength and dynamism, Ingrid was able to gather around her – and remotely – a team which is diverse and resourceful. Above all, with a strong knowledge of various cultures, Ingrid is the right person to bridge the gap and manage a team made of people with different nationalities, working all together to help multicultural communities. And making sure people are the center of economic support is all the more important in these challenging times.

Within six months of establishment in the United States, Positive Planet US launched its first US based program: the Women Accelerator Hub. Partnered with multinational corporation Capgemini, Positive Planet US is helping five minority women launch their businesses in an unprecedented economical climate with 8 intense weeks of one-on-one coaching. The entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn how to start and grow a business, sell their product or service, leverage social media and other marketing tools, apply for a business loan, and more, all with the support of Capgemini executive mentors. Participants will also be offered access to special bonus sessions presented by key industry experts from exclusive partnerships.

Positive Planet US will be launching a second program in partnership with Genpact; an E-Learning platform that will be accessible to entrepreneurs coming from underprivileged communities providing them with information, tools, and resources to build and grow their start up business.

These programs and initiatives are just the tip of the iceberg. Positive Planet US is determined to bring more resources to underserved communities in 2021. With goals to raise over $20 millions to benefit hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and millions of people within underprivileged communities, Positive Planet US is bringing the positivity back in 2021.

To support the Positive Planet US missions and help us finance our programs, visit our website. Follow us on social media to stay updated on new initiatives and find out how you can take a hand in helping deserving but long-neglected communities in the United States.

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Ingrid Gonzalez, President and Chairwoman of Positive Planet US Meets Jérémie Robert, Consul General of France

Ingrid Gonzalez, President and Chairwoman of Positive Planet US and Jérémie Robert, Consul General of France at the French Consulate in New York, Nov. 30, 2020

The effort against extreme poverty knows no borders. This is the reason why, in July 2020 and in the midst of the pandemic, Jacques Attali took the initiative to extend the Positive Planet Foundation’s action to the United States. He entrusted this task to Ingrid Gonzalez, appointed President and Chairwoman of Positive Planet US.

This Monday, on November 30, 2020, Ingrid Gonzalez had the honor of meeting Jérémie Robert, Consul General of France in New York. Together, they discussed the work of Positive Planet US, which aims to build and sustain a truly positive economy in the United States and around the world. Shared values drive our commitment: values of inclusion and diversity. Together, we can help promote these values and raise awareness among the French community in the United States and internationally.

Philippe Galtie Joins the Positive Planet US Board of Directors

We are honored to announce that Philippe Galtie is now part of the Positive Planet US Board of Directors.

Mr. Galtie is currently Executive Vice President of Global Sales of Tiffany & Co. He is a veteran from the consumer goods and luxury industries, he has worked for prestigious companies and brands across different continents such as Cartier and LVMH. 

Mr. Galtie is engaged in various diversity, inclusion and sustainability initiatives and has always been keen to help others to create and grow, in particular the younger generation. He is also a Board member at  the Luxury Business School (LBI).

Thank you, WeBoard for the wonderful introduction to Mr.Galtie and thank you, French Founders for the outstanding support to the launch of Positive Planet US.

Ingrid Gonzalez, President and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Positive Planet in the US