Uber Founder Turns Real-Estate Mogul for Ghost Kitchen Startup

The former chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc. has been quietly assembling a mini real-estate empire over the past two years, acquiring closed restaurants, auto-body shops and warehouses for use in his new ghost kitchen venture. Entities tied to Travis Kalanick’s CloudKitchens, a startup that rents out space to businesses that prepare food for delivery, have bought more than 40 properties in nearly two dozen cities for more than $130 million, according to a Wall Street Journal review of public property and corporate…

Wanted: foreign funds, ideas and jobs

If innovation is the lifeblood of business growth, Scotland is looking anaemic. The wider economy has a lot going for it in research and development, largely due to its university sector. For that, Scotland is the best in the UK’s nations and regions, and in the top quarter of developed economies. But businesses classified as “innovation active” are rarer than in the rest of the UK, and getting rarer still. Figures published by the Scottish government unpick the Scottish end of a UK survey, and it shows the past decade has seen that metric going backwards.

Kezia: filmmaking, Italo-Scots and creative urgency

From Italian Scots in Edinburgh to young goths in the North of England, real people are at the heart of Kezia Sheard’s storytelling. Fresh from winning Best Documentary at the Scottish Short Film Festival, the 2019 Italian graduate and freelance filmmaker ponders the roots of her craft and her current sense of creative urgency.

University’s thriving business incubators, accelerators take off

As a Ph.D. student at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Neel Madhukar had figured out a way to accelerate the discovery of new drugs by modeling biological processes. He did it by harnessing artificial intelligence in the lab of Dr. Olivier Elemento, where Madhukar was focusing on precision medicine and pharmacology. In the lab, he and Elemento had proved their concept. “Some of the early tests were working pretty well, and we saw a lot of potential for clinical impact,” Madhukar said.

Doggos of startupland: Should your startup have an office pup?

Australia is an animal-loving nation, and while we know consumers are willing to part with hard-earned cash to pamper their pets, there’s also an argument that having furry friends in an office environment can boost productivity, leading to happy teams and better bottom lines. We asked startup founders and others in the space how they feel about office dogs, and other animal employees, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

This Medical Student Wants to Start an AmeriCorps for Elder Care

This article is part of a series of profiles on the 2020 winners of the National Academy of Medicine’s Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards — part of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, a multiyear, multimillion-dollar international competition seeking breakthrough innovations to improve physical, mental, and social well-being for people as they age.

Many high school seniors are rethinking their plans after they graduate because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are hesitant to commit to colleges if it means e-learning instead of the traditional classroom and on-campus experience; on top of that, there are financial and safety concerns. 

Anonymous donors paid off $8 million in student loans for first-generation grads. These are the alums benefiting.

Anonymous donors have pooled together $8 million to pay off college loans for up to 400 students who overcame personal hardships – from homelessness and extreme poverty — to become first-generation college students. The donors are longtime supporters of Bay Area nonprofit Students Rising Above (SRA), and the money is intended to eliminate student debt for the graduates of the scholarship program. These donors are also passionate about tackling the issue of student debt. 

Tiny Capital Takes Majority Stake in Victoria-based Software Startup Button

Victoria-based tech holding company Tiny Capital has invested and acquired a majority stake in government software startup Button. The companies did not disclose the size of Tiny’s investment in Button. Following the investment, which Button confirmed to BetaKit was not part of a larger equity round, Tiny now holds a 60 percent stake in the company. The deal closed in May, with Button noting to BetaKit it was adjusting to a new reality under the COVID-19 pandemic as reasons for delaying the announcement.

Newly Minted Graduate Makes History as First Self-Reported Latina to Attain Mechanical Engineering Ph.D.

Marysol Luna Ph.D. ’20 graduated from her five-year program in mechanical engineering in August. But it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago she discovered, through University records, that she was the first self-reported Latina to do so. “As a first-generation student, who grew up in a low-income immigrant family, earning a Ph.D. was beyond my wildest dreams,” Luna wrote in a post on her LinkedIn shortly after finding out. “I am here to tell you that fighting for minorities and women in STEM makes a difference, and this is proof of that.”

Health/AI Startup, Abridge, is Officially Live with 50,000 users and $15 Million in Funding

Pittsburgh (East Liberty) – In a city with overlapping strengths in machine learning, voice recognition systems, and health-tech, Pittsburgh is a ripe breeding ground for the next generation convergence of AI + health care delivery innovation. Enter Abridge, a Pittsburgh startup built to help people record, reflect, and follow through on their health conversations.