An Open Letter to College Administrators

During the pandemic, student leadership is more important than ever, and you should hear student voices before making major decisions, argues Zackary Turner.

Zackary Turner
 August 10, 2020

During the 2008 recession, student associations came under attack, and many of them did not survive. As higher education institutions and state legislatures looked for budget items to cut, the country’s student governments and statewide student associations were one of the first things to go.

BSF Angel Fund/ Seed VC Doubles Its Potential Size to $6 Million and Presents Its Portfolio

Toronto, ON, July 14, 2020–BSF Firm, announced that it has increased its potential fund size from $1M to $6M in just six months following its inception and has invested in three innovative companies now part of its portfolio. Led by award-winning finance professional Mana Hosseini, a well known business mentor in the international startup visa scene. The fund was initially capitalized with a $1M investment over a  two year period from the partners at BSF Consulting firm. 

Victoria sees five-quarter high in funding, deal volume


Venture funding in British Columbia (BC) reached $246 million over 50 deals in the first quarter of 2020, as Victoria emerged as a strong early-stage hub in the province, according to Hockeystick’s latest ecosystem report. Hockeystick’s data is sourced through exclusive partnerships with organizations like the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO). Hockeystick also compiles data from startups using its platform, as well as public data sources.

Startups Weekly: What countries want your startup?

They say business needs certainty to succeed, but new tech startups are still getting funded aggressively despite the pandemic, recession, trade wars and various large disasters created by nature or humans. But before we get to the positive data, let’s spend some time reviewing the hard news — there is a lot of it to process.

How I accidentally gatecrashed a startup’s morning meeting

There’s a certain kind of panic that at some point gets us all. You just got to work but did you leave the oven on at home? The gut-punch “call me ASAP” message from your boss but now they’re not answering their phone. Or that moment you unexpectedly see your camera light flash on your computer and you’re suddenly in a video call with a ton of people you don’t know. Yes, that last one was me. In my defense it was only slightly my fault.

Warren Buffett Just Can’t Seem To Get Enough Of This Stock Lately

Warren Buffett plowed another $337 million into a growing stake in Bank of America (BAC), a signal that the legendary value investor is both prowling for bargains again and sticking to the script in the coronavirus stock market recovery.

Blockchain startup raises a quick $42M in first sale

Avalanche, a new blockchain platform built around research first conducted at Cornell, raised $42 million in less than five hours during the first public sale of its digital currency token, held July 15. Emin Gün Sirer, associate professor of computer science, is co-founder and CEO of Ava Labs, the company behind the project based on the Avalanche consensus protocol – a new mechanism for efficiently verifying and securing blockchain networks without significant energy expenditure, centralization or performance degradation.

Study shows Scotland’s universities support tens of thousands of jobs and generate billions for the country

Scotland’s universities support over 72,900 jobs and add £4.6 billion to the Scottish economy, says a new analysis released today. The analysis – by Hatch Regeneris for UCU – found that between them Scotland’s universities* directly employ 36,850 people and support another 36,050 jobs across the country through their supply chains and the expenditure of staff and students.

Students Use Down Time To Create Commerce


University of Florida students are getting down to business. With little to do when the world seemingly closed down in mid-March, some students turned their boredom into creativity and started social media businesses. Tomi Adesogan, a 20-year-old health education behavior and health disparities student, found herself too busy during a regular semester to make her dreams a reality. But when UF transitioned to online courses in March, Adesogan found she had more time for her hobby of making earrings — almost too much time.