Startups, investors see opportunities and challenges as travel industry struggles with COVID, diversity issues

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It’s mixed messages these days from both startups and investors in travel as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis and issues around diversity and inclusion.

During a panel discussion as part of Phocuswright’s Battleground: The Americas online event, startup founders spoke with optimism about the pivots their companies have made to ensure their sustainability through this crisis.

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Fredericton Company Connects Long-Term Care Facilities And Families

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Amidst the uncertainties of Covid-19, FamilyConnect‘s technology helps build that bridge between families and the long-term care facilities looking after their loved ones.

“The big thing with FamilyConnect is realizing that the family needs to be brought in as a valued member of the care team and information does need to get to them and we need technology to help us in that way,” said Amanda Betts, founder of both FamilyConnect and New Brunswick health tech startup, eChart Healthcare.

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ProtoCall Services Acquires WellTrack

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ProtoCall Services, the nation’s leading provider of behavioral health crisis line and
contact center services to colleges and universities announced its acquisition of
WellTrack, the leading on-line provider of interactive self-help therapeutic tools for
college and university students across the US and Canada. ProtoCall has acquired
WellTrack’s assets, intellectual property, and its key employees, who will continue
to operate under the same WellTrack brand and leadership.

Founded in 2014 and based in New Brunswick, Canada, WellTrack has grown to
serve over 70 universities with over 2 million students on those campuses. “Our
platform uses innovative, research-based tools to help busy students stay more
emotionally and mentally healthy. The WellTrack App is moving mental health
forward and helping our customers move beyond the old-fashioned problems of
long wait times and poor patient communication,” said UNB professor and
WellTrack CEO and co-founder Darren Piercey, PhD.

“Our acquisition of WellTrack is an important addition to ProtoCall’s 26-year
mission of closing the gap in immediate access to behavioral health care,” said Phil
Evans, President and CEO of ProtoCall Services. “And now, with the massive
disruptions caused by the coronavirus, closing these gaps are more important than
any of us could have imagined just a few short months ago.”

ProtoCall serves nearly 300 colleges and universities by ensuring that students have
24/7 access to a licensed behavioral health clinician. “With WellTrack on board, we
can now offer a more comprehensive set of resources to our campus partners by
integrating the digital health platform with direct access to the call center,” said

“We’re excited that we have found a truly aligned partner in ProtoCall, with a
mission that compliments and advances WellTrack’s own vision and purpose,” said
Dr Piercey. “In addition to having WellTrack’s powerful digital resources in their
pocket, we can offer our users the ability to immediately reach out to a live
counselor, any time, with just a push of a button inside the App!”

While WellTrack has been focused on behavioral health in the Higher Education
markets, ProtoCall’s customer base extends to over 400 organizations including
numerous Employee Assistance Programs and Community Mental agencies. Both
organizations see significant opportunity to customize the WellTrack platform to
address a much wider population with similar needs.

“From our first meeting with WellTrack, we felt this acquisition represented a oneof–kind opportunity for us to make a meaningful leap forward together in ensuring
access to quality care for all of our current and future customers,” said Evans. “And
after getting to know the people behind WellTrack, we couldn’t be more excited
about being on the same team.”

ProtoCall and WellTrack will continue to offer the same high quality, relationship
focused-service that their customers have come to expect. Both current and new
customers will soon be able to sign up for options for integrating the digital app
experience with one-touch access to a call center clinician 24 hours a day.

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Jaza Energy: A 2020 Keeling Curve Prize Finalist

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Finalists for the 2020 Keeling Curve Prize, an Aspen-based program that awards money annually to innovative global warming mitigation projects, were announced Thursday evening.

The announcement was part of the Smithsonian’s virtual Earth Optimism Summit —a 4-day series of discussions about environmental conservation and sustainability efforts worldwide — and recognized the 20 Keeling Curve Prize finalists chosen from over 300 applications submitted.

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Propel announces a new continuous intake model!

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Today Propel is excited to announce its transition to continuous intake, where startups can begin the accelerator program at a time when they need it most instead of waiting for the next cohort-based intake.

Propel is constantly striving to improve the startup experience for founders in Atlantic Canada and the virtual accelerator’s model is proving highly advantageous as the world transitions to a virtual working environment.

In 2018, Propel launched its new virtual accelerator program, the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. This programming model reflected our commitment to serve entrepreneurs wherever they were located and provided access to rural areas where programming was not previously available. Online delivery allowed companies to access best-in-class content and methodology, dedicated one-on-one coaching and mentoring from experts and successful business leaders around the world.

“While the ability to access content from anywhere was appealing for most startups, what we continued to hear was the need for real-time support associated with a founder’s stage of business,” said Jeff White, Chair of Propel’s Board of Directors. “By moving to a continuous model, Propel can offer support to founders at the time they need it most,  applicants will now be able to start our accelerator 12 months a year, removing the obstacle of waiting 6-12 months for the next cohort to start.”

By offering continuous intake now, Propel is well-positioned to help Startups through the COVID-19 global pandemic through its e-accelerator by continuing to offer its companies virtual coaching and access to content through their online learning management system. Propel founders continue to benefit from the insights of our network of mentors through our virtual fireside chats and this has helped founders maintain a sense of normalcy and support during these unprecedented times.

Barry Bisson, CEO  says “Over the next 3 months, Propel will onboard close to 30 new companies into our e-accelerator and that’s just the beginning.  We are ready to talk to founders who are looking to accelerate their path to growth and don’t want to wait. We are ready for you. Anytime. Anywhere.”

As companies are accepted to Propel’s e-accelerator they will be announced on the organization’s Facebook Page.

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Propel helps entrepreneurs build high-value tech companies through their continuous intake e-Accelerator. Propel aims to be a catalyst in fostering the growth of successful global technology companies headquartered in Atlantic Canada.

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Chile’s Gimò partners with Kognitiv Spark to bring remote Hololens comms to South America’s miners

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Kognitiv Spark says it is partnering with Gimò Technology Solutions in Santiago, Chile with the RemoteSpark remote worker digital communications support solution available to the South American mining sector. Gimò is a company with extensive experience in providing services to mining and other industrial sectors, that also supporting its customers with innovative technological solutions for asset management. The statement said the team at Gimò understands the value of real-time remote worker support enabled through technology. This has led Gimò to become an official value-added reseller of Kognitiv Spark’s RemoteSpark system, servicing all of South America.

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