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Jessica Mason: Cultivating GenNext of Large-scale Cooperative Businesses

Jessica Mason: Cultivating GenNext of Large-scale Cooperative Businesses
Jessica: Thanks for inviting me, Spiffy! To answer your question, inequality is at an all-time high and our economy is broken. 79% of the nation's wealth is held by millionaires and billionaires. Ownership—one of the key drivers of wealth—is concentrated in the hands of business owners and investors. Systematic racism piles on top of all this, making it even harder for Black, Indigenous and other people of color to start businesses and build wealth. We need to fix the ownership gap, and give more people the chance to own and benefit from the businesses they work in, contribute to, and consume from.

Graciela Moran: Supporting Historically Underserved Entrepreneurs and Communities

Graciela Moran: Supporting Historically Underserved Entrepreneurs and Communities
Graciela: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! Caravanserai Projects work is all about uplifting underserved communities and supporting the entrepreneurs that have historically been left behind. We uplift mission-driven entrepreneurs to not only follow their dreams but create a source of revenue, rather than being in survival mode. We do that with our Pre-Accelerator in partnership with the University of California Riverside - Extension that takes their startup or idea to the next level. We offer technical assistance through free webinars, a digital journey providing digital support, circles which is a supporting environment where mission-driven leaders have the opportunity to share ideas, consult with peers, and connect with experts with a leadership or DEI focus, and much more!

Yashar Faranjani: Improving the Quality and Accessibility of Tele-Dentistry

Yashar Faranjani: Improving the Quality and Accessibility of Tele-Dentistry
Yashar: Glad to be here, Spiffy! Dental diseases are among the top untreated chronic diseases globally, Tooth decay is first and gum disease is sixth. There is a lack of access to care in all countries, developing and developed. Yet most of these issues are preventable. We at Smiletronix, Inc are developing an easy and scalable solution to improve tele-dentistry and automate some of it using machine learning, so patients can regularly check themselves, get personalized feedback to prevent issues, and take action early when problems occur. This will reduce the cost of care, and the burden on care providers.