LEARN, FIND, ALIGN, MENTOR, INNOVATE, FUND, LAUNCH, PROMOTE, SCALE
Berlin, Munich, San Francisco, Oakland, New York, Austin, Wichita, Dallas
Jury, Partner and Sponsored Events
We sponsor and partner with organizers of several events in order to diversify content and audiences to be more representative of the society in which we live. Our "Inclusion Factors" Initiative was created to mentor and increase exposure for EU founders, women, minorities, seniors, youth and veterans who want to pursue careers in areas of IoT, Wearables, HealthTech, STEM and other technology related endeavors. space. Our goal is to be inclusive of women, minorities and EU founders in order to cultivate diversified startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems worldwide.
Bits & Pretzels
Berlin / Munich
Wearable Technology Europe 2015
IoT Accelerate Berlin
Munich Web Week
Cornell Pitch Bootcamp
IoT + Technology + Fashion
Wearables are the hot topic in the IoT environment - Gartner sees it even in the "Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015". But technology alone is not everything, wearables should also be chic beyond. It is no longer enough for a long time to have a good idea.
When bringing products to market, KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER.. Utilize connectivity to bring products to market that people want. By 2020 approximately 25 Billion devices will be connected to the internet and 30% of smart wearables will be completely unobtrusive to the eye by 2017.
Cultivating digital transformations, strategic alliances, investor relations and global exposure.
BiTHOUSE BRYK is a global members only network for established professionals shaping the innovation eco-system for future generations.
Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks
Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks is the brainchild behind BiTHOUSE BRYK. She is a global business leader, investor, mentor, advisor and#inclusionhacker. While living in Germany, Jewell wanted to open a venue which cultivates networking, professionalism and partnerships amongst established founders, investors, business executives and government officials.
Jewell is originally from Wichita, Kansas and has lived in Pennsylvania, Japan, New York City and most recently San Francisco /Menlo Park (13 years) prior to moving to Germany. Her mission is to "minimize barriers to entry" by helping others to find, align, mentor, fund and adopt solutions founded by members of the EU, women and minorities.
Culture matters. One must not believe that there is only one way to achieve success. However, communication, networking and brand exposure are always part of the equation. This is why BiTHOUSE
BRYK Berlin has been formed by Jewell, Carsten and Frank.
The goal of BiTHOUSE is to foster sustainable relationships amongst those who are capable of valuing their cultural traditions, yet understand the importance of exposure, co-creation and partnerships. We collaborate with various startup venues, accelerator programs, brands and leaders in order to "bridge the gap" by connecting the dots between old and new business models, influencers and brands.
We provide global news in order to enable global impact. If you would like to increase visibility of your brand and/or event which targets founders from the EU, or startups founded by women or minorities, drop us an email. We increase your visibility amongst global networks and enable you to find, align, fund and hire global experts who have created the "best in tech" solutions from all over the world. Drop us an email: email@example.com
THE "BEST IN TECH" HOUSE
MINIMIZING BARRIERS TO ENTRY
"Bridging the Gap"
CONNECTING THE DOTS
Gartner predicts that there will be 25 billion connected devices by 2020 (3 for every person on the planet) to build the Internet of Things (IoT). Five billion things will connected by the end of 2015. This digital transformation has been instigated by a "nexus of forces." The nexus includes social apps, the cloud, mobile, and is elevated by the IoT. Consumers, businesses, governments, health institutions and many others are identifying new ways to utilize and enhance technology. Gartner predicts that IoT will support total services spending of $69.5 billion in 2015 and $263 billion by 2020. The consumer sector is predicted to utilize approximately 2.9 billion connected things in 2015 growing to some 13 billion in 2020.
BiTHouse is an initiative inclusive of those wanting to create, utilize and adopt innovative technology solutions as more things become connected. By default connected things will cultivate and encourage inclusive societies. BiTHouse is a mentorship driven business development cultivator supporting early stage social impact, healthcare and technology ventures founded by women, minorities and EU founders. We “Minimize Barriers to Entry” for these groups by providing both mentoring and consultation in order to provide them with tools and resources needed for entrepreneurial and funding success. We provide an educational and collaborative environment to share, learn, connect, align, innovate, fund, launch, and market innovative and disruptive technology solutions needed for the future.
WE CONNECT THE DOTS ...BiTHouse provides mentorship, organizes workshops, panels and events aligned with brands and organizations interested in unique technology solutions inspired by Europeans, youth, women, people of color and the EU. BiTHouse provides an environment and aids with the cultivation of mindsets, enabling individuals to identify with whom they are, express their "out of the box" ideas, build upon their technology concepts and strategically market and align their innovations.
We are a group of seasoned business professionals who are experts in various areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics). Our diversity enables us to "bridge the gap" between mainstream networks and cultural assets which are essential resources to sustain the growth and development of future technology solutions. We inspire, motivate, mentor and educate those interested in becoming entrepreneurs and pursuing careers in technology. We are inclusive of those from various countries, cultural backgrounds, educational experiences and mindsets due to who we are as a collective. We are a global network of professional individuals who are experts in our areas of focus.
BiTHouse is inclusive of those worldwide. We cultivate, mentor and support women, minority and EU founders specifically because they are key players in the consumer marketplace. We call these folks "CHANGE AGENTS." Their creative, social and professional input is essential in order to develop and enable sustainable technology solutions needed to meet the needs of future generations.
We provide startup founders with resources and tips to empower and enable them to turn their ideas into viable businesses. Prototyping and telling your story on a regular basis leads to customers, business sustainability and financial success.
Tell Your Story
In 2015 BiTHouse and partners will organize and execute programs focused on Wearable Technology, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE) as it relates to the Internet of People (IoP). IoT by default cultivates and provides the infrastructure for inclusive and connected societies.
BiTHouse "WEARABLE TECH"
Health Care Disparities and Disabilities
Nutrition and Health
Executives, thought leaders, and expert speakers share their best practices and case studies around IoT-empowered products, services, and solutions. They will provide examples about how those solutions have:
In 2015 BiTHouse will work with global leaders to help implement strategies that minimize the gap between the connected and the solutions that connect them. Our goal is to work with the EU as well as the USA to minimize barriers to entry and to help organizations and government engage with their diverse client base. By taking into account diversity amongst customers and consumers we work with organizations to solidify business and technology strategies needed to provide seamless solutions needed to integrate things into systems and processes for the future. Our focus is on Mobility, Energy, Manufacturing, and Connected Home/Building/Cities. IoT and IoE aids with the following:
IOT Conference - Lund
Connected 2020: The Future of Things
Teams Matter, How to Obtain Adopters for Connected Things, Know Your Customer!
"Minimizing Barriers to Entry" by aiding various regions of the EU to create unified digital strategies for the future of the IoT as it relates to the IoP.
Things + People = The Future
"How can we enhance the lives of the consumer with all of this connectivity?"
The VC Collective's mission is centered around building a community of influencers, angel investors and venture capitalists to lend their time, resources and expertise to help create a startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem which sparks innovation and supports those willing to take risks both financially and professionally.
We bring together an exclusive community of leading influencers, venture capitalists and philanthropists from the entrepreneurship, entertainment, business, and technology sectors, to share and catalyze the infrastructure needed to cultivate a successful startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem needed to generate innovative solutions for the future.
We are a framework for collaboration amongst venture capitalists, investments that are made and those who have obtained and seek investment. Our highly curated experiences are tailored towards fostering a community that seeks to understand the investment landscape and holds those whom engage to be held accountable for innovative spirit, investment knowledge and the creation of technology solutions for technology infrastructures and solutions needed for the future.
We are building an investment collaborative. This initiative is called both VC Collective and VC Collaborative. We are gathering investors, enabling them to collaborate and presenting them with both software and hardware technologies to be considered for angel and/or venture capital investments.
Learn. Connect. Align. Mentor. Innovate. Fund. Launch. Promote
BiTHouse (n. bithous) – A virtual and pop up business development cultivator and educational hub “Minimizing Barriers to Entry” by forming collaborations in order to minimize financial and resource barriers to main stream channels and providing safe spaces for entrepreneurs + technologists to collaborate, learn and share their innovative technology solutions.
BiTHouse focuses on the “Best in Tech” solutions created by technologists and entrepreneurs from various ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and features their products and services in order to increase visibility amongst mainstream business leaders, venture capitalists and organizations.
“Inclusion Factors” comes to life through everyday personal interactions and experiences. BiTHouse builds more inclusive leadership teams, identifies opportunities, helps to curate and diversify events and leadership circles. Our focus on "Inclusion Factors" enables us to help others to incorporate behaviors and programs that lead to a culture of innovation, diversity and inclusion. BiTHouse is dedicated to creating supportive and encouraging environments that celebrate and value individuality and diverse experiences in the workplace, at events and amongst various social circles. To make an impact we must value, respect, and include the people that make diversity, inclusiveness, educational excellence a priority.
Help BiTHouse aid women, minority and European entrepreneurs, technology professionals, and communities. BiTHouse accepts Paypal payments, sponsorships, donations and Bitcoins. Support BiTHouse programming for the 2015 Soul + Tech Connect "Inclusion Factors" Initiative and become a sponsor/partner. You and/or your organization can also donate products and services to the Sparks Fund in order to provide resources to entrepreneurs and technologists.
Bitcoin by default promotes inclusion. Bitcoin is global and enables those in possession of diverse currencies to invest and fund projects easily. Bitcoin is a digital currency that is public, open-source and uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks. Nobody owns or controls Bitcoin, everyone can take part. BiTHouse values inclusion, therefore Bitcoin is our currency of choice.
Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks
@Jewell Sparks is the Founder of Strategic Diversity Group Incorporated (SDGI). BiTHouse is a subsidiary of SDGI and serves the purpose of identifying opportunities enabling the inclusion and education of EU founders, women, minority, elderly and veteran entrepreneurs / technologists in the tech space as it pertains to mainstream conferences, events, leadership, and community engagement. Jewell is a global business strategist specializing in providing "Out of the Box" business development and market diversification solutions for startups, nonprofits and businesses in transition. Jewell advises and mentors startups on team effectiveness, brand development, social media marketing, and funding strategies. A cellular biologist/business management professional turned inclusion hacker/serial entrepreneur, with over 20 years of sales, strategic alliance, organizational effectiveness and business development expertise, Jewell possesses the experience and the vision to formulate global business concepts and execute them successfully. She helps corporate entities and startups maintain and expand their current markets while attracting and engaging diverse consumer markets. Jewell is able to rapidly assess current business cultures and incorporate innovative solutions + business operation strategies necessary to create sustainable business models to address the needs of future generations. She helps organizations diversify their leadership teams in order to be effective in the following areas: organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion initiatives, strategic partnerships/alliances, social media messaging, conference development, hackathons and pitch event execution.
Operating out of Munich, Berlin, San Francisco, New York and Wichita and having lived in Japan for four years, Jewell has acquired unique skill sets enabling her to aid organizations with business expansion in various regions and diversify their markets across the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. She is very active in various communities around the globe and is on the Working Group on Women for the American Sustainable Business Council amongst other boards and leadership teams. In 2000 she obtained her MBA in strategy, global markets and corporate communications from the University of San Francisco while working for Procter and Gamble Healthcare, and started her own consulting company in 2007 (Strategic Diversity Group) focused on "Bridging the Gap" between business, community, brands and social influencers. Jewell utilizes her technical (biologist), corporate (Procter and Gamble, Syntex now Roche, Amgen) and startup (software + health strategic partnership, business development and sales force training) expertise to empower organizations to put the right systems in place for long-term sustainability, organizational effectiveness, global expansion and customer engagement.
BITHOUSE "INCLUSION FACTORS" TEAM
We are a group of dynamic professionals who are experts in our fields and dedicated to the inclusion of women, minorities, elderly and vets as leaders as it pertains to innovative areas S.T.E.A.M. We help organizations be more inclusive of these groups during conferences, events, continued learning opportunities. Our goal is to help others, hear their voices, see their faces and realize that social inclusion leads to professional opportunities and continued economic growth and the cultivation of leaders to serve future generations.... We focus on the Internet of Everything as it pertains to diversity in tools, resources, devices and the people who make and design them.
Diversity + IDEAS + Tech = Future
We Focus On "Change Agents"
We focus on "CHANGE AGENTS" because they are essential to the continued growth and sustainability of the Internet of Things (IOT). These agents are usually disconnected from mainstream social and professional circles due to the lack of diversity amongst hiring managers, leadership teams and investment entities. We are focused on the Internet of People (IoP) to collaborate and create technology solutions for tomorrow.
BiTHouse cultivates "CHANGE AGENTS" by enabling individuals to tap into their unique skill sets, build confidence and generate interest in areas of STEAM. We provide a safe environment for youth, women and minorities to share their ideas and create innovative technology solutions with the potential to impact the world in which we live.
IT will be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy adding nearly 1.4 million job openings by 2020.
Companies with the highest representation of women on management teams have a 34% higher return on investment than do those with few or no women.
57% of US
By 2060 57% of the US population will be minorities.
1 in 5 Residents
By 2060 1 in 5 residents will be 65+ with 56% of them being non-Hispanic white.
"INCLUSION FACTORS" Initiative
BiTHouse’s “Inclusion Factors” initiative was created due to the growing trend of national conversations focusing on diversity in technology.
Tech Connect ™
In 2015, BiTHouse focuses on inclusion factors as it relates to European communities and the US entrepreneur / startup culture. Our team has had an opportunity to attend various hackathons, tech events, and conferences throughout the world and have realized a few things are missing. Elements typically missing are those which engage those who are not used to sharing their accomplishments. The "actions speak louder than words" approach is an honorable one, but communication is the key to building brand awareness.
BiTHouse is here to help you! We look forward to helping organizations form strategic partnerships and expand their networks to enhance existing technology platforms and diversify current criteria currently utilized to assess success factors amongst the technology community.
BiTHouse Channels for Inclusion
BiTHouse’s Tech Connect™ “Inclusion Factors" Initiative targets founders from the European Union, youth, elderly, women and minorities. We utilize various types of channels to be inclusive of various groups. We partner with organizations to execute these initiatives. Our programming includes workshops, pitch preps, who's who events and tech showcasing for communities.
BiTHouseRx™ supports and promotes technology solutions developed to solve real life problems specific to various communities. BiTHouseRx™ seeks to enable others to generate and identify various technologies that address cultural uniqueness and can utilized to empower disadvantaged communities and aid organizations with the ability to understand and embrace diverse markets.
BiTHouse has formed strategic partnerships with organizations to offer courses essential to become and entrepreneur and develop technology platforms. We will collaborate with organizations throughout 2014 offering the following:
diversity and inclusion
The BiTHouse Pitch™ Competition is focused on identifying, preparing and assisting minority entrepreneurs who have great ideas, are founders and/or developers of disruptive technology platforms to compete in mainstream pitching competitions. We seek out judges who work in various areas of technology to provide real world scenarios.
Digital Diversity: Who’s Who in Tech™ is an event organized by BiTHouse in various cities that connects organizations and minority entrepreneurs and technology professionals who are shaping the future. These events are organic and allow those in attendance to introduce themselves, announce their current projects and form collaborations.
Soul + Tech Connect "Inclusion Factors" Initiative
Panels topics for BiTHouse '14 @SXSW were:
Society, Culture and Stereotypes
Technology and Education - Resources Utilized to Increase Minority Interest in STEM
“A Day in the Life of”
"Technology and its Influence on Civic Engagement and Politics"
“Your Voice Matters,” How Social Media and Marketing Provokes Leadership Diversity
Wearable Technologies: Minimizing Health Disparities and Disabilities
"Bridging the Gap" Food + Health + Tech
BiTHouse partners and supports various groups and organizations focused on teaching youth how to code.
BiTHouse identifies and features technology solutions created by youth during workshops, pitch contests and hackathons.
BiTHouse creates a virtual presence for technology solutions created by youth.
BiTHouse provides mentoring solutions in order to provide a support system which cultivates entrepreneurism while providing a safe environment to make mistakes and cultivate entrepreneurism while ensuring professional growth and development for youth.
BiTHouse organizes and curates pitch contests for entities interested in incorporating technology solutions founded by European founders, women and minorities.
The 2nd annual BiTHouse Pitch Contest took place in Austin, Texas during SXSW '14 in collaboration with the City of Austin. Minority members of the local Austin community and those hoping to attend SXSW Interactive participated. Founders presented a 4 minute business pitch to business leaders, entrepreneurs, media professionals, VCs and angels.
For more information send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partnership, Sponsorship and programming
BiTHouse partnership leverages the the pr and marketing platform of technology conferences and corporations to deliver a value-driven marketing impact for brands and organizations looking for a direct connection with women and minority innovators who are collaborating and creating platforms and businesses that are impactful, scalable and in attendance. We assist with engaging women, minority and European technologists / entreprenuers leading up to, during and after your events. We work closely with partners and sponsors to:
• Promote brand identity
• Reach target demographics
• Integrate partner and sponsor products and services
• Draw the attention of community influencers, industry and media professionals
Sponsor BiTHouse workshops, panels and events in order to reach diverse markets and prepare minority technologists and entrepreneurs for the future. Draw the attention of community influencers, industry and media professionals. We help you identify women and minority technology professionals to judge your competitions, mentor and speak at your conferences and/or events. BiTHouse partners with various organizations in order to help diversify target markets, build brand awareness and organizational effectiveness. BiTHouse provides programming services for the following:
• Pitch contests
• High profile events
Send an email to: email@example.com for more information.Contact us for more information on developing a custom program to fit your brand’s needs. We are currently curating Panel Sessions and Core Conversations designed to provide conference attendees a unique opportunity for intimate engagement with the most connected women and minority names and minds in the technology arena.
Strategic Partners for Mentoring and Pitching
BiTHouse would not be able to make an impact without our strategic partners. BiTHouse is a coalition of targeted industry thought leaders, technology organizations and companies who have come together to acknowledge, support and promote the incorporation of women, minorities, elderly and veterans during mainstream technology events. By diversifying resources and talent, while curating content, we aid in shaping innovation and enhancing technology-related industries, products and services to be utilized by future generations.
BiTHouse has partnered with Many Mentors for our "Inclusion Factors" and "STEM Models" initiative in order to provide mentorship for STEM related content originating on the college level. Together we will work with several organizations to inspire youth, communities and professionals to pursue careers related to STEM as entrepreneurs, technologists and/or employees.
ManyMentors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2011 to inspire, encourage, and support underrepresented* students’ interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and eventual entrance into the STEM workforce. From middle schoolers to young working professionals, we connect individuals to near-age mentors who can make opportunities in STEM become more visible, valuable & viable.
pursuing STEM related careers and having role models to identify with.
Test my pitch
BiTHouse has partnered with the founders of Test My Pitch in order to "Minimize Barriers to Entry" to prepare entrepreneurs and technologists for hackathons and pitch contests. Together we are on a mission to make sure more women and minorities are prepared to take the main stage and have an opportunity to obtain financing for their technology solutions.
Test My Pitch is a community of entrepreneurs and business professionals who create, share, and offer feedback on each others idea pitches and self-introductions. You have a great business idea, you introduce yourself to others, you have to customize your message for a new audience, in other words...you have a story to tell. Wouldn’t it be nice to have feedback before relating your story to an important audience? No longer do you have nervous or uncertain as to how your words will be received.. your friends at Test My Pitch and BiTHouse will make sure that you’re on target. For more information, visit: