McLean, VA — The New U: News Entrepreneurs Working through UNITY project announced today that its two 2013 seed grant winners have been selected based on three-fourths-weighted judges vote combined with a one-fourth crowd-sourced peer vote. Read the news release …
Here are the New U 2013 winners:
Kathy Y. Times – WhereToGo411.com
WhereToGo411.com is a national web site and will use the $20,000 New U grant for advertising, marketing, branding, search engine optimization, and promotions. WhereToGo411.com helps grow African-American enterprises by connecting them to both local and national buyers, such as universities, governmental entities, and majority companies and helps these major buyers meet their diversity spending goals. Major site features include a quote system that sends requests for quotes to African-American businesses, a mobile app, articles, customer reviews, and coupons and discounts from a growing database of more than 12,000 businesses. The grant also will help us kick off a national African-American business empowerment tour to promote the site, generate more support for African-American businesses and change the economic reality of urban neighborhoods.
WhereToGo411.com’s co-founders are Kathy Y. Times, an Emmy award-winning former investigative reporter, anchor and former president of the National Association of Black Journalists and James E. Covington, an entrepreneur and author.
Times is vice president/COO of WhereToGo411.com. She is also president of a full-service public relations and media coaching business in Jackson, Mississippi.
Prior to launching two companies, Kathy was the primary anchor of the Fox affiliate in Jackson and worked in major cities as a television news reporter/anchor and newspaper reporter. She has won numerous honors and awards, including Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow Award for her investigative reporting on system failures and corruption. Her investigative reporting has landed her in handcuffs, and she has interviewed some of the world’s most influential leaders including numerous U.S. presidents and reported for MSNBC. Kathy graduated with honors while pursuing dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Information Systems and Journalism at Florida A&M University. She furthered her education at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a Master of Science degree in Journalism.
Eunice Cofie – EthnicDermMedia
EthnicDermMedia is a multi-media company which bridges the gap between low access to skin health education by providing multi-media platforms for consumers, dermatologists, health professionals, and estheticians. The company will provide services and products such as online and mobile platforms, live events, continuing education, public health campaigns, and publishing
Eunice Cofie is making great strides in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. She is the President and Chief Cosmetic Chemist of Nuekie. Nuekie provides innovative dermatological products for women and men with skin of color.
Eunice is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry/molecular biology and completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Global Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education program. Her deep commitment to social causes worldwide has led her to make a positive impact across the globe, specifically in Ghana and the Philippines. While in college, Eunice spent her summers working in a village community in Ghana, West Africa implementing the Save a Million Lives HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Program.