We're going live with Melissa Sassi (Chief Penguin @ IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator) to learn more about the accelerator and its opportunities for Pakistani startups. IBM Hyper Product Accelerator is looking for early-stage fintech, insurtech, and healthtech founders from around the world who need access to the resources required to help build world-class applications and technical solutions.
Apply Today at https://ibm.biz/hpa-apply
Two Pakistani startups were selected in the program last year. See their videos below: - Encore (fintech): http://ibm.biz/hpa-2020-encorepay-video - Azaad (healthtech): http://ibm.biz/hpa-2020-azaad-video
This program is designed for early-stage startups from across the globe that are less than five years old. Selected startups can expect access to one-on-one, hands-on technical leaders, cloud solution architects, and an experienced network of business leaders.
About the Speaker:
Melissa Sassi is the Chief Penguin of IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator. Yes, she created her own penguin title! Melissa works with early-stage entrepreneurs in digital and business transformation. Have you heard of Call for Code? It’s an IBM initiative aimed at preparing for and responding to climate change via tech innovation. Melissa is a Judge! Prior to IBM, Melissa spent several years at Microsoft where she built internet and energy access networks and introducing digital skills to the newly connected.
Melissa is also the Founder & CEO of MentorNations, a youth-led digital skills movement in Africa that has taught tens of thousands of youth to code across twelve countries. Melissa is Chair of IEEE's Digital Intelligence Working Group and is on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Digital Intelligence with the World Economic Forum, OECD, IEEE, and the DQ Institute. She is also a Founding Member of broadbandpolicy.org and holds Board positions with TAKMIL, a nonprofit with 30 informal schools across rural Pakistan, and TechWomen.Asia, a Kabul, Afghanistan-based nonprofit focused on tech skill-building for Afghani women and girls.
Melissa holds two master's degrees and is working toward her Ph.D. Her research focuses on the digital inclusion of under-represented communities. Melissa serves on a Round Table within the UN and has been a speaker in more than 100 in topics involving digital inclusion, community building, youth empowerment, imposter syndrome, and personal branding.
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