Race To Plug & Play Tech Centre Summit – If You Are A Startup Looking To Accelerate Your Company Fast

Today we are looking at PLUG and PLAY – an innovation platform – with 28 locations around the world each with strategic partners and focus, PLUG and PLAY can help startups expand into new markets faster than ever before.

With a mission to make innovation open to anyone, anywhere Plug and Play is the ultimate innovation platform, bringing together the best startups and the world’s largest corporations. Plug and Play invest in over 250 startups a year and has connections to 300 of the world’s best VCs. If you’re looking to grow your business faster, Plug and Play has the perfect ecosystem for you to do it.

  • 50+ programs a year, 12-weeks each
  • No equity required
  • office space
  • Stage-agnostic for (startups of all sizes)
  • Build your pipeline of corporate clients
  • Meet mentors, VCs, and angel investors
  • and Leverage the global network

My guests are Alexander Tran – Senior Associate for Plug and Play Ventures, focusing on the Insurtech and Health & Wellness verticals as well as Anita Darden Gardyne the Cofounder and CEO of ONEVA.

Anita Darden Gardyne:                   Alexander Tran, Senior Associate

Co-founder & CEO at Onēva            for Plug and Play Ventures

“We believe that technology has the power to make the world a better place and we invest our time and resources into entrepreneurs that are making an impact. An elite ecosystem of entrepreneurs, Plug&Play Tech Centre’s goal is to help startups grow and succeed.”

Since 2006, we’ve been accelerating startups, matchmaking them with corporate clients, and investing in them.

  • 426
  • Startups accelerated in 2017
  • $7b
  • Raised by portfolio companies
  • 262
  • Global investments in 2017
  • 220+
  • Major corporate partners
  • 300+
  • VCs in our ecosystem

Why should you apply to Plug and Play?

1- No equity required

Stop giving equity to accelerators. We do not ask participating startups to …

013 EPS How to Fund Your Business and Attract Corporate Partners – Anita Darden Gardyne

Edyne talks with Anita Darden Gardyne – Co-Founder and CEO – Oneva about Start-Up to thriving small business, attracting Corporate Partners and launching a fundraising campaign. Anita Darden Gardyne is a  former CFO, Seagate. MBA. Skilled in technical large-scale systems, finance, and enterprise sales.

Today’s adults juggle caring for aging parents and children while working full-time. Oneva makes finding trusted in-home care easy with our platform to find, book, and pay high-quality caregivers as an employee benefit. Last year, we finished a year-long pilot at Microsoft. As a result, several other large Fortune 100 companies, plus the Finnish and Japanese governments, showed interest in Oneva. Now that we built our tech, we’re ready to close contracts on companies in our pipeline.

Fast forward 4 years, Oneva is a thriving company launching a fundraising campaign with Wefunder.com

Oneva is An Employee Benefit for Large Corporations like Microsoft

While consumers might seem like the obvious way to sell in-home care services, we can meet the exact same families who need the exact same care through employee benefits at work. By integrating into their HR, just like health, dental, and 401(k) benefits, we create trust from the start. And by offering flexible payment options through stipends, grants, awards, payroll deduction and FSA reimbursement – which we couldn’t offer in the consumer market – means customers are more likely to keep purchasing care through Oneva.

Anita and her team have been able to partner with blue-chip Investors, Advisors, Supporters, and Team. With advisors and mentors like Rev. Jesse Jackson and Fred Thiele, GM of Benefits at Microsoft, Oneva won second place at TechCrunch Disrupt and joined the Technology Industry Group as one of their recommended minority-owned businesses.

EARLY BIRD BONUS: $13M Valuation Cap

Investors who fund up to the first $100K of this …

012 EPS CHRISTIE LINDOR Best-Selling Author of The MECE Muse

The first generation American, first generation college graduate, first generation corporate professional and now one of the first African American to publish a book on management consulting, Christie Lindor spent the first five years of her consulting career as an outsider struggling and shocked to find herself in such a competitive environment with very few women in a leadership consulting roles and even fewer people of colour. Determined to change this situation, Christie made it her mission to become the mentor she wished she had earlier in her career.

Her decision to become successful in her field was also fuelled by her need to make sure no one suffered the way she had suffered in the earlier part of her career.

Fast forward a decade, she started to scale and organize the vast knowledge she had amassed by mentoring many young consultants over the years but also sharing what other consulting partners had to say about how to be a great consultant.

Christie launched her new best selling book The Mece Muse: 100+ selected practices, unwritten rules, and habits of great consultants. Today, The Mece Muse is a best-selling management consulting book and is available worldwide.

Christie also knew that in order to bring the guiding principles of great consulting to a wide audience, she needed a platform that would provide an inside scoop on the habits of great consultants in the form of storytelling, career guidance, selected practices and “real deal” insights into the profession.

Christie created her podcast called The MECE Muse Unplugged. It is a weekly pop-up variety podcast show that offers interviews, storytelling, career advice, and trending topics in the world of consulting to help new or aspiring consultants. New episodes every Friday in addition to on-demand MECE Mentoring Moments answering career questions from listeners.…

011 EPS Ray Matz A 3x Team USA World Champion and Game Changing Dads Journey

In this episode, Edyne Plancy talks with Ray Matz, CEO of Game Changing Dads about the importance of creating a solid relationship with your family whilst running a successful business.

His hockey career gave him the opportunity to be the head instructor at Team USA Clinics for 20 years; he has taught hockey to kids of all ages from all over the world. At the young age of 39, Ray married Julie—they just celebrated their 10 year anniversary! Ray and Julie have three awesome children.

Game Changing Dads?

A coaching and mastermind encouraging fathers and husbands to lead, love, and live! Having better relationships with their children and family whilst building successful businesses.

Business Lessons From My Father.

“I get every opportunity to get my children involved in my various businesses”.

Ray early childhood was around poverty in Philadelphia. When his father started his entrepreneurial journey, despite showing Ray some of the ropes, there was not a lot of time dedicated to family time. The life lessons he learned from his father allowed Ray to start his own businesses in landscaping and real estate and now as a business coach, teaching men how he has created an entrepreneurial foundation with his family. 

Check out Ray’s  “TOP TEN GAME CHANGERS” to get off the bench and into the game!

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010 EPS Erin Bagwell Raising Over $100K & Named Oprah’s SuperSoul100

In this episode, Edyne Plancy talks with Erin Bagwell, filmmaker, and feminist blogger. We discussed how she launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $100,000 in funding to produce her first feature-length film Dream, Girl.

To learn when Dream, Girl will be screening in your city and get updates from our director sign up at: http://www.DreamGirlFilm.com/newsletter

How to break the door and create the business you want, surrounding yourself with great support who care about your mission and have your back…

Her film was screened at the White House as part of the United State of Women Summit and Erin was named one of Oprah’s SuperSoul100.

Erin’s goal with the film was to share the journey of 10 female entrepreneurs from all walks of life, and how they built their signature businesses.

“Allow yourself the patience and let go” -Erin Bagwell

Dream, Girl A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie

Erin’s workshops:

  • A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie: Filmmaking 101 | Erin brings her audience on a journey from ideation and production to launch and distribution. As the founder, director, editor, and producer of Dream, Girl, no one is closer to the film’s creative process than Erin and she can speak directly from her own experience to dispel some of the myths around what it takes to make a feature-length film.
  • Crowdfunding + Branding Your Business | Erin launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $100K in 30 days to start production on Dream, Girl. In this workshop, Erin will share her tips and tricks for creating a successful crowdfunding campaign and discuss the pitfalls and challenges that lie in the fundraising process.
  • Money Myths | Empowering women financially is central to the Dream, Girl movement. In this workshop, Erin will help attendees work through some of the

009 EPS Steven Robertson CEO at Julian Krinsky Group: Redefining Summer

In this episode, Edyne Plancy talks with Steven Robertson, the CEO at the Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs. This is a summer camp that offers middle and high schools students from around the world transformative experiences such as academic, sports, medicine, startups, Global Leadership & International Affairs and many other great programs. The company believes that summer should be about doing something you love, meeting people from all over the world, preparing for college or your future career or experiencing something new.

“Transformative experiences that help you learn and grow” -Steven Robertson

Global Leadership & International Affairs

The Only Global Leadership Program of Its Kind

If you’re just getting interested in international relations or are already a student of global politics, our pre-college Global Leadership & International Affairs summer program will increase your knowledge of global policy and politics, expose you to real-time international issues and improve your leadership skills. To provide a diverse world perspective, half of our students are international. The unique Global Leadership & International Affairs summer program is designed for high school students and features debate, public speaking, research workshops, social entrepreneurship, realistic UN simulations, and guest speakers — including international dignitaries, members of foreign embassies and authorities in the field. You will also enjoy field trips to the United Nations in New York City and Embassy Row in Washington, DC.

 Episode Links

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Steve’s Articles and additional resources: Entrepreneur and CEOWorld Magazine.

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Download and listen to Steven Robertson. Don’t forget to leave a rating and review if you enjoyed the show. We would love to hear from you!

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008 EPS Angel Rich The Wealth Factory When Candy Crush Meet Super Mario

Angel Rich

In this episode, Edyne Plancy talks with Angel Rich, the 30 something who is turning financial education on its head. Angel is the Founder and CEO of the Wealth Factory Inc. where WealthyLife financial literacy edtech games come to life for youth. This is a game that allows people to simulate their financial lives

“Youth have to prepare themselves” -Angel Rich

An Entrepreneur since Age 6 and still more to come

-Top 9 edtech company of 2015, National Alliance of Public Charter Schools
– Best financial literacy product in the country by the Office of Michelle Obama The White House
– Best learning game in the country by the Department of Education
– Best solution in the world for reducing poverty by JP Morgan Chase
– Pitch Winner and top 30 Black female founder in the country by Google
– Top 4 Black founder in the country by Global 1000 with Ray Lewis and Jeff Hoffman (Priceline)
– HBCU 30 under 30 and Hampton University 40 under 40
– Alum of 43 North, LearnLaunch, Village Capital, Accelerate Baltimore, and Startup Weekend Next
– 1st Place winner of Industrial Bank Small Business Regional Competition ($20,000), Center for Global
– Co-Author, Unbanked and Underbanked FDIC Research Study
– Author, The Financial Empowerment of Youth Research Study sponsored by CSDC and Building Hope
– Author, History of the Black Dollar
– Organizer, Chocolate Innovators and EdTech DC meetups
– Film Producer, Untapped

The Wealth Games

The company’s mission is to reduce poverty by providing equal access to quality, easy to understand financial literacy across the world. In 2015, the company became DC Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking official financial literacy tech partner was named top 9 edtech company of 2015 by the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools and …

007 EPS Kelly LeVeque A 3 Years of Side Hustle and the 5 Sources of Income

 Kelly LeVeque

Kelly LeVeque is a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and celebrity health coach based in Los Angeles, California. Her company, Be Well grew out of Kelly’s lifelong passion for health, the science of nutrition and overall wellness. Guided by a practical and always optimistic approach, Kelly helps clients improve their health, achieve their goals and develop sustainable habits to live a healthy and balanced life.

“Taking calculated risks.” -Kelly LeVeque

8 Years Career in Cancer and Genetics

Before starting her consulting business, Be Well By Kelly, she worked in the medical field for Fortune 500 companies like J&J, Stryker, and Hologic, eventually moving into personalized medicine, offering tumor gene mapping and molecular subtyping to oncologists. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and completed her Post Graduate Clinical Nutrition education through UCLA and UC Berkeley. She rounded out her education with a number of other certifications including being certified as a Health Coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, certified as a 200 Hr Yoga Instructor through American Yoga School and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT)® through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

“5 Fundamental Income Stream”

For the rainy days – it is important to have at least 5 different forms of income. Now that Kelly has her new book and book tour, she is embarking on Protein Bars project.

“3 years, 14 hour days. Take the leap.” – Kelly LeVeque

Body Love, book tour, and her secret weapon.

Her new book is called “Body Love” and she is really a big fan of loving your body through food, not deprivation in order to feel satisfied, full and happy.  some chicken with that they’re adding the protein that tells their brains hey we’re full, we’re eating, we’re feeling calm and then fat, fat gives

006 EPS Forbes Riley the $2 Billion Dollar Woman: The Forbes Factor

Forbes Riley

“You are not your resources but your resourcefulness”. Forbes Riley is the $2 Billion Dollar Spokeswoman, Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Creator of the SpinGym & National Fitness Hall of Fame Inductee. Forbes was bullied as a young child, overweight and her father’s tragic accident forced her to understand early on she didn’t need to worry about the resources but the resourcefulness.

On today’s episode, Edyne Plancy finds out from Forbes the importance of “figuring it out. ” I am challenged to figure it out”. Finding a mentor and “Forbes It.” and manifesting your dreams. Before becoming a media success, host of more than 100 infomercials and 20 years marketing products on home shopping channels worldwide, Forbes Riley struggled with her own weight and her father’s unrealized dream of becoming an inventor. Crowned by the press as the $2 Billion Dollar Host, she was determined to reach her goals — and through dedication, never ending passion and hard work, she has.

“One + One Equal Five.” -Forbes Riley


Forbes is recognized as a pioneer in the industry and for pitching the most wildly popular products such as the Jack LaLanne Juicer, the Montel Williams Health Master, her own Forbes Riley SpinGym and the best of the best fitness, health and life improvement products over the course of her career. She lives her mission that health and fitness is a lifestyle, not a fad.

“The Forbes Factor”

Forbes has a new class called Forbes Factor in Los Angeles on July 20 – 21- 22 – 23. See details at the EdynePlancyShow Facebook community. This is an inspirational and transformational workshop that you have never experienced. You do not need more information but you need to change your core belief to make a tremendous impact on your …

005 EPS Anita Gardyne: The Making Of A $1 Million Start-Up

Anita Gardyne

On today’s episode, Edyne Plancy welcomes Anita Gardyne. Anita is the Co-Founder and CEO at Onēva. A start-up company that tailors care needs for infant, child, adult, and elder care, and more, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tune in to learn how Onēva raised $850,000 to date from various investors and how Anita has become the 15th black women in the startup industry that has hit the $1 million in VC fundraising.

“Be strategic in your thinking.” -Anita Gardyne

The Start-Up Journey

As a woman, an African-American CEO of a Start-Up, dealing with the obvious diversity gaps, Anita learned very quickly the power of staying focused. During a pitch event, she was in a room with a number of CEOs and a gentleman turned to her chief technology officer and said: “are you going to let the black girl pitch?”. Anita felt angry, frozen but she was able to turn it around and deliver a great pitch that got praises from other VCs.

Anita says: ” we know that there are people out there who will try to step on your dreams, but you need to let go of those hurdles and keep focused on your ideas and be heard”.

“Are you going to let the black girl pitch?”

Anita is constantly leveraging her corporate skills in her entrepreneurial world. ” I am the queen of free”. Networking and collaboration are key to succeed. Finding someone to mentor you and make sure the relationship is authentic and genuine. Choose your mentors /mentee very carefully. As the youngest of 8 children, Anita

“I am the Queen of Free.” -Anita Gardyne

over 15 years in the corporate world has been a tremendous asset to transition to an entrepreneurial world. A decision had to be made regarding raising the