We’ve got some great news! We’re excited to announce that 24Notion has been ranked #15 on the Portland Business Journal’s Book of Lists for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We’ve moved up two places since last year’s list, and we intend to continue this trend in the future.
24Notion has been featured on the CSR list for four years and was also awarded the 2012 Innovation in Philanthropy Award. The company’s dedication to giving back through great partnerships, pro bono work, and scholarship sponsoring make 24Notion a leader among full service creative and lifestyle agencies in CSR activities. We’re so proud to be a trailblazer for such important and engaging work—and we’re already looking forward to more!
To learn more about 24Notion’s socially responsible work, read up about our philanthropic activities and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@24Notion) to stay updated. Questions? Contact email@example.com for more information.
In the last months, we have been hard at work to create a synergy through our Corporate Social Reponsibilities and our new effort at 24Notion and Girls In Tech. This summer we are partnering up with the U.S. Department of State in one of the amazing new initiative. News Release is here
“U.S. Department of State Empowering Girls in the Middle East and North Africa Through Technology”.
Come see our leader, Ivo lukas, Founder/CEO of 24Notion & Chief Innovation officer/Global Mentorship programs of Girls in Tech will be speaking on July 16th in Washington DC at the Microsoft HQ with other top women leaders in the technology/entrepreneurship arena about the value of Mentorship and how you could become the next generation leader(s). This event is a VIP/private exclusive event only.
If media/journalist/bloggers are interested in being invited, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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From June 25 – July 18, these tech-savvy teenagers from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen will engage with their American counterparts in the classroom and the community, working on their technical development and leadership skills. They will participate in an iD TechCamp, an interactive technology and computer camp, at Towson University; meet with leading U.S. technology companies in Washington, DC, and New York, NY; and take part in community service activities. The TechGirls will be also be mentored by representatives from top technology companies, making important personal contacts and expanding their networks to compete equally in an often male-dominated field. The TechGirls Program is administered by Legacy International.
Working to ensure a diverse experience, the Department has teamed up with several private sector partners, including: 24Notion, ALIVE!, Inc., AT&T, Bully Pulpit Interactive, Code4Charity, the DC Digital Divas Dinner, DoSomething.org, Facebook, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Girls in Tech, Girls Who Code, Google, OhMyGov Inc., Precision Network, Relief International, TechChange, Women Innovate Mobile, Yahoo!, and Verizon Communications. The State Department is also pleased to collaborate with the White House, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), and the Federal Communications Commission for the TechGirls program.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that 27 TechGirlsfrom eight Middle Eastern countries and the Palestinian Territories will arrive in Washington DC on June 25 for a three-week exchange. TechGirls provides girls from the Middle East and North Africa with the knowledge and resources to pursue higher education and careers in technology. This program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.
Tell your story and be bold is my motto.
As entrepreneurs, innovators, and simply ideators, you must keep pushing the envelope. Perseverance and creativity are the name of the game. A recent Wall Street Journal study and article, “Women Executives Make Venture-backed Companies More Successful,” finds that “Venture-backed companies that include females as senior executives are more likely to succeed than companies where only males are in charge.”
Whether you are bootstrapping or pitching to get VC/angel investors, you must keep in mind two things about your business pitch: keep your story simple and sweet. I’ve been asked lately about what the top “must haves” for women are when pitching their businesses and/or ideas. There have to be some formulas for success, right? As women in a male-dominated industry, we should be sharing these trade secrets with each other!
Do women pitch differently than men? What makes our style different from men? The answer would be there are no gender differences in pitching your idea to an investor. Bottom line: whether you are men or women, you must do your due diligence in understanding your product and services. Only then can you know how your VCs/audience will see or react to your pitch, and you can effectively make persuasive arguments to cater to them.
One thing to understand is that you will undoubtedly get the door shut in your face. In fact, I’ve chatted with one entrepreneur who said, “I’ve pitched to over 25 VCs and they all said no.” I would say to do your homework! Learn about who the VCs you’re pitching to are. One size doesn’t fit all! You must know who they are and if they’ll even give your business model a glance so that you can strategize. Lastly, never give up!
With that in mind, here are my top 5 must-haves.
How to Pitch Your Ideas
1. What is your idea? Explain and elaborate about your concept
2. Why will this idea work? Explain your inspiration and the data to back it up
3. Who are your competitors? Or is there a similar concept?
4. How would this idea make your consumer’s life easier over your competitors? The next question would be how you get your Return of Investment(ROI)–you have to explain the benefits!
5. When will this launch? Explain your launch milestones and strategy behind them
I would love to hear your stories of your successful pitches! Tell me about your top advice to all of the entrepreneurs out there who are ready to tell their story in the comment section.
Check out the full study here by Dow Jones VentureSource
Check out our #PBJOrchids award winners – Women of Influence 2013 by Portland Business Journal.
Over 600+ professionals( mostly women) attended the award luncheon on April 18th at Hilton, Portland Oregon.
Congrats Ivo! @MsSonicFlare
Photo credit: PBJ
24Notion is super excited to learn that our CEO/Founder, Ivo Lukas is one of the orchid award winner in 2013.
You won’t want to miss the 2013 Women of Influence luncheon. Come celebrate with our 25 Orchid Winners. These women are compelling, affect change and represent their positions with strength, wisdom and grace! come to the award luncheon here. list of the winners here
Twitter hashtag #PBJOrchids
24Notion, an integrated agency focus on a creative marketing design, public relations and lifestyle agency, is the winner of a prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility Award, the 2012 Portland Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Award for Innovation in Philanthropy. In addition, 24 Notion was ranked 17th out of 100 in the Portland Business Journal Book of Lists.
“Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the mission of 24Notion,” said Ivo Lukas, Founder and CEO of 24Notion. “We have proven that being active in philanthropy is possible for organizations of any size. Looking forward we will strive to continue to find new ways to support our community, and the world.”
Ten strategies 24Notion recommends for an organization striving to become a leader in corporate social responsibility are:
1. Commit to giving in your organization’s budget and annual goals – either a percentage of revenues or a set amount. 24Notion has shown year over year increases in their donations with donations in both services and cash. Many organizations have resources that can be highly useful to nonprofits. As a public relations and creative design firm, 24Notion has been able to donate their event planning and promotional services to a variety of nonprofits.
2. Encourage all employees to identify creative ways the organization can provide support to nonprofits. 24Notion donates its marketing know how to nonprofits who would otherwise be unable to afford their services. Employees enthusiastically participate and donate their time to these great causes. Organizations can select a specific non- profit to support throughout the year and give employees time off each month to volunteer.
3. Show support to nonprofits by donating your time to sit on their boards. Nonprofits have both boards of trustees who have a fiduciary responsibility and also advisory boards that provide advice on a range of issues. Board members help guide the direction of the organization and can have a substantial impact.
4. Partner with your customers in your philanthropic efforts. 24Notion asked one of their clients, a Project Runway contestant, to collaborate in designing a fundraising t-shirt for another nonprofit. This is a win-win situation for both the customer who receives additional publicity and visibility and the nonprofit who receive services they would not be able to afford.
5. Publicize your efforts and become a role model organization. Publicity will also provide additional support for the nonprofit. An event like a tradeshow, grand opening or launch can become a donation point for a charity such as a food bank or women’s shelter. Including the information that donations will be accepted for that charity in promotional materials positions the organization in a positive light and with a link to the charity’s website will increase the support they receive.
6. Sponsor scholarships and awards for students in majors relevant to your business. You are helping to build the pipeline for future employees and elevating your overall organizational reputation. Make sure that your organization reaches out to the students after they have received the award as well and invest in their success. This will extend the positive word of mouth among the students’ friends.
7. Create a social corporate responsibility report to let customers and investors know about your efforts. These reports can highlight successes and encourage additional support for the nonprofit.
8. Look beyond employees and products to your business’ infrastructure when you think about providing support. Organizations can volunteer to host events and donate catering from their cafeteria’s to help cut costs. Expense control is critical to nonprofits, a free auditorium can make the difference in the success or failure of a fundraising event.
9. Think locally, nationally and globally when identifying ways to support nonprofits. Many nonprofits use their donors’ names to help drive fundraising efforts.
10. Build close ties to the organizations your support. Ongoing engagement deepens your knowledge of the organizations you are supporting and may help you come up with unique ways to help.
“2012 was our best year yet, said Ivo Lukas. “Our goal for 2013 is to continue to broaden our impact and find ways to help our customers and other organizations to become even more engaged in corporate social responsibility.”
Ivo Lukas, 24Notion’s CEO/Founder, was sought out by ASU/STEM/WISE leaders for an exclusive interview opportunity with ambitious, technology-minded high school girls. With a mission of supporting and understanding how women entrepreneurs/STEM leaders can make it to the top and then providing mentorship for young girls who want to follow those leaders’ footsteps, Lukas was a natural candidate to be interviewed. Our trusted leader at 24Notion jumped at the opportunity to reach out to young girls and reminisce on her journey from being a math-savvy high school student to top female STEM entrepreneur.
Dr. Robyn McKay, professor and mentor of a group of motivated, STEM/WISE-minded high school girls, acted as moderator extraordinaire during a casual question and answer interview style with Lukas. The questions were created and presented by fifteen high school girls, who were participating in a daylong career fair, STEM workshop, and day-in-the-life conference, and each one were fun, personal and focused on advice and personal experiences. The virtual and online interview was conducted over Skype video conference call – a fitting medium for a STEM-based discussion – and was then featured in Dr. Robyn McKay’s article, “3 Strategies for Increasing Self-Worth, Net Worth: Women in STEM” and made into a podcast, where you can listen here.
We picked the best take-aways from the interview and drafted a list of Ivo Lukas’ top advice in leaving your stamp in the STEM/WISE world. Below, you will find fundamental lessons and personal experiences from Lukas herself. For more helpful words of wisdom, listen to the whole podcast.
1. Personal strengths – creative, innovative, and math-minded. Even in High School she worked hard to make the things that she enjoyed her strengths and then utilize them in the technology world.
2. What makes a good mentor – a good mentor breaks you out of your comfort zone. There will always be people around to comfort you (i.e. parents, teachers, siblings) but a good mentor is one that encourages you to keep improving and pushes you to new experiences.
3. Vision for the future – keep pushing the envelope. Lukas plans on keep building 24Notion, the business she built from the ground up, and taking on new challenges with the company. She also plans on mentoring more with women and girls in STEM careers and donating her time and skills to philanthropic endeavors. Proving she is a women of her word, Lukas has already kick started the Girls in Tech Mentoring Program (GITm) and has been a huge player in the continuing development of Girls in Tech, a non-profit social enterprise committed to engaging, educating, and empowering like-minded women to enter technology fields with confidence and a capacity for success. Check out more about Girls in Tech and the mentorship program and stay ahead of the loop with Lukas’ Huffpost article on the next generation’s leaders in STEM.
4. Biggest challenge/achievement – 24Notion. She started the company by its bootstraps and has been able to gain the funding needed to become a full global integrative creative marketing and lifestyle agency with a list of impressive clients. She remembers when people told her that she was crazy for not only starting a business, but also giving so much back to philanthropic efforts. 24Notion has been ranked as #23 by Portland Business Journal on their list of most philanthropic companies, which shows that staying to your core values and listening to your own instincts is always important.
5. What did you want to be in high school — Everything. Lukas disclosed that she dreamed of being a mathematician, scientist, flight attendant, CIA agent, and the list goes on. Even with so many passions and work ambitions, everything that Lukas wanted to do came down to technology, creativity and art.
To hear more from Ivo Lukas, check her out at @MsSonicFlare
To learn more about 24Notion and the company that has launched Lukas into a top female entrepreneur and leader in STEM-careers, follow us on:
We’ll be accompanying a few of our clients who will be a speaker panelist, setting up an awesome support/campaign for a few event(music, Interactive), plus we’ll be having a blast with the rest of thousands fab peeps at SXSW. Also, don’t forget to come check out our entrepreneurial panelist discussion and come join @MsSonicFlare Ivo Lukas(Founder/CEO of 24Notion & Chief Operations Officer of Girls in Tech)will be at the @GITweet panel discussion; on sunday 12:30pm Hilton at Salon C. So come and check out whats the women panel entrepreneurial discussion is all about! Hashtag #SXSWGIT and #SXSW24Notion
See you guys in Austin…. YEEHAW!!!