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1871 Member 30Second Mobile Selected to Attend Google For Entrepreneurs’ Blackbox Connect Accelerator Program


Elisa All, Founder and CEO of 30Second Mobile, to spend two weeks at Google for Entrepreneurs’ Blackbox Connect program for female founders

Chicago (April 16, 2015)—Google for Entrepreneurs announced today that 1871 member company 30Second Mobile, a women-led mobile media company, has been selected to participate in Google for Entrepreneurs’ Blackbox Connect Female Founders Edition, a two-week immersion program where the most promising global startups grow and connect with top VCs and game-changers in Silicon Valley. Elisa All, founder and CEO of 30Second Mobile, will travel to Google Headquarters with other companies nominated by partners of Google for Entrepreneurs for a two-week accelerator program exclusively available to high potential women entrepreneurs.

"1871 is constantly working to offer a wide variety of opportunities and resources that help our member companies succeed,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “As one of only nine members of the Google for Entrepreneurs North American Tech Hub Network, our close relationship with Google continues to create amazing opportunities for 1871 companies. We are especially excited to work on a program that focuses on supporting women entrepreneurs, and we congratulate 30Second Mobile on being selected for this year’s Blackbox Connect program.”

Google for Entrepreneurs selected the most promising startups from across the globe to participate in its first Blackbox Connect program focused specifically on female founders. These startups will travel to California from April 27 through May 8, where they will have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded entrepreneurs from around the world and partake in an intense agenda of strategic meetings and workshops with entrepreneurs, investors, experts and executives. Each of the participating companies is required to have launched a product and received customer feedback.

“I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to participate in the first Blackbox Connect program to focus specifically on female founders,” said Elisa All, founder and CEO of 30Second Mobile. “I look forward to collaborating with other female entrepreneurs while learning from Google’s experts and representing the amazing startup community at 1871 and in Chicago.”

30Second Mobile is a women-led mobile media company creating authentic, easily-consumed content for mobile and social users. The company licenses its content to media companies and creates custom branded content for companies that bring their brand messages to life. 30Second Mobile’s first vertical, 30Second Mom, is a free website and app that enables mothers to access quick and helpful information tailored to their interests and share that information via social networks – in about 30 seconds. The company has received numerous accolades, including being named “One of the 5 Hottest Startups in Chicago.”

Prior to 30Second Mobile, Elisa All founded iParenting Media, a highly-regarded dotcom acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2007. Elisa led the company to be recognized as “Best of the Web” by Newsweek, US News & World Report, The London Times and more. After iParenting was acquired by Disney, Elisa served as Director for the Disney Interactive Media Group, where she led the integration of iParenting into the Disney Family Network. Elisa also has served as a video and radio host, newspaper columnist and editor-in-chief of six national newsstand magazines: Pregnancy, Baby Years, Women’s Health & Fitness, Family Energy, European Homes & Gardens and The Buyer’s Guide.

In September 2013, Google for Entrepreneurs launched a network of partnerships with eight coworking and accelerator spaces around North America. In addition to 1871 in Chicago, the network now includes incubators in Austin, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Montreal, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham and Waterloo. Created to help local startup communities thrive, the Google for Entrepreneurs network assists tech hubs by providing them with technical content, business tools, and infrastructure upgrades so that they can support increasing demand from developers and startups. Incubators in the network can offer free Google Cloud services to their members, and each year they nominate companies to pitch at the Google Demo Day.


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