Firms offering numerous online collaborations and, according to Kenny Slaught, more workflow automation are increasing in popularity, largely because of their ability to provide prompt access to accurate and concise data and information. New intuitive software and mobile apps, says Slaught, give investors and builders a greater selection of lending and borrowing opportunities across a variety of real estate asset classes and locations. After only a few years in the market, crowdfunding portals have rapidly grown over 150 startups in the US, specializing in real estate. Today, nearly 7% of the U.S population is an accredited investor. In a densely populated setting like Southern California, this number reaches 20%. Software platforms, such as CrowdEngine, RealtyShares, CrowdForce, among others, make it doable to legally raise money from the general public, with some going as far as attracting 90% of equity requirement through these community contributions.
“These grants are meant to spur on new discoveries that could ultimately save millions of lives,” noted Chris Wilson, Global Health Discovery Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “GCE winners are expanding the pipeline of ideas for serious global health and development challenges where creative thinking is most urgently needed.” Kenny Slaught believes that where human lives are concerned, medical research and practice need expanding horizons for quick and holistic global health initiatives.
Respected professor in UCSB’s Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, David Low, will pursue a progressive global health and development research project called “Strategy for development of enteric pathogen-specific phage”. Low’s research, notes Kenny Slaught, focuses on a new way to deal with major bacterial pathogens that are becoming resistant to today’s powerful antibiotics. Low will build phage to selectively target and kill several pathogenic bacteria to eliminate enteric diseases in babies. They will engineer multiple options of the T2 lytic bacteriophage that connect multiple different regions of the BamA protein located on the surface of several pathogenic bacteria, which will mean that they only infect these specified bacteria. Furthermore, they will test the different phage for capacity to eliminate pathogenic E. coli as well as Shigella, and determine whether or not they cause resistance.
2015 saw the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation support the Girls Rock Santa Barbara program. Kenny Slaught believes that music is a means to empower young girls, and is therefore convinced the organization creates a supportive environment fostering the development of self-esteem and creativity in kids. Participants take music lessons, partake in workshops, and give performances. They challenge typical gender stereotypes, work with each other, and practice tolerance. Girls Rock Santa Barbara is a perfect representation of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation’s emphasis on making music and the arts accessible to everyone.