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AgileBrain and DREAM Venture Labs Launch Study to Examine the Emotional Needs of Refugee / Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Collaboration to Track Entrepreneurs in DREAM Venture Labs Program over 6-
month Program.

Boston, MA, November 7, 2023

AgileBrain (f/k/a Leading Indicator Systems), a Boston-based emotional / motivational measurement technology company, and DREAM Venture Labs (a/k/a DREAM), an innovative nonprofit dedicated to empowering refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs through education and mentorship, are announcing a collaborative research study to further understand the emotional and motivational needs that refugee / immigrant entrepreneurs face when arriving in the United States and starting a business.

Grounded in psychology and neuroscience, AgileBrain’s emotional measurement system delivers fast, accurate profiles of peoples’ emotional state, activation level and detailed measures of the emotions activated. AgileBrain’s technology utilizes validated images and rapid exposure to target emotional need areas and filter out cognitive biases that can distort accurate measurement. The technology has been extensively validated, peer-reviewed and field tested. Coaches, consultants and counselors can subscribe to the AgileBrain platform to help their clients’ healing and positive change journeys.

DREAM Venture Labs, based in Boston, is an organization committed to enabling refugees and immigrants to launch and grow their businesses. Central to their approach is a six-month accelerator program where entrepreneurs are matched with university students who intern in various business roles, providing support in marketing, strategy, and more. In addition to hands-on assistance, DREAM facilitates valuable industry connections and hosts a series of educational events aimed at equipping participants with essential entrepreneurial skills and opportunities to network.

“The team at AgileBrain is breaking new ground in the measurement of emotions and motivations,” explained Maria Gorskikh, Founder and Executive Director at DREAM Venture Labs, adding “the refugees / immigrants who participate in our DREAM program are on a journey at many levels. Understanding their emotional / motivational state will be critical in learning to help them during that journey.”

As part of the partnership, the AgileBrain research team will collaborate with DREAM and student facilitators, psychology majors from Boston-area universities, to collect data and communicate findings. The volunteer facilitators will receive training and invaluable experience. “I’m excited to work with these entrepreneurs and student volunteers, said Margot Haglund, an AgileBrain-certified coach, who is supporting the student volunteers, adding “as a psychology major, participating in a field study was an incredibly valuable experience.” The AgileBrain team, led by Dr. Bill Nolen, will analyze aggregated, anonymized study results and anticipates publishing findings in 2024 in collaboration with DREAM. Nolen expressed his enthusiasm for the study, “tracking the emotional journey of these entrepreneurs with a great group of student volunteers should be an invaluable experience for all.”

“Our mission at AgileBrain is to help humans value emotions to drive positive change,” said John Penrose, CEO at AgileBrain, “we can’t think of many populations facing more challenging emotional journeys or more deserving of support than these refugee / immigrant entrepreneurs.”

About AgileBrain
AgileBrain (formerly known as Leading Indicator Systems), a trusted partner to the human capital industry for more than 20 years, is the developer of the AgileBrain emotional measurement system. AgileBrain offers a breakthrough, neuroscience-based measurement capability to accurately measure and explain human emotions. AgileBrain has been validated in six large-scale validation studies, peer-reviewed in six academic articles and tested with professionals in a long-duration trial. Coaches, consultants and counselors subscribe to the AgileBrain platform to support their client work, access
cutting edge emotional research and collaborate in a community of like-minded professionals.
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About DREAM Venture Labs
DREAM Venture Labs is an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurial success among refugees and immigrants. Guided by its mission to provide a platform for aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs, DREAM Venture Labs ensures access to the necessary resources, knowledge, and networks needed to turn innovative ideas into reality, create sustainable economic opportunities, and contribute positively to communities. At the heart of its approach is a six-month accelerator program where immigrant founders are paired with student interns who contribute hands-on assistance in various business areas, injecting new perspectives and bolstering business growth. The organization consistently organizes educational workshops, networking events, and seminars designed to equip entrepreneurs with the tools and insights needed for sustainable business growth.
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DREAM Venture Labs: Maria Gorskikh, Founder and Executive Director,

AgileBrain: John Penrose, CEO,

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