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Creating Economic Opportunities for Women (C.E.O. Women)

Advise on the Use/Ownership of IP


Advise the founder of a nonprofit that created economic opportunities for low-income immigrant and refugee women on the use/ownership of IP.

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Jurisdiction(s): U.S.
About the Organization: Creating Economic Opportunities for Women (C.E.O. Women) was a non-profit organization founded and ran from 2000 – 2011, to address systemic poverty and lack of income mobility faced by low-income immigrant and refugee women in the San Francisco Bay Area. The mission of C.E.O. Women was to create economic opportunities for low-income immigrant and refugee women through teaching English, communications and entrepreneurship skills. During their tenure they provided over 2,000 women from 44 different countries with training, support and capital to start their own small businesses.
Legal Entity Type: Nonprofit/Charity
SDG(s): Decent Work and Economic Growth, End Poverty, Gender Equality, Quality Education, Reduced Inequalities
Legal Issue(s):

During the life of C.E.O. Women, the team developed a program to exponentially reach more women through the use of technology and media. The program, named Grand Café, is an educational soap opera series, designed to teach English for entrepreneurship and business skills to low-income immigrant and refugee women. Six of the eighteen episodes were produced under the non-profit. When the non-profit dissolved, the IP and content of the program went to C.E.O. Women’s local community bank as collateral on a line of credit the organization still owed. The bank recently released it back to C.E.O. Women’s founder, who would now like to revive and distribute the content of the program. She is now seeking legal support to help her understand and structure how to set up and manage the IP of the program, given it was funded by grants and the original non-profit no longer exists.