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Swella is standardizing and automating the hair braiding experience in our braid bars. We integrate technology to deliver a premium salon experience.
Bridesquad by Meedri ™
Bridesquad is a curated marketplace and suite of party-planning tools that take the stress out of organizing parties - starting first with bridal parties. Our marketplace supports and connects local travel and tourism businesses to people seeking unique and unforgettable experiences. Our suite of planning tools unifies ecommerce, task management and travel into a seamless social experience that makes bridal party planning fun and easy to do together.
ViRvii's changing the way people interact with music.
Pressy a bookings platform for people pressed for time finding help with small but special events. Pressy is the new way to say thank you. Whether it's an appreciation event, date night or birthday, we make it easy to find the best celebration experiences in the city and book it all in one place.
COMMUNITYx is The App for Change. We connect likeminded changemakers around causes and calls-to-action such as petitions, donations, boycotts and more. With COMMUNITYx, cause-based communities can grow at scale and taking action can happen within the click of a button.
Nopalera is a Mexican Botanical Bath & Body line that celebrates and elevates culture. We take our inspiration from the Nopal (cactus) for its resilience, versatility, and sustainability. We exist to change the cultural perception of the value of Latino goods in the marketplace while inspiring our community to stand in their worth.
Farm to Flame Energy
Farm to Flame Energy manufactures smokeless-odorless and portable biomass generators that operate at half the cost of diesel generators, benefiting underserved communities of primarily Black and Latin descent. We have been funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our first commercial generator. We are now raising a $3,200,000 seed round, and putting down 1 Mega-Watt of electricity generation assets over the next 16-18 months.
Range Beauty is acne and eczema-centered makeup for the forgotten shades. We are the first and only makeup brand of its kind that infuses botanicals in our formulations to help alleviate common symptoms associated with eczema, acne, and sensitive skin. 37% of Black women in the U.S. deal with eczema and acne while also spending $7.5B annually on beauty, and were lacking a skin-health makeup brand that considered them until now.
DivySci is a DEI cloud solution that centralizes behavioral analytics to reduce communication micro-aggressions in teams. By integrating DivySci into workplace communication channels, teams receive personalized feedback on augmenting daily behavior to mitigate cognitive biases while gaining insights into their company's ""culture of communication."" At the intersection of natural language processing, communication research, and DEI, DivySci empowers teams to communicate at their best.
Us in Technology
Us in. Technology is a platform and virtual community that is bridging the gap between hiring tech companies and underrepresented people.
Pound Cake is a Black and Latinx-owned cosmetics company revolutionizing the way color is made for darker skin. With our proprietary Tone Variant Technology™, we launched the first-ever line of red lipsticks for different lip tones and were awarded an Allure Best of Beauty Award, a Glamour Beauty Award, a special on Good Morning America, and recognition from Glossier and Cocokind :)
We are an innovative data analytics company that leverages machine learning to aggregate return on investment and academics on all software used by students, and district employees.
Plexus is a business and marketing intelligence software tool that helps decision makers get access to research, vet, and examine deals and partnerships that may not be on their immediate radar and to unlock underserved markets led by Black founders, investors, executives, and technologists.
Jamm Around is a music career management software concentrating on the music composition process. We enable music creators to streamline the music composition process.
We sell sustainable water filters compatible with your existing water pitcher. Our goal is to become the Patagonia of the at home water filtration industry.
Toasted Life Labs
Toasted Life is a community-based experiential brand empowering connections through events & engagements for ambitious dreamers of color. Influential brands hire us to design and produce 360 lifestyle-driven experiences that center the needs of multicultural audiences through events, activations, partnerships and paid media. Mission: To enrich and enhance people's lives through meaningful connections and culturally inclusive events and experiences.
We are changing the way that 240 Million working Americans file taxes. Our software allows the long, confusing, segmented 4 hour process of filing with a tax professional to be a collaboration that can now be done in as little as twenty minutes.
Hoyo is the Somali word for mother. Our mission is to empower local Somali mothers through Somali food. We are doing that by providing a high quality, convenient and authentic cultural food experience through distribution of handmade frozen beef and lentil sambusa and shelf stable basbaas to grocery stores and restaurants. Sambusa are fried triangular pastries, while basbaas are shelf stable Somali style salsas.
seps.io is a simple, reliable, and unlimited art production service provider for businesses in the screen printing and promotional products industry. Our vision is to make the problems of creating, managing, and handling creative production art files obsolete by providing easy and reliable solutions for our creators in our industry.
If a picture tells a thousand words and video a thousand pictures, imagine what could we do with a thousand videos? So What’s Happaning? An award-winning platform letting you navigate events/narratives from any perspective, at any time and from anywhere; like google street view, but with video.
WAJU Water discovered how to harness the pure water found naturally in organic fruit to create an ultra-hydrating line of sparkling ready-to-drink beverages. It is a new, sustainable water source gives you the refreshing taste plus the nutrient goodness of organic fruit (100% DV vitamin C and antioxidants), without all the sugar of juice.
Sip & Sonder
Established in Inglewood, CA, Sip & Sonder is a Black women-owned coffee house, roastery, and lifestyle brand where coffee, community, and culture connect. Through direct trade sourcing, we know the stories of the people and communities our coffees come from and are able to offer a product that is premium in taste and social responsibility. We invite our communities to be part of a global conversation with a product that is sustainable, traceable, and intentional.
JACQ'S is a vegan and sustainable skincare line created for women of color by women color. JACQ’S is on a mission to change the way the beauty industry sees skincare and women of color. Black women, Brown women, Latin women, Asian women, and everyone in between should be seen and to be seen as much more than props and profit margins. We're creating a clean skincare formulated for melanated skin.
ShampooTime is making washdays a positive experience for parents and children. Our patented shampoo mat is reinventing washdays for autistic children and their parents. Our shampoo mat features a detachable entertainment bar that extends across it where you attach an electronic device to keep children distracted during the shampoo process.
Local Civics is an education and technology company dedicated to transforming learning and civic participation for the citizens of the future. Our first product enables K-12 students to build civic engagement and community leadership skills through game-based learning.
Sweetkiwi bridges the gap between good for you, functional nutritional and great taste by making the best tasting, low calorie yet nutrient dense treats with a mission to change how consumers experience food.
Play Pits is an all-natural deodorant for children with active lifestyles. Play Pits started is a mother’s solution to providing a kid-friendly, all-natural hygiene option brand dedicated to setting a new standard for natural hygiene products.
SEED - Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development
SEED is a benefit corporation whose mission is to democratize agtech by helping urban and underserved farmers grow smart and feed more. We use precision irrigation and carbon monitoring to fight food insecurity and create access to carbon credit markets -- anywhere in the world.
We are a Fulfillment company focused on storing our customers inventory, picking, packing, kitting, and shipping it to ecommerce DTC, wholesale, retail, or distributors. We owned an operated a ecommerce brand that struggled to find a strong, reliable fulfillment partner to get us to our customers cost effectively. We started our own 3PL (3rd party logistics) company to better service small and medium sized brands doing less than 15,000 shipments per month.
ZEAL Creative Impact
ZEAL is a worker-owned collaborative of creatives developing emergent cultural strategies. We celebrate our lineages, assert our voices, archive our legacy, and showcase our artistic talents across the Black diaspora through excellent creative and strategic services. ZEAL Creative Impact is our creative strategy agency, powerd by excellent Black creative professionals to build brands, launch campaigns, design events, and drive social content that shapes the conversation, creating experiences that invite and inspire.
We leverage the discipline of prosthesis, technology and science to create human inspired engineered prosthetics for individuals who suffer from lifestyle and/or anatomical restrictions of the genitals. Our premiere product, The VDOM, is a prosthetic genital device that can go from flaccid to erect at the push of a button via your smartphone or smartwatch and can be worn comfortably throughout your day-to-day activities.
kweliTV celebrates global Black stories and amplifies Black storytellers through 600+ indie films, documentaries, animation, series, kids shows, audio and live experiences. We're mission-driven; curating Black stories from North America, Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Australia. We create a safe space to decompress from the constant images of Black death with stories of Black excellence, hope and resilience. Through our collective works, we hope to share the African Diaspora experience with all.
Made for curls, coils, and kinks. Great for all hair types! At KAZMALEJE (cosmology), we are on a mission to help our customers experience better wash days by designing innovative hair tools and accessories, such as our KurlsPlus Detanglers, that are not only great for their hair but eco-friendly too.
Over the last 5 years, we've built a family of internet businesses in the craft space with an amazing community of makers, with a focus on yarn, knitting and crocheting enthusiasts. While the past two years proved difficult for the business with Covid and Supply Chain problems, the company did make it to the Inc. 5000 list in 2020 and 2021.
Curiosity Lab Holdings LLC
Curiosity Lab is a creative studio dedicated to fostering a more inclusive and empathetic society through products, storytelling, and experiences. We created a viral card game called Actually Curious that has sparked a conversation and movement around empathy and funded the incubation of our experiential products. Since that first hit, as designed, our studio has spawned viable bi-products in book publishing, learning and development consulting, social and print content, brand partnerships, and mental health tech.
Gildform is an all-in-one, print on-demand jewelry design and manufacturing platform that helps businesses create jewelry from concept to creation - starting with a paper napkin sketch. Our software platform helps brands get their products to market instantly, so that brand owners and teams can focus on building their businesses; while their jewelry is designed, produced, packaged and drop shipped directly to their customers by Gildform.
Green Regimen produces plant-based, organic supplements for optimal health and fitness. Green Regimen specializes in sourcing the highest quality ingredients to create organic meal replacements and post-workout protein shakes.
We are on a mission to make affordable and enjoyable foods that empower people to take control of their health. All of our delicious products are low carb, low sugar, gluten free, and keto-friendly.
The JEKL Group, LLC
To disrupt the $5.7B STEM subscription box market with culturally responsive products that inspires an untapped youth, particularly BIPOC girls grades 8 -12, and boys & girls, grades pre K - 7. We intend to inspire and awaken aspirations of uninitiated youth, making connections between their interests and professions not immediately recognized as STEM, like cosmetology, fashion & design, nutrition & agriculture, photography among the commonly identified STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.
Beatmatch is the dating app that helps music lovers find relationships by matching people with similar music tastes. We pair you with compatible music lovers in your area based on your listening history so the more music you stream, the better your matches get. You can even plan your first dates by browsing recommended concerts and music festivals, discovering who else wants to go, and buying tickets directly in the app!
THE MOVE is an app for college students that lets them see all of the events happening around their school. It also has features that help students stay safe when going out and it also helps students network with their peers.
Cocoa Diaries aims to create an all-inclusive resource for Black women to help guide them through ALL stages of their collegiate careers. Thus far, we’ve created a safe digital space for Black collegiate women to learn and engage in healthy dialogue. Moving forward, we plan on expanding our brand to include premier developmental experiences that will ensure our Cocoa Queens are equipped with the tools necessary for them to succeed academically, socially, and professionally.
Allpeep is an embedded SaaS product for passionate brands that want to engage with their communities, learn on their own terms, and within their own spaces. Traditional social media advertising is corrupted. At Allpeep we're cutting out the middle man and providing Brands full ownership of the data behind their community engagement within their platform/app!
Dinkin' and Bangin'
Dinkin' and Bangin' is a brand that will infuse black culture into pickleball. We will create a multipurpose pickleball facility that will house a retail space and learn & play areas. Introducing and guiding players to one day have a stake in pickleball is our ultimate goal.
The Nesting Nannies
The Nesting Nannies is a drop-in college child care program offering student-parents convenient, affordable and professional on campus childcare services. Our mission is to provide nontraditional students with the support they need while pursuing a degree and being a parent. Because no student should have to choose between being a parent and furthering their education.
My Gun's Been Moved
At My Gun’s Been Moved, we have completely reimagined firearm safety. We bring the most convenient and efficient way for parents to monitor their firearms while keeping their children safe. Through innovation, we provide our customers with our patent-pending, user friendly technology that promotes intervention and gun safety in the home.
Novus Security, Inc.
Novus is a web3 browser extension built to detect and alert users of phishing links and fraudulent smart contracts. Novus deters the amount of scams in the space by deterring users from phishing attacks before they get a chance to attack users.
Equalizer is a founded med-tech that gives our users the ability to use six common therapeutic modalities in a portable hand held device. The functionalities include: Hot and cold therapy. Two forms of electrical stimulation. Massage. Infused electrode padding.
EMU Gaming Inc
Emu Gaming creates a gamer-centric ecosystem where players can share content, find new friends to play with, and seamlessly communicate across any game or platform. Our headset and mobile app work in unison to create a third-party chat system optimized for console and PC players.
Gabb Global: The Language Learning Metaverse
We are the language learning metaverse. We help ESL students (and eventually all language learners) uncover their language learning gifts. We use virtual reality and our natural language learning tool to help our users develop a 2,000-word vocabulary in six months.