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    Foltz Speaking at Meek's 2022 Africa Startup Challenge Finals

    From Meek Ventures: Looking forward to the Legendary CHRIS FOLTZ from USA being a guest speaker with us LIVE at the finals on the 1st of June!!Chris has incredible knowledge, passion and insight into start-ups, mentorship, strategy, Innovation and so much more………. This is going to be a must see session and one we are looking forward to already! Remember to join us for the grand finale Live on June 1st Between 16:30- 18:15 on the following link  https://lnkd.in/etzSbEjq We […] More

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    Microsoft Holds First Africa Founders Series In Nigeria

    From GetFundedAfrica: The event was jointly organized by Microsoft and GetFundedAfrica, a venture service firm that helps African startups grow and scale, and featured 30 of some of the most innovative startups in Nigeria, a select number of venture capital firms as well as public sector representation from Lagos State and Ogun State. Speaking at the event, Microsoft’s Country Manager for Nigeria, Ola Williams said “Microsoft is committed to the future of Africa, and this event marks the beginning of […] More

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    Chrysallis, Inc. selected for 2022 Techstars Founder Catalyst Program in Partnership with J.P. Morgan (www.techstars.com)

    Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and J.P. Morgan, a leading global financial services firm, are pleased to announce the 20 women-led ventures selected for the second women-focused cohort of the Techstars Founder Catalyst Program. Techstars, in partnership with J.P. Morgan’s Innovation Economy business and the firm’s Women on the Move and Office of LGBT+ Affairs initiatives, will support the new Founder Catalyst program and are proud to support this diverse cohort of women entrepreneurs who are all highly motivated to support each other’s success.

    Based in the greater Washington D.C. area, this experience will provide women entrepreneurs — including lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women — valuable startup education, mentorship, community, and access to Techstars’ vast network. This second Founder Catalyst Program comes on the heels of a successful first program in Atlanta during the fall of 2021 where 20 women-led ventures made incredible progress taking their companies to the next level.

    The Techstars Founder Catalyst program in partnership with J.P. Morgan will run from March through May 2022.

    Selected Companies (in alphabetical order):

    CarpeDM Dating

    The premier dating app & matchmaking service for professional Black women.

    https://www.carpedmdating.com

    Chrysallis, Inc.

    SaaS AI Personalized Learning Platform with Real-Time Behavior Analytics.

    https://chrysallis.ai

    Clafiya

    Uber for home based primary care services in Africa.

    http://clafiya.com

    CoTripper

    CoTripper is a travel lifestyle brand for single moms.

    http://www.cotripper.co

    Crowd Round

    Equity crowdfunding platform for underrepresented founders.

    https://thecrowdround.wordpress.com/

    CyDeploy

    Automates insight into functional impact of making system security changes.

    https://cydeploy.com

    Divaneering Lab

    Divaneering Lab is a beauty-tech startup.

    http://Meetspundle.com

    Ecolytics

    Impact Intelligence: Improve your company impact for profit and the planet.

    https://ecolytics.io

    Fem Equity

    Career-building platform specifically designed for women of color.

    https://linktr.ee/femequity

    Heads Up @ Work™

    Heads Up @ Work™ is a platform that empowers professionals from traditionally marginalized backgrounds by democratizing DEI through community and AI.

    http://www.headsupatwork.com

    Healp

    Healp is making health a shared experience by crowdsourcing what works.

    https://healp.co/

    HUED

    HUED matches diverse patients to culturally competent healthcare providers.

    http://huedco.com

    Invisible Strengths

    Tool to attract, retain and uplift untapped underrepresented talent pools.

    http://www.invisiblestrengths.com

    INVY App

    Organize. Share. Sell from your digital inventory.

    http://www.invy.com

    Notedd

    A digital media company that informs Black women on today’s news.

    https://www.notedd.com

    Standd

    To connect, inform, and empower, not automate and repeat.

    https://www.standd.io/

    Trust Fund Registry

    TrustFundRegistry.com™ is a wealth-building education platform for children.

    https://trustfundregistry.com/signup

    Valuables

    Personal brand management platform for executives and thought-leaders

    http://www.valuables.co

    WholeCare

    WholeCare is a communications hub and care management platform for caregivers. https://wholecarehub.com/

    xHood

    Family building and nurturing support for Black Queer folx.

    http://www.parentxhood.com

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    Founder Institute Silicon Valley Virtual 2022 Produces 20 New Tech Companies (fi.co)

    The Silicon Valley Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the Silicon Valley Virtual 2022 program.

    Over 450+ prospective founders applied to join the program, and after an intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints and constant evaluation and feedback from investors and mentors, just 20 companies were able to make it through. 

    Each of these entrepreneurs have demonstrated a high level of perseverance and creativity, and their businesses have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a panel of Silicon Valley’s top startup experts and investors

    The SV Virtual 2022 Alumni invite members of the startup community and public to join them live on Thursday, May 19th for a special online graduation event featuring keynote speaker Taj Adhav, CEO of Leasecake, an FI Silicon Valley 2019 Alumni who just recently closed a $12M Series A!

    And now, without further ado, we present the new Alumni of the Silicon Valley Virtual 2022 accelerator program: 

    The Silicon Valley Virtual 2022 program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup. We would first like to thank the Local Leaders of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute: Mercedes Bankston (Founder, Jump Start VC), Russell Brand (Managing Director, Responsible Solutions Limited), Ryan Micheletti (Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute). Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in Silicon Valley that is conducive to building to great companies.

    In addition, the Silicon Valley Virtual 2022 program was supported by some of Silicon Valley’s top technology organizations, including:

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    Cannabis Sex Toy (What?) And Line Of Healthy THC-Infused Intimacy Products Launch On Eaze – Benzinga (www.benzinga.com)

    House of LDLR, a licensed sexual wellness cannabis company founded by Luz and Luna de la Riva, will be launching the first cannabis sex toy and line of infused intimacy products, called “Taste of Love” on Eaze.com.

    “We believe everyone should be able to explore the beauty of sexuality safely and without shame,” says founder Luz de la Riva. “Consumers need a safe and healthy product option when it comes to intimacy. We want to talk about sex with frankness and candor because accurate information leads to better understanding, better relationships, and better sex.

    “If women were cars, men would know what kind of lubricant we need. But were women, so they don’t,” Luz ads.

    “Lover Boy” Kissable C-Rings

    Introducing the first cannabis sex toy.

    Four THC-infused edible C-rings (penis rings) designed to be worn around your favorite oral spots. Each ring contains 25mg THC and 6.25mg THC per serving. Made with the latest nano-infusion technology, Lover Boy is a fast-acting gummy set and effects can be felt within 15 minutes.   

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    Top Finalists Announced for MEEK's Africa Startups Challenge 2022

    From MEEK Ventures Leadership: It has been a tough choice with the calibre and volume of candidates being HUGE, but we are proud to announce the MEEK start-up of Africa 2022 TOP FINALISTS!  The following founders are competing for the overall star prize of 100% scholarship to study Entrepreneurship (online) at the prestigious Draper University US. 1) Riwe Technologies 2) Loop 3) Learnali 4) Prodigy School Solution Suite 5) Strich Inc 6) LightEd 7) The Upcycle Architect – TUPA 8) […] More

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    Meek.ventures selected as a finalist for 2022 StartUp Awards National Series.

    Meek was 1 of over 770,000 new startups that were launched in the past year. Founded by Alexander (Xan) Varmuza and Ricky Laub-turner with a mission to assist students, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial societies, mentors, and investors to connect, learn and collaborate bringing new startup ideas and business ventures into reality. Over the past 12 months our awesome team have developed the meek platform and mobile apps, Research, product and user testing with University of Surrey University of Oxford students, Participated in […] More

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    MAA’VA’s Marieh Mehran Featured at ChangeNOW in Paris

    The world’s largest event for the Planet

    Check out Marieh Mehran, founder of MAA’VA as she joins ChangeNOW’s panel featuring Women for Change. Filmed live at the world’s largest event for the planet, ChangeNOW in Paris, France on May 19th, 2022 From the event program: When girls get the opportunities they deserve, amazing things start to happen. We know that there is a gap in visibility, recognition and access  to opportunities between men and women. It’s crucial to provide these resources at a young age and not […] More

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