Future Founders, a non-profit organization that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur, today announced the 20 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in its 2021 Fellowship program.
The Fellowship, now in its seventh year, is a prestigious year-long program designed to accelerate the nation’s top young entrepreneurs and their businesses. The goal of the program is to develop both the founders and their startups, giving them the greatest foundation for future success. Fellows benefit from mentoring, skill development, entrepreneurship retreats, a peer community, and volunteer opportunities through Future Founders programs.
“2020 showed us that entrepreneurship and innovation are needed now more than ever, and we’re excited to bring together this group of promising and motivated young founders for the 2021 Fellowship Cohort,” said Scott Issen, President & CEO, Future Founders. “We are optimistic that this year’s cohort will expand on the milestones of our previous cohorts that generated $32.8 million in revenue, secured $34.9 million in capital, and created 543 jobs over the last four years alone.”
The Fellowship is generously supported by Capital One, The Coleman Foundation, Keywell Foundation, The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation, and Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund.
Acceptance into the Fellowship followed a highly competitive nationwide application and interview process. The 2021 Fellows operate in a variety of industries including consumer packaged goods, drones, education, fitness, marketing, tech, and wellness.
Congratulations to the 2021 Fellows!
Nicolas Barone, Universe, FL
Universe is a marketplace of live online courses taught in 3D, which have a 4x higher customer retention and course completion rate than 2D online courses.
Candice Blacknall, GABA, GA
GABA is a digital community that matches pre-health students to study tools and support services, providing career development for every stage of becoming a health professional.
Dillon Connolly, Zuk Fitness, CA
Zuk Fitness is a subscription-based, at-home virtual workout platform for wheelchair users and people with mobility issues.
Benjamin Deuling, SporeAttic, MT
SporeAttic is a commercial gourmet mushroom farm offering a wide variety of specialty mushrooms to restaurants, farmer’s markets, and farm stands.
Braden Ericson, Sparrow Marketing, MN
Sparrow Marketing is a reporting platform that helps marketing agencies and freelancers save time creating performance reports for their clients.
Micah Goodman, Enhearten, MO
Enhearten offers a suite of software that provides 24/7 support for people in recovery, helping more people access and succeed in treatment for opioid use disorder.
Catie Kilmury, Personify, VA
Personify is a recruitment platform that helps companies hire individuals who personify their brand and values.
Maria Lauria, What’s Up Gran-Hola, FL
What’s Up Gran-Hola provides healthy snack alternatives to health-conscious consumers who are looking to discover new and exciting flavors.
Peter Lee, Rubia Coffee Company, CA
Rubia Coffee Company crafts innovative coffee-based treats, including COBA, a convenient and portable combination of coffee and chocolate made into a bar.
Nick Loggarakis, Loggy Media, IL
Loggy Media is a full-service creative agency that pairs engaging video content with a targeted social media approach.
Stephanie Mills, CodeGem, ON
CodeGem is management software built for engineers, unlocking analytics and tools that boost software team collaboration, retention, and productivity.
Taylor Morrison, Inner Workout, IL
Inner Workout supports your journey to know, care for, and become your full self through workouts, well-being assessments, resources, and workshops.
Thomas Mulzac, MealZac Lifestyle & Food Solutions, NY
MealZac mobilizes the flavors of cultural dishes using superfood-based seasonings that serve as a passport to cuisines of the world.
Montgomery Ngan, Ascend Build, MA
Ascend is a software tool that helps property managers and real estate developers predict the most optimal rent pricing and acquisition decisions.
Imran Nuri, The 52 Million Project, OH
The 52 Million Project is a nonprofit on a mission to get 1,000,000 donors to give $1/week, with each week’s proceeds going towards a different nonprofit fighting poverty.
Jimmy Slagle, Trend Z Team, ND
Trend Z Team is a Generation Z-focused creative agency that specializes in TikTok content creation and growth.
Jackie Smythe, INFKNIT Apparel, MI
INFKNIT crafts reversible, sustainable apparel designed for the conscious consumer, with functional features intended to maximize consumer wear.
Drew Speckman, rapStudy, NY
rapStudy is an ed-tech startup helping kids learn through their favorite music, integrating standards-aligned content into the songs they know and love.
Brendan Wang, CAPNOS, MI
CAPNOS aims to prevent lung diseases with the CAPNOS Zero, a flavored air pressurizer that satisfies the behavioral addiction to vaping, but without harmful smoke or nicotine.
Andrew Wilkins, Ascend Engineering, IL
Ascend Engineering is a drone engineering service providing software engineering, sensor and custom payload integration, IoT integration, and testing.
The 2021 Fellows represent Future Founders’ seventh Fellowship cohort. See graduates from the first six cohorts on our Companies page.
For media and sponsorship inquiries, contact Scott Issen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit the Fellowship page or contact Katie Sowa at email@example.com.
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