Future Founders, a non-profit organization building the nation’s largest inclusive community of intentional young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial-minded leaders, today announced the 19 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in its 2022 Fellowship program.
The Fellowship, now in its eighth 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.
“We believe entrepreneurs exist to create positive change in the world, and these 19 founders joining the Fellowship are no exception,” said Scott Issen, President & CEO, Future Founders. “We are thrilled to have this talented group join our community of young founders who have generated over $139 million in revenue, raised $85 million in capital, and created 1,000+ jobs through their businesses.”
From fashion and cosmetic brands, to virtual networking tools, social justice education, and travel tech, the 2022 Fellows represent one of the most diverse groups of startups we’ve ever had in one cohort. Future Founders believes this diversity leads to rich learning and growth opportunities, both for the founders, and the startups they run.
“This group includes career-changers who took a chance on their big idea, first-generation Americans creating opportunities for those around them, and founders addressing the critical problems facing our society’s future relating to health, the environment, and education,” said Tina Hrabak, Senior Director of Startups, Future Founders. “They are truly representative of the power of entrepreneurship, and we can’t wait to get started with them.”
The Fellowship is generously supported by Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Capital One, The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation, and Keywell Foundation. Acceptance into the Fellowship followed a highly competitive nationwide application and interview process.
Adeel Afshar, Halal Beauty Cosmetics, IL
Halal Beauty Cosmetics provides 100% halal-certified cosmetics for Muslims who want to feel beautiful without compromising on their faith.
Michele Altomare, Car Scent Club, FL
Car Scent Club is a fragrance subscription box to keep your car smelling fresh.
Anastasia Bobilev, BioSignature Solutions LLC, MD
BioSignature Solutions offers clinical trial consulting for both sites and sponsors, with a focus on business development and clinical operations.
Olivia Bordson, Pareto, IL
Pareto is a direct-to-consumer fashion brand focused on creating quality, sustainable pieces for women to wear year after year.
Brooke Burton, The People’s Club, IL
The People’s Club is a membership service that makes it fun and easy to meet new people and explore new places.
Kevin Celisca, Integrate Tech, Inc., NJ
Integrate Tech streamlines lesson planning for teachers with their unique Integrate School Lesson Planning (ISLP) software.
Christopher Cherian, Gatherly, NY
Gatherly is a virtual events platform that creates meaningful experiences for attendees, and easy management for event hosts.
Lucas Pereira da Cunha, Otrafy, IL
Otrafy is an enterprises SaaS startup that helps food and beverage enterprises achieve supplier compliance and automate risk identification.
Ahriana Edwards, Vaila, FL
Vaila is an online business lifestyle shoe brand serving women with extensive shoe sizes and widths.
Mona Fang, Karma Trade, IL
Karma Trade is a two-sided marketplace platform for individuals and businesses to swap secondhand fashion using their digital currency KARMA.
Jack Hartigan, Hartigan Outdoors, MN
Hartigan Outdoors is a conglomeration of service companies created to better serve large commercial properties, and be at the forefront of green construction.
Chad Howell, Forever Great, MI
Forever Great is a lifestyle clothing brand raising awareness of pollution in the Great Lakes through recycled clothing.
Ashton Keys, Athlytic, MI
Athlytic is a fully-integrated marketplace that connects student athlete influencers with brands for endorsement opportunities.
Shelby Kretz, Little Justice Leaders, OH
Little Justice Leaders is a social justice education subscription box for elementary school teachers.
Nathan Mallipeddi, Stuttering Scholarship Alliance, MA
Stuttering Scholarship Alliance offers speech therapy frameworks for underserved communities and other individuals who cannot afford traditional therapy.
Mark Manera, The Trucking Fitness Company, MO
The Trucking Fitness Company offers weight loss and other fitness programs built specifically for truck drivers.
Tenlie Mourning, Dendwell, NY
Dendwell is a new online marketplace for finding exceptional vintage home things.
Yolanda Plear, Educated Foodie LLC, TX
Educated Foodie combines a love for food with a passion for elementary education, aiming to educate consumers on how to enjoy food while giving back to underserved schools.
Alex Pu, Baryl, IL
Baryl is a travel platform that plans hyper-personalized itineraries within minutes.
The 2022 Fellows represent Future Founders’ eighth Fellowship cohort. See graduates from the first seven cohorts on our Companies page.
For media and sponsorship inquiries, contact Scott Issen at email@example.com.
For more information, visit the Fellowship page or contact Tina Hrabak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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