Meet the 17 ambitious young founders moving on to the next phase of the Future Founders Startup Bootcamp!
Startup Bootcamp is Future Founders’ innovative startup launch program that provides the top idea-stage founders in the nation with the skills, tools, mentorship, and network they need to get their businesses off the ground.
The program kicked off in February with a series of virtual programs that gave founders an opportunity to network with peers, connect with entrepreneurial thought leaders, and build skills through leadership development workshops and monthly peer-to-peer sessions. Their work in Phase One culminated with the Startup Bootcamp Pitch Day, where founders pitched their businesses to a panel of entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders from across the country.
Of this impressive group of 44 young entrepreneurs, 17 were invited to participate in Phase Two of Startup Bootcamp. These founders have shown particular dedication to the program and the community, and have demonstrated measurable progress toward validation or increased sales since beginning Phase One. In Phase Two, founders benefit from more personalized, hands-on support in growing their businesses.
“These 17 talented entrepreneurs have worked tirelessly to build their businesses throughout Phase One of Startup Bootcamp,” said Scott Issen, President & CEO, Future Founders. “Each of these innovative companies epitomizes the visionary, intentional entrepreneurship we hope to foster at Future Founders, and we’re excited to continue supporting these founders in this next stage of their journey.”
The members of this year’s Phase Two cohort bring a breadth of experience to the Future Founders community. Whether they’re leveraging cutting-edge AI or genetic engineering technologies or promoting financial responsibility or civic engagement, each of these companies is committed to leaving the world better than they found it.
The second phase of Startup Bootcamp will kick off with a series of skills development workshops centered on project management, securing grant funding, and more. Future Founders is incredibly grateful for the entrepreneurs and business experts who have agreed to share their time and expertise during these sessions, including Claire Coder (Founder & CEO, Aunt Flow | 2017 Future Founders Fellow), Murtaza Bambot (Founder & CEO, Heartbeat | 2018 Fellow), Adeel Afshar (Co-founder, Halal Beauty Cosmetics | 2022 Fellow) and Tina Hrabak (Senior Startups Consultant, Future Founders). Over the coming months, founders will enjoy a plethora of speaker and workshop opportunities, as well as one-to-one mentorship and seed grant funding. The program concludes in November with an in-person retreat in Chicago.
Startup Bootcamp is generously supported by Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Coleman Foundation, Keywell Foundation, Summer Oaks Fund, and The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation.
Founder: Abdulrasaq Amolegbe
Dot is a seamless banking and personal finance management experience for immigrant students in Africa.
Founder: Eduardo Lira
Foodigy provides smart meal planning to save time and help you meet your health and budgeting goals.
Founder: Claudius Taylor
Gambix is a personal architect for digital brands, empowering small businesses to effortlessly build unique, customer-centric websites using AI-powered tools.
Gateways Creative, CA
Founders: Joanne Li & Anthony Nardone
Gateways Creative is a themed entertainment and design company specializing in immersive physical experiences that engage and connect audiences.
Founder: Gladys Adarkwah
GLOWADARKWAH is a luxury travel essentials company aimed to meet your travel needs and promote traveling among millennials.
Founder: Anna Pedrick
Lovelace designs curricula for middle school STEM teachers that integrate coding with arts and crafts.
Politics on the Go, MI
Founder: Arabia Simeon
Politics on the Go is a non-partisan, all-in-one voter guide app that streamlines election research and preparation in order to match voters with aligned candidates, makes civic engagement fun, and empowers the next generation to vote informed.
Founder: Nicole Williams
Radiochain brings the power of fan engagement to direct-to-fan sales, allowing artists to successfully fund their creative projects like tours or album productions by actively involving fans in the artistic process.
Founder: Jack Miller
Raveival is a peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling secondhand music festival fashion.
Founder: Zaria Smalls
Rethinkable is a personal finance app designed to help build healthy spending habits by introducing a point of friction before an online purchase is complete.
Serve & Jam, TX
Founder: Ashlee Green
Serve & Jam provides charitable engagement events and services that bring teams together to connect, engage, and serve.
Shea by Dolce, IL
Founder: Dolce Lawless
Shea by Dolce is a skin and hair care company that utilizes clean and natural ingredients to provide sweet nourishment for your skin and hair.
Founder: Swapneel Mehta
SimPPL leverages responsible AI to improve transparency on the social internet and identify domestic and foreign threats, including influence operations intended to spread disinformation.
Top Shelf Trends, MA
Founder: Carly Joos
Top Shelf Trends is a digital, peer-to-peer clothing marketplace for petite women.
Founder: Aravind Krishnan
ToxiSense uses genetic engineering to develop a more sustainable and cost-effective version of the bacterial endotoxin contamination tests required across the medical industry.
The Umpire Channel, MA
Founder: Noah Katz
The Umpire Channel is the largest umpire-related multimedia outlet in the world, creating content focused on the umpires of baseball.
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