Future Founders is excited to announce the 17 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the next phase of our 2021 Startup Bootcamp.
Startup Bootcamp is our innovative early-stage accelerator serving 18 to 30-year-olds across the country. 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 mastermind 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.
Startup Bootcamp Phase Two members were selected from the 45 founders who completed Phase One.
“Over the past three months, we have been able to work with these 17 entrepreneurs as they put in the work to better understand their customers and problems they are solving. We’re excited to provide them with continued support, coaching, and programming as they build, launch, and scale,” said Tina Hrabak, Director of Startups, Future Founders. “From relationship coaching to digital collaboration spaces, each of these companies is making a positive impact in the world around them and we’re proud to have them as members of the Future Founders community.”
The second phase of Startup Bootcamp kicked off with a virtual summit that runs through the end of June. Throughout the course of the summit, founders will have the opportunity to attend nine different skill development sessions on topics ranging from digital marketing and lean manufacturing, to legal and accounting best practices for first-time founders. Future Founders is incredibly grateful for the entrepreneurs and business experts who have agreed to share their time and expertise during these sessions, including Lindsay Knight (Partner at Chicago Ventures), Koby Lomax (Founder of Ardent Candles), Esther Barron (Director, Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center), Chris Snyder (Shopify), Murtaza Bambot (CEO of Heartbeat), Jeff Cantalupo (Founder & Managing Partner of Listen Ventures), Pete McDonnell (Accelerated Growth), Brittany Harris (Founder of GoBee Harris), Tony Wilkins (Standing Oaks Ventures), and Taylor Morrison (CEO of Inner Workout).
Startup Bootcamp is generously supported by Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Capital One, The Coleman Foundation, Keywell Foundation and The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation.
Congratulations to the 2021 Startup Bootcamp founders and their businesses:
Allowing Change, WA
Founder: Brittney Richards
Allowing Change teaches single millennial women of color and members of the LGBTQ community how to love and be loved through online courses and 1:1 coaching.
Founder: Hennesys Disla
ArmHug is an in-home healthcare supply company that delivers one-of-kind kits enabling mobile phlebotomists to collect blood samples twice as fast and with higher quality.
Founder: Clayton Cottle
Barra is a fitness equipment marketplace that also offers its own line of innovative fitness products.
Founders: Alex Pu & Yuyang Zhang
Baryl brings the travel agency experience to the 21st century by creating personalized trips at a click of a button.
Founder: Brian Chung
Coral is bringing the bubbly and live atmospheres of in-person offices to virtual organizations through augmented reality.
Creations by Clio, CA
Founder: Clio Smith
Creations by Clio crafts handmade origami earrings and fashion apparel that showcase meaningful works of art.
Founder: Jalen Ponder
Evendtor is a connection platform for food trucks that makes it easier for organizations and event hosts to book food trucks on-demand.
Gidan + Uzuri, PA
Founder: Kiyla Armstead
Gidan + Uzuri is a wellness brand that focuses on the power of the five senses to bring healing and celebration to customers daily, beyond self-care day.
Scholist App, TX
Founder: Abidemi Awojuyigbe
Scholist app is a platform designed to help students discover, apply, and keep track of scholarships.
Tampa Design House, FL
Founder: Laura LoVetere
Tampa Design House is an apparel brand that celebrates the love that locals have for the Tampa community.
The Omume Company, IL
Founder: Christabel Belonwu
The Omume Company is an African-inspired home fragrance brand that manufactures high-quality mood-enhancing candles that explore and celebrate the African continent.
The People’s Club, IL
Founder: Brooke Burton
The People’s Club provides digital and in-person experiences across food and drink with the mission of making cities feel smaller.
Towles Home Cleaning Services, CA
Founder: Kelcie Davis
Towles Home Cleaning Services offers affordable and professional cleaning services to residents in Los Angeles County.
Vaila Shoes, GA
Founder: Ahriana Edwards
Vaila shoes is a business lifestyle shoe marketplace for women with extended shoe sizes.
Founder: Christabelle Dozeman
VEG-N is a plant-based American classics drive-thru with a unique outlook on tackling holes in the food supply chain and food disparity in communities.
Founder: Zainab Bakare
ZABA is a hub for freelance animation, streamlining the process of creation by connecting cross creative communities, providing remote job opportunities, and helping with project organization.
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