SEED SPOT welcomed 11 new startups last week for its Spring 2020 Impact Accelerator.
The ventures were introduced at a kickoff event on Jan. 30 at the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center, which attracted more than 250 attendees. Upside Business Travel cofounder and CEO Scott Case shared tips on how to thrive as a founder with the crowd.
Throughout the program, SEED SPOT will host Venture Thursday events on Feb. 13, Feb. 27 and March 12, for the community to hear the entrepreneurs pitch and provide feedback. The accelerator program will conclude with a community-wide Demo Day at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company on April 14, where each team will pitch their venture for the opportunity to win prizes.
“Throughout the program, we will push the for-profit and nonprofit founders to grow their sales, product, and capabilities significantly week over week,” SEED SPOT CEO C’pher Gresham said in a statement. “Ultimately, we hope to equip the founders with the tools, networks, mentors and access to capital to change the world.”
Here are the 11 social impact ventures joining SEED SPOT’s global network (with descriptions from a press release):
- The Ability Challenge, founded by Sarah Sandelius, is working to redefine improvement in special education and elevate outcomes for students with diverse learning needs.
- bowerbags, founded by Jamie Bowerman, creates essential combinations of travel kits that provide innovative carrying solutions for military personnel, medics and first responders.
- College to Congress, founded by Audrey Henson, is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive and effective Congress by empowering the next generation of public servants.
- Givhero, Inc., founded by Vishal Chintawar and Timothy Guinan, is an all-in-one health, workout and donation app that’s designed to make it simple and fun to set goals, track your progress, and raise money for charity.
- Guidefi, founded by Charlene Fadirepo, is a web platform that connects millennials with credible vetted financial advisors including financial planners, credit/debt specialists, estate attorneys, small business attorneys, insurance agents, tax accountants, real estate agents and wealth managers.
- Just Results, founded by Alex Macdonald and Hamza Mighri, combats wasteful and ineffective global development projects by working directly with governments and business leaders in the areas of investment climate, agriculture, and youth employment to deliver results-based work.
- MotherNation, founded by Adrienne Prentice and Cait Zogby, is a support system that brings mothers together online and in their neighborhoods to empathize with each other and collectively advocate for the care that all mothers deserve.
- Pet Connect, founded by Hector Ocasio and Jason Hanny, is a one-stop-shop for pet owners in need of resources and a suite of business solutions for pet businesses to promote their brands and sell their services.
- PLUGGED, founded by Victor Ehienulo and Madiagne Sarr, uses software to connect students, recruiters, and career service professionals to improve their on-campus diversity recruitment experience.
- Traipse, founded by Darren Smith and Austin Auclair, is working to promote and preserve historic areas and independent merchants by working with local tourism agencies, business development organizations and cultural institutions to host gamified tours in their app.
- Worldview Technology, founded by Kaveto Tjatjara and Hilkka Mlunga, is a social enterprise building waterless toilets for people living in areas without sewage facilities. They are currently running a pilot in Namibian households to validate their product and business model.
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