Here are the 4 finalists slated to pitch at Vinetta's $20K Venture Challenge in the fall - DC


Jul. 30, 2020 10:08 am

Here are the 4 finalists slated to pitch at Vinetta’s $20K Venture Challenge in the fall

Women founders from KeyCaliber, Surgicure Technologies, kweliTV and Invest Sou Sou are slated to pitch at the final event in September.
Invest Sou Sou CEO Fonta Gilliam.

Invest Sou Sou CEO Fonta Gilliam.

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Vinetta Project DC has selected four women-led ventures to advance to its final Venture Challenge in September.

The organization hosted two semifinal rounds, where four women founders pitched at each to secure a spot at the final challenge. In the first semifinals round hosted virtually on May 12, Roselle Safran, founder and CEO of KeyCaliber, and Irena Volkov, founding director and CEO of Surgicure Technologies, were selected to advance to the final Venture Challenge. On July 28, Deshuna Spencer, founder and CEO of kweliTV, and Fonta Gilliam, founder and CEO of Invest Sou Sou, were added to the September lineup.

Here’s what the women-led ventures do:

  • KeyCaliber applies data science to cybersecurity stack data to identify mission-critical assets.
  • Surgicure Technologies is a biotech startup that designs medical devices to prevent unnecessary harm during surgical procedures and healing processes.
  • kweliTV curates an interactive streaming platform that offers an ad-free subscription video on-demand service that features independent Black stories through indie films, documentaries, news and more.
  • Invest Sou Sou developed a mobile saving and credit building platform to help loan seekers secure borrowed funds who may have low, poor or no credit.

Under the leadership of Dawn Myers, Vinetta hosted its semifinal pitch events virtually for the first time in an effort to continue practicing social distancing to fight the coronavirus. The final Venture Challenge is scheduled for Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. Like past events, there will be a panel of four judges who will participate in a Q&A ahead of the pitches.


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