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On 12.1.21, 6 of the top Founders to have appeared on the TechRise will compete onstage for a chance to win $100K.

The 6 Finalists who will pitch onstage will be announced on November 15th. 

While you wait, read more about our Semifinalists below, and click on the Founders’ headshots to watch their TechRise pitch video!


Click on the founders’ headshot to watch their TechRise pitch video!


Nico Aguilar

Speeko is an AI-powered speech coaching tool for the 70% of people who struggle with public speaking – think of it like Grammarly for your voice.


Dameon Masons

CRTSIDE is a direct-to-consumer basketball marketplace designed to promote athletes, monetize content, and generate fan affinity. 


Nicole Cuervo

Springrose designs adaptive, attractive bras for women with upper mobility challenges, such as arthritis, stroke paralysis, nerve damage, and shoulder injuries.

Not Just Cookies

Johnathon Bush

 Not Just Cookies is here to give you amazing desserts including traditional and allergen-free desserts.


Juan Maturino

Edua provides interactive, live-stream tutoring, in a game-show format.


Carla Medina Jacobson

BāKIT Box is an all-inclusive baking kit that makes baking easy and accessible to all levels. Diverse and cultural selections, detailed easy-to-follow recipes, and all pre-measured ingredients required to create the delicious bake.



Ashton Keys

Athlytic is a fully-integrated marketplace that connects student athlete influencers with potential endorsement partners so that they can take advantage of monetizing their likeness without taking away from their ability to perform at a high level in their academics and perspective sport.

The Marcus Literacy Project

Robbie Curry

We are building a video game that supports 4th-8th grade students to become proficient readers while also developing a love for reading.

Tubby's Taste

Danielle tubbs

Tubby’s Taste is an online vegan cookie company providing boldly flavored cookies inspired by our founders Jamaican-American roots. Our cookies are vegan, soy- and nut-free with subscription boxes and other themed cookie boxes shipped directly to our customer’s doors.


darius grandberry

Leagueswype is a digital payment platform that serves as the trusted one-stop digital wallet where fantasy and e-sport betters can manage all of their fantasy and e-sport payment activity across all service providers within one single and secure application.


Boum iii jr.

daba is a social alternative investment platform that allows investors of all levels to discover, find and invest in vetted high growth African opportunities that they believe in.


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Resonado Labs is an audio technology solution provider redesigning sound from the inside out. By rethinking the core of what makes sound possible, we are redefining what it means to have design audio.



GoLogic Solutions is a big data and economic development platform providing
prescriptive and predictive analytics automation. Our innovative platform integrates three user platforms into one, creating growth and impact for the entire small business ecosystem. 



ConnectCareHero helps organizations tackle social isolation by providing culturally relevant activity programming using high and low tech solutions.

Grapefruit health

eric alvarez

We recruit and train nursing students to interact with at risk seniors remotely while utilizing our unique platform to communicate securely, capture data, make community referrals, and escalate as needed.


julio urrutia

Hyve (formerly Groundswell) is a social media platform for the cannabis community – those purchasing products, curious about them or interested in the professional and entrepreneurial opportunities brought on by this industry.


Ricardo Regalado

Route is a ecosystem of solutions to help SMBs in the building services space Be found, Win jobs, Bid more accurately on, Buy better and Get paid faster.

Cyber Pop-Up

Dr. christine Izuakor

Cyber Pop-up secures businesses through an on-demand cybersecurity platform powered by vetted and highly skilled freelancers.


mike vasquez

3Degrees, a world leader in 3D Printing consulting, has developed the TraceAM software platform that helps companies decrease manufacturing liability and increase productivity for 3D Printing manufacturing.

Bisi Blvd.

Noelle Curtis

We provide beauty services to the general public and are developing a profit planning tool for beauty service providers.

Beyond the sole

ahmad muhammad

Beyond the Sole is a human performance data company that leverages wearable technology and machine learning algorithms to optimize athletic performance, detect common movement patterns related to athletic injury, and assist in recovery after injury within physical therapy practices.


Isaac Chadri

Dawatek is creating a 5-min portable diagnostic platform for viral, bacterial, and cancerous diseases using lasers and machine learning.


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Dapo Kolawole

Roomii is an online marketplace and furniture service that enables people to lease other people’s furniture short-term. We help you lease out your furniture to people that don’t want to own it.


margarita moreno

LatinXChange is a bilingual education community. We provide the platform for latino educators and educators of latino students to connect, collaborate and spark the conversations that catapult bilingual education forward.


ernesto pedroza

PromoShare® is a closed marketplace and analytics platform that utilizes Natural Language Processing (NLP) and AI to leverage hyper-local fan communities to build amplified word of mouth campaigns for sports teams, event producers, and brands. 

heirs farm

Ashley Marie & Gyasi sutherland

HEIRS Farm uses a combination of indoor hydroponic farming and outdoor farming to provide historically excluded communities easy access to fresh, culturally-relevant produce.


luis suarez

Sanarai is an online platform that connects the Latinx community to mental health professionals in Latin America to provide culturally sensitive, Spanish-language emotional support at accessible prices.


Sergio rodriguez

ToDoolie is the easiest way to hire young people for help with outdoors tasks. And for young people we are the easiest way to acquire formative work experience without social capital.

lifeweb 360

rachele louis

LifeWeb 360 is a digital space where communities collaboratively capture and curate the memories of a loved one who has passed, honoring their life in an authentic way.

Pharmd live

Cynthia C. Nwaubani

PharmD Live is a telehealth company utilizing clinical pharmacists and our AI-driven technology to identify, predict and prevent medication risks and gaps in disease care for patients through partnerships with physicians and hospitals.


Evan Shy

Hiitide is an online marketplace that distills hundreds of hours from books and content into bite-sized lessons, group discussions, and author Q&As delivered in a virtual book club format so readers can make meaningful, lasting changes to their lives, careers, and relationships.


Jeffrey Osuji

Eventnoire is the premiere event marketplace for events that celebrate Black people and culture. We offer an end to end event management system for event organizers and help recycle dollars into organizations that have a focus on uplifting the Black community.


Apriel Campbell

 COMMUNITY is an app that helps users strengthen relationships within their communities and generate a true value for used and donated goods. Users can list items for donation, trade, or upcycle and be connected to another user who would like to claim their donation, trade, or upcycle.


Princess Oti

Kaoshi enables immigrants to directly access financial services in their home country. Kaoshi enables immigrants to gather financial data into financial profiles that enables them access financial services from distant financial institutions in their home countries.


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IvyNet, Inc.

Yvonne Fitzpatrick

IvyLocker is the world’s First Digital Estate Management Solution to prevent Loss of Generational Wealth

This Moment

Kristen Sanders

This Moment creates custom sized high heels for everyone regardless of shape, size or identity.

Inner Workout

Taylor Elyse Morrison

Inner Workout supports your journey to know, care for, and become your full self. We create products and experiences that are inspired by yogic philosophy and informed by science.

The Cryptomom

Kendra Cole

The CryptoMom is a secure and easy-to-use investment management and financial literacy platform, primarily for women and moms. We seamlessly integrate cryptocurrency into the everyday lives of moms and women by offering a suite of products that make family financial planning and saving accessible, attainable and easy to understand.


Ariana Alejandra Gibson

STIGMA is a mental health app that uses async video messaging and narrative psychology to fight loneliness and decrease the stigma associated with mental illness and other misunderstood conditions.

Lillian Augusta

Jannice Newson & Nana Britwum

Lillian Augusta is offering plant-based braiding hair as a sustainable alternative to synthetic braiding hair. Experience hair without harm with Lillian Augusta.

The Qube

Anna DeShawn Rainey

E3 Radio is an online radio station playing Queer & independent music in high rotation with a R&B / Hip Hop vibe. In E3 Radio’s evolution we are creating a curated app that will serve as a curated hub for Black, Brown and QTPOC people to share and celebrate their multi-dimensional experiences and voices through music, entertainment shows and more in a one-of-a-kind platform.


Michelle Mbekeani

CLIQ is an online dating app that provides its users the option to select the people they do not want to have common matches with. It also provides its users with tools to navigate the complex world of online dating.


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