Rock The Score

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Rock The Score?

We report monthly rental payments to the Credit Reporting Agencies (CRA’s) and renters can slowly build a credit profile over time. In addition, we can report the past 24 months of payments and report that history on a credit report within 30 days! This creates a “seasoned” trade line that can provide a major boost to various scoring models. Higher credit scores create many opportunities for consumers, including lowering the cost of credit (lower interest rates on Auto Loans, Credit Cards), Reduced Insurance Premiums and the ability to qualify for a mortgage and purchase a home. Many employers also review credit profiles in the hiring and advancement process. Reporting Rent – Changing Lives!

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Peter Wright

CEO – President

Over 25-Years of Mortgage Lending Experience which includes Credit Education & Credit Literacy Radio Host of “The Real Estate Radio Show” a nationwide podcast since 2012 Thru his passion for credit education Peter developed a data reporting company that creates alternative trade-lines for selected credit bureaus, these trade-lines also impact credit scores which is a game-changer in the industry and helps Renters across the country improve their credit profiles and increases credit scores as a result.

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Thomas Beck

COO

Operating a successful and profitable mortgage company for the past 28 years. Strive to educate and improve the lives of individuals and families across the Nation on the benefits of a positive credit outlook and the impact on their future. Radio Co-Host for 7 years educating the audience on Real Estate Trends, Mortgage Programs and beneficial ways of obtaining a new home. Satisfaction derived from the successes of homeowners and renters through financial education. Strong belief in Building Credit = Changing Lives!

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Optikal Care Inc.

Origin: GA | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Optikal Care Inc.?

Optikal is a subscription that breaks down the cost of an online vision test, contact lenses and contact care supplies into easy monthly payments; while delivering everything needed to your doorstep.

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SueAnn Hollowell

CEO/Co-Founder

SueAnn Hollowell serves as the CEO of Optikal. She is a second time founder that started her first business at 18 years old and grew it over 13 years. She holds a bachelor’s in Marketing from Clayton State University and MBA in Marketing from Mercer University. She has several years of marketing experience with companies like Kellogg’s, Chick-fil-A and UPS.

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Norman Stuart III

COO/Co-Founder

Norman Stuart III serves the COO of Optikal and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hampton University. Norman has over 8 years of experience in customer service, business operations and analytics from Verizon Wireless and more recently served as a healthcare analyst.

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Halo + Cleaver

Origin: CO/MO | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Halo + Cleaver?

Halo + Cleaver makes the most flavorful zero-added-sugar sauces on market. We clean up traditionally “dirty” sauces like BBQ sauce and Ketchup using naturally sweet ingredients like apples and pineapples in place of sugar or corn syrup. We are the only brand that uses Green Banana Flour in our Ketchup, a functional and upcycled ingredient with a unique sustainability story. All three of our products are Whole30 Approved, Keto Approved, gluten free, plant based, and non GMO. Halo + Cleaver is co-owned by St. Louis natives Matt Richard and Rob Garwitz who share a passion for clean eating. The company’s mission is to empower current and future generations to live long, healthy, and fulfilled lives.

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Matt Richard

co-Founder

Matt is a St. Louis native with a passion for natural foods. He is a food scientist by trade and spent years developing sauces and dressings for big brands like Panera Bread Company. Matt is also a competitive barbecue pit-master which inspired some of the recipes for Halo + Cleaver. He has his MBA from Olin Business School and an MS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Rob Garwitz

co-Founder & CEO

Rob is a proud St. Louis native who shares Matt’s passion for natural foods. He started his career in sporting goods working for Nike, Inc. for six years in sales and marketing before pivoting to the food industry. Rob has his MBA from Olin Business School and serves as the CEO of the company. He has been married to his wife, Emilie, for 7 years and has two children, Eleanor (3) and Will (1).

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Mavity

Origin: N.Y. | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Mavity?

Mavity is the end-to-end marketplace and collaboration tool that connects businesses with 11K+ creative professionals through a skill-quantification method and grouping them in highly effective, on-demand teams. We help businesses source and build teams, while helping creators with features to optimize their productivity including tax compliance, cross-border payouts, and project management tools. Mavity’s investors include Capital Innovators, Pharrell Williams’ Black Ambition Fund, and MassChallenge.

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Tomas Uribe

co-Founder & CEO

Tomas Uribe is an entrepreneur and musician, co-founder and CEO of Mavity, the end-to-end marketplace and collaboration tool for on-demand creative teams. Tomas has been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes and INC, and an invited speaker at SXSW, MusicBiz, Music Entrepreneur Conference at Harvard University, and Colombia 4.0. Prior to Mavity, he worked as a touring musician and composer, as well as with global brands including Radeberger Gruppe, Leica Camera, and at the United Nations.

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Juan Soto

VP, Sales and Marketing

Juan Soto is VP, Sales and Marketing at Mavity, and Director at AIR Artists in Residence Accelerator and has over 7 years of experience. At Universal Music Colombia, he was involved in the positioning of all Digster playlists on digital platforms to position international artists in the Andean region market. At Kuack Media Group, he directed the creation of applications such as Lola Music, Viva Bolivia, and D Music. He holds a BS in Economics and a masters’ in Digital Marketing.

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Kristian Diaz

co-Founder & CTO

Kristian Diaz has 15 years of technology experience, with a Master’s in Computer Science, and specialized in machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has built products at Royal Caribbean and Newsela, as well as CTO at an ad-tech startup in Miami, FL.

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Honeymoon Chocolates

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Honeymoon Chocolates?

Chocolate is synonymous with all of life’s important moments. Be it a chocolate birthday cake, a romantic holiday filled with chocolate covered strawberries, or a celebratory dessert during a night out. We pair our most intimate and memorable moments with chocolate. But the truth of chocolate is harsh, scary, and truthfully, scarce when it comes to cacao- the main ingredient in chocolate. The global chocolate industry is valued at $11B USD, but the average price paid to cacao farmers is about $2 USD per day. This disparity is a direct reason why farmers are switching to more profitable crops such as palm oil. Some scientists at UC Berkeley believe cacao could be wiped from the planet by the end of 2050- and all chocolate with it. Enter Honeymoon Chocolates- Saint Louis’ first bean-to-bar chocolate makers. Honeymoon Chocolates officially began in a dorm room kitchen when Co-Founders Cam Loyet and Haley Loyet first began making bean-to-bar craft chocolate. Honeymoon specializes in bean to bar craft chocolate sweetened solely with raw honey. We are chocolate makers in solidarity with our cacao farmers through pledging to pay a premium for all cacao purchased. Many cacao farmers are not afforded internet, electricity, or even running water before craft chocolate companies such as Honeymoon offer them a chance for a better living wage. These hard-working families are our purpose- those keeping the tradition of growing cacao alive. Secondary to our brand is to allow our consumers to remove refined sugar from their favorite foods. A few positives in using honey compared to traditional cane sugar include a roughly 1.5 -2 time multiple in sweetness, a lower glycemic index of 55 compared to 68, and trace amounts of beneficial enzymes, vitamins, minerals. Not only do we give a portion of our proceeds to support honeybee research, but we also purchase directly from beekeepers which allows us to support local apiarists.

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Cameron Loyet

co-Founder & CEO

My academic career began at Illinois Wesleyan University where I earned my BS in Business. After moving to Saint Louis, I enrolled at Washington University where I ultimately earned my MBA in May of 2021. Saint Louis has been home to my family and my start-up, Honeymoon Chocolates since 2017. Some of my proudest accomplishments include: exhibiting my start-up to an international audience in Seattle, WA, qualifying for the 2018 Wisconsin State Amateur, and being awarded 2nd place in the 2019 Skandalaris Venture Competition. An interesting fact about me is that I started playing golf at the age of 3 and continued competing in college at Illinois Wesleyan. My future career goals are to continue to foster Honeymoon Chocolates. We craft bean-to-bar chocolate sweetened with raw honey and operate out of Saint Louis, MO. Check out www.hmchocolates.com for more information on us!

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Haley Loyet

co-Founder

I am Co-Founder of Honeymoon Chocolates, and Co-Creator of the process to produce honey-sweetened chocolate. My top accomplishments include: starting my own business, completing my MD at Saint Louis School of Medicine with a distinction in medical education, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan, and my role as a Student Chief in Pediatrics. My favorite hobbies include: reading mystery novels, knitting, and trying new chocolates!

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Halal Beauty Cosmetics

Origin: IL | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Halal Beauty Cosmetics?

For Muslims who want to look and feel beautiful without compromising on their faith, Halal Beauty Cosmetics provides makeup that is made from 100% certified halal ingredients. Unlike other makeup brands, our cosmetics don’t use pork or alcohol based ingredients.

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Adeel Afshar

co-Founder & CEO

As Co-Founder and CEO of Halal Beauty Cosmetics, Adeel is instrumental in creating a brand by and for Muslims. Adeel graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Engineering Physics, which he leverages to navigate the complex cosmetic manufacturing process. In his free time, Adeel enjoys playing chess and training in Brazillian jiu jitsu, sometimes at the same time! Adeel is 25 years old and from Chicago, IL.

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Aisha Afshar

co-Founder & CSO

Aisha has over 25 years of experience in the beauty industry and is a successful entrepreneur, starting her own beauty salon that employs 5 beauticians. She’s the embodiment of the American dream. Having immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan at 16 years old, she’s gone from not finishing high school and juggling 3 jobs at a time while raising a family of five, to being a licensed cosmetologist and successful business owner. Throughout her journey, it’s been her faith and her community that has provided her constant support, and Halal Beauty Cosmetics is how she hopes to give back.

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Soilless

Soilless

Origin: TX | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Soilless?

At Soilless, we are a team of passionate designers who are creating an innovative indoor gardening system that allows users to grow their own fresh, healthy food no matter where they live. Our patent-pending vertical design is perfect for urban dwellers who want a personal garden but don’t have the space to grow. Our system ships flat-packed to your door and can be easily set up right out of the box. We even ship seeds and nutrients to you every month to ensure a seamless growing experience. Compared to our competitors’ systems, our system can grow larger and healthier plants, is more sustainable, and is 4x more cost-effective.

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Westen Johnson

CEO

Westen’s background is in Industrial Design and living systems. He is passionate about creating designs that are both beautiful and functional. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2019 with a BFA in Industrial Design.

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Julie Joo

Co-Founder

Julie’s background is in Product Design and branding. She is passionate about connecting with users to create meaningful solutions and believes good design should be accessible to everyone. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2019 with a BFA in Industrial Design.

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Printerior

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Printerior?

Printerior produces 100% recycled 3D printer filament from consumer and industrial waste. Our goal is to bring a circular economy to the 3D printing industry. Our Printerior Recycling Program collects 3D printing waste generated by consumers, universities, and businesses. Recycled filament offers users a environmentally responsible choice to 3D print with sustainable input materials; our consumers help address the world’s plastic waste issue, all at a competitive price. Printerior also has the only US based print farm that can create parts made from recycled plastic, we work with artists and industries to create one off custom pieces or large scale production runs.

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Trent Esser

Co-CEO

Trent graduated from the University of Missouri with a BSBA in Management & Entrepreneurship. He has worked with start-ups for over 6 years doing sales, marketing, product design, and team management. Trent has a passion for sustainability, and previously worked on products in that industry. Printerior has allowed Trent to utilize his education, passion, and experience to solve a problem through the creation of a unique business model.

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Jordan Backes

CTO

Jordan graduated from the University of Missouri with Bachelors of Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is earning a Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. He has worked as a Real-Time Software Engineer at the Boeing Company. The breadth of his work and educational experience provides him a unique skillset to solve technical challenges faced by Printerior

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Hayden Seidel

Co-CEO

Hayden is 24 years old and is from St. Louis Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2020 with a BS in civil and environmental engineering. He has been passionate about 3D designing, building and sculptures since he was young. In 2018 he learned how to 3D print and was able to bring his designs to life. Hayden has always had the entrepreneurship self-starter mindset and dreamed of creating his own company someday. With his degree in engineering, his knowledge in 3D printing and the right business partners he was able to bring this dream alive and create Printerior.

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No Limbits

Origin: IA | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is No Limbits?

No Limbits is a ready-to-wear adaptive clothing brand with the mission of increasing comfort, confidence, and independence in those who struggle to dress themselves due to a disability. With options for amputees, wheelchair users, and those with sensory processing disorders, No Limbits uses human-centered design to make fashion accessible.

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erica cole

ceo & Founder

Erica started No Limbits after personal experience struggling to find clothing that worked with her prosthesis. Erica has led the company through the prestigious Target Incubator and was a 2021 Halcyon Fellow. She was awarded the University of Iowa’s Female Founder of the Year in 2020.

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