MOODEAUX

Origin: GA | Grant Awarded: 2022 | Status: Active

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What is MOODEAUX?

When the world commands you to shrink, we say do the opposite: Flaunt How You Feel.® As a clean fragrance label rooted in the scientific connection between scent, memory and emotion, MOODEAUX® turns accessorizing your mood into mindful self-care and “luxury” into a lifestyle —  all minus any harsh alcohol, weird chemicals or unnecessary dyes. It’s through this attitude, along with our unique blends of drool-worthy accords and skin-nourishing ingredients, we’re changing the game forever. Welcome to a new era in beauty.

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Brianna Arps

founder & cEO

Brianna Arps is a former editor-turned-marketing expert whose passion for people, storytelling and all things beauty finally led to the birth of her very own “brand-children” MOODEAUX® and Black In Fragrance.™ In the same way as her bold sense of style, Brianna wears her emotions like a badge of honor — navigating through life by the simple motto: Flaunt How You Feel.® A St. Louis native, she’s known as an outspoken, charismatic big thinker working to make the world around her better — starting with perfume. Brianna holds a bachelor’s degree from the world’s first School of Journalism seated at the University of Missouri.

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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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Nebula Media Group

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

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What is Nebula Media Group?

Nebula Media Group is a full-service website and content accessibility consultancy for small and mid-size businesses. From WCAG to ADA compliance, our ‘accessibility-as-a-service’ platform combines people, technology, processes, and legal expertise to help attain and maintain true accessibility for our clients. Let’s build a more inclusive web, together.

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Will Bubenik

Founder

Will Bubenik is a St. Louis native and has three siblings with intellectual disabilities. Seeing his siblings struggle to use the internet showed him that it wasn’t that his siblings weren’t able to access the world…it was that the world was made inaccessible to them. Nebula was born from that experience. Will is an avid sports fan and a proud Temple University alumni, having professional experience with Special Olympics International and the Philadelphia 76ers. Ask Will about Philly sports!

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oneKIN

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

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What is oneKIN?

oneKIN is a mission-driven, retail-tech company, and we are singularly focused on providing small businesses creative technology solutions to help them increase their visibility and grow sustainably. Our hyper-focus on small business is very deliberate. We believe that they harness the collective resourcefulness, creativity, and genius of their respective communities. By providing them tech-enabled solutions to grow, we are empowering them to effect widespread socio-economic change.

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Marvin A. François

ceo & Co-Founder

A former Wall Street banker turned self-taught engineer-in-training, Marvin is incredibly passionate about building and investing in disenfranchised communities, and leveraging technology to disrupt the invisible market forces that exacerbate the wealth and opportunity gaps. He completed undergraduate studies at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management where he studied Finance; and later completed graduate studies with a focus on public finance, policy, and economics at New York University.

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jennifer gomez

CmO & Co-Founder

Prior to oneKIN, Jennifer helped brands and startups leverage data and creative storytelling to reach and build authentic relationships with their consumers. She was a marketing force behind some of the biggest brands, multimedia marketing campaigns and global influencer-led projects in recent years including sports & media giants like Major League Baseball and Time Inc., to beauty giants like L’Oréal and NARS, Sephora and more. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University.

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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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3D Gloop!

Origin: IL | Grant Awarded: 2020 | Status: Active

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What is 3D Gloop!?

3D Gloop! is a quirky science-loving startup company that produces adhesives and coatings for the 3D printing industry; that is dedicated to producing the highest quality products and providing excellent customer service. 3D Gloop! Has a growing line of products that tackles the two primary adhesive problems in the 3D printing industry; gluing plastic prints together, and adhering the first layers of prints to build platforms. The company produces unparalleled “multi-use” adhesives engineered to have best-in-class performance for the most common 3D printing plastics. 3D Gloop! is unrivaled in the sale of plastic-specific adhesives in this industry. The company is constantly formulating new solutions to unsolved problems for a rapidly expanding market.

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Andrew Mayhall

Co-Founder

Andrew Mayhall is a serial entrepreneur with expansive experience in startups; who raised over $2 million in private equity for past ventures in the technology hardware space. Mr. Mayhall is highly skilled in nearly every facet of business operations including manufacturing, customer service, marketing, and product branding. He possesses in-depth knowledge of chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering, with nearly ten years of experience as a multi-disciplinary engineer.

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Andrew Martinussen

Co-Founder

Andrew Martinussen is a first-generation American and co-founder of 3D Gloop!. Mr. Martinussen graduated from SIUE with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Andrew is a talented, multi-disciplined engineer who is also skilled in project management, marketing, and product branding. Mr. Martinussen additionally possesses extensive knowledge of business operations, strategy, and development.

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Need/Want

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: Re-Plant | Status: Replant

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What is Need/Want?

We make products that solve problems.

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Marshall Haas

Founder

Marshall was a 2012 Arch Grants Recipient at Obsorb, which was acquired by MetaLab, a software business where Marshall now serves as a Partner. After the transition, Marshall moved back to St. Louis to start his new business, Need/Want.

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