Bold Xchange

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

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What is Bold Xchange?

Bold Xchange is the most convenient way to buy black online. The platform emphasizes ease, vetting brands with on-camera product reviews, and guaranteeing fast shipping for every order. With a curated collection of products from black-owned brands, Bold Xchange takes the guesswork out of supporting black businesses.

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Danielle Deavens

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Danielle Deavens is the co-founder of Bold Xchange, a platform that is making it easier to find and shop black-owned brands. She was a 2018 Venture for America fellow in Charlotte, where she worked as Director of Customer Success for a local shopping app. Danielle went to Elon University and prior to the VFA fellowship she was on the editorial teams at Brides and Food Network Magazine in New York City.

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doug spencer

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Doug Spencer is cofounder of Bold Xchange. He holds a BA in Business Management from Elon University. After graduating in 2016, he worked in marketing at both a Fortune 500 telecommunications company and an impact investing startup. He is now in his third and final year at Georgetown Law School, learning about the intersection of law and social impact.

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Roo Storage

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2019 | Status: Acquired

What was Roo Storage?

Roo optimized the storage experience by connecting people in the local community with extra space to people seeking a more affordable storage solution.

Roo Storage was acquired by Handled in 2020

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Adalo

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2019 | Status: Active

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What is Adalo?

Adalo is a SaaS platform that makes building apps as easy as putting together a slide deck. Entrepreneurs, small businesses, digital marketing agencies, and freelance designers use Adalo to create amazing apps without having to use any code.

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Ben Haefele

Co-Founder

Ben is an experienced product leader with a passion for bringing the power of software to everyone. He is the former VP of Operations at Second Street where he led product strategy, design, and development.

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David Adkin

Co-Founder

While finishing up his Master’s in Architecture, David formed the belief that design is the most important skill of the 21st century. With this new found passion for understanding design, he left the field and joined a tech startup in St. Louis. There he expanded his design skills to include everything from UX & Product to Marketing & Branding. All of these experiences have culminated in the realization that his true calling in life is to help others create new things.

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GiftAMeal

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is GiftAMeal?

GiftAMeal is a mobile app that helps provide a meal to someone in need locally each time a customer takes a photo at a partner restaurant. Partner restaurants have seen increases in new customers, check size, visit frequency, and social media publicity result from their involvement in GiftAMeal. 290+ restaurants are currently involved and over 800,000 meals have been provided so far.

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Andrew Glantz

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Glantz is the founder and CEO of GiftAMeal. He was the youngest person named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 List and the third youngest included on the Alpha Kappa Psi 40 Under 40 List. He graduated Washington University in St. Louis Magna Cum Laude in May 2017 where received the Joseph W. Towle prize for leadership potential as well as being voted Most Likely to be a Billionaire by his classmates. Prior to GiftAMeal, Andrew ran a non-profit storefront that promoted re-use and sustainability, and he served as Vice President of a children’s charity. Andrew also currently serves as an Associate Member of the Alumni Board of Governors at Washington University in St. Louis. His hobbies include basketball, parkour, and cooking.

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Jacob Mohrmann

CMO

A St. Louis native, Jacob graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. He joined the team initially as an intern in June 2015 and afterwards quickly rose in the company to become Chief Marketing Officer. Before GiftAMeal, he led marketing campaigns for a mid-sized Missouri startup and created a sustainable biosand filter in Madagascar. Jacob is a vegetarian, a people-person, and loves to find new ways to give back to the community. He also currently works at Maritz as a behavioral science analyst.

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MyStrengthBook

Origin: Canada | Grant Awarded: 2017 | Status: Active

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What is MyStrengthBook?

MyStrengthBook is a software-as-a-service start up that aims to improve physical performance of athletes in the gym. On our web platform, athletes can track and analyze their training data, as well as gain access to exclusive training programs that are designed by top athletes and trainers. As more coaches are becoming interested in leveraging our data tracking and analysis system, current features under development are more ‘coach focused’.

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Mike MacDonald

Ceo

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Noonlight

Origin: CA | Grant Awarded: 2016 | Status: Active

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What is Noonlight?

Noonlight is an online personal safety application designed to connect users to local police in unsafe situations. The company’s online personal safety application offers protection with the help of precise location detection and sends the location status directly to the police; enabling users to proactively protect themselves without the heavy commitment of calling 911.

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Zach Winkler

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Zach has experience in product development at Intuit, as a software engineer, and previously founded an iPhone application company.

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Brittany Dameron

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer

Brittany has extensive experience as an interaction designer and art director, working for companies such as Intuit and Digitaria. She holds a degree in Communications and Art Direction.

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SmashToast

Origin: IL | Grant Awarded: 2015 | Status: Active

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What is SmashToast?

SmashToast develops consumer-facing hardware and software that provide efficiency to everyday processes. The company’s main product, PUCK, is a Bluetooth-enabled device that allows the user to control appliances with a smartphone.

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Barnabas Helmy

Chief Executive Officer

Barnabas earned his degree in Fine Arts from Illinois State University in 2007. Barnabas currently works as the Founder at Barnabas Helmy Design and brings previous work experience with Horace Mann to his work with SmashToast. Barnabas is also an artist and his art was shown at the Grand Palais in Paris, France during Art Paris 2011.

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CrisisGo

Origin: IL | Grant Awarded: 2015 | Status: Active

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What is CrisisGo?

The CrisisGo mobile app is a universal safety and communication tool for groups and organizations of any size. With the app, group members use their smartphones to communicate with all other group members and to respond to emergency situations with individualized action checklists, alert others about dangerous situations, view building maps, obtain emergency contact information, review attendance rosters, and locate threatened group members with GPS technology.

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Jim Spicuzza

cpO & Co-founder

James earned his degree in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University in 1978. Before joining CrisisGo, James worked in education at EdAutomate and SchoolCenter ThinqED.

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PolicyEngage

Origin: IL | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is PolicyEngage?

Your End-to-End Platform for Public Affairs. PolicyEngage connects legislative and regulatory tracking, advocate and donor engagement, and media monitoring.

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Steven Marciniak

Chief Executive Officer

Steven earned his degree in Business Administration from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Before joining TrackBill, Steven worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the EnterpriseWorks Research Park.

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