June 18, 2020

This month we want to highlight a few of our founders of color, specifically the Black founders who are changing the world through tech. It’s no secret that the tech scene all over this country is mostly run by white people, 77.1 percent of founders that received venture funding in 2019 were white—regardless of gender and education and just one percent of venture-backed founders were black. Want to change that? So do we. Here are 12 Founders & startups that you can support today!

Lisa Jones -  Eyemail

Lisa Jones is Founder of Eyemail, email technology changing the way organizations and departments connect with Employees & Customers in a more personalized “Human-Centric” way.

Muhamed Sidibeh- Lifetime Fluency 

Muhammad is Founder & CEO of Lifetime Fluency, an evidence based virtual reality platform that makes speech therapy more accessible for people with stuttering and communication disorders around the world.

Ashley Richardson - Totem Agency 

Ashley is the creator of Totem Agency. They took the best parts of a branding agency combined with AI to give you custom brand design options unique to you and your industry.

Rydal Williams- Fox Metrics

Rydal is Founder & CEO of Fox Metrics, a modern cloud-based web analytics platform. It empowers businesses to collect, enrich, transform, and explore their web, mobile, and offline customer journey data.

Chrissa McFarlane - Patientory

Chrissa is Founder & CEO of Patientory, a health app that empowers end users globally with a secure platform to manage and transfer their health data, to achieve actionable insights for improved health outcomes and well-being.

Bruce Orr - Pronovos

Bruce is Founder & CEO of Pronovos, construction software empowering contractors to make informed decisions now.

Candice Jordan - Love Home 

Love Home is designed to take the stress out of decorating your home. Their product sourcing platform that provides custom recommendations and styling guides based on you – your style, your needs, and your budget.

Shawn Wilkinson - Storj

Shawn founded Storj in 2014. They pay Node Operators for their unused storage and bandwidth, making decentralized storage possible for customers. Put your extra space to use and start earning today.

Tope Awotona - Calendly

Tope started Calendy in one of the hot desks at the Village and now we are proud to call them a Village Graduate. Calendly helps you schedule meetings without the back-and-forth emails.

Trellis Usher - Nova Health Labs

Trellis is a cancer survivor and Founder of Nova Health Labs. Nova is enabling care teams to provide patients with health information closer to the point of need and improving clinical outcomes, reduces patient distress, and optimizes practice operations.

Connor Ford - Spirit  

Connor is a graduate of our 4th It Takes a Village Pre-Accelerator Program and Founder of Spirit. Students, teachers, and community members download the Spirit app and are instantly connected to your extra-curricular world.

Wilkinson Egwu - LawnTap 

Wilkinson is the Founder of Lawntap, the world’s first autonomous lawn care system!  Know exactly what’s happening with your lawn. The Smart Lawn Sensor constantly monitors height, moisture, and weather conditions.

There are so many ways that you can support the Black community and we think that giving black owned companies our business is one the best ways to start.  We are willing to bet you or your company can benefit from one (or all) of these founders and their startups!

Looking for more content like this? Check out last week's blog:  5 Immediate ways to Support Atlantas Black Tech Founders.

June 18, 2020
Hilton Thompson