While still a student at Harvard, Jessica Matthews came up with her first invention, the SOCCKET, at 19 years old. It’s an “energy generating soccer ball that provides off-grid power for the developing world.” After kicking it around like any regular soccer ball, you can plug devices into the SOCCKET, and power will come out of it.
Matthews’ company, Uncharted Play, expands on the SOCCKET by creating a variety of “energy-generating play products that power and empower communities worldwide.”
Angel Rich is being positively touted as “the next Steve Jobs,” and after diving into her resume, where’s the lie? She’s the founder of Credit Stacker, an app that teaches a plethora of financial related skills including budgeting, saving, investing & credit management. Rich also founded The Wealth Factory Inc., a company that designs games to improve workplace skills and financial literacy.
Aside from being an amazing founder, she also is an author, penning the book, History of the Black Dollar. Rich is working overtime to make others rich by way of financial education through technology and literature.
Kristina Jones, alongside her husband, James Jones, founded Court Buddy, a legal tech company that provides “people and businesses with access to an attorney when needed, regardless of their financial status.”
According to Forbes, she is also only the 14th African-American female founder to raise $1 million in funding. A feat that, hopefully, will continue to happen for other black women many times over. In total, the company raised $7M (which includes a $6M series A).
Jones exited Court Buddy in 2019 to start Guardianlane.com, the first video-sharing platform for children's therapy.
Atlanta, Georgia based entrepreneur, Jasmine Crowe, is the founder of GoodrCo., “a sustainable food waste management company” that utilizes technology to fight hunger.
By donating businesses’ food waste, GoodrCo., which also has an app, will help them earn tax deductions. It’s a win-win of an idea. Companies can save money and people who may not have proper resources will be able to eat.
Crowe is all over the place spreading the word by serving freshly grown veggies, fruits, meats and prepared foods, with help from major companies like, Chick-fil-A and United Way.
Similar to Uncharted Play’s Jessica Matthews, Juliana Rotich is bringing energy to developing worlds. Through her company, BRCK, Rotich focuses on providing free, reliable internet access to places where service is spotty, or non-existent.
BRCK isn’t Rotich’s first time at the rodeo. She also co-founded iHub and Ushahidi.
Backstage Capital is a VC fund that invests in companies with founders that are women, people of color and LGBT. Arlan Hamilton saw a need for this in 2012 while remotely helping companies connect with investors.
“Over time, I started noticing a pattern. If I sent certain pitch decks that showcased companies with an all white, male team, they would get to the next step, no matter what they were building. If the company had someone of color or a woman, there would be a push-back about not understanding the market, no matter what the market was,” Hamilton said in an interview with Black Enterprise.
Hamilton may not be directly building a product or service, but she is supporting marginalized creators by providing the necessary financial resources to get started.
Felecia Hatcher is grooming the next generation of tech startup founders by teaching them how to code. Code Fever Miami is a startup and coding school dedicated to ridding Black communities of innovation deserts.
Code Fever not only benefits the present, but the future in a continuous way. The minorities who are developed through the school that move on to build their own companies, are twice as likely to hire other minorities — helping fix current problems of diversity.
These fantastic, Black female bosses are great, but it’s just a start! Hopefully these women’s ventures move you to start your own, helping to literally color the landscape of startups, and future mega companies. #BlackGirlMagic is real, and when it comes to business, we definitely need more of it.