Idea Pitch Competition
Brains, Brands & Bourbon was a monthly meetup group I helped conceptualize with a co-founder to refine and scale tech ideas while connecting thought leaders. We believe there are rising stars, talented problem-solvers, and worthwhile opportunities in geographic areas that do not have proximity to coastal cities or technological hubs like Silicon Valley. The concept behind Brains, Brands & Bourbon was to prepare the smartest Midwestern minds to pitch their ideas to incubators, angel investors, and venture capitalists to accelerate funding.
I enjoy crowdfunding startups and organizations that support my mission and values. Here are some organizations that are helping with one (or more) of the following: building wealth and equity among Black-owned and/or woman-owned businesses; supporting digital nomads, location independence, and the #Unvalley movement; supporting innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM), and improving work cultures, especially among remote & geographically-dispersed companies.
In Japan, Bonsai is a well-respected and valuable culture and has been for over 1,000 years. Powered by magnets, Air Bonsai is a "floating star" Bonsai inspired by planet Earth.
Board of Advisors
An Egyptian woman-owned EdTech startup with roots in both Africa and Kentucky, Edulga is a social educational platform powered by generative AI. In December 2023, I joined Edulga's Board of Advisors, serving as a business strategy consultant and advising the international team as they pitch Edulga to investors and business partners. At the forefront of a revolutionary transformation in generative curriculum design, Edulga's team of instructional designers, software engineers, and learning engineers harnesses the power of machine learning and human-centered algorithms to facilitate the evolution of students into lifelong learners. The upcoming app will empower teachers as content creators and curators, transform schools into dynamic learning environments, and enable all participating institutions to collectively shape a global knowledge repository.