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Black Girl Ventures 10 Women to Watch 2020

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

We have compiled a list of the top 10 Black and Brown women founders to watch in 2020. These creative and hardworking entrepreneurs are making significant moves, and we're expecting to see exponential growth in their businesses this year.

Alodia is a luxury hair product company founded by Dr. Isfahan Chambers-Harris. They focus on helping women to learn, love, and grow their hair. They offer organic and clean beauty products that are backed by science.

Their products are created with plants, herbs, and oils to nourish the scalp and hair. But what makes Alodia unique, is they provide customizable and personalized hair care regimen based on various hair textures and several scalp conditions.

The core of Alodia's business model is to focus on individual hair products, hair product kits, and scalp consultations. Hair types and scalps are not the same. Alodia is a unique process that allows you to become educated about how to treat your hair effectively. And having access to scalp consultations will ensure you receive the proper treatment you need to keep your hair healthy and beautiful.

CarpeDM is a mobile dating app founded and created by Naza Shelley. The app is designed to help users connect on a deeper level faster by requiring a video chat as a prerequisite to texting. Users have 48 hours to send a 5-10 minute video message chat, or they will be unpaired with their match. This app is for serious daters who are looking to eliminate potential frustrations and let downs such as catfishing. In the app, daters can weed out incompatible matches and gauge chemistry.

CLLCTVE. is a freelance marketplace founded by Kelsey Davis. The marketplace connects creatives to brands. They bridge the gap between creatives and brands by providing college students a platform to develop their portfolios, showcase their skills, increase their visibility, and engage with brands. They focus on Gen-Z consumers and Gen-Z content creators.

Students can sign up for free as long as they have a student email address. Once they sign up, they post their courses, projects, and then send a request to verify their skills. From there, they can engage with brands by publishing their content, filling out surveys, and entering competitions.

As for brands, companies can create their accounts and pay a diagnostic fee plus a monthly subscription of $500. The beauty of the diagnostic is that the companies receive a complete audit of their business with a business analysis and brand discovery. Through this strategic and comprehensive assessment on both sides of the fence, both the students and the brands can rest assured that they are receiving top-notch talent while receiving support in their businesses. CCLCTVE. focuses on quality by filling the gaps where their competitors left off. By engaging brands, building a community, and providing market research, this enables them to deliver quality outcomes.

Curated x Kai is a virtual reality (VR) company created by founder Kai Frazier. The virtual reality company films inclusive virtual reality field trips in museums and other cultural institutions. Through comprehensive outreach, CxK delivers these experiences to students and young adults, including those in underserved communities.

These VR field trips bring global experiences to the classroom without the use and need for textbooks, pencils, and other academic materials. By providing enhanced curriculum through state of the art VR, CxK by providing access to enrichment opportunities so students can continue to be successful in school.

Down To Dash is a downloadable social networking app created by Sama Jashnani. The app allows you to create a plan or an event that lets other people know what you're down to do. Or you can browse through plans and events that already exist.

Once you find an activity or event that piques your interest, you swipe right, get connected, and then have fun. Down To Dash is an attractive app for those who are looking to find like-minded individuals while expanding their social networks.

Gildform is an on-demand jewelry manufacturing platform founded by Karissma Yve. It offers independent designers, and business owners access to premium 3D printing and jewelry production services through a seamlessly designed app.

Their intuitive app allows any designer from anywhere in the world to bring their vision to life without the hiccups of not being able to meet customer demands. Designers can upload their design ideas and receive a finished 3D product faster than ever before. This means businesses can scale their businesses by getting new products to the market a lot quicker.

i-Subz is a recruiting, placement, and training marketplace founded by Jasmine Edwards. It’s a marketplace for substitute teachers and schools. For substitute teachers, they give them easy access to work and ongoing professional development. For schools, i-Subz provides access to quality, vetted, and trained substitutes.

They focus on recruiting high-quality substitutes and connecting them with schools. Substitute teachers can accept assignments from a school that interests them. They provide substitutes with schools that have prepared lesson plans so that teachers can feel confident entering classrooms.

Play Pits is a 100% natural deodorant for active kids that is family owned and operated by The Powell family. It doesn't contain any harmful ingredients such as aluminum, parabens, or synthetic fragrances.

Here is a list of their ingredients:

  • Shea Butter

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

  • Kaolin Clay

  • Candelilla Wax

  • Babassu Oil

  • Cornstarch

  • Baking Soda

  • Zinc Oxide

  • Grape Seed Oil

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Essential oils for fragrance

Play Pits has the following scents: Happy, Sonshine, and Suga. They've recently released their new line of scents called King and Queen. Be mindful that antiperspirants block your pores and prevent you from sweating. These types of products are harmful and toxic for your health. Plus, you don't need to be an active kid to use Play Pits. Their products last between 1-3 months, depending on your level of activity.

Please Assist Me (PAM) was founded by Stephanie Cummings. It provides reliable assistants for individuals and apartment complexes for day to day chores and customized requests. What's great is you can hire them for weekly services. They provide a list of services that range from all-inclusive bundles to a la carte such as house cleaning, laundry, grocery pick-up to shoe care and even dropping off items to Goodwill (and more).

PAM recommends scheduling a consultation appointment to communicate your needs before purchasing any service. What makes them different than their competitors is they are comprehensive, and they vet their assistants. Their assistants wear body cams while they work so you can have peace of mind.

SpenDebt is a financial tool founded by Ty’Lisha Summers. It’s an excellent option for individuals who are looking to pay off their debts without thinking about it. It analyzes your spending habits and then makes micropayments towards any debt that you choose to pay off. Micropayments add up over time and are powerful ways to have an impact on your finances.

SpenDebt has two monthly subscription plans depending on the number of transactions you're making. Option one is $1.99 and option two is $2.99. With option one, you are allowed to make 25 transactions, and with option two, you can make unlimited transactions.

The monthly subscription prices might deter some people, but it's a small price to pay if it means it allows you to chop your debt down with one micropayment at a time. SpenDebt is ideal for individuals who are comfortable with paying a small convenience fee to pay off their debts without having to think about it.

These companies are doing outstanding work. Non don't have any plans to slow down anytime soon. We expect to see them scale their businesses to incredible heights. We hope this inspires those who are looking to create a business in 2020. A small idea can have a powerful impact, not just in your personal life but on the world.

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