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We are passionate and experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and change agents. We have experienced firsthand the challenges of being under-estimated founders and apply our unique lived experiences to ensure those after us have fewer barriers and more access. In partnership with our staff, we work with a host of freelancers, agencies, and a network of 160+ mentors to execute high-touch educational and experiential programming.

Meet our team.

Benjamin J. Vann

Founder & CEO

Donna Henry

Sr Director of Programs

Melissa Ogden

Director of Philanthropy & Strategic Partnerships

Katherine White

Sr. Community Manager

Cinthia Aguilar

Executive Assistant

Anisah Khan

Marketing Manager

Meet our Board.

Greer Christian

Ted Hill

Drexel Owusu

Roy Lopez

Ben Magill

Benjamin Vann

Krystian Reyes

Annika Cail

Ashford Chancelor

Jennifer Hobson

John Jaggers

Oliver Sims

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Our Accelerator Programs equips underrepresented founders with the coaching, curriculum, capital, connections, and community to scale your startup.

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