Startup Spotlight Founders
Meet the 12 Building Momentum Startup Spotlight founders and their teams, all creating solutions to complex problems across various industries.
The Bumpa cofounders met over a decade ago at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun, Nigeria. Having both built popular software products on campus, they started working together and, in 2020, piloted Bumpa to help take African SMBs online amidst the global pandemic.
Bumpa officially launched in 2021, and powers digital commerce for millions of small businesses in Africa, where commerce is still heavily fragmented, and business owners are disenfranchised from digital and financial solutions. Bumpa gives African small business owners an easy way to sell online, manage their everyday operations, and engage their customers – all from their mobile phones.
As an executive with over two decades of experience with high-growth companies, Teasha Cable partnered with Jazmine Cable-Whitehurst to combine their expertise in business growth, analytics, and product development to change how businesses make decisions.
Across companies and industries, the team saw the same repeated trends: playmakers would lack the real-time information to evaluate growth, leaving them unable to make informed decisions on actions to take.
Consulting wasn’t scalable, so Teasha and Jazmine developed CModel, a comprehensive decision intelligence SaaS solution that enabled more leaders to obtain the insights they need to grow their businesses.
Years ago, Manuela Zoninsein began wondering, “Why do we manufacture a new container every time someone consumes a beverage?” Kadeya aims to eliminate single-use beverage containers forever while ensuring the same quality, convenience, and superior cost compared to the status quo.
Kadeya is the world’s first closed-loop beverage vending system. Kadeya’s patent-pending kiosk washes, sanitizes, inspects, and refills bottles, combining a bottling plant with a dishwasher and a soda fountain in a unit the size of a vending machine.
Kadeya’s focus is providing hydration solutions for the industrial workforce, for whom hydration is critical to performance and safety, and for whom the costs of single-use beverages (financial, health, and environmental) disproportionately impact.
Spun out of a graduate school business competition, Scripted aims to solve the massive provider shortage that may cause a crisis in our healthcare system by 2034. Scripted is the first marketplace that connects patients needing same-day care for common conditions with local in-person pharmacy providers that can prescribe.
The Scripted platform enables the mobilization of pharmacists to provide direct patient care for better, faster, and cheaper access to healthcare for the 99%.
Trez CEO and Cofounder Arthur Garcia grew up in the family restaurant business, where he helped with the back office work of payroll and bookkeeping. Continuing on that journey, he spent 17 years working in the payroll and accounting technology industry, where he recognized a large underserved market – the US Latino market.
Trez cofounders Arthur Garcia and Gustavo Suarez first met in 2019 when they both participated in the Stanford SLEI-Ed Program and in 2022, leveraged their combined industry experience to launch Trez, an all-in-one solution to help businesses with payroll, taxes, and benefits.
The CPG industry loses $1T annually due to out-of-stocks because shelf-level data is inaccurate and store visits are labor intensive. Wisy's proprietary computer vision and predictive analytics platform enables field personnel to automate store audits and gain rich novel data at the shelf level.
Unlike other solutions that run in the cloud and are not operational in stores with poor connectivity, Wisy’s on-device AI allows users to process data without an internet connection. The app processes data and produces results in milliseconds without connecting to the internet. Users get in-flight analytics regardless of where they are in the store.