It’s undeniable — startups are changing the world. Some of today’s most brilliant, recognizable brands began their journeys as small companies, with founders who worked endlessly to nurture and grow them into important parts of our everyday lives.
Unfortunately, many new companies are not started by people of color. And more inauspicious, even fewer are led by black women. In a time when talk of diversity is being discussed every other minute, the lack of visible black women founders is a problem. Maybe knowledge or exposure is to blame, but whatever the case, this needs to change.
Though somewhat of a unicorn, black female founders do exist. Take Blavity's very own Morgan DeBaun, for example!
With a diverse array of businesses, the following 11 incredible black women are breaking barriers by being super creative and inspiring other black women to jump into the game with them!
This mother and daughter super-duo, Ashlee Ammons and Kerry Schrader, worked together to create Mixtroz, an app that helps meeting people at networking events easier. In an interview with Startup Savant, they stated that the idea came to them “over the course of a Sunday evening conversation.”
The two women are the perfect pair for the project. Ammons was LeBron James’ first intern, as well as an events producer for big names such as Jay-Z, Coca-Cola, Leonardo DiCaprio and the queen herself, Oprah Winfrey. Her mom, Schrader, has an equally impressive resume, working more than 25 years for major companies that include Ford and Sears Holding Corporation.