September 9, 2020

Underrepresented Founders From August 2020

At KingsCrowd, we want to be part of the democratization of startup investing. We also want to do what we can to uplift underrepresented founders. To those goals, we have put together all the active Top Deals, Deals to Watch, Neutral Deals, and Founder Profiles from August 2020 that feature traditionally underrepresented founders.

 

Top Deals

Kiwibot

Kiwibot is a robotic delivery company deploying a fleet of small, box-like autonomous vehicles to carry items to and fro on city sidewalks. Kiwibots can hold food deliveries, grocery deliveries, or any other type of parcel that needs to move from one place to another. The robots navigate streets independently, intelligently avoid obstacles, detect sidewalks and corners, and make their way along routes between the sender and receiver.

 

Deals to Watch

Gleantap.ai

Gleantap.ai provides gym membership management software that takes individual customer data and unifies it to create a “single view” of that customer. The owners of fitness and health clubs can use this data to acquire customers through advertising and marketing. With information from a person’s social media accounts, financial records, and more, Gleantap can determine what kind of information to send out and when to do it. The startup’s support services involve lead and appointment management, as well as related features.

 

Neutral Deals

Ollie Gray

Ollie Gray is a maternity and motherhood fashion company infusing style and functionality into staple pieces for pregnant and postpartum women. Currently, Ollie Gray offers one flagship product in a number of colors and styles: the Anywhere Bra — a two-in-one pumping and nursing bra for breastfeeding moms. The company also plans to expand into dresses, shoes, tops, pants, and more.

 

Eli Electric Vehicles

Eli Electric Vehicles has reinvented the car so that it fits modern usage — short, local trips on congested and busy roadways. The company makes the Eli ZERO. It’s a small electric car that can charge from any basic outlet in just five hours. One charge can cover up to 50 miles. The Eli ZERO is expected to retail at under $12,000, making it an affordable and practical microcar for urban drivers.

 

Founder Profiles

LiteraSeed

LiteraSeed has created a solution to overcome communication barriers in medical care. Through a graphic interface that provides visual aids, patients can report what they are experiencing to doctors. The patients receive recommendations based on what they reported, and doctors receive specific reports of what the patient is experiencing. We spoke with founder Aziza Ismail about the all-too-personal experience that inspired her to make LiteraSeed as well as what potential investors should know about the company.

 

SAM Email by Airto

SAM Email is creating email tech that can display real time information (such as store inventory or airline seats) and allow consumers to interact directly in the email. The company is starting with airlines but has plans to expand into many other verticals. We sat down with founder and CEO Shi Li to talk about email’s current stagnation and just what makes the SAM Email team perfectly suited to tackle this problem.


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About: Aryelle Young

Aryelle Young is a published writer and editor with experience across industries. She has worked with an independent publishing company and as a proposal writer for a government contractor. Her original work has also been published in various journals and one short story collection. At KingsCrowd, she strives to provide insightful and actionable content for all readers. Aryelle graduated with a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University.

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