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Seven Black Fraternity and Sorority Member-Owned Startups Awarded Google ‘Black Founders Fund’ Funding of $100,000 Each

Google for Startups recently announced announced its list of 50 recipients for its Black Founders Fund and seven of the founders named are members of Black fraternities and sororities.

The seven founders who represent Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi and Delta Sigma Theta each received $100,000 in non-dilutive funding for their respective startups as well as Cloud credits, Ads grants, and hands-on support to help their startups grow through Goodie Nation, whose founder and CEO, Joey Womack, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

We at Watch The Yard would like to congratulate the following founders on this huge achievement.

Courtney CulmerUplevel Communications – Alpha Kappa Alpha

“Uplevel is an online job marketplace that connects companies with experienced freelance writers and strategic communications consultants who create high quality content for various stakeholder audiences.”

Fatima DickoSugar – Delta Sigma Theta


“Sugar is a modern resident experience platform that helps property managers simplify on-site operations and build vibrant communities.”

Hassan RiggsSmart Alto – Alpha Phi Alpha


“Smart Alto is the simplest way for you to find a list of homeowners and set a meeting without cold calling or paying for expensive seller leads.”

Jeff Osuji Eventnoire – Alpha Phi Alpha

“Eventnoire is the premiere marketplace for events that celebrate and embrace Black people and culture.”

Kim GastonChewbox – Kappa Alpha Psi

“Chewbox is a venture-backed startup delivering a groundbreaking on-schedule software-as-a-service (SaaS) that enables food service companies and their customers to exponentially decrease the cost of manufacturing, distributing, and purchasing meals disrupting the $3T global food services market.”

Lauren WilsonImIn – Alpha Kappa Alpha

“ImIn, Inc. is a software as a service start-up that provides flexibility of work through its mobile application. The company uses its software, ImIn, to provide available hours to its on-demand population and has been particularly focused in the call center industry.”

Philip HickmanPlaBook – Alpha Phi Alpha

“An Innovative reading technology that uses artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and speech recognition to help children learn how to read”

We at Watch The Yard would like to congratulate these brothers and sisters and are excited to see what they do with this huge opportunity.

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