Bank of America and Newlab on Tuesday announced the launch of Innovator Spotlight, an initiative supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs with the power to apply transformative technology to the things that matter. Through Innovator Spotlight, partners aim to fill critical gaps in representation and support diversity and inclusion in the tech industry across race, ethnicity, gender identity and gender. sexual orientation. Sponsored by Bank of America and Newlab, seven companies led by founders from under-represented backgrounds each secured a 12-month Newlab membership, which grants access to Newlab’s 84,000 square foot space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, its large community of members and extensive global network. , and on-site product development resources to help them build and grow their businesses.
In April 2021, Bank of America and Newlab launched an open appeal inviting start-up tech companies led by under-represented founders to apply for membership through Innovator Spotlight. The seven companies, selected from a competitive pool of global applicants, represent founders from backgrounds historically under-represented in the tech industry.
The following seven companies, working across a range of verticals in connected systems, robotics, biotechnology, energy, AI, additive manufacturing, wearable technology and agtech, have been selected to participate in the program. Innovator Spotlight:
COI Energy is an energy analysis platform to eliminate energy waste, improve energy efficiency, monetize excess energy capacity and improve energy equity.
SaLisa L. Berrien, Founder and CEO of COI Energy, has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of electrical energy and smart grids. She has worked in electric utilities, smart grids, clean technology and big data analytics companies. She is originally from Bethlehem, PA and lives in NYC, NY & Tampa, FL.
Boa Wrapz, a women-led wearable fitness tech start-up based in Brooklyn, NY, created the first smart workout glove and wrist guard with distinctive technology that adapts to the fitness routine. shaped like a user while providing optimal wrist support. The company seeks to design and commercialize wearable technologies for the mainstream sports and fitness industries.
Tishana Darden, CEO and Co-Founder of Boa Wrapz, has over 24 years in the financial services and human resources industries. For the past 16 years, she has been responsible for delivering HR operational metrics, which includes developing and executing HR strategies and programs / services to attract, develop and retain a workforce highly engaged and differentiating that enables the execution of business and human capital strategies.
Nikeema Watkins, COO / Co-Founder of Boa Wrapz, has a BA in Psychology from Touro College and an AA in Liberal Arts from Kingsborough Community College. She began her career in education and prides herself on being an educator who motivates, supports and advocates for students with special needs.
Future Acres is developing sustainable, advanced and intelligent farming tools to modernize the American farm starting with a
Autonomous harvester, Carry, which increases the efficiency of agricultural production and the safety of farm workers by aiding in the transport of crops, a seemingly simple task that, in reality, requires 30-40% of the time and energy of a farm worker.
Suma Reddy is the co-founder and CEO of Future Acres, based in Santa Monica, California. She has founded three companies in the fields of agritech and climate technology, is active in inclusive tech communities, serves on the Scale for ClimateTech advisory board, and teaches at the NYC School of Visual Arts.
Re-Nuble is an agricultural technology company that uses life cycle science to transform sunk vegetative food byproducts into a sustainable technology platform for soilless agriculture.
Re-Nuble founder Tinia Pina holds a bachelor’s degree in business information technology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She began her career in sustainability as a former student pursuing a Master of Science degree at Columbia Uni-
versity before becoming CEO and Founder of Re-Nuble, Inc., a New York-based agricultural technology company. A strong advocate for sustainable waste management, regenerative agriculture and urban resilience, she has been involved in management and business development roles within the sustainability industry for ten years. She is from Woodbridge, Virginia.
VoxCell BioInnovation is developing a set of tools capable of fabricating truly biomimetic tissue models with vascular system for in vitro drug testing. VoxCell proprietary bioinks, in vitro vascularized cancer tissue models, 3D structure software and 3D bio-printer enable independent fabrication of vascularized models.
Dr. Karolina Valente was born in Brazil and is the Founder and CEO of VoxCell BioInnovation, a biotechnology company located in Victoria, Canada. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria.
Teknikio makes STEM accessible for girls with over 20 award-winning EdTech products related to engineering, electronics and computer concepts. The company’s mission is to help dreamers become inventors.