The local minority-owned business scene is about to get an upgrade. Entrepreneurs participating in this year’s majority-minority accelerator cohort at 1909 in West Palm Beach will showcase their past six months of hustle this November at a hackathon-style event and pitch competition, where winning teams will receive funding for their startups. Below, we spotlight a few standouts.
Greg Barbosa, Beginning Beginners: Combining STEM and the arts to help older generations become more tech- and internet-literate.
David Beil and Nandini Jayaprasad, Chik Monk: These fourth-generation sustainable coffee growers are sourcing from their Rainforest Alliance–certified family farms in Chikmagalur, India, to reshape the narrative around Indian coffee.
Dionel Sylvester, HopperFit: A one-stop shop for fitness, nutrition, and recovery resources.
Saida Florexil, Imanyco: Creating devices, advocating, and improving communication accessibility for the hearing-loss community.
Jennifer Accius, Kärnl Moon: Forging spaces online and off for people to heal from trauma and grow spiritually.
Rodrigo Griesi, Neptunya: Tapping the ocean as a source of renewable “blue energy.”
Adrian Cole, VoiceBlasts: Developing a social network to empower podcasters to grow their audience and earn a living.