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Alifya Valiji: Bringing Equal Access and Transparency to Early-Stage Fundraising

Alifya Valiji: Bringing Equal Access and Transparency to Early-Stage Fundraising
Alifya: Now, imagine you have this big idea that you know can change the world. You also have the motivation to spend hours, months, years working on the idea to make it come to life. What you don't have is the pocket money to get started. Your parents already gave you what they had, but you still need a little extra money to just get started. Who do you ask? Do you go on Shark Tank? What are your other options? The problem is...not everyone has access to the people or companies that can give you the seed capital to get started on their idea. Closed Round is changing that. We think everyone should have a fair shot at accessing the money from 'sharks' or venture capital investors!

Mei Lin Ng: Simplifying Family Organization Through Technology

Mei Lin Ng: Simplifying Family Organization Through Technology
Mei Lin: Did you know that family organization is time-consuming and eight times more likely to fall on women? On average, US women spend 4.4 hours on unpaid household work per day (compared to the 2.8 hours spent by men), and this unacknowledged work makes women three times more likely to exit the workforce than men. At Hearth Display, our mission is to make life easier for families (specifically for moms!) by using technology to lighten the mental load. Hearth replaces the analog bulletin board typically found in families' kitchens with a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing display—think of the 'Frame TV' but for family organization.

Kelsey Willock: Creating a New Access Point to Manage Personal Finance

Kelsey Willock: Creating a New Access Point to Manage Personal Finance
Kelsey: Aura is an emotionally intelligent financial wellness and investment platform that provides access points to financial markets for women and underserved individuals who have been locked out and left behind by the financial system. Aura leverages behavioral psychology to curate a hyper-personalized investment management tool that helps reduce stress and anxiety about money and improves financial returns. Aura also offers access to on-demand financial advice and community, so users do not have to face the journey alone.