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Demo Day: Inaugural UMSL DEI Accelerator Cohort

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Mike Bynum

Senior Associate of FedTech

Patrick Brown

Community Development Executive of Ameren

George Leno & Keiry "Katie" Holmes, Jr., PhD. & Moreno Bonnett

Co-Founders, Hire Henry

Charlene & Darren Lopez-Young & Young

Co-Founders, The Fattened Caf

Akeem Shannon

Founder, Flipstik

Michelle Robinson

Founder, DEMIblue Natural Nails

Darren Williams

Co-Founder, Assembly On Demand

Eric Love

Co-Founder, Assembly On Demand

Tyrean Lewis

Founder & Farmer, Heru Urban Farming

Dan Lauer

Executive Director of UMSL Accelerate

Monique Bynum

Managing Director of UMSL DEI Accelerator

Qui Tran

Executive Chef of Nudo House and Mai Lee

Meg O.

Media Personality

Kesha Kent

Best Selling Author, Podcast Host & National Diversity Leader

Lydia Caesar

Performing artist and co-founder, Sauce Records

Julia Li

Head of Social Impact and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for Thumbtack

Shayn Prapaisilp

Chief Operating Officer of STJ Group Holdings

Gwen Mizell

Vice President of Sustainability and Electrification and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Ameren

Zachary Goodman, M.D.

Director of Clinical Innovation for Express Scripts

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The UMSL DEI Accelerator is an 8-week pre-accelerator program, aimed at fueling growth for startups with diverse ownership. UMSL DEI Accelerator is powered by Ameren, Edward Jones, Express Scripts, and anonymous donors. Our work is made possible by the University of Missouri-St. Louis, our staff, and volunteers.

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Hire Henry

Hire Henry provides owners of commercial lawn care companies with collaborative robotics mowers. We use self-driving car technology to create the future for young workers in commercial lawn care.

Heru Urban Farming

Less than 1% of crops grown in Missouri actually feed its residents! Join our movement by turning this food desert into a food oasis!!

Assembly on Demand

Assembly done the right way, the first time. Guaranteed.

DEMIblue Natural Nails

DEMIblue is where a healthier you starts right at your fingertips.

The Fattened Caf

STL and BBQ go hand and hand! The Fattened Caf aims to put Filipino BBQ on the map in Saint Louis. You can find us at Earthbound Beer and Schnucks grocery stores.


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UMSL Accelerate

UMSL Accelerate serves as a catalyst for developing our students, faculty and community to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation.