Over the summer, 15 local organizations advanced their social missions through the 14-week SEA Change Accelerator. From idea-stage concepts to established organizations to offer advice, mentorship and hands-on training from industry experts to advance their business plans that aim to generate a measurable social impact, the program will culminate with a pitch competition where up to $100,000 in seed funding, as well as other services and rewards, are up for grabs.
The pitch event will take place on August 22, beginning at 5:30 pm, at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch. More details and registration to come.
The 2018 cohort includes:
(descriptions provided by SEA Change)
1. POINT App connects volunteers and charities through technology. The app handles volunteer signup, check in, and hours – automatically saving charities and organizations time.
2. Brave Buddy is an app-based, modern imaginary friend that is safe for kids to talk to about anything, at anytime, via voice or text – interacting in the same manner they would a human friend. It helps patients address their anxiety and depression using cognitive behavioral therapy – known as CBT.
3. Open Sheet is an online platform that allows teachers to more easily create their own customizable worksheets and search for existing content.
4. Family Mentor Foundation is a non-profit currently striving to end the hunger issue throughout Columbus, Worthington, and Southwestern Schools.
5. Shatter allows women to post company/job reviews that are focused on factors that disproportionately affect women in the workplace. The goal is to connect talented women with exceptional companies that will treat them fairly, so that they can rise together and level the playing field.
6. PFNBC will provide a national personal training certificate for incarcerated women who have self-selected for the program. PFNBC will prepare them for employment in the fitness industry as well as to become relationship business entrepreneurs.
7. Background Me Not provides content and courses that help returning citizens explore and pursue higher education and career opportunities.
8. Team Willowbeez is a grass root, health-conscious food business with the community in mind.
9. My Story Time is a series of simple rhyming children’s books that cover healthcare topics.
10. People Helping People T-Shirts is a t-shirt subscription service. Each month subscribers receive a t-shirt (and possibly a card) that shares an uplifting and informative message of social impact and community. They provide youth at the Star House with jobs and skills needed to join the workforce.
11. Coding Futures is looking to be a lean, low-overhead software consultancy that makes a social impact through using the majority of its profits to offer free coding bootcamp services to the local Columbus area.
12. Lilac Pack is a company that provides new moms the products that they need to recover from their birth and to support their nursing goals.
13. Garden Box is a subscription service that makes gardening easy and accessible for all. They provide all the tools, seeds, and instructions needed to get started.
14. YXU has set out to empower individuals from various communities to tenaciously pursue their passions in order to better serve their communities. They do this through selling t-shirts and profit sharing with a different charitable cause each month.
15. Shadowport provides a platform that connects high school students to industry experience through micro-apprenticeships.