Startup Showcase

Six exciting startups ranging from commercial ventures to social impact organizations presented at Thrive: Celebrating and Empowering Princeton's Black Alumni. Each startup featured a Princeton black alumni founder or member in the C-suite. A panel of judges selected the best presentation and the audience voted for the “Audience Choice” winner. Princeton Entrepreneurship Council sponsored the Startup Showcase, including monetary prizes.

Autism relationship app Hiki won both Judges’ Choice ($5,000) and Audience Choice ($1,000). Presented by Amira Karriem Artis ’09 and Jamil Karriem, Hiki is the first-ever relationship (friendship and dating) app specifically for the Autistic community. “Able” in Hawaiian, Hiki is available now for download at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Jamil Karriem and Amira Karriem Artis '09 of Hiki at Thrive

Jamil Karriem and Amira Karriem Artis '09 of Hiki. (Photo by Wright Seneres)

Also presenting at the Startup Showcase:

  • Kim Magloire ’84, founder of SciTech STEAM (education)
  • Bunmi Otegbade *19, founder of ManagerialCapital (human resources)
  • Michele Sconiers ’96, co-founder/head of business development at SPARE (fintech)
  • Gregory Ugwi ’08, co-founder and CEO of Thinknum (alt data)
  • Marc Washington ’97, founder and CEO of UR Labs (Uplifting Results) (foodtech)

“We were very pleased to see the volume of applications for the Startup Showcase at Thrive,” said Anne-Marie Maman ’84, executive director of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. “This robust engagement demonstrates that entrepreneurship is strong in our black alumni community. We look forward to continuing our engagement with all of these entrepreneurially minded alumni.”

PEC extends its thanks to the Startup Showcase team, including: 

Facilitator Dale G. Caldwell '82, Executive Director, FDU Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Judge Kamil Ali-Jackson '81, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc.
Judge Mark Johnson ’95, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Astra Capital Management
Judge Marilyn Agbeko Narh ’06, Product Management Leader, 98point6
Judge Jim Shepard ’78, Founder and Managing Partner, GenNx360 Capital Partners
Judge Trevor Wilkins ’13, Principal, Quake Capital Partners

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