Past Results and Program Alumni Network

We are proud to announce the inaugural winners of the Ingredients for Success Initiative! The program was highly competitive, with the three awardees chosen from a pool of more than 2,700 applications.

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Results of IFS 2021

Marcus Bullock

CEO of Flikshop
Marcus Bullock knew that he needed to figure out a way to leverage this love to help end recidivism around the globe. He created Flikshop, a platform that allows you to stay connected with your incarcerated loved one with no subscriptions and no hidden fees.

Carmen Thomas

CEO of Prosperity Market
Carmen Thomas is a co-founder Prosperity Market is a farmers market on wheels and a food truck in one, featuring black farmers, food producers, and chefs. We travel throughout LA, conveniently bringing a curated farmers market experience to you.

David Price

CEO of The Safety Pouch
David Price is the founder of The Safety Pouch is a removable document holder that stores and presents essential driving credentials needed for traffic stops to eliminate active reaching and movement within the vehicle in front of law enforcement.

Ian Grant

CEO of Umoja Fine Arts
Ian Grant is the founder of Umoja Fine Arts is an art publishing and distributing company that specializes in locally and internationally acclaimed art. Umoja was founded by Ian Grant, an art curator and expert of almost 40 years.

Tammeca Rochester

CEO of Harlem Cycle
Tammeca Rochester is the founder of Harlem Cycle, a community focused fitness studio teaching more than 3000+ Cardio focused classes a year. Annually they host the Cardio Glamping Retreat and the Harlem Cycle “Good to Great” instructor training program.

Tara Darnley

CEO of Peculiar Roots
Tara Darnley is the founder of Peculiar Roots, a clean beauty brand offering build-up free products for locs and natural hair. The brand was inspired not only by their cultural and ethnic roots tying back to Jamaica and Guyana, but the duo has had locs for over a decade.

D'seante Parks

CEO of 1000 MORE
D'seante Parks' solution for inefficiencies in the political market and is creating 1000 MORE. 1000 MORE is a civic empowerment app that allows Americans to disrupt the big lobby by removing barriers to civic engagement for communities who have traditionally been disenfranchised.

MeLisa Heath

CEO of MeLisa Chanele
MeLisa Heath is the founding owner of MeLisa Chanele LLC., a talent management and marketing agency revolutionizing and refining the creative management experience, primarily for Black artists.

Brittany Rhodes

CEO of Black Girl MATHgic
Created by Brittany Rhodes, the Black Girl MATHgic™ (BGM) Box is the first and only monthly subscription box curated to increase math confidence and decrease math anxiety in girls on a 3rd-8th grade math skill level.

Nancey Harris

CEO of Vontélle
Nancey Harris is a Co-founder of Vontélle, a platform founded to satisfy the demand for better-fitting vibrant, luxury eyewear designed and handcrafted to pay homage to the African, Caribbean and Latin diaspora. These designs are tailored to empower humanity to see the world through a cultural and global lens.
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