Where to Find Venture Backable Companies

Hillman Accelerator Class of 2018 Venture Capital

When considering whether to invest in technology startups investors tend to put their money in reputable businesses with the capacity to eventually exit. These decisions are typically made based on margins, market size, strategy, and scalability. As an accelerator focused on women and minority founders Hillman is a little different. We are a founder first accelerator. More simply put we first invest in founders and their product/service second. As we were in the recruiting season for the Hillman Class of ‘18 we realized something…. there are great technology companies and founders right under our noses.

The Home Team moving company Hillman 2018

Aside from being in the Hillman incubator program earlier this year, The Home Team is a recent graduate of gBETA pre accelerator through the Brandery. gBETA is a spin-off program of nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor. The program is a free seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at 5 teams, requires no fees, and no equity.

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In January of this year EXCITED  completed their first accelerator program in Puerto Rico with Parallel18. Parallel 18 welcomes innovators from around the globe to help them scale from Puerto Rico to global communities beyond the Island. Startups from over 48 countries have applied to Parallel18. Those who have gone through the entire acceleration program have seen results beyond their expectations.


Founder Kobi Wu and her team at VisuWall were the proud winners of Black Women Talk Tech Pitch Competition sponsored by Hillman. Black Women Talk Tech is an annual conference in New York City. The event is filling in the knowledge and resource gap that will help black women build billion dollar companies.



4. Viaggi

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Viaggi is a portfolio company of CincyTech. Cincy Tech transforms innovation into high performing life science and digital companies in Southwest Ohio. They provide advice and capital to entrepreneurs, help research institutions commercialize technology through startups, and catalyze investment from individuals and institutions into regional companies.

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MFB Fertility had the opportunity to present at the Digital Medicine and Medtech Showcase at Biotech Showcase™ 2018 this past January. The Biotech Showcase is an investor and networking conference for public and private biotech companies to meet with and present to investors and pharmaceutical executives during the course of the healthcare industry’s most important week of the year.

"It’s not hard to find great companies founded by underserved individuals. The hard part is narrowing down an overly qualified pool to a few select teams"- Candice Matthews, Executive Director of Hillman Accelerator.


Amanda Kranias