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5×5 gives startups a shot to win $5,000. All you need is an idea and 5 minutes to pitch it.

October 5×5
October 26, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Start Garden 40 Pearl St NW Suite 200 Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Voting Closes: October 19, 2021 12:00 am
October 5×5
October 26, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Start Garden 40 Pearl St NW Suite 200 Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Voting Closes: October 19, 2021 12:00 am

October 5×5

Voting Closes: October 19, 2021 12:00 am
Lori Alburg
Can You Unlock It
"Can you Unlock It” is a digital platform that allows anyone to create a fun, shareable, personalized game for their loved one for their special occasion. How it works is the gift giver would log in to create a game, choose or create a secret word to unlock a digital puzzle, and generate clues leading to that secret word. The gift receiver is then sent personalized clues through text, social media, and emails where they would attempt to solve the puzzle via an interactive 3D model right from their device.
keyonna hall
The Jean Boutique
The Jean Boutique is a boutique that Caters to Women who wear the size 8-14. These women appear to have rounder bottoms and heavier bottom halves.
Rebecca Spann
Your Therapeutic Journey Apparel
I'm Rebecca Spann, a Licensed Professional Counselor, Private Practice Owner, Founder of Mental Health Clinicians of Color in Grand Rapids and the Owner of Your Therapeutic Journey Apparel. I have a passion for making sure historically underrepresented communities have access to mental health care and de-stigmatizing mental health. I created Your Therapeutic Journey Apparel to further the message of normalizing mental health care and issues. My audience is both mental health providers and those wanting to advocate for mental health. My teeshirt designs are intentionally unique to start conversations that can inspire people to seek help or to normalize.
Evan Hart
Towni
Platform allows service industry staff to share and monetize their local expertise with customers they encounter daily
Dexter Marzette
Dank Street Food Truck
We want to transform our Ghost Kitchen into a Food Truck in order to operate more days of the week & serve a wider variety of areas.
Breanna Hill
Healthy2Go Meal Co.
Flavorful, satisfying, grab-and-go meals that excite the tastebuds and happens to be healthy and 100% plant-based.
Renoulte Allen
The Designed Insight App
The Designed Insight App was created with minority college students in mind but empowers all students with real time solutions and access to college resources at their fingertips.
BeAnka Masefiade
CULTURE BOX
Hello! I am BeAnka and the name of my business is Caring for Children of Color. I created a product called the “Culture Box” that assist transracial foster and adoptive families in the daily hair and skin care of their children of Color.
Eric Freeman
Mindset Meals
Our vision is to make well-being accessible to underserved communities. Mindset will create brands, develop technologies and design products to provide affordable access to mental, physical and financial health. While our product roadmap encompasses a holistic view of a well-balanced life, we believe access to affordable, healthy food is the foundation.
Samantha Constantine
Natural & Sustainable Skin Care Products
I want to create a cruelty-free, vegan, natural and sustainable skin care line made in Norton Shores, MI.
Yamila Taylor
Nutrition Club
I'd like to bring a nutrition club to the Kellogg-Kentwood area to promote healthier lifestyle/eating habits by offering nutritional meal replacements, metabolism booting teas, and many more.
DEREK MOORE
Creative Art in a time of need!
The pandemic has caused much isolation and anxiety. Art is a great therapeutic way to release internal, creative ideas onto paper or canvas. I wish to provide novice artists of all ages an opportunity to virtually get creative and express their dreams and ideas.
Kushan Shah
Thigdu
Thigdu is mission of seeing denim waste as raw material and representing a new opportunity to design a circular system and give a new life to pre-and post-consumer denim waste. Along with being a sustainable company, Thigdu is going to launch with offering a range of lifestyle products as well as home décor products, all handmade by underprivileged women artisans from across India.
Sandra Jonick
U-Plant Landscape Designs
Create landscape designs for homeowners to install themselves.
Michael Noble
Noble Strong portable basketball shooting Rental
Noble Strong Training would like to purchase three portable basketball shooting machines as another way to build revenue for the company! Basketball shooting guns are machines that automatically pass the basketball back to the person who is shooting the basketball. With a portable shooting gun you can pack them for travel. We would be able to charge by the hour as well as take them to camps with us. Also we will be able to help hour local athletes become dynamic shooters!
Rodney Lyons
Reminder hand sanitizer dispensers
Eye catching multi functional hand sanitizer dispensers with a mobile app.
Ajamu Bernard
Bricks & Sticks: Mobility Training for Men
Most men are in PAIN...But I know the secret to a PAIN-FREE lifestyle. I will share those secrets with my Bricks & Sticks: mobility program.
Marisela Sierra
Panchita’s Tamales by Navarro’s
Tamales made from 100% from scratch. So delicious and authentic, they deserve to be in your local freezer section.
marta johnson
My Carbon Counter
My Carbon Counter helps people build planet-friendly habits to curb climate change. Users can measure, track, and build habits from a library of simple lifestyle shifts.
Damon Wolfe
Care Entree
Delicious, healthy and fresh meals made in Grand Rapids, delivered right to your home or office.
Darren Riley
JustAir
JustAir provides local air pollution monitoring solutions to cities to bring greater transparency into the disparities of air quality among our communities.
Olga Conde
BIG C. SEASONED SALSA
I HAVE A SEASONED SALSA IT IS A BLENED RECIPE WITH ALOT OF FLAVOR IT CAN BE USE TO COOK WITH AND TO EAT WITH CHIPS , CAN ALSO MAKE A FAT FREE DRESSING AND SANDWICH SPEARDS I HAVE THE MILD MEDIUM AND HOT , ALSO HAVE THREE GREEN SALSA ,JALAPENO , TOMATILLO , GREEN CHILI .
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