Communitas America Announces Communitas Ventures Cohort 6 Entrepreneurs
Updated: Apr 6
Communitas America is happy to announce the 20 ventures selected to participate in the 6th Cohort of the Communitas Ventures, a social impact accelerator program. This program is designed for social changemakers with creative and innovative ideas to create positive change in their communities. The following entrepreneurs showed community commitment, changemaker potential, a social impact creation plan and a sustainable business model that we believe will accelerate a vibrant and just economy.
“It is amazing to see more women and entrepreneurs of color tackling social issues with a business idea. These businesses are thriving and we hope to be a small step in their successful journeys.” Esmeralda Herrera, Director of Programs and Community Relations.
The entrepreneurs will spend the following 3 months connecting with fellow social entrepreneurs and developing business development skills to prepare them for a viable and operational social business within 6 months of completing the program.
The Communitas Ventures Cohort 6 entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas during a Demo Day in mid-June. Stay tuned for more details!
Here are our Cohort 6 entrepreneurs:
Lead by venture name
Art Defined Productions, founder Amira Mustapha
Bronx Institute for Urban Systems, founder Cesar Yoc
Collective Healing, founder Syrretta Martin
Danzartes Inc., founder Yasmar Cruz
First Tech Fund, founder Josue De Paz
Foodstream Network, founders Johanna Salazar, Bibiana Salazar and Richard Cumming
Happy Healthy Latina Inc, founder Yadira Garcia
Hera Health Solutions, founder Idicula Mathew
Journy, founder Darrell Bennett
KBM Medicinal Spices and Things, founders Faye Bonas, Ana Morán and Renee Keitt
Mott Haven Film Festival, founder Ninoska Alvarez
Nooks House, founder Chanookie Coit
Robleswrites Productions, founder Peggy Robles-Alvarado
Start Lighthouse, founder Rina Madhani
The Bronx Can, founder Jenn Fernandez
The Bronx Gaming Network, founder Rudy Blanco
The Infinite Seeds Foundation, founder Takisha Dozier
The Thinkubator, founder Edward Summers,
Trek the Bronx, founder Tanesha Jackson
Wilde, founder Concetta Gleason
Here’s what Communitas America team thinks about the program/is excited about:
“I am excited about these inspiring founders in our 6th Cohort joining our growing impact community.” Edward Greenwood, Strategic Partnerships Manager
“This is our biggest class yet and our most diverse in terms of the type of businesses and the potential for impact in their communities. I am excited to get to know them and see where their journey takes them.” Pres Adams, Head of Operations and Member Experience
“I’m looking forward to learning more about each entrepreneur and their mission. Each entrepreneur has a different force driving them and it’s wonderful to see the collaborations that come about from this cross-pollination of folks creating social change in their own unique way.” Alison Yanez-McKay, Communications Manager
About Communitas America
Our mission is to enable changemakers in local underserved communities to sustain and thrive. We believe that investing in changemakers rooted in local communities can drive innovation and positive social change, thus creating a social impact ecosystem whereby every changemaker is empowered and in turn inspires others.