TiE Atlanta Announces 2021 Cohort for Minority- and Women-Owned Business Program

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

TiE Atlanta is proud to announce the 2021 cohort of ACCESS, its entrepreneurship program that is aiming to close the mentoring and funding gap between women- and minority-owned businesses in the Southeast US.

The 2021 finalists hail from Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. They include (in alphabetical order):





Brown Toy Box

Terri-Nichelle Bradley

Brown Toy Box is developing educational toys and games for children, ages 4-12, that celebrates Black children while encouraging confident exploration of STEAM/STEM fields.



Roshawnna Novellus 

EnrichHER is a financial technology platform that matches revenue-generating companies led by women and founders of color to individual and institutional sources of funding.



Kimba Williams

Kushae by BK Naturals; KUSHAE is the first and Only OB/GYN created, full-suite of non-toxic feminine hygiene products for every woman...not just periods. Because taking care of your feminine hygiene happens more than once a month!


Moisture Love

Jeannell Darden 

Moisture Love - a vegan beauty brand that transforms curls with our proprietary Hydralure Technology, and helps women learn to confidently embrace their beauty.



Monica Williams

RedDrop + We are the solution for tween periods that addresses their needs now and will grow to continue to engage these young women through life with innovative solution focused solutions.



Malik McCray

Simpliworks is a programmatic acquisition platform helping traditional retailers launch and scale online with no experience.

North Carolina


Rekha Menon-Varma

Vertaeon LLC; Vertaeon's unique Risk Analytics Solution is a must-have for business leaders contending with data and information overload, yet missing potential risk events. Our analytics solution helps you synthesize and identify priority risk drivers like never before via a holistic approach covering multiple risk aspects and focus on synthesis for data-driven insights for risk mitigation.


These founders will go through mentoring for two months with assigned business leaders who will help them prepare from the ACCESS Pitch Day on August 28, 2021. The founders will compete for over $300,000 in investments and social grants towards their businesses.

The TiE ACCESS program, launched in 2020, aims to pave in-roads for minority and women-owned businesses to build their companies and networks not only here in Atlanta, but at an international scale, thanks to TiE Global’s international impact. The program is also seeking investors and mentors who’d like to give back to the 2021 cohort through mentoring, investing, promoting or co-sponsoring.

ACCESS is sponsored by email marketing service and automation platform company, Mailchimp; and Balentine, a wealth management firm.

TiE Atlanta Angels is the angel investment group of TiE Atlanta and has made over $7 million investments in over 20 companies, with a primary focus on high growth entrepreneurial startups in the Southeast US across all industries. The angel group has worked on a disciplined investment model and has invested in companies seeking Seed through Series A funding. Through this model, TiE Atlanta Angels has become one of the fastest growing, high impact angel groups in Southeast