Past Participants

Aimee Wehmeier, President and CEO of Paraquad

People with disabilities have the highest poverty rate of any minority group, which isn’t surprising considering that only 34% of working-age adults with disabilities are employed, compared to 77% of non-disabled adults. The Bloom Café provides job training and employment for those with disabilities to increase their financial independence.


Michael Kehoe, Founder and executive director of johego

In the United States, there are nearly 23 million social workers, police officers, teachers, nurses, and other public servants who regularly connect people in need with the services they need. However, these professionals most frequently must rely on word-of-mouth referrals, paper directories, and hours upon hours of Googling to do so, resulting in inefficient and, in some cases, ineffective care. Johego uses cutting-edge data science and grassroots community organizing to prioritize, collect, and verify information that is needed most by social service professionals.


Arriel Bivens-Biggs, Founder of Young Biz Kids

Young Biz Kidz is a non-profit organization established in November 2015.  The organization presents a positive, diverse and creative way to teach youth business and financial education. YBK’s purpose is to create a challenging interactive environment that prepares youth to effectively maneuver finances, encourage leadership, heighten critical thinking while, guiding them into entrepreneurship.


Katherine Anne Thomas-Dietz, Founder of Hope Creates

Hope Creates seeks to improve the lives of youths and young adults in recovery from addiction through the engagement of expressive arts and the development of related entrepreneurial skills.