2021 Elevate/Elevar Community Vote

The Elevate/Elevar Accelerator is a six-month entrepreneurship development program for Black & Latinx entrepreneurs. Through the Accelerator, we support founders with curriculum, connections, community, and access to capital through grants. We also support founders with interest-free loans in partnership with Kiva and a founder-focused investment fund. We aspire for the businesses we support to spark jobs and economic opportunities in North St. Louis City.

The community vote allows us to follow the lead of Black communities who have experienced generations of economic disinvestment. It allows us to activate community power, create space for community voice, and gives the communities we serve an opportunity to help us select what businesses do or do not come into their neighborhoods.

The Community Vote will be held from 2/22-2/25. We especially hope to hear from residents in wards 3 and 21. Type your address here to confirm your ward.

  1. Learn more about each finalist by clicking on their names to visit their websites or social media pages below.
  2. Scroll to the bottom to cast your ballot!
  3. Forward this link to your neighbors.

2021 Elevate/Elevar Finalists

Chantelle Nickson-Clark

Wine boutique with exclusive wines, beers, and more.

Ciara Imani May

Biodegradable hair extensions and synthetic hair recycling.

Daphne Benzaquen

Peruvian handmade bags and apparel made with minimal waste.

Dwight Cox

U.S based in-flight fuel transfer service for longer flights.

Estie Cruz-Curoe

Vegan certified manufacturer of frozen fresh black beans and sauces.

Jaquan Vassel

Custom-fitted diabetic shoes and insoles.

Jessica Black

Early learning center for children, including special needs.

Kionna Wells

3D printed self watering planters for office, home, and garden.

Laurence Reynolds

In-home private dining experience with an executive chef.

Melissa Douglass

Multi-state and virtual mental health counseling group.

Patrick Clapp

Coffee shop with ethically sourced coffee from Honduras.

Rachel Burns

Small batch ice cream with fresh and local ingredients.

Rashod O'Kelley

Cleaning and sanitation services for homes and businesses.

Reginald Jennings

Locally owned full service sewer and drain cleaning company.

Sara Patino

Locally made jewelry collection with recycled metals and gemstones.

Shamel Robinson

Chemical and acrylic free nail care salon.

Omi Kongo

Afrocentric handmade jewelry and healing services.

Shaunessi Tucker

Toxic free and vegan friendly detoxing deodorant.

Tiffany Jones

Handmade and custom blend herbs and essential oils.

Uniti Hicks

Gourmet butter toffee popcorn.

Tashara Earl

Stylish and wearable protective technology for low-light and hazardous environments.

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