On April 20, 2023, The Hidden Genius Project hosted its 3rd Annual Genius Founders Showcase event featuring the 2022-2023 cohort of the Alumni Venture Seed Fund program. Throughout the event, these five passionate alumni entrepreneurs pitched their inspirational business ventures in front of friends, families, connections, and investors. They also shared how much they learned in this 19-week startup program as it focused on strengthening their knowledge about the five phases of developing a new business. Check out some of the highlights below.
From November 2022 to April 2023, our 5-month Alumni Venture Seed Fund program has provided each Genius Founder with:
MEET OUR 2022-2023 GENIUS FOUNDERS
Gari’un Godfrey, RICH2 Hidden Genius Alum
Since joining The Hidden Genius Project’s Richmond 2 Cohort in 2018, Gari’un Godfrey has shown a desire to help his community. During his second summer, he created an app called ALERT to help promote local Bay Area businesses to citizens and tourists. Gari’un believes that if we spend more of our time and money focusing on local businesses, the overall community will continue to grow and improve.
Today Gari’un is an 18-year-old freshman and SEED Scholar at the University of California: Berkeley who’s majoring in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. His goal is to obtain his master’s degree and become a software engineer for a FAANG company while also giving back to the Bay Area by teaching students of color computer coding.
Connect with Gari’un on Linkedin HERE.
Jeremy Samuel, OAK5 Hidden Genius Alum
Jeremy Samuel is a third-year Computer Science major at Loyola University Maryland. After graduating, Jeremy wants to pursue a career in app/web development, with hopes to even start his own company. During his time in our Intensive Immersion Program, Jeremy sparked a new passion for using technology to solve often overlooked challenges. With his interest in music and computer programming, he combined the two to create DJU. This application is an online service that connects the party to a DJ by requesting songs without stopping the party.
Connect with Jeremy on Linkedin HERE.
Julian Wilson, OAK6 Hidden Genius Alum
My Name is Julian Wilson I am 18 years old and from Oakland, California. I got my love for coding during my time in The Hidden Genius Project, and it has inspired me to make my program centered around teaching youth data analytics. I am a student-athlete at Lehigh University majoring in Computer Science and Business. My project idea is to create a program that teaches data analytics to youth, combining the technology and sports field along with showing kids there are other ways to work in sports without having to physically play it.
Connect with Julian on Linkedin HERE.
Brandon Pierre Bazile, RICH2 Hidden Genius Alum
Brandon Pierre Bazile is a Youth Educator and an esteemed alumnus of The Hidden Genius Project’s Richmond Cohort 2. Brandon earned the “Best App” award at our 8th Annual End of Summer Celebration in 2019, and just 2 months after graduating from the program he went on to win the first Youth Pitch Competition at AfroTech–one of the largest multicultural tech conferences in the country.
Brandon aspires to build schools, lobby for the rights of the Black community, and increase Black representation on Wall Street. He is excited to continue building on his business ideas and further develop his skills as an entrepreneur and leader to funnel wealth back into communities of need. Now, as a rising junior studying computer science at Loyola Marymount University, Brandon is primed to become a key asset and leader in our 3rd Alumni Venture Seed Fund cohort.
Connect with Brandon on Linkedin HERE.
Langston Earl Scott, OAK4 Hidden Genius Alum
Langston Earl Scott, alum of Oakland Cohort 4 of OAK4, aims to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder develop motor, sensory and auditory skills through different learning skills ACC and LAMP. With a blueprint ready, Langston looks to set his ideas in motion through the Alumni Venture Seed Fund and create the platform and service functions of his business. He also looks forward to conducting intensive research and different applied practices while elevating his leadership skills to build a team and reach out to potential advocates, partners, and funders for his business, MOTIV3.
Connect with Langston on Linkedin HERE.
FOUNDING PROGRAM ARCHITECTS
Investor, Salesforce Ventures
Jackson Georges Jr.
Vice President, Capital G
Sr. Product Manager, Marketplace Trust & Privacy Engineering, Uber
Chief Marketing Officer, Chefling Inc.
Partner, Going Public PR
Keenan D. Williams
Co-Founder, President & Head of Partnerships, Rezi
Founding Executive Director, Colorwave
Founder & President, Going Public PR
Concept Development, Juxtapose
Princess K. Allen
Founder & CEO, Allspring
Co-Founder and CEO, Manycore
Corporate Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Founder, NFT Access
Foudner & CEO, Derisk.vc
Senior Analyst, Corporate Development – M&A Integration, Salesforce
Director, CRM Backcountry
Allison Baum Gates
General Partner, SemperVirens Venture Capital
Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Tanoshi
Daniel Jhin Yoo
Janine O’ Neill
Director, Talent, Sequoia Capital
Administrative Business Partner, Capital G
Barbara G. Robinson
Director, Client Contracting
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Director of Engineering, Learn In
VP Platform Growth, Wirewax
Senior Product Manager, Linkedin
Full Stack Software Engineer, Johnson & Johnson
Angel Investor and Advisor
Sr. Software Engineering, Cypher LLC.
VP Strategy, Interactive at Vimeo
Designer, Jordan Brand Global, Nike
Attorney, Start Art Legal
Founder, Bootstrap Thinking
Senior Product Manager, Carta
Director, Marketing ZO
Partner Program Manager, Microsoft
Manager, Social Media Operations, Analytics, and Influencers, Salesforce
Brandon J. Middleton-Pratt
Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati