On April 22, 2021, The Hidden Genius Project hosted its first-ever Genius Founders Showcase event, highlighting the young entrepreneurs in their inaugural Alumni Venture Seed Fund Program. During the event, these five Genius Founders pitched their incredible business ventures and shared the inspiration behind them. Plus, they also shared the knowledge they gained learning about the five phases of startup development in this 19-week program.

 WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT BELOW

MAIN STAGE

PANEL #1

Listen to Genius Founders — James Green, Co-Founder of FixMyKix, and Malik Poole, Founder of H.I.R.E — share the inspiration behind their business ideas and talk about their 5-month journey in our Alumni Venture Seed Fund program with moderator Janine O’Neill, Director, Talent at Sequoia Capital.

PANEL #2

Genius Founders — Ronald Bolden III, Founder of Fix Ya Ticket, Perry Irving, Founder of iCreateSkateboards, and Honorebel Walker, Founder of Divine, — highlight their experiences in our Alumni Venture Seed Fund and discuss the social impact of their businesses with moderator Erik Moore, Managing Director at Base Ventures.

Since the launch of the program in November 2020, the Alumni Venture Seed Fund program has provided each Genius Founder with:

100
hours of coaching and mentorship
100
hours of paid ad training
70
hours of programming
25,000
of seed funding
60
connections with industry-leading experts

MEET THE INAUGURAL COHORT

Honorebel Walker, OAK3 Hidden Genius Alum 

As an Oakland native, Honorebel Walker cultivated his skills as a strong leader through his experience as a varsity sports captain and resident assistant at his boarding school. His goals are to have ownership of his ideas, creativity, and designs that will help improve the conditions of Black men and women all over the world. 

Honorebel Walker is currently studying Design Engineering with a minor in architecture at the University of San Diego and is expected to graduate in 2023. When he graduates, Honorebel will continue to scale his company Divine, a personalized errand service, and open his own sustainable design company as a creative entrepreneur.

Connect with Honorebel on Linkedin HERE.

James Green, OAK4 Hidden Genius Alum

James Green, Co-Founder of Fixmykix, an online marketplace for shoe restoration and customization. James is from Oakland, CA, and has had a passion for entrepreneurship ever since he joined The Hidden Genius Project’s Intensive Immersion Program in 2016. 

He is now on a mission to launch Fixmykix into the App Store and continues to find innovative solutions to empower others in his community.

Connect with James on Linkedin HERE.

Perry Irving, OAK3 Hidden Genius Alum

Perry Irving, a 20-year-old technologist and skateboard enthusiast from Oakland, CA is the Founder of iCreateSkateboards. He developed iCreateSkateboards to help skaters design and create their own customizable skateboard using a mobile device. 

Perry is currently majoring in Computer Science at San Francisco State University and plans on using his degree to become a Software Engineer.

Connect with Perry on Linkedin HERE.

Ronald Bolden III, RICH1 Hidden Genius Alum

Born and raised in Pinole, CA, Ronald Bolden III is an 18-year-old sophomore at San Diego State University. He is currently studying Business Management with a focus in entrepreneurship and minoring in political science. After undergrad, Ronald plans on becoming a lawyer, with the ultimate goal of becoming a judge one day. 

During his time in the Intensive Immersion Program, Ronald blended his passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and law to create his tech project called Fix Ya Ticket, which aims to help people who receive traffic violations and educate them on ways to fight common infractions.

Connect with Ronald on Linkedin HERE.

Malik Poole, OAK3 Hidden Genius Alum

Malik Poole is a sophomore at Morehouse College majoring in Software Engineering. During his time in our Intensive Immersion Program, Malik created an app called H.I.R.E (Helping Inmates Reach Employment) to help formerly incarcerated people find job opportunities and fight recidivism. 

Now as a Youth Educator and avid social justice activist, Malik has inspired numerous young people to leverage technology to empower their communities through speaking engagements at Brothers Code, Fall Regional Conference for Region VI of NSBE, Know Your Rights Camp in Miami, the Remembrance Day Rally against Police Brutality and Community Violence, the Black Student’s Awards Night at Deer Valley High School, and several protests.

Connect with Malik on Linkedin HERE.

FOUNDING PROGRAM ARCHITECTS

Jackson Cummings
Investor, Salesforce Ventures

Jackson Georges Jr.
Vice President, Capital G

Zach Singleton
Sr. Product Manager, Marketplace Trust & Privacy Engineering, Uber

Joey Flores
Chief Marketing Officer, Chefling Inc. 

STARTUP PHASE COACHES

Andrew Overton
Co-Founder & CTO, Saga

Darian Chornodolsky
VP Platform Growth, Wirewax

Lisa Love
Co-Founder & CMO, Tanoshi

Tracy “Ty” Moore II
Executive Coach & Co-Founder, VeraVis

Jeremy Evans-Smith
Founder & CEO, Ascending

Shani Fox
Software Developer, Zippity, Inc.

Paul Navarro
Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP

Scott Hanselman
Partner Program Manager, Microsoft

Amhed Herrera
Software Engineering Lead, Dropbox

Eli Taylor
Sr. Software Engineering, Cypher LLC.

Glen Jarvis
Sr. Systems Engineer, Technology Solutions Group, SiriusXM Radio/Pandora

Adarius Bell
Designer, Jordan Brand Global, Nike

Alphonso Sensley II
VP – iOS Software Engineer II, Bank of America

Matthew Dedon
Attorney, Start Art Legal

Marisa Richardson
Director, Strategy Program Integration, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Benjamin Webley
Chief Marketing Officer, Scopely

Ted Paff
Founder, Bootstrap Thinking

Erik Moore
Managing Director, Base Ventures

Baris Akis
Co-Founder & President, Human Capital

Armaan Ali
Co-Founder & CEO, Human Capital

Kelly Littlepage
Founder & CEO, OneChronos

Suzeth Campos
University Recruiter, GoDaddy

Allison Caragan
Administrative Business Partner, Capital G 

Daniel Jhin Yoo
Founder, Goalbook

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