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Participants in Cohort 3 of “100Knoxville” announced

By Kailyn Lamb, Marketing Content Writer and Editor, PYA

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center has announced the participants for Cohort 3 of the “100Knoxville” program that will start in mid-January.

Continuing with the 5x5x5 approach, five founders will be matched with mentors for a five-week program. Each of the companies will also be given $5,000. Bank of America Knoxville is the sponsor for this cohort of 100Knoxville.

“Each member of this ‘100Knoxville’ cohort has a strong focus on positive social impact,” said Angelique Adams, a mentor with the program. “Our goal is to bring together these dedicated, resourceful founders in the Black community and give them the tools and connections to not only grow and sustain their businesses—but their communities as well.”

The members of Cohort 3 in alphabetical order are:

  • Jarius Bush of Good Guy Collective, which produces music projects and programming for hip-hop artists. The organization also offers resources and affordable resources with the goal to create a close-knit performing arts community.
  • Reico Hopewell of Hopewell Helping Hands, Inc., a business that aims to provide employment to men who may have difficulty finding jobs due to a less than perfect background. Hopewell Helping Hands does minor repair and upgrade work for businesses and homes.
  • Andrew Osakue of Soul Good Kitchen, a catering company that opened in Mechanicsville in 2021. The business also focuses on providing jobs and training to people in difficult times, as well as connecting them to different resources in the area.
  • Aly Taylor of Make a Way Foundation, LLC, which provides non-emergency medical transportation. This helps remove barriers to underserved urban and rural communities, increasing access to healthcare.
  • Kryshonna Wilson of Urz Professional, a spa that leases suits to individuals in the wellness industry. Wilson is an aesthetician, make-up artist, and owns a cosmetic line.

Applications for the next cohort are now being accepted.

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