Business
August 26, 2022
August 26, 2022

OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2021

We are excited to partner with Official Black Wall Street to announce the winners and finalists of the 2nd annual OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year awards! These awards aim to highlight, celebrate, and provide equity-free funding to deserving Black entrepreneurs. The below winners will be awarded a total of $55,000 to help take their businesses to the next level. 
 
OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year 
Keewa Nurullah - Kido

Founded by Keewa Nurullah, a descendant of a Black Wall Street business owner, Kido is a children's shop focused on representation, inclusivity, and building community on the Southside of Chicago. Originally opened as a brick and mortar store, Kido adjusted to the closures brought on by Covid-19 by shifting resources into their online store and social media marketing. By growing their inventory and offering new services to meet the needs of families and children during lockdown, Kido continued to grow while also building a widespread community of families and customers nationwide. 

OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2021

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OBWS Black Innovator of the Year
Makeda Ricketts - PinkThink

PinkThink creates the first wearable device focused on making STEM education powerful, relevant, and engaging for girls. The cStyle Bracelets, invented by Makeda Ricketts, help teach the fundamentals of coding and programming via a web-based coding platform. By developing codes, girls can program their devices to animate with lights, track fitness activities, display time and date and more. PinkThink works directly with schools and organizations to build their community, and in 2020 shifted their strategy to sell directly to consumers online.  

OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2021
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OBWS Black Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Ivy Lawrence-Walls - Ivy Leaf Farms

Ivy Leaf Farms has given hope to Sunnyside, a historically Black neighborhood in Houston, Texas. To provide the local community with organic produce, Ivy Leaf Farms introduced a sliding scale community share program - helping all community members get quality food at a low cost, or zero cost to them. Committed to supporting and investing in historically Black and underserved communities in Housten, Ivy has built 2 school gardens, and 2 community gardens, and has created paths for future Black agriculturalists in the Housten area. 
OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2021

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