“Six Black entrepreneurs took the stage for Pitch for Good: Black Founders Edition to pitch their businesses for up to $13,000 in financial grants, with three coming out as the ultimate winners: Dr. Erika Dillard, founder of PopCheck Technologies, Courtney Hale, founder of Super Money Kids Co., and Crowd Favorite Faye Pryor, founder of Potty Cap.”
PopCheck’s goal is to help patients recovery from surgeries without stress by using AI-enabled remote biosensors that detect potential post-operative problems.
“Launch Lane focuses on the equitable sourcing of companies, with the selection process utilizing a blind application to eliminate biases.”
If it was what she wanted, Erika Dillard wouldn’t struggle to find work as a physician. She has an M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and spent…
“As a physician entrepreneur, I favor processes that rely more on my science background because that is what I’m most familiar. That level of comfort can be thwarting to business particularly in healthcare with so many stakeholders and restrictions that can prolong getting a technology to market. As such, I must push myself to tackle those milestones that will achieve this in a time and resource efficient manner. Launch Lane has proven to deliver this value for its entrepreneurs through demonstrated expertise and ability to establish key connections to move our ventures forward.”
A new local partnership holds promise for creating research-based startups.