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About Us

Hi. Thanks for stopping by. The KINETIC startup team is really, really busy, building the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) of our platform. We hope to have it ready in quarter two or three of this year, 2021. Also, we have been making final preparations for our first annual conference, KINETIC-CON. The theme is “Funding Matters”. Since we were already talking to several people for customer discovery, we thought, “Why not bring everyone together for a conference?” So, here we are. Not only are we staying up late coding the KINETIC platform with cold pizza by our side, but we are also sending countless e-mails to make sure that all of our esteemed speakers are ready for KINETIC-CON.  We cannot forget about school, as many of us have full course loads of physics, financial management, statistics, and so on. Anyway, we are so passionate about this project and are happy to share with you our vision/mission. Now back to work, and see you at KINETIC-CON.

Vision/Mission

We envision a world where funding is available, accessible, and adequate for all people to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Leadership Team

Morgan Franklin, Marketing

Vanderbilt, University of Chicago

Kevin D. Johnson, Founder

Morehouse, MIT

Ariel Powell, Strategy

Howard, Duke

Jonah Travis, Outreach

Harvard, Columbia

Advisory Board*

Andrew J. Young — Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Civil Rights Activist

John Thompson — Chairman, Microsoft

Bill Aulet — Managing Director of Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Hakim “Chamillionaire” Seriki — Investor and former EIR at Upfront Ventures

*The board serves only in an advocate and mentor role. No compensation.

Our Brief Story

The KINETIC team, comprised of about 10 people, is a motley crew of determined, dedicated, and diligent young professionals who recognized an opportunity to solve a major problem: lack of economic justice in the United States. Yes, it’s a big problem, but we think that we can play an integral part in helping to solve the problem by making sure that funding for entrepreneurs is more equitably deployed. Most of us are graduate students pursuing our MBAs and running our own businesses, some of which in the last few weeks have received funding ranging from $1,000 to $1.5MM. Thus, we know quite intimately the problem that we are solving. We attend or have attended MIT, Morehouse, Howard, Harvard, Spelman, Stanford, and many other great institutions of higher learning. Despite our diverse backgrounds, we all share a love for entrepreneurship and the opportunity it presents for economic progress, especially for people who have historically been overlooked and undervalued. After much research (thanks Kauffman Foundation), thought, and painful deliberation, we decided to focus on building a platform that primarily helps entrepreneurs find, receive, and learn about funding, a necessity for any business to thrive. In short, this is our story, and we hope that you’ll join us on this exciting journey.

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