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2017 February Amber Grant Finalists

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Yuna Joung

Over the course of Yuna’s computer science career at Harvard, she attended several hackathons to gain more experience applying computer science to real world projects. However, a recurring problem she noticed was communication. She had trouble reaching management and similarly, the management struggled to reach the hackers.

The communication difficulties detracted from Yuna’s experience at these hackathons, so Yuna and a team created an event chatbot company called Bytesize. For attendees, this chatbot acts as a personal assistant for the event at hand. For organizers, the chatbot alleviates much of their burden from answering questions, allowing them to focus more on the other parts of the event that require their attention. Best of all, this all happens directly in Facebook Messenger, so both parties don’t have to worry about installing and setting up an entirely new app.

Folia Health
Nell Meosky Luo

Folia Health is developing a chronic disease patient management tool designed to decrease the time that patients and caregivers spend on coordinating care, while improving outcomes. At the moment, they are focused on helping the pediatric population. One of their main goals is to close the symptom data gap. The symptoms and treatment-related side effects that chronic disease patients experience can be instrumental in crafting a personalized care plan, but are often not communicated clearly to the provider. Folia is the solution to that problem.


Blossom & Vine
Sophie Felts

Blossom & Vine is a boutique floral design studio in Maryland. They provide the area with hand crafted, one of a kind, lush, nature inspired, love infused event flours. Whether you are planning a grand event or an intimate gathering, their team is experienced and ready to bring all floral visions to life.


Geren Imaging
Jennae Geren

The I Had a Dream Project is an innovative venture that bridges art, cinematography and journalism with the purpose of spreading an inspiring collective message of the human will, inner guidance and integrity, and conveys that despite any life circumstance, we can positively change our reality.

The Project features leading-edge Americans who were either born into an unusual and oppressive life circumstance or experienced a unique and major life change that steered the direction of their life completely. How they took control of steering their life onto a new and positive path is the collection of inspiring stories the I Had a Dream Project artistically captures.


Nature Mamma Body Care
Rachel Wheeler

After Rachel’s first child was born, she began checking the labels to everything her family ate and used on their bodies. After doing her own research she realized how many toxic ingredients were in every day formulas and it was shocking to her. This motivated Rachel to make her own body care products and is how Nature Mamma Body Care was born. Nature Mamma Body Care is homemade natural body care products, without all the harmful additives, fillers and harsh chemicals.


Gabby Bows
Rozalynn Goodwin

Gabby Bows is a creative barrett invented by 7yo, (Gabby) & her Mom. This new barrette is designed to secure the ends of pigtails, braids and twists. It’s Double-Face, Double-Snap Barrette, is a classic hair accessory that meets modern functionality and style.The Gabby bow promises to save you time, money, and frustration.
Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner Soon!

2017 January Amber Grant Finalists

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Bumbling Tranquility
Faith Sprigg

Bumbling Tranquility is a brand dedicated to self care and simple living with an emphasis on nurturing the body and unique spirit that is yours. As a massage therapist for the last 10 years, Faith has seen firsthand the positive effects of working with essential oils as aromatherapy and wants to share them for use in a setting outside the treatment room.


Abilities Discovered
Debbie Scacco, M.S.

Abilities Discovered uses art to help Youth ages 5-22 yrs old, with Autism Spectrum Disorder to improve behavior & gain better social skills.

Abilities Discovered uses Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy combined with Art Therapy techniques to teach life skills that will lead to future gainful employment.

Courage Cube
Rebekah Daoud

Rebekah started Courage Cube to help cheer up and encourage loved ones, friends, and coworkers that are going through a rough time. These people can be cancer patients, cancer survivors, caretakers or anyone dealing with chronic illness by delivering unique and inspirational gift packages (called Courage Cubes).

The Extendher
Maria Messier

Extendher is a patent-pending extender panel that clips on to any outerwear that has a zipper, and extends your garment’s usefulness instead of purchasing a full maternity coat. Extendher gives you that added room to grow for when you show. It’s adjustable pull toggles allow for a great fit throughout each stage of pregnancy.

Levity Products
Sarah Olsen

Four years ago Sarah’s son was born with Spina Bifida which lead to multiple surgeries over the years. After each surgery he would suffer greatly from bladder spasms caused by a medical device that was used to drain his bladder while he healed. After going through this a few times Sarah decided that there needed to be something done. She didn’t want to see her son suffer any longer. After much trial and error Sarah invented a new product. This new product not only worked but it sped up his recovery time immensely. Now Sarah’s goal is different. She’s on a mission to help Spina Bifida children all over the world suffer less than they already have to.

The Piggy Box
Esther Diaz

The Piggy Box is a fun and easy way for kids to manage money while teaching them sound budgeting principles and instilling ideas of “giving” at an early age. The Piggy Box is a new way to save money for today’s kids. It rethinks and reimagines how and what we teach our kids about important life principles. We hope you agree.

Congrats to our January Qualification Grant Finalists and as always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner Soon!

Our 2016 Amber Grant Finalists

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

After much debate amongst our Advisory board we’ve narrowed down our Amber Grant Finalists to Three. Congrats to NAJMTEK, GloveStix, and Yellow Scope! Please read to learn more about these inspiring women and their businesses.



Applicant: Sophie Ennadi – Visit NAJMTEK’s website here.

When Sophie’s daughter was six years old she was diagnosed with dyslexia. With Sophie’s strong background in engineering alongside 12 years of experience in product development she saw this as an opportunity. She wanted to create an adaptive and innovative learning tool for dyslexic people, to help them learn, read, and work without having dyslexia in the way. This is how the Ubook was created.

The UBook is the first all-in-one multi-touch laptop, an interactive technology that includes the first ever neurological “sign alphabet”, and assistive apps, especially designed for people having dyslexia to help them learn, work, and communicate with others without having dyslexia in the way.

Glove Stix


Applicant: Krista Woods – Visit GloveStix’s website here.

Have you ever caught a whiff of old sports gear? It smells awful. The smell is caused by bacteria that lives in the humid air of your sports gear. And every time you sweat… that odor increases. Most types of gloves and shoes are primarily made of leather making them virtually impossible to clean without compromising the shape or comfort to the athlete. Enter, GloveStix. GloveStix, are a patent pending odor management system for smelly sports gear. When placed into gloves or shoes after practice or games they absorb harmful moisture, eliminate odors and inhibit 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria growth in about 24 hrs.

Yellow Scope


Applicant: Marcie Colledge & Kelly McCollum – Visit Yellow Scope’s website here.

Yellow Scope was founded in 2014 by scientists and moms, Marcie Colledge and Kelly McCollum. Marcie and Kelly met in 2008 at their children’s elementary school as volunteers running the school’s STEM programs, including Family Science Nights and the Science Fair. Their “aha moment” was realizing how well they work together and how passionate they both are about science, girls, and education. Over the years, this grew into an idea to build a company that would help young girls fall in love with science. Thus Yellow Scope was born! At Yellow Scope, they make rigorous, creative (and fun!) science kits for girls. Each kit is lovingly assembled by hand in Portland, Oregon.

We will be announcing our second annual Amber Grant winner very soon – Stay Tuned!

Voting has already begun for our next Amber Grant on our voting page. So please stop by there and read about our newest qualification grant winners.

2016 December Amber Grant Finalists

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

ScriptoPro Inc.
Meena Singhal

ScriptoPro is an online assessment tool and learning management system that allows educators and trainers to develop and deliver quizzes, courses and training online, as well as track and report the progress of their learners through an engaging and intuitive interface.


Marcy Maslov

e-Factor!® is a business tool that helps diverse teams and leaders work better together ethically. It also helps protect you and your organization from unethical behavior. The game does this by creating a safe place to simulate work experiences and solve real-life business ethics dilemmas. In this environment it is possible to evaluate opportunities and consequences before taking an action that could cause an organization to lose clients or damage a companies professional reputation.


Better Way Goods, LLC
Alina Kravchenko

Swipensnap™ is a patented one hand diaper cream applicator. Invented by a mother who was faced with the struggles of applying diaper rash cream ointment onto her babies bottom. It provides more safety for your baby by allowing mothers and fathers to keep one hand on the baby at all times. Prevents contamination, if her hands were washed thoroughly. And it makes the process more clean and efficient by eliminating the need to wash the water resistant ointment off her hands.


Prodigi Kids
Karen Braveheart

Prodigi Kids was founded in 2013 by an attorney turned entrepreneur. As a mother of three young children, Karen saw a need for a plate that couldn’t be picked up from the table and thrown around the room. From there the Adi plate was born. Adi is a Stay-Put Plate, plate perfectly designed to prevent toddlers from hurling their plates of food in the air like frisbees.

This plate will finally allow parents everywhere to enjoy a peaceful meal with their family without having a plate hauled across the room!


Lucky Nutrition, LLC
Jamie Oberweger

Luckybar is the ONLY kids protein bar that has more protein than two eggs and has 30%-60% less sugar than the leading kids bar. The packaging is fun for kids, each one is a fun adventure featuring brother and sister Luke and Lucy Lucky, and every box includes 12 stickers! The best part is that kids love the bars and they are eating them, which means that we effectively changed meal time and snack time for kids everywhere.

Congrats to our December Qualification Grant Finalists and as always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner Soon!

2016 November Amber Grant Finalists

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Mom Made Peeks LLC
Emily Blomberg

As a mother of a 2 year old Emily would become very frustrated with the common onesie. There was no way to check her son’s diaper without undressing him or trying to peek through the leg of the diaper (which could leave her finger a little messy.) So she designed the Peek-a-poo onesie to solve this problem! This onesie has a unique design which allows the caregiver the ability to peek into the top of the diaper without taking off shoes, pants or unsnapping the onesie.


Autism Strong, LLC
Kelly Camp

When Kelly’s kids were diagnosed with autism, she was completely overwhelmed. She was thrown into a new world of special needs lingo, a new section of TriCare and medical care. She did as much research and absorbed as much information as she could, but she never felt it was enough.

Kelly wanted to do more to help her kids, but she had no idea what to do. She wished that there was a starter kit of sorts, that had a variety of tools to try out so she had somewhere to start. Instead of waiting around for someone to create it she decided to start one herself which is how Autism Strong Started.

Melissa Louie

SeniorHabitat is a free service that allows seniors and caregivers to find an appropriate senior residence, see tour availability in real-time, and instantly book an appointment for a tour through their website.


Sinkboss®, LLC.
Niloufar Gabbay

Sinkboss Baby is an all-in-one device that lets parents wash and dry baby bottles and other baby-ware sanitarily and easily while away from home or when space is limited. This U.S. Utility Patent protected product is the only complete sanitary and space saving solution to cleaning a baby’s feeding products while away from home.


Josiah’s Clubhouse LLC
Maria Mucci

Josiah’s Clubhouse’ goal is to provide affordable childcare services and become an active member of the community of Westville that advocates children’s and families’ welfare.


Glitter Rain Entertainment
Maya Jenkins

Glitter Rain is a team of producers based in Los Angeles, California, founded by Maya Jenkins. Glitter Rain Entertainment’s focus is creating entertaining and artistic content in the form of TV shows, videos, films, web series, sketches, and music.


Little Bird Photography
Jennifer Stevens

In 2015 Jennifer’s unborn daughter was deemed “incompatible with life” at 20 weeks. Before Jennifer lost her baby, she reached out to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (an organization that provides remembrance photography for parents suffering the loss of a baby) but they were too short handed to send someone. Shortly after her baby was born silently into the world. She was fortunate that the nurses at the hospital were comfortable enough to take a few photos of the baby, but Jennifer knows they would have been better had a photographer been able to come.

From there Jennifer’s passion for birth photography was born. Capturing the sacred time of birth and taking part of celebrating new life has been healing for her. Her plan is to capture maternity, birth, and newborn photos for families as a profitable business but to also offer the same services to families facing loss as a gift to keep her daughters light shining-to give her life meaning.

Congrats to our November Qualification Grant Finalists and as always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner Soon!

2016 October Amber Grant Finalists

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Guitars And Caffeine
Chelsea Clark

Guitars and Caffine is a guitar repair and restoration shop in Los Angele started by Chelsea. He goal is to make great quality repairs affordable to working musicians and help break through the sexism in the guitar manufacturing and repairing industry. She also uses the wood, parts and hardware from broken and neglected guitars to make new string instruments, those are called C.Sea Recycled.


Krista Woods

GloveStix are a patent pending odor management system for smelly sports gear. When placed into gloves or shoes after practice or games they absorb harmful moisture, eliminate odors and inhibit 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria growth in about 24 hrs.


Candesco Productions LLC
Giovanna Aguilar

Candesco Productions is a bilingual (Spanish) multimedia Digital Production Studio committed to producing original, thought-provoking multimedia content and events that engage audiences with the power of storytelling.
They create digital marketing strategies to drive audience engagement and brand loyalty for the budget-conscious client.


Hyper Wine, LLC
Haley Lynn

Hyper Wine plans to be more than just a coffee, espressso, and wine cafe to their customers. Hyper wine wants to welcome their customers to a positive environment where they can interact with one another, as well as the staff. The main goal of Hyper Wine is to inspire, motivate, and facilitate genuine connections between people.


Bloom Bras
Elyse Kaye

The Bloom Bra is a sports bra designed without underwire to work like a shelf to lift the breasts rather than squish the. The Bloom Bra distributes weight throughout the back and sides rather than putting pressure over the shoulders and across the ribs, allowing for natural movement of the breast and uninterrupted circulation of the body’s essential systems.


Sol Book Box
Vanessa Nielsen

Sol Book Box is a subscription service for Spanish children’s books. Every month, subscribers receive a themed box with a carefully curated book in Spanish as well as extra book-related objects that tie in to the story. With this service, parents can focus their time and energy elsewhere instead of trying to find high quality books in Spanish to help them raise bilingual bookworms.
Congrats to our October Qualification Grant Finalists and as always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner Soon!