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Meet the 4 Black-owned Austin startup companies getting $100K from Google

In the 2021 cohort of recipients are four Black startup founders from Austin.

AUSTIN, Texas — Four Black-owned startup companies in Austin are getting $100,000 each from Google as part of the company's "Google for Startups Black Founders Fund."

According to a release from Google, the program awards a total of $5 million to startup companies across the U.S. that have Black founders.

"Across the U.S., there are amazing Black startup founders who are building great companies yet are locked out of access to the funding that is critical to their success," the press release read.

The fund awards selected founders $100,000 in capital along with Google Cloud credits, Google.org ad grants and additional support to help their company grow, Google said.

In the 2021 cohort of recipients are four Black startup founders from Austin:

Riana Lynn of Journey Foods

Journey Foods is a portfolio intelligence and lifecycle management software for food development and innovation that helps address and manage the complete lifecycle of products from ideation to the marketplace. 

Credit: Google

Sterling Smith of Sandbox Commerce

Sandbox Commerce is a company that is essentially a WordPress for native mobile apps, allowing companies to have a "no-code" drag-and-drop solution for their app.

Credit: Google

Janice Omadeke of The Mentor Method

The Mentor Method uses software to help companies affordably match talent to mentors within their organization.

Credit: Google

Mbiyimoh Ghogomu of Tradeblock

Tradeblock aims to provide people an easy and secure way to trade sneakers online.

Credit: Google

Six other Black-founded startups in Dallas, Houston and Frisco, Texas, were also awarded assistance from Google.


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