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Bantunium Labs 2017 Virtual Demo Day

Atlanta Based Accelerator, Bantunium Labs, First Cohort Class Presents Live for Virtual Demo Day with the accelerator celebrating its first ever cohort graduation

Bantunium Labs, an Atlanta-based diversity & inclusion accelerator solving diversity in tech, presents the graduates of the Fall 2016 cohort at our live Virtual Demo Day on November 7, 2017 via Webinar. These companies will present the progress and launch of their companies over the last year in the inaugural Bantunium Labs Accelerate Program Cohort.

Graduation day highlights from Bantunium Labs’ cohort include:

Health & Eye Care subscription service, Optikal Contact Care

, founded by SueAnn Hollowell and Norman Stuart, is launching its own line of contact lenses to decrease eye health care costs, manufactured by X-Cel Specialty Contacts, makers of Extreme H2O.

Optikal Contact Care lenses are FDA approved, manufactured in the United States, and will be paired with their branded contact lens care kits for convenience and compliance.

The subscription service currently sells other contact lens brands but the Optikal brand will launch January 2018. (Pictured, SueAnn Hollowell and Norman Stuart)’

Music curation gets more sophisticated as noteXplore hits the Google Play store with the beta version of their app featuring playlist creation for Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.

Led by Austin Webster and nxt8 Inc, noteXplore quickly allows you to create playlists based on album and song credit data from your favorite songs. The full version of the app and the iOS version are due out in early 2018. (Pictured, Austin Webster and Wyclef Jean at Midem 2017 in France)

To RSVP for the live demo day, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bantunium-labs-virtual-demo-day-and-pitch-competition-fall-2017-tickets-38672961870

Sheffie Robinson, Founder of Bantunium Labs says, “We are excited to present our first companies to the world. It’s been a great year working with them and we look for more years to come. Bantunium Labs is a safe place for founders of color to grow, make mistakes, take risks, but ultimately be more prepared for the world ahead of them. This is only the beginning for the program and these founders.” (Pictured, Sheffie Robinson)

Current companies in the program but not graduating will have brief videos of their company available on the website during the live virtual demo day. These companies are:

*Hijabi Pop – A fashion and style subscription service for Muslim and modest women

*Elephant Ear Heaven – Midwest confections with southern flavor in a kiosk near you

*Bunkir – A mobile app to connect Medical Marijuana users with strain information and dispensaries

*Swissh Tech – Portable power sources for sustainable energy

*Area Live – A mobile app for venues and Coworking spaces to promote events

To RSVP for the live demo day, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bantunium-labs-virtual-demo-day-and-pitch-competition-fall-2017-tickets-38672961870

For more information about Bantunium Labs and its programs, email us at contact@bantunium.com.


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