Division of Small Business

First Founders Accelerator graduates its first class of entrepreneurs

First Founders Accelerator, a 12-week program that trains entrepreneurs of color and people from underrepresented communities how to build a business, graduated its first class recently.

The program is a collaboration between New Castle County Office of Economic Development, the Emerging Enterprise Center at New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, co-working space 1313 Innovation and Wilmington-based entrepreneur Garry Johnson III.

The first graduates of the program are:

Ireida Grabill of Language Liasions, a Wilmington-based language translations firm.

Constance Miles of TaMiCaRA Designs, which designs women’s ready-to-wear fashions

Kemba Hall, of HairSense, a haircare firm.

Moises Velazquez of Yummie Creative, an advertising and marketing firm.

Michael Shumate of Keyhole Games, developer of a video game called “The Outcasts: Guardian Angel.”

Geronimo Vannicola of WavLabs Studios, a music recording studio.

William Young and Amy Sassaman of Black Diamond, a branding and event firm.

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