April 11, 2023

Investors and VCs Flock to Tulsa for ACT Accelerator’s Third Demo Day

You may have remembered when we revealed C3 companies last fall, but what you don’t know is how much grit and grind they put in during the program to reach the growth they’ve achieved 🌱

From developing new products and AB testing go-to-market strategies, to acquiring companies, building team, and even getting acquired (!!), these founders have impressed us on all accounts. And they’re JUST getting started.

Notion Espresso, Tulsa, OK

To match their momentum, we kicked it up a notch this year. We hosted a 3-day-long entrepreneurial experience to bring 30+ VCs, partners, and investors from all over the country to gather in Tulsa, OK.

We launched an intimate founder-investor mixer and dinner, followed by the our much-anticipated Demo Day. And thanks to our friends at Build in Tulsa, we ended the night with a beautiful banquet dinner to celebrate Cohort 3’s achievements with friends, family, and future (potential) investors 😉.

That wasn’t the end though. The following morning, some of the bolder VCs opted in to play some b-ball 🏀 with the ACT team, led by the reputable Taleya Mayberry-Smith (former pro-baller & Head of Ops). That’s how we kicked off VC Day — a jam-packed Friday where our founders (past & present) got the chance to connect with all the VCs in town.

Notion Espresso, Tulsa, OK

For those of you who missed out on Demo Day, as always, we got you. Shoutout to Fansub for the beautiful livestream and video to always look back on this momentous moment.

Watch Cohort 3’s Demo Day

Don’t have time to watch? Scroll down below to get the scoop on each of these stunning startups. (Listed alphabetically)

Cohort 3 Companies

Arbit | Venita Cooper 👟

Arbit is a pricing intelligence platform for the sneaker aftermarket. By analyzing existing prices to provide a sneaker’s fair market value, Arbit helps buyers & sellers make more informed choices.

Venita Cooper, Arbit

Athlytic | Ashton Keys 🏅

Athlytic helps student athletes leverage their image and name to connect with brands and secure partnerships. The platform allows high-achieving athletes pair with the perfect brands to maximize impact with high-quality content.

Ashton Keys, Athlytic

FundHub (formerly Freelance Soul Professional Services) | Tim Butler & Brandee Butler 💸

FundHub is the premier fundraising platform connecting grant seekers with eligible grant opportunities and professional writers in an all-in-one educational marketplace powered by AI.

Tim Butler, FundHub

Good Girl Chocolate | Dr. Tabatha Carr, ND 🍫

What if you could devour decadent chocolates, completely guilt-free? Good Girl Chocolate is leading the healthy charge on Bean to Bar chocolates that satisfies sweet tooths and health nuts alike, serving all lifestyles from being plant-based, gluten-free, paleo, keto, vegan, and more!

Dr. Tabatha Carr, Good Girl Chocolate

Infinity.careers | Naomi Thomas 🌏

Infinity.careers bridges the skills gap between education & the workforce by turning brands into universities. Jobseekers can train through the curriculum of tech careers that align with their interests, talents, and values. They were recently just acquired by STEMuli 🎉

Naomi Thomas, infinity.careers

kinkofa | Jourdan Brunson & Tameshia Rudd-Ridge 🫂

kinkofa is the only family history platform focused on connecting and reuniting Black families. Through a collaborative platform and DNA test kits, kinkofa allows Black folx to easily uncover, document, and preserve their unique origin stories.

Jourdan Brunson, kinkofa

Modi | Catalina Del Risco, Ileana Del Risco, Andrea Del Risco 👗

Modi is solving the $62 billion apparel problem of sizing returns by using machine learning and AI technology to transform the digital shopping experience. Better fits mean less returns and more profit for brands.

Ileana Del Risco, Modi

NurseBridge | Patience Gitau 🏥

NurseBridge is the Uber for medical staffing that connects healthcare professionals with the jobs they desire by using AI-powered analytics in an all-inclusive staffing platform.

The Red Tacos | Emmanuel Lujano, Jose Lujano, Citaly Lujano, Alma Lujano, Ma Refugio Haro 🌮

The Red Tacos’ mouth-watering Mexican birria tacos bring a level of care and authenticity that bolsters Tulsa’s growing culinary scene. Their secret is a multigenerational-old recipe turned into a “Secret Marinade” where people will finally get to make their own birria tacos at home!

Emmanuel Lujano, The Red Tacos

“What’s next?” 🤔

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ACT House

ACT House is the global platform for team formation and startup creation, by helping innovators find their Founder DNA, build teams and accelerate their companies through accelerator programs. With offices in Tallahassee, FL and now Tulsa, OK, through the years ACT House has partnered with companies like Microsoft, John Deere, NexCubed, and higher ed institutions to accelerate innovation ecosystems by transforming entrepreneurs.

ACT Tulsa

ACT Tulsa is a joint venture between ACT House and i2E. ACT Tulsa’s investment partners include: Biolchini Family Foundation, Coretz Family Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Schusterman Family Philanthropies, Swank Family Foundation, Vast Bank and the Zarrow Foundation.

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