Beam Impact helps connect consumers with social impact causes by turning purchases into nonprofit donations. Beam partners with brands committed to giving back and nonprofits committed to making a difference. Customers can shop from partner brands through the app, and donate a portion of their purchase to nonprofits at no cost. In 2021, donations made through Beam’s app funded over 7 million meals for food insecure communities, 250 hours of free therapy for Black and LGBTQ+ communities, and more.
Viveka Hulyalkar ‘15 and Alex Sadhu founded Beam Impact in 2017. Read their profile in Forbes here. Beam Impact was named on the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 list, and raised over $13 million in funding in 2022.
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Brevitē is a direct-to-consumer company that is on the path to be the most exciting backpack brand on the planet! The TikTok-viral company is entirely bootstrapped and has sold hundreds of thousands of backpacks and accessories. Brevitē’s product “The Jumper” was recently awarded the Red Dot Design Award for Product Design, the iF Design Award, the Good Design Award, and the IDEA Award. The company (a 2017 B-Lab alum) was co-founded by Brandon Kim, RISD ’18 (middle) with his brothers Dylan Kim (left) and Elliot Kim (right). In 2022, Brevitē is #604 on the Inc 5000 list.
Brevitē was recently profiled by Forbes and included on their Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2021.
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goTeff is a snack brand powered by Ethiopian super-grain teff. The versatile snack can be enjoyed as a straight-from-the-bag snack, or as a cereal, yoghurt topper, or as a crouton alternative for salads. Products are gluten, nut, and dairy free. The startup was profiled by Boston Globe.
Additionally, goTeff works directly with Ethiopian farmers to bolster their trade. Currently, goTeff is partners with Girls Gotta Run, an organization dedicated to helping girls stay in school. goTeff, a 2019 BVP Second Place winner, was founded by Saron Mechale, ‘19.
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includesign aims to empower disabled individuals in the product design process. Their leading product is the LapSnap, a versatile, adaptive basket for wheelchair users. Features include a collapsible frame, adjustable strap, convenient pockets, and a comfortable padded base.
Founder Diana Perkins Kamada, ‘20 was a 2020 B-Lab alum and won the grand prize at the Future of Grocery Retail Pitch Competition hosted by Ahold Delhaize USA Companies and Venture Café. Diana also recently joined the board of RAMP, a RI nonprofit dedicated to disability advocacy and education and served as a panelist on the National Disability Institute’s Webinar “Entrepreneurs with Disabilities: An Emerging Force.”
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Intus Care is a healthcare analytics platform that synthesizes financial, clinical, and administrative data to identify, correlate, and visualize trends in long-term care facilities. Their algorithm integrates electronic health records, claims, and accounting software to highlight clinical risks in patients and intuitively display organizational data. In this way, clinics can predict which patients are at the most risk, providing them with personalized and timely care, while reducing caretaker burnout.
Recently, Intus Care raised $3.1M in its second round of seed funding (having previously raised $2.3M) bringing its total to $5.4M. The investment round included Preface Ventures, Jumpstart Nova and Collab Capital, Concrete Rose Capital, Brown Angel Group, Green Egg Ventures, and strategic angel investor Brynn Putnam. Intus Care was a 2020 B-Lab First Place Winner and founded by (from left to right) Sam Prado, ‘21, Evan Jackson, ‘21, Robbie Felton, ‘21, and Alex Rothberg, ‘21.
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From left: Samuel Prado, Evan Jackson, Robbie Felton and Alexander Rothberg. Photo Credit: Nick Dentamaro