Celebrating Startup Milestones: Issue #2


It’s Monday, which means it’s time to celebrate some more startup milestones! We’ve compiled a list of ten local startups, all who are both supporting the local community and crushing their company goals.


You can check them all out below (of course) - and scroll to the bottom to submit your startup’s milestone!


Hani Azzam - Founder, Habibi Worldwide

Submitted: Aug 24, 2020


Habibi Worldwide is apparel inspired and designed by the Arab world. Nowadays more than ever, socks have become an item of fashion expression, and each pair makes a bold statement of Palestinian artistry and entrepreneurship to the communities across the world.

“As a small e-commerce business, Instagram is our company's lifeblood. Thanks to some well placed influencer marketing, we've managed to nearly 4x the size of our instagram following compared to the end of 2019!”

Connect with Hani on LinkedIn.


Mint Pattanan Ketthin - Founder & CEO, Rootastes

Submitted: Sept 7, 2020


Rootastes is an innovative workplace lunch service providing delicious, nutritionally-balanced meals, created by our in-house chef and delivered to local offices. With Rootastes, you're getting a hyper-personalized lunch experience that satisfies every eater.

As the Covid-19 pandemic hit in mid March, most of our clients have all started to work from home. For our corporate catering service, we have pivoted to 'Individually Packaged Lunch Bowls' delivered to frontline healthcare workers. While keeping our operations running, we have served more than 3000 hospital workers to date.
Another large pivot for our company during this time is we have expanded our services with another product line which is a farm fresh produce delivery service to homes. By delivering the same resources from Rootastes including meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, and produce from local and sustainable producers, we have been able to open our doors to the B2C market with minimal capital investment.”

Connect with Mint on LinkedIn.


Farouk Daher - Cofounder & CEO, Bizzy.co

Submitted: Aug 16, 2020


Bizzy is an online peer sharing platform that helps freelancers monetize their skills by providing them the tools and resources they need to start and grow their business.

Connect with Farouk on LinkedIn.


Tim Wallis - CEO, Turq.io

Submitted: Sept 15, 2020


Turq is a civic technology startup dedicated to bringing Americans democracy, directly, through the power of open source legislation.

“1) Launched our MVP to enable citizens to collaborate on legislation, thereby improving people's lives by making the law work for us.
2) Got our first customers which enabled us to deliver legislation to State Legislatures.
3) Improved our product by leaps and bounds as we incorporated feedback from users.”

Connect with Tim on LinkedIn.


Jacqueline Hampton - Founder & CEO, Portico

Submitted: Sept 15, 2020


Portico is the ultimate travel organizer for avid travelers who enjoy curating their own trips. Portico bridges the gap between inspiration and planning, providing a single place to save all your ideas (e.g., a restaurant suggestion from a friend, a cool blog article or forwarding flight confirmations) and enhancing that with maps and smart alerts.

Connect with Jacqueline on LinkedIn.


Justin Andrew - Founder & CEO, Urja

Submitted: Aug 20, 2020


URJA is the only 100% cold filtered, never heat-treated Organic Coconut Water in the market.

“Amid the pandemic, we were able to quickly setup an e-commerce storefront to sell our products online. That helped us to reach out to our customers, Who otherwise would not have had the option to do in store shopping.”

Connect with Justin on LinkedIn.


John Roberts - Cofounder, Sevwins

Submitted: Sept 18, 2020


Sevwins is a new app that transforms coaches into mentors and trains student-athletes to live their best life. Athletes gain clarity and focus through a seven-day cadence of goal setting, assessment, and reflection. Coaches gain critical insight into the mindset of their athletes. The app triggers the mind, body, and spirit to work together to enhance performance on and off the field.

“It's been a big year for Sevwins. We launched our initial MVP beta late spring and received our first paying customer in August.”

Connect with John on LinkedIn.


Jesse Pacheco - CEO, Drone Forward Incorporated

Submitted: Aug 17, 2020


Drone Forward Incorporated is an education nonprofit dedicated to providing underrepresented and underprivileged youth with exposure to viable future career opportunities in drone/robotics/technology industries. Drone Forward Incorporated (DFI) programs span from vocational pursuits to preparing the next generation of diverse drone/robotics executives.

Connect with Jesse on LinkedIn.


Corey Martin - Founder & CEO, Spotlight Safety

Submitted: Sept 10, 2020


Spotlight Safety provides high quality safety consulting and training for organizations in biotech, life sciences, manufacturing, and academia.

“Spotlight Safety successfully relocated from Chattanooga, TN to Cambridge, MA in March 2020.
After a few challenging months marked by limited networking opportunities and an uncertain landscape, Spotlight Safety has built a solid, local foundation of clients and connections.
We're excited to continue to build, grow, and innovate as we move toward the end of the year."

Connect with Corey on LinkedIn.


Dhruv Bhardwaj - Cofounder, Supervek

Submitted on: Aug 20, 2020


Supervek is a fashion company that is here to empower you to make a statement and stand by it. Their vision is to bring out alternative ideas and products to life that not only complement today’s lifestyle but, over time, also define them.

Connect with Dhruv on LinkedIn.


Submit Your Milestone


It’s so important to celebrate the small wins you and your team are accomplishing along the way.


Have you made a new hire? Launched your LLC? Came up with a new onboarding process? Locked in your 20th customer? Regardless as to what it is - we want to know!


So, what as your team accomplished this year? Let us know by filling out this short form. We can’t wait to celebrate you!


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