Ohio is a leader in technology and innovation. We are shedding our once “rustbelt” image and trading that in for modern, advanced, and disruptive ideas that are changing the way we live, work, and communicate with one another.
But what does it take to be a tech entrepreneur? Let’s talk with Rico Grant – founder of CrownMob. He, along with many others, are challenging the status quo and changing the face of technology in today's world.
As a young, Black man, who was the first in his family to graduate college, he represents the one percent of tech companies led by Black founders.
He is blazing a trail for a new generation to follow, and you can meet him on Monday, November 27 at the Royal Rhino Club, in Italian Village (993 North 4th Street, Columbus, Ohio). The event being held by <BLK_hack> will focus on creating diversity in the hair and beauty industry as well as using technology to scale and build businesses.
The panel will discuss the struggles of building and managing a business and how using technology has helped evolved each of their journeys. CrownMob is a digital platform, connecting consumers to ethnic hair creatives and retailers. The company was founded in March 2017 to serve the underserved black hair care market that Grant had grew up around all of his life.
“As a mobile platform, we allow consumers to connect with barbers/stylists and product retailers within the ethnic hair community,” said Ricardo Grant, founder of CrownMob.
Since its implementation, CrownMob has been recognized by SHEEN Magazine, ABC Network, the Voice of Black Cincinnati, and has also been accepted into a top 30 accelerator, Uptech Ideas. For more information about Rico and how he started his business, attend the Beauty and Hair Disrupt to learn more.
Royal Rhino Club (Italian Village)
993 North 4th Street
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
<BLK_hack> is a startup network that is engaged in the latest business, technology news and curator of Black digital culture. The organization helps African American entrepreneurs and people of color grow, nurture, and scale their businesses by providing access to an engaged and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem. <BLK_hack> is committed to innovating the solutions for creating more inclusion and diversity globally for startups, minority entrepreneurs, innovators, and technology enthusiasts.
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