Janoye Williams

Company: The Momentum Foundation (Junity)

Location: Glastonbury

Company/organization description

Junity is a free, and highly interactive mobile/web application that puts high school students first by placing them at the center of a collection of education, employment, and mentorship opportunities. Our platform fosters a network of youth services' program directors, and guidance counselors genuinely interested in getting local and talented youth, especially from underserved communities to engage with resources their community has to offer.

Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished?

In the last year, our team developed a proof of concept, raised over $120K in funding through various pitch competitions, secured the trademark for the Junity brand, and an IRS 501c3 Status. We are a 2020 UCONN Wolff competition finalist, CT EIA and Impact Award winner. We recently hired a UI/UX designer to curate user journeys, validation, and the overall design concept of our platform. We've also completed over 75 customer interviews. We are on track to launch our Hartford pilot program in Q3.

What type of entrepreneur are you?

Social Good - social enterprise or nonprofit focus

What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?

2020 UCONN's Innovation Quest, CCEI's Summer Fellowship Program, UCONN's Wolff Competition, CT Next EIA, reSET, UCONN PMBA Program, UCONN's UGC, UCONN TIP, CCEI's Get Seeded Event, CT DECD, and ton's of mentors from the various organizations and networks we've been fortunate to engage with.

Nominator Justification

Janoye Willains, founder of Junity, and 2020 Wolff New Venture Competition finalist, saw the problem facing underprivileged youth with not being connected to reliable resources and guidance counselors not being able to service youth effectively due to high ratios and lack of proper tools. He created Junity, a platform that will connect local high school students to local community resources aimed to assist them in education, employment, and mentoring opportunities.

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