Meet the Entrepreneurs In Our Fall 2022 Milestone Makers Cohort

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is thrilled to have the following entrepreneurs in its Fall 2022 Milestone Makers cohort, all working on companies focused on UN Sustainable Development Goals: Quality Education for All (#4), Decent Work and Economic Growth (#8), and Gender Equality (#5).

Milestone Makers is the Center’s flagship program, providing individualized mentorship and executive coaching, as well as access to the Center’s vast network of industry experts to help each founder with his or her milestone. Entrepreneurs in the Fall 2022 were hand selected after a competitive application process, and all hope to improve the lives of and support communities across the globe.

Find out more about the Milestone Makers program here. Applications are open for the Winter 2023 program are now open.

Adewale Yusuf
AltSchool Africa
USA / Africa

MILESTONE: Develop a scalable User Acquisition and retention strategy.

AltSchool Africa is an educational program designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge required to launch your tech career.

Allie Danziger

MILESTONE: Accelerate financial growth to get towards breakeven with a repeatable scalable process.

Ampersand enhances employee retention by ensuring mastery in key skills required for entry-level professionals.

Courtney Pettway

MILESTONE: Develop initial product roadmap to be able to demonstrate product journey and usability.

KidVestors is an interactive financial literacy curriculum that teaches kids and teens money and how to invest.

Cynthia Asije

MILESTONE: Expand retailer engagement strategy in the course of 12 weeks.

Craftmerce is a collaborative, online wholesale marketplace which connects African brands and products to international retail partners.

Deren Guler

MILESTONE: Refine our go-to-market strategy for Tekniverse in order to deepen engagement with existing customer base and expand to at least 2 new retailers.

Teknikio is a library of design, electronic, and craft toys intended for girls to inspire the next generation of inventors, makers, scientists, and engineers.

Favour Ori
Payday Africa

MILESTONE: Grow our user-base by 25% Month over Month for the next 3 months.

Payday Africa is a financial technology company helping Africans send and receive money globally.

Frances Rios
Latina Next

MILESTONE: Maintain a sustainable growth rate and engagement levels that demonstrate how dynamic our latina community is.

Women Who Lead is an organization that provides companies with the tools to attract, retain, and promote the best female talent.

Jennifer Williams

MILESTONE: Develop a go-to-market strategy for growth

DIVERSD is a DEI+I platform that helps businesses implement new diversity initiatives and scale their existing ones.

Kevin Osorno

MILESTONE: Refine product to inform scale.

Neoboard closes equity gaps in education by improving the interaction between students, administration, and professors through a centralized task automation and data analytics platform.

Natasha McDaniel
Lit for Life

MILESTONE: Develop a strategic business model (including value-based pricing).

Lit for Life offers culturally relevant reading and writing resources as well as family coaching and educational consulting services.

Thomas Larmena
Digital Learning Network

MILESTONE: Develop plans to expand project into other countries.

Digital Learning Network is replacing static hard-copy textbooks with digital textbooks on tablets or laptops at zero cost to developing countries.

Tolulope Falola
Digiscape Solutions Limited

MILESTONE: Develop a tech-enabled lease-to-own payment platform to increase sales, client acquisition and engagement.

DigiScape is a dynamic multi-disciplinary company with competencies ranging from energy management consultancy services, home & office automation systems, secure and back-up power systems, provision of technical manpower services as well as training and energy advocacy campaigns.

Tom-Chris Emewulu
Stars From All Nations

MILESTONE: Develop a scalable B2B process to accelerate growth.

Stars From All Nations (SFAN) is unlocking the potential of Africa’s young geniuses by helping them turn their passion into businesses and fulfilling careers.


This cohort is generously supported by Bank of the West BNP Paribas.


Learn more about the Milestone Makers program here.

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