Meet the Entrepreneurs In Our Fall 2023 Milestone Makers Cohort

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is thrilled to have these incredible entrepreneurs in our Fall 2023 Milestone Makers cohort, all working on companies focused on UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Fall 2023 cohort supports entrepreneurs focused on Sustainable Cities & Communities (#11) and Affordable & Clean Energy (#7).

Milestone Makers is the Center’s flagship program, providing individualized mentorship and executive coaching and access to the Center’s vast network of industry experts to help each founder with his or her milestone. Entrepreneurs in the Fall 2023 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 for the Winter 2023/2024 cohort are now open. This cohort supports entrepreneurs focused on Quality Education for All (#4), Decent Work and Economic Growth (#8), and Gender Equality (#5). Applications are due by October 30th, 2023.


Benedict Owanga
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Energy and Technology

MILESTONE: Producing and selling 25 products that will lead to 200% growth in production

Owanga offers Battery as a Service, giving businesses and homes in Africa the opportunity to reduce their dependence on traditional energy sources and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Berardo Matalucci
MiMiC Systems
New York, NY, United States
Sustainability/ Climate Tech

MILESTONE: Optimize GTM Strategy to inform approach to scaling and partnerships

MIMiC Systems Inc. leverages solid-state technology to reduce carbon emissions, enhance comfort, and minimize maintenance in the next generation of heating and cooling systems.

Christopher Chileshe
Seattle, WA, United States

MILESTONE: Launch sales forecasting tool to accelerate path to break-even.

Aiponics Inc. is sustainably transforming the agricultural landscape by improving farming techniques and yields in Africa through innovative technology.

Daniela Osio
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Procurement and Sustainability Tech

MILESTONE:  Optimize go-to-market to inform scale.

Kloopify is a sustainable procurement platform that empowers procurement with data, analytics, and visibility into the environmental impact of all suppliers, commodities, and transactions.

Joshua Mastromatto
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Circular Economy

MILESTONE: Validate or invalidate a new product offering

Rego works with multifamily communities to provide residents with the next generation of sustainable waste management for furniture and other large items.

Kala Fleming
Frontline Gig
Brooklyn, NY, United States
Heating and Cooling

MILESTONE: Build and validate a scalable sales pipeline.

Frontline Gig is an on-demand, gig staffing platform for green jobs helping to ensure all communities have access to clean, green spaces.

Lumbie Mlambo
JB Dondolo

MILESTONE: Refine revenue model for sustainable growth.

JB Dondolo provides clean water, sanitation, and hygiene programs (WASH) to underserved and impoverished communities in Africa and the USA who lack access to clean water.

Mat Ilic
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Cleantech and Edtech

MILESTONE: Build and test a new pricing model with at least one new customer.

Greenworkx is building the skilled trade workforce to deliver net-zero homes and roads with an app getting people the skills for green jobs and matching them with employers.

Seun Adeyemo
Renewable Energy

MILESTONE: Plan and streamline manufacturing and supply chain for scalability.

CleanMeter is on a mission to eliminate the high cost of acquisition as a barrier to clean energy for households to address the rising energy poverty crisis.

Tammira Lucas
The Cube Cowork
Baltimore, MD, United States
Coworking/Real Estate

MILESTONE: Create a 1 year growth strategy that allows me to focus on increasing membership and launch our corporate memberships

The Cube Cowork not only provides coworking memberships, private offices, and virtual mailing addresses but also focuses on helping parents and entrepreneurs by helping them balance their families and careers.

Uju Uzo-Ojinnaka
Traders of Africa

MILESTONE: Optimization of my team for scale.

Traders of Africa (TOFA) strives to continually facilitate trade with and within Africa by providing a safe platform dedicated to solving issues of trust and acceptable payment terms for both buyers and African suppliers.


Learn more about the Milestone Makers program here.

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