Detroit Free Press
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Ashlee Trempus is the founder of “SignOn” a platform that aims to empower the deaf. Trempus was one of the three women-owned businesses to win a cash prize in a recent pitch competition hosted by the Michigan Woman’s Foundation.
Detroit Free Press
Three businesses owned by women have won cash in a “Shark Tank”-style competition dubbed EmpowerHER run by the Michigan Women’s Foundation and underwritten by the Ford Motor Co. Fund.
The Ford fund put up the prize money and an additional $90,000 for entrepreneur workshops and training.
Launch category: Motor City STEAM of Detroit, Alecia Gabriel, Chinonye Akunne and Deirdre Roberson won $7,500 and an optional $5,000 investment plus Mission Throttle investment/advisory services worth $7,500 and $1,000 via audience vote for the “Idea That Will Change the World.”
Motor City STEAM developed a program, based on market research to be a learning center engaging students, parents and the community vested in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics)-related education. The program uses a data-driven approach that includes hands-on experiences and lectures with accompanying field trips to facilitate integration of science as well as the arts.
Growth category: SignOn, Grosse Pointe Farms, Ashlee Trempus, won $10,000 and an optional $15,000 investment.
SignOn aims to empower the deaf by providing work opportunities utilizing their American Sign Language skills and paying a living wage. SignOn is a two-way live video portal that connects ASL learners to “ambassadors” for one-on-one ASL learning sessions.
Ideation category: Every Two Minutes, Huntington Woods, Erin Rose and Kayla Schindler, won $2,500.
Every Two Minutes creates mobile learning platforms to provide immersive prevention education, skills and on-demand tools at critical moments to help young people combat sexual violence and misconduct during college and post-graduation.
Other finalists received $1,000 each, and Women Who Weld of Detroit also won $7,500 in services from Mission Throttle.