All scholarships for this cohort were made possible by female investors who are committed to the future of Miami. Special thanks to: Tere Blanca, Leslie Miller Saiontz, CL Conroy, Ruth Admire, Dr. Elizabeth Leight, Stephanie Ansin, Michelle Huttenhoff, and the William J. and Isobel G. Clarke Foundation.

Ariel Zirulnick

Director The New Tropic

Local media startup that connects people to their cities through storytelling and events. 


Ashley Mayfaire

Co-Founder and Director of Operations TransSOCIAL

Trans-led nonprofit working to build LGBTQ+ unity and expand community resources and support.


Cristina Rodriguez

President and Co-Founder Mind & Melody

Nonprofit that creates novel music programs at healthcare facilities to improve the quality of life for individuals with neurological impairments like dementia.


Della Heiman

Founder and CEO The Wynwood Yard

Culinary incubator and community hub designed to foster the development of innovative Miami-based food, culture, design, and fitness entrepreneurs.

Elyssa Linares

President and CEO Communities in Schools of Miami

Nonprofit providing wraparound resources to help students succeed.

Greg Bloom

Founder and Leader Open Referral

Open-access platform that enables people in need to get accurate information about social services available in their region.



Jennifer Pierre

Founder and CEO Melanites

Toy company that creates diverse toys, storybooks, and games that celebrate brown boyhood and inspire children of color to dream big.

Jordan Magid

Founder and CEO Unconventional

Art production agency beautifying neighborhoods, strengthening relationships, and inspiring citizenship.



P. Scott Cunningham

Founder and Director O, Miami

Annual festival with the goal of every single person in Miami-Dade County encountering a poem.

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Sammy Gonzalez

Co-Founder, President and CEO Young Musicians Unite

Nonprofit giving students a voice through music by providing underserved communities with free, comprehensive music programming.


Tom Pupo

Co-Founder Moonlighter

S.T.E.A.M. Learning Center, Fabrication Lab, and Co-Working Space.