Black Progress Matters
Black-Owned Business Incubator
Currently, BPM is successfully incubating Black-owned businesses in the following categories:
Big Data Technology
Beauty & Wellness
Staffing & Professional Services
A key pillar of our Black Progress Matters mission is our Black-Owned Business Incubator Program. The BPM Founding Partners have pledged BPM’s entire profits to this ambitious incubator program. Already, BPM is engaged in the partnership and financing of several significant Black-owned start-ups including UnBiasIt, GRW for Hair, Katini Skin, Cocoa by CeCe, Walker Sports Audit, and EZ Tips.
UnBiasIt is now arguably the most advanced Black-owned tech company in the world. Most importantly, the profit from BPM’s share of these partnerships goes entirely to fund even more BPM incubated businesses. The potential of our BPM programs and Black-owned start-ups is limitless. Additionally, BPM Teaming Partners, Advantage Global Resources, PremCloud, and AdvBrands Group, are at the ready to help incubate any potentially viable Black start-up concept.
Success for Blacks has traditionally come in sports and entertainment, while success in business has often taken a back seat - until now. Today, we are fortunate to have some great Black role models in business, and while most of them like Michael Jordan, Jay Z, Oprah, Shaq, Kanye, Serena, etc. have come from sports and entertainment, they are showing every person of color that success in business is even better than success in sports and entertainment.
I believe we are on the threshold of an explosion of Black talent in business, and BPM is committed to leading the way.
– Dean Haynesworth, BPM CEO
While each opportunity will encourage additional investment, we are confident that the pledged profits of BPM will continue to provide substantial start-up funding. Ultimately, the real success of every BPM incubated business will come from the full engagement and business savvy provided by the executive Black ownership.
Black Progress Ventures
Black Progress Ventures is launching on July 1, 2021. Black Progress Ventures will be a social impact-oriented venture capital firm that will invest specifically in early-stage Black-owned businesses whose mission align with Black Progress Matters.
The first solution to provide enterprises with an immediate deterrent to inherent bias in their organization.
UnBiasIt has developed various data management and compliance solutions in order to fully enable organizations to recognize and eliminate inherent bias and misconduct throughout their enterprise - as well as transforming their data as a resource which can easily and accurately be drawn upon when needed for the critical information governance that is increasingly demanded of every enterprise.
The remarkable offering that has emerged from this initiative is our UnBiasIt Data Stack. The UnBiasIt Data Stack is the first solution to provide enterprises with an immediate deterrent to inherent bias in their organization, as well as delivering the most advanced data management solution available in the marketplace today.
Inspired by the natural connection between plants, people, and places.
Katini Skin has developed products with consciously sourced ingredients from Australia, Africa, Japan and beyond. The simple yet elegant, and deeply considered formulations have been created to satisfy our skin and elevate our beauty.
GRW Hair Care with Purpose
We go beyond just good ingredients.
GRW for Hair is an inclusive plant-powered + purposeful hair care brand formulated for all hair types and textures. More than just incredible ingredients, GRW is a proud partner of Black Progress Matters, the organization that enables the development of successful Black ownership.
"I struggled with my hair my entire life; I am biracial and have a unique mix of my mom's hair and my dad's hair. I could never find products dynamic enough to work for me. This inspired me to create GRW, a flexible collection of wide-reaching, ultra-nourishing hair care essentials workable for all different hair types and textures.” - Gabrielle Dovey, Creator, GRW for Hair, RN BSN, Registered Nurse.
The best beauty secrets are those that are found amongst friends. At GRW, the beauty formulations are whipped up from the imaginations of best friends and beauty connoisseurs Gabrielle Dovey and Lexi Anczok. GRW is their secret to keeping their hair youthful, strong, healthy, fun, and fresh.
Cocoa by CeCe
Build confidence. Change the world.
We are a mission-oriented beauty brand founded by CeCe Olisa and Black Progress Matters. Setting the new standard in beauty beginning with a collection of Cocoa-infused goodness to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Walker Sports Audit
Independent audit and rating of your trusted advisors.
Walker Sports Audit ensures you are receiving representation from trusted advisors that (have your financial well being at the forefront of all we do) you can trust. In short, we watch the people watching your money. We offer our clients a very valuable and necessary audit and evaluation with a degree of separation that ensures no compromising agenda or misplaced loyalties.
BPM College Advisory Program
Developing the Black Leaders of Tomorrow.
BPM College Advisory Program [CAP] is committed to helping high-school Black scholars find their perfect match academically and financially to achieve success in college and beyond.
Experts argue that high school counselors too often overlook the needs of Black students. With proper mentorship, we believe that Black scholars not only find the financial resources they are entitled to pay for their college decisions, but they are also able to find purpose and direction amid the most significant intersection of their lives.
The mobile cash-less and app-less tipping solution.
Problem: We live in an increasingly cashless society and individuals who rely on cash tips are suffering.
Solution: A mobile, cash-less, app-less, and account-less tipping solution.
Key Features: Easy-to-use QR Code; With ez tips you can send a tip to anyone - all you need is their email address, plus, you can send a tip in the form of a Gift Card and choose from 100s of gift card providers ranging from Amazon, Starbucks, Target, iTunes, and more.
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was born into slavery and rose to become a leading African American intellectual of the 19 century, founding Tuskegee University in 1881 and the National Negro Business League two decades later. Booker believed that solutions to the problem of racial discrimination were primarily economic and that African American entrepreneurship was vital. Thus, he founded the league to further the economic development of African American businesses in order to achieve social equality in American society.
Washington advised Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. His infamous conflicts with black leaders like W. E. B. Du Bois over segregation caused a stir, but today, he is remembered as the most influential African American speaker of his time.
"The wisest of my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremest folly and that progress in the enjoyment of all the privileges that will come to us must be the result of severe and constant struggle rather than artificial forcing."