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Element 46 Hosts 2nd Graduation of Entrepreneurs and Their Startups

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Each participant invested six months in the program, nurturing and growing their startup in the hopes of a promising and sustainable future.

Element 46, a Westchester incubator that offers selected entrepreneurs a workspace, skill sessions, and mentoring by Westchester business specialists, has released its second cohort of graduates. Each participant invested six months in the program, nurturing and growing their startup in the hopes of a promising and sustainable future. In attendance for the virtual graduation ceremony on Sept 17 was the director of the Westchester County Office of Economic Development, Bridget Gibbons.

Pictured from left, Maura Gedid and Eric Kaye of Windyside Spirits; Joan Jia of Hastings Tea and Coffee; Carolina Dohle of Pink Hub; Jennifer Perry of Sacred Seeds; Kevin Meenan of City Dronez, and Yvonne Tully and Mary Jane Farnsworth of Baby Box Studio | Photo courtesy Element 46

“The goal of the Element 46 program is to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem where creative and bold ideas evolve into successful business ventures,” Gibbons said. “With this second cohort of startups, we are well on our way to achieving that goal.”

The 12 graduates and their nine startups include:

  • Mary Jane Farnsworth and Yvonne Tully’s Baby Box Studio, which launches this month and provides a complete solution for parents to take professional-quality newborn photos at home, using their cellphones.
  • Eric Kaye and Maura Gedid of Windyside Spirits, which imports limited-edition, super-premium artisanal rums.
  • Kevin Meenan of City Dronez, which provides deep data analysis for utilities, municipalities, and other business enterprises using drones for data capture.
  • Jennifer Perry’s Sacred Seeds – seller of award-winning, all-natural organic skincare products.
  • Carolin Dohle and Frank Fleming of Pink Hub – a new, online community that supports woman with breast cancer.
  • Joan Jia’s Hastings Tea and Coffee, a Downtown White Plains purveyor of specialty teas and coffee, as well as tea-infused wine and craft beers.
  • Rhanisha Hill of Room Raiders Relo, a moving-and-relocation company that helps families reduce the stress of moving and get settled in their new neighborhoods more quickly.
  • Nade Coulibaly-Doucoure of Baly Cleaning Services, which provides commercial-cleaning and post-construction cleaning services.
  • Carina Kjelstad’s Nurish – an online community resource that offers tools to simplify parents’ lives as they manage their children’s preschool friendships and other activities.

Also in attendance for the virtual event was County Executive George Latimer, who said: “The startups graduating from the second cohort of the Element 46 program represent entrepreneurship at its very best. We wish them great success in their new ventures.”

Learn more about Element 46 its offers and its cohorts at www.element46.org.