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In this special event, you'll get to meet prominent Mompreneurs sharing their founding stories!
Parmita Katkar, Youtube sensation and former Miss India Asia Pacific
ZhaZha Casanova, CEO of Studio G
Kimberly Lewis, CEO and Co-Founder of Curlmix
Ariel DeNey Rainey, CEO of Hustle Mommies
What: Hustle Moms: Hear the Founding Stories from Chicago's Top Mompreneurs
Where: The Bureau Bar and Restaurant, 724 W Maxwell St, Chicago, IL 60607
When: June 27th from 6-8:30 pm
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 600 cities and 115 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
Our monthly fireside chat provides ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
co-founder & CEO
former Miss India Asia Pacific
Ariel DeNey Rainey is a Global Marketing Strategist and Philanthropist that is dedicated to helping improve the world by developing brands and advocating for urban families. She is the CEO and Founder of the Hustle Mommies nonprofit organization where she is developing the movement to service urban moms by providing resources for them to become leaders in their homes and their communities. Being an advocate for education, she launched the EducateHER collective as a partnership movement with the Hustle Mommies where urban moms and women of color educators can gather to discuss policy, practices and beliefs that are affecting inner city children. She is the proud mom of The Mogul Kids (DJ and Morgan) and currently volunteers as a mentor with the Chicago Scholars organization.
Kimberly Lewis is the co-founder of CurlMix, a clean beauty brand for curly hair. Her innovative take on clean beauty hair products has won her praise from top industry publications such as Refinery29, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, and ABC TV. Kimberly can also be seen on Season 10 of Shark Tank, a critically acclaimed and multi - Emmy Award -winning reality show. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics & Marketing from the University of Illinois and a relentless drive, Kim has taken CurlMix to over a million in sales in just one year.
Kim started her journey into entrepreneurship after quitting her first job with no savings and no job lined up. She had the bright idea of signing her husband up for “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” because what better way to make money than game show trivia? He went on to win $100,00 and invested it in their first business. After their first failed startup of a niche social network, Kim vowed to succeed at her next venture. She and her husband, Tim, launched CurlMix in 2019 which started as a Do-It-Yourself box– think Blue Apron for curly hair.
In 2018, after two years of stagnation, Kim sought advisors and pivoted CurlMix with a newborn on her hip and with a small investment, turned their best-selling boxes into a hair care line. Now, Kim operates a manufacturing facility in Chicago and maintains a full - time staff, employing people of color from her community while enjoying her growing family.
Parmita Katkar has a prominent online presence on Youtube and across Social media, as a lifestyle influencer! Her YouTube channel “Blush With Me- Parmita” has over 700,000 followers in 2 years.
She is a former Miss India Asia Pacific and mother of two. A stay at home mom, who believed in the power of changing the stereotype mindset. Today she helps women across the globe find their beauty and develop positive self-image with her unique take on body language, anti-aging skin care, face yoga, confidence, and styling via informative videos on YouTube and one-on-one/personalized group sessions.
Brands from around the world, collaborate with her channel to support her mission.