Startup Grind is celebrating the global black community in October! Join us to hear local leaders and allies from the black community share their stories and efforts to build a thriving business community for people of color in our region.
CEO + Co-founder
Dr. Angelique Johnson is CEO and founder of MEMStim, and has raised nearly $2.5 million in non-dilutive funds for the medical device startup. An expert in Lean Startup Methodology, she has educated students on building successful companies. With a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, she is an authority on innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Johnson has delivered a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill, served as a speaker for the eighth district of the Federal Reserve, and delivered several international talks. She has been featured on NBC Universal, National Public Radio, The Root news site, Louisville Insider, Business First, and other media outlets.
Aubrey has been an entrepreneur since 2004. He is the CEO of AMACK LLC and recently co-founded LOPOL, LLC.
Amack is a cleaning and restoration company. We clean carpet, upholstery, and oriental rugs. We also clean residential and commercial properties.
LOPOL is a community organization that encourages people to show love to everyone in an effort we hope to heal our country. One neighborhood, one community, one city at a time.
I’m Natalia, Founder and Chief of Happiness here at Level Up. I’m originally from Colombia. Over the last 15 years, I've fallen deeply in love with the culture, food and, most importantly, the people of Louisville. My background is in Business Management and Marketing, but I have a passion for loving and investing in people and community.
I started my entrepreneurial journey as a crazy Colombian lady with a camera (ChocolateBox Photography), followed by founding Story Louisville (a community-based co-working space) and Level Up is the latest addition to the family. I'm the wife of an incredibly smart man, and mom to two of the most amazing humans walking this Earth, a happy person, a sucky writer, a good friend and a big foodie. I never skip dessert and don’t exercise often, I like hot weather but fall and winter are my favorite seasons.
I try to live every day one moment at a time and I believe mindfulness, respect, kindness, and compassion are the keys to happiness. As a mom, I want to be able to show my children that happiness lives within each of us and it is available at all times if you are mindful, kind and generous with yourself and others.
Shane is one of the world's top motivational speakers for today's youth and educators. His uncommon journey of being born into poverty, struggling with ADHD, and enduring physical, verbal and mental abuse caused him academic struggles and barely graduated high school. His story is one that has impacted the hearts and minds of students and educators from 53 different countries around the world. Shane would go on to survive a troubled childhood, but he eventually went on to build an international empire from scratch, partner with multinational governments, and has been recognized by the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame as one of the state's emerging entrepreneurs.