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Lunar Startups Announces Cohort 5 Lineup

Lunar Startups has revealed its Cohort 5 lineup. Starting on April 19, 15 new companies will make their Lunar Accelerator debut, bringing the organization’s total portfolio to 60 companies. Additionally, Lunar says its alumni have created $294 million in economic impact for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including 133 new jobs. The Cohort 5 program will run from April through September.

“We know that inclusive entrepreneurship is proven to build generational wealth, mitigate race- and gender-based economic gaps, and increase the number of high-quality jobs in our region,” Founding Executive Director of Lunar Startups Danielle Steer said in a blog announcing the new cohort. “The founders in Cohort 5 are the latest stars to join Lunar’s orbit of powerful leaders, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Cohort5-Lunar-Startups From Top, L-R: Mahogany Ellis-Crutchfield, Firaoli Adam, Yasmin Samatar, Kat Duvic, Jennifer Trebisovsky, Joan Dao, Rahul Bhojwani, Maggie Davis, Agata Norris, Joy McBrien, Sabrina D. Jones, Nora Guerrera, Tasha Harris, Katie Shahan, Eboni Bell, Tatiana Freeman. (Photo courtesy of Lunar Startups)[/caption]

Learn more about the 15 new Lunar companies below (description provided by Lunar).

  • Activity Central keeps families in the loop, on time, and prepared with AI and automated calendar management that consolidates details, notifications and communication.
  • Big Flower produces reliable, high-quality, and useful CBD products.
  • Dream Girl Box fosters social-emotional learning and entrepreneurship for Girls with Goals with a quarterly subscription box of motivational products.
  • Fair Anita is a social enterprise creating economic self-sufficiency for women by selling fair trade jewelry and accessories made from recycled materials.
  • GiftyWrap creates wrapping paper and stationery products that not only bring joy but reflects the diverse community that we all live in.
  • Hayaa supports healthcare workers and patients with modest clothing.
  • Ilesolvi designs a fashionable solution to security needs with anti-theft purses.
  • Kobi Co. promotes self-care with its candle and wellness brand.
  • Snapcident is transforming shopping online by allowing users to use a photo, rather than typing in keywords.
  • Namakan Goods bridges the gap between style and comfort winter apparel, specializing in universal ruff or trim for your hood or collar that attaches to any coat with a patented magnetic design.
  • NoshPosh contributes to a more equitable and inclusive food system through snack subscription boxes, fresh food vending machines, and brick-and-mortar storefronts that prioritize products from women- and BIPOC-owned businesses.
  • SJC Body Love cleans up your self-care routine with multi-tasking skincare with minimal ingredients.
  • Social Mixers creates botanical-forward and all-natural syrups and drinking vinegars, so everyone can have the craft drink experience at home.
  • reduces stress, distraction, and burnout for the digital workforce through a mindful productivity app.
  • Yarlow builds confidence in home ownership with maintenance reminders, appliance tracking, document storage, and more.
Alex Skjong
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