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These Founders Are Proving 'Who You Learn From Matters' With Their Online Education Platform Assemble

Many of the successful trailblazers from past generations, up until now, are praised for creating their path to success. Although such stories are inspiring to the masses, the likelihood for most aspiring career professionals to reach a similar fate without external guidance isn’t the norm, and t ech investor and entrepreneur Cortney Woodruff and music executive veteran Cortez Bryant are aware of that. To provide that external guidance and help the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) community gain access to mentorship to jumpstart their careers, they created Assemble, an online educational platform with courses from Black and brown experts and innovators. With Woodruff as Assemble’s CEO and Cortez alongside him as its president, they aim to lead as the first platform to purposely highlight successful BIPOC professionals in their respective fields and showcase their journeys to a wide audience online. “I just had this idea to do something that was a bit bigger than just...

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 26, 2021

Online Education Platform BeGreatTV Closes $450K Seed Investment, Lands Tiffany Haddish As Investor

This online education platform is encouraging us all to be great — literally! BeGreatTV has closed a $450,000 seed investment with Stand Together Ventures Lab (STVL3, LLC) as one of the first to invest, alongside Backstage Capital founder, Arlan Hamilton, and SOSV, according to a press release. Initial investors also include actress and comedian, Tiffany Haddish, celebrity stylist, Law Roach, and music executive, Mack Maine. Led by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cortney Woodruff, President Cortez Bryant, and Chief of Philanthropy Avrell Stokes, BeGreatTV is on a mission to enable people to learn from talented Black and brown leaders and innovators. “It’s really about having something that is embedded with a sense of commonality and trust,” founder and CEO Cortney Woodruff told AfroTech. “If a person is able to find someone that looks like them, that they admire, respect and can learn from, they will more likely embrace the information being presented to them and develop a sense of...

Shanique Yates

Feb 16, 2021