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Ashley Edwards Might Have Become The First Black Woman In New Jersey To Raise Over $1M In Venture Capital Funds

When it comes to setting trends and establishing viable businesses, Black women are at the forefront. From Madam C.J. Walker to Beyoncé, the range of goods and services provided by Black women are endless and necessary. According to a report by the Harvard Business Review, Black women are more likely to start a business as compared to white men and women. Ashley Edwards is a testament to this success with her business MindRight Health, recently announcing a $1.8 million seed round.

Jun 28, 2022

MindRight's Founder is Helping People Text Through Their Pain

Whether you’re walking down the street, sitting on the subway or waiting in a local coffee shop, it’s hard to find anyone who isn’t glued to their phone. Out of those hundreds of people, there may be at least one person checking up on their physical health through an app or mobile service. “Mental health is not the same as mental illness. We should be keeping up our mental health the way we keep up our physical health. There’s just a huge stigma that we have to work to overcome,” Ashley Edwards, the founder and CEO of MindRight, said. MindRight — originally a service for teenagers — provides mental health coaching through text messages. The coaches text clients throughout the week to check on their progress. Edwards started building the platform while working as the director of operations at a Newark, New Jersey charter school. “My school was very focused on college prep and grades, but as a whole, we weren’t really doing enough to address the mental health needs of my students,”...

Nov 15, 2019