THE NEVER STOP NEVER SETTLE SOCIETY
Hennessy recognizes the Strivers and Dreamers, creating change in the face of adversity.
The path forward starts with a commitment in expanding our platform to champion Black excellence and prosperity by way of Black entrepreneurship. We recognize a greater effort must be made in providing future generations a more equitable landscape for inclusive business growth and development.
The Never Stop, Never Settle Society invests and empowers Black entrepreneurs who continue to make a lasting impact on their community, through the Never Stop Never Settle Society Acceleration Fund.
Hennessy is thrilled to present this year’s The Never Stop, Never Settle Society. These twenty entrepreneurs from across the country will receive $1MM via $50,000 high-impact awards as they continue to make a lasting impact on their community and move culture forward.
2021 Honorees: 20 Entrepreneurs Creating Change For The Future
Melissa Mitchell, Abeille Creations
“Life is filled with circumstances and opportunities that ultimately shape who you will become. It is a journey that you must be committed to no matter what.”
Erica Davis, Annie Admin
Fort Worth, TX
“Ensure everything you pursue is in alignment with the original vision and it will carry you through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.”
Todd McCrainey Jr, City Press Juice & Bottle
“I want all the kids that grew up like me to know that you are limitless. Succeed together and lift each other up every step of the way.”
Anthony Edwards Jr, EatOkra
“This moment is about building from the ground up— reshaping and reimagining what a founder is supposed to look like.”
Dr. Roshawnna Novellus, EnrichHER
“I believe diversifying business ownership will yield pivotal social change.”
Matthew Harper, Esquire Branding Agency
“Without struggle there is no progress. Through adversity, remain steadfast to your dreams and unique abilities.“
Alex Delotch Davis, Gallerie 88
“I’m conscious of how I want to use this moment to serve.”
Darian Hall, HealHaus
“In moments of doubt, remember your 'why' to see your vision through.”
Mandy Price, Kanarys
“Focus on making meaningful and authentic connections while keeping your vision top of mind, and you’ll eventually reach a turning point.”
George Peters II, Listen TWO Me
Los Angeles, CA
“Celebration, community, and outright joy must be woven into the narrative of our experience.”
Kitiya King, Mischo Beauty
“Remind yourself to celebrate every win— big and small. // Serves as a light for others when the going gets tough.”
Jonathan Quarles, Quartz Water Source
“Where I start is not where I have to finish.”
Enitan Bereola II, Saint Miles Creative Agency
“You don’t chase dreams; you align your destiny.”
Cynthia Nevels, Soulgood Trinity West
“Use the power of positivity and resilience to find solutions.”
Alexys Feaster, The Kinship Advisors
Silver Spring, MD
“We partner with people of influence to connect, elevate, build and transform.”
Warren Jones, Matt Tuffuor, Toasted Life
San Francisco, CA
“Create space that helps people celebrate themselves and their growth.”
Michael James, Ian Grant II, WaySlay
“Focus on the mission and the small wins will eventually turn into big victories.”
Amy Lattimore, WITH
“I want to create systems that value, acknowledge and honor our humanity at all times. The journey is ongoing. I’m still growing.”
A LEGACY UNFULFILLED
In the early 20th century, Black residents flourished in communities like Greenwood and Rosewood.
Against the times, they stood resilient and prosperous; built up by hundreds of thriving businesses showcasing a world of possibilities and progress to Black people across the country. They embodied the American dream, yet in the face of cultural oppression- both were destroyed by hate.
But their legacy serves a reminder. Progress is made by a community that serves all equally.
PROGRESS BUILT TOGETHER
Founder(s) must be 21+, identify as Black/African American, and own at least 51% of the total entity. Businesses must have a legally formed for-profit venture.
Entities must be registered in the US (or its territories) and directly or indirectly addresses one of the following:
- Solves community-based social or economic challenge
- Fills a white space for Black-owned business or operator
- Generates net positive job creation
- Have made progress on their concept through a minimum viable product / prototype
NsNs Society Membership provides:
- $50,000 high-impact funds
- Access to physical NsNs HQ and amenities in NYC, starting late 2021
- Hands-on mentorship from MHUSA executives
- Membership to The Gathering Spot Connect
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