Total loan: $15,000
Oakland, CA, United States / Entertainment
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A loan helped a black & women-owned business retain employees and build an award winning musical instrument.
I was born in Ghana, West Africa, and raised in Portland, Oregon to a family of engineers and musicians. At family gatherings, my grandma played the trumpet and my mom taught us math games. I've been producing music since winning some music equipment in a breakdancing contest at 10 yrs old. The journey's led me to Tonight Show appearances, #1 billboard hits, and Grammy nominations. I fell in love, got married, had a kid, and moved from LA to Oakland. I've experienced first hand the challenges and instability of a career in music, but I was determined to stick with my passion. While searching for a new way for myself and other artists to make a sustainable living from music, I discovered the Zoo Labs Music Residency Program and Music Tech Incubator. With some key mentorship from Zoo Labs (and a Kiva loan we repaid in full), I leveraged my USC Mechanical Engineering degree and Music Production experience to invent a new musical instrument and co-found the World's 1st Black and Women-Owned Music Tech Hardware company: ElectroSpit Inc.