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New York StartUP! 2014 Finalists


Finalists - New York StartUp 2014  Business Plan Competition

Autumn Adeigbo                                                                                                                                                                                                                MAKOKO  designs, produces, and sells African inspired women's wear featuring  the traditional hand-beading skills of West African artisans on garments produced in NYC's fashion district.  MAKOKO  apparel will be sold via an online community where customers find always-African apparel and connect with each other.  Founder Autumn Adeigbo, named “Fashion’s Next” by Marie ClaireEssence, and Uptown magazines, is a Global Good Fund agent of social change. Visit, designed by graduates of  NYPL’s first TechConnect coding class.

Lennard Camarillo  and Arlene Lozano                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicali R&B Concepts showcases Chicano culture through a full-service restaurant dining experience in vibrant urban neighborhoods in large cities outside the Southwest. Its first venture, Cholo Noir, is a 1,500 square foot restaurant and bar in Manhattan's Lower East Side  depicting the Chicano lifestyle, which began with the 1940’s polished Zoot Suit (Pachuco) and evolved into the 1960’s era of Mexican American youth rebellion (Cholos).   A musical vibe with Lowrider soul and blues compilations, Latin Boogaloo, and current popular Latino artists will envelop diners for a complete Chicano experience. 

Kelly Childress                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Infinite Yoga Studio opens in September, 2014, featuring a serene, beautiful, and well-lit facility in Upper Manhattan with both an in-studio and online boutique. Teachers certified at the highest (RYT500) level who provide private, semi-private, and small group classes focusing on safety and yoga philosophy will bring their loyal customers with them. Contrasting with students’ typically fast-paced lives, Infinite will be that rare place of nonjudgmental support and trust so that students feel better about themselves. This ensures an important component of a successful yoga business -- a loyal following. 

Maximilian Fikke                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Who’s going out tonight? Socialight is the mobile app for your social life, and it’s based on what you care about most: your friends. Discover who else is going out. Make plans. Find tonight’s most popular venues and see what it’s like inside before you even get there. Live in the moment and share your experiences, while helping others decide where to go. Turn on your Socialight and turn up your social life.

Faith P. Jamshidi                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Manhattan Hathor, LLC. promotes a healthy, simplified and sustainable lifestyle with unbiased tips for smart people who like to take control of their heath. Offerings include preventative risk management consultations for people with high-risk for cancer and the highest quality health food products on the market, formulated by resident scientist Dr. F. Persia Jamshidi to address chronic inflammation .Manhattan Hathor is developing a clinical trial to introduce a personalizedl technique, “Behavioral Brain Mapping Technologies”( B2MTTM) so that healthcare professionals can offer a long-lasting non-invasive therapy to their patients. 

James Lowery  and  Phylline Loza                                                                                                                                                                                      Snowdow, [Snoh-Doh] , an NYC- based dog active apparel company, offers the first all-in-one protective and water resistant dog paw, leg, and undercarriage covers. These Dog Legs provide the dog’s entire lower body with unprecedented defense from snowy, wet, and hazardous conditions. Snowdow protects four-legged family members with intricately designed, durable products that ease the difficulties of taking your beloved pet on all your adventures. Snowdow will launch online retail and wholesale in November 2014.

Eleanor Luken and Mark Blackman                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Harlem Independent Theater will be a cinema and event space complete with a cafe and bar and committed to providing affordable entertainment in Uptown Manhattan. Seven days a week we will have a lineup of popular films including modern classics, family favorites, and works by local and independent filmmakers.  Look for our regular event series such as Kids Night, Webseries Wednesdays, and monthly Spanish-language films.  

Angela and Carlton McTair                                                                                                                                                                                                 (MHM) is the revolutionary service that brings stylists and clients together. Consumers use our searchable database with customer reviews to find the right stylist for their needs -- anywhere, anytime, in every US city.  Our  built-in  tools help keep stylists' calendars full by providing access to potential clients;  an enduring, polished digital presence; and free online  booking. Find a wealth of hair information and like-minded individuals in a supportive community of hair enthusiasts at

Karen Menzie  and Claire Galusha                                                                                                                                                                                              foxmitten is a luxury infant apparel brand located in New York City selling wholesale to brick and mortar stores and online boutiques and directly to consumers through our own e-commerce platform. Timeless, vintage inspired pieces with a touch of magic and a sense of playfulness make up the foxmitten collection. Our mission is to provide a high quality, locally manufactured, collection of infant clothing to the luxury goods market. We believe that manufacturing our product in the city in which we live is essential to the level of quality we feel is lacking in the market.

Jemini Patel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Barcode 5 allows you to receive the right coupon, for the right product, at the right time for your everyday purchases using your smart phone. Download the Barcode 5 app via the iTunes or Google Play store, set up a quick profile, and begin receiving coupons tailored to your preferences. After selecting desired coupons, have the cashier scan the app barcode at checkout to receive discounts on qualifying items! The more you use the app, the more tailored the coupons become. To find out more visit