The CrownMob mobile platform will connect consumers to African-American stylists, barbers and hair care products like never before.
CrownMob Cincinnati – CrownMob, a start-up company with a mobile platform that connects consumers to hair creatives and product retailers within the ethnic hair industry, has already beat the odds. Being selected for a business accelerator is an amazing accomplishment for any start-up company. Being selected for one of the Top 30 Business Accelerator in the country is an even greater accomplishment. Being a Black-owned start-up company selected for a top business accelerator program is beyond noteworthy.
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CrownMob was selected for Cohort 6 of the UpTech Accelerator, a business development program for data-driven startups that are developing tech-enabled solutions and seeking equity funding. Each year, Uptech selects up to 10 startups to complete the 6-month accelerator program driven by intensive entrepreneurship education, one-on-one mentoring, and extensive community involvement. The UpTech Fund invests up to $50,000 per startup during the program, giving companies the capital they need to succeed.
“I feel like we got into Harvard.” said Co-founder and CEO Ricardo Grant as he explained how Uptech provided funding to CrownMob to aid the company with its development.
CrownMob is developing a mobile platform that will literally disrupt the traditional methods to finding your next barber, stylist and products made for people of color. The technology allows consumers to search and purchase products as well as discover, book and pay barbers and stylists with a single mobile platform.
The mobile platform uses geo-location services to enable consumers to connect with creatives in their specific area. Filter options also allow consumers to view products and hair creatives based on price, product and services. Additionally, consumers can view the ratings of the creatives, photo galleries and schedules.
The idea for this platform came from Co-founder and CEO Ricardo Grant’s lack of understanding as to why his wife, mother and sister found it so difficult to find what they needed to fulfill their hair care needs in a multi-billion dollar industry.
Grant said, “My wife ordered bundles of hair and products. I was curious about the cost. I looked at the credit card statement and saw the price for her most recent purchases exceeded $600!”
Grant did some research and realized a marketplace to compare products pricing, quality, stylists and barbers simply did not exist. So, he decided to build it!
Grant calls CrownMob’s technology a game changer. “With this information available at consumer’s fingertips,” Grant says, “users can execute their buying power faster and with better insight.” Also, the platform’s back-end features serve as a personal assistant to the hair creative or retailer allowing them to configure and set their schedules, pricing and services at any time and some.
“As a stylist whose been in the business for over 15 years, I can’t wait for this technology to launch. It’s a one stop shop, that’s helps both the stylist and the styled. This is ground breaking and is going to epic.” says hairstylist Jocelyn Sorrells of Joci Design Company.
The most surprising component about CrownMob is its basic features for hair creatives and product retailers will be free. The consumer’s fee to book a stylist or barber is $1 and prevents consumers from having to stop at the ATM on the way to the shop because an establishment is not credit card enabled. The product side of CrownMob will take a small commission fee on products that sell only.
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