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Unity Partnership, Naperville Police Fitting 100 Schoolkids with Super Heroic Shoes Created by Nike Air Monarch II Designer
Chicago Tribune, September 2019

Want to Help Those in Need? Take Some Tips from an MIT World Champion
MaRS, September 2019

5 Up-and-Coming Ohio Companies We’re Watching This Year
Endeavor Louisville, September 2019

21 of the Coolest Things to Happen to the Kids’ Shoe Market This Year (So Far)
Footwear News, September 2019

Meet Diishan Imira: The CEO Changing the U.S. Hair Extension Market
Enterprise Podcast Network, September 2019

The Hustler’s Guide to the Hair Business
a16z, September 2019

Seven Elder Care Startups Preparing for an Aging Population
BostInno, August 2019

Blockchain is Leveraging VR Tech to its Natural Position
Bitcoinist, August 2019

Entering Virtual Reality and Blockchain with CEEK VR’s Mary Spio
Coin Central, August 2019

Mayvenn is Helping Stylists Earn and Women Save with Their Free Install Program
Essence, August 2019

ConnXus Named Among Ohio’s Most Promising Startups
Cincinnati Business Courier, August 2019

PawnGuru Brings 3000 Year Old Industry Online
Harvard Blockchain Lab, August 2019

Super Heroic to Develop Nerf Apparel and Footwear Line
Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, August 2019

‘Hero for a Day’ Shoe Giveaway Will Connect Police, Kids in Need
Daily Herald, August 2019

How He Got Silicon Valley to Invest in Hair Extensions
CNN Business, July 2019

Mayvenn’s Hair Extension Business Model Drives Sales and Success
WWD, July 2019

How Seeing His Parents Navigate College Helped This Founder Find His Passion
AustinInno, July 2019

Mayvenn Provides Free Hair Extension Installations for its Customers
Black Enterprise, June 2019

The 25 Hottest Startup CEOs in America: Diishan Imira
I’m Programmer, June 2019

Serena Williams Invests in Hair Company Mayvenn to Change the Way You Get Your Extensions Installed
BET, June 2019

How One Man Hustled His Way to $100M
Medium, June 2019

Slime-inspired Nickelodeon X Super Heroic Shoes to Debut Nickelodeon Slimefest
The Toybook, June 2019

Melvin Hines Jr. Gives Tutoring a Digital Upgrade
Lumina Foundation Focus, June 2019

Care Academy’s Helen Adeosun: A Drive for Success, a Compulsion for Caring
Lumina Foundation Focus, June 2019

Upswing’s Melvin Hines Jr.: Always Racing to Connect with Success
Lumina Foundation Focus, June 2019

Austin EdTech Startup Upswing Raises $2M to Help Students Graduate
AustinInno, May 2019

Upswing Raises $2M to Improve Dropout Prevention Services
EdSurge, May 2019

CEEK VR Launches 4D Headphones with Haptic Feedback for Virtual Reality
Auganix, April 2019

Women Tackling Traditionally Male Dominated Industries: Mary Spio
Forbes, March 2019

Student Success Efforts at Winston-Salem State U Boost Learning Outcomes
Campus Technology, March 2019

How a Diverse Mix of Brands, Investments is Fueling Foot Locker
Footwear News, March 2019

Female African American Innovators that Are Changing the Game
Ladies Love STEM, February 2019

#HowIGotHere: Jason Mayden
LinkedIn, February 2019

Top U.S. Hispanic Business Leaders: Sean Salas
Hispanic Business Journal, January 2019

Super Heroic, Bringing ‘The Batman Effect’ to Children’s Shoes
PYMNTS, January 2019

Sky’s the Limit: Foot Locker Invests $3M in Kids Sneaker Bran Super Heroic
The Root, January 2019

Why Foot Locker is Investing in Kids’ Sneaker Brand Super Heroic — and Its Mission
Footwear News, January 2019

Profit with Purpose: Corporations Step Up Social Engagement
Teneo, November 2018

Essence Ventures’ First Investment is in Mayvenn’s Hair-products Platform
ImpactAlpha, November 2018

Black-owned Beauty Startup Mayvenn Raises $23M
Black Enterprise, November 2018

With a New Deal for Customers and a Fresh $23M, Mayvenn Extends its Hair Care Business
Tech Crunch, November 2018

To Dine For with Kate Sullivan: Jason Mayden
PBS, November 2018

The Ebony Power 100: Jason Mayden
Ebony, October 2018

The 5 Coolest Shoe Innovators in Kids Footwear
Safesize, September 2018

Camino Financial Grows from California to Fund Latinos Across the Country
El Diario NY, September 2018

Startups of the Week: Mayvenn
San Francisco Chronicle, August 2018

The Moneyed Mayvenn
Beauty Independent, August 2018

Mayvenn Raises $23M to Give the Hair Extension Industry a New ‘Do
The Hustle, August 2018

The Human Hair Extension Biz
Forbes, August 2018

Giving Homeless People a Hand Up with Technology
Huffington Post, November 2017

Jason Mayden Creates High-tech Shoe for Kids
ABC 7 Chicago | Windy City Live, October 2017

Tech Tackling Homelessness
Tech Crunch: Bullish, September 2017

Innovation Crush: Jason Mayden – Becoming Heroic
Innovation Crush, September 2017

Entrepreneur Jason Mayden Gets Superheroic
WNYC | All Things Considered, June 2017

Cincinnati Startup ConnXus Partners with Global Software Giant
Cincinnati Business Courier, March 2017

The Art of the Hustle: Diishan Imira
The Art of the Hustle, December 2016

Mary Spio: Sense of Wonder
Future of StoryTelling, September 2016

Using Data to Run Great Schools
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, June 2016

Detroit-based Startup Remakes the Pawn Shop Experience
The Michigan Daily, February 2016

Mayvenn is Helping Black Hairstylists Get Paid
Beautifully Brown, January 2016

The 25 Hottest Startup CEOs in America
Business Insider Australia, December 2015

Hair-extension Startup Finally Wins Over Sand Hill VCs
San Francisco Chronicle, July 2015

Who Do You Trust?
Andreessen Horowitz Blog, June 2015

Founders to Watch in Oakland
Women 2.0, April 2014

Homeless in the Tech Economy
Salon, November 2013

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