August 5, 2021

Following the Success in its First Year of Providing Free Legal and Business Services to 20 Entrepreneurs of Color, Firm Adds 11 Companies to its 2021 Cohort

International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is proud to announce the first 11 members of the 2021 McDermott Rise cohort have been selected. McDermott Rise member businesses are owned or managed by a person(s) of color with an innovative business plan, many whom are helping to solve a problem affecting underserved communities. These business endeavors include culturally appropriate consumer products in health and beauty, a digital platform using music to advance the public education literacy rate and a broadband internet provider for underserved rural and urban families.

“McDermott Rise was born out of our commitment to knock down unfair barriers to success faced by many entrepreneurs of color,” Anthony (Tony) Upshaw, Miami-based litigation partner and member of the McDermott Rise steering committee, said. “We warmly welcome our new members to our incredible roster of skilled entrepreneurs who are helping shape markets and improve outcomes for all.”

The team welcomes the newest McDermott Rise members, which include:

Alma Ocean – Owner and founder Danielle Hodge uses her Caribbean roots to inspire the designs on her aquatic goods, including inflatable pool floats, towels and accessories.

Beautiful Brown Girls (BBG) – BBG is a safe space and in-real-life community and social networking app for women of color. Members get access to best-in-class social events and life-changing content curated to help women “glow up” in every aspect of their life, create genuine connections, build a support system and, above all, thrive.

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