Two Startup Scaleup Pitch Winners Named To Crain’s List of 20 In Their 20s

Crain’s Cleveland Business recently published a series of features on 20 up-and-coming professionals who all have one thing in common—they are under 30!

And wouldn’t you know, among this group of young community leaders are two winners from the Startup Scaleup 2016 Sidewalk to Stage Pitch Competition—Benjamin Colas and Xyla Foxlin.

Benjamin took home a $5,000 prize in the Social Impact Venture category of the competition with KinderKits—an educational toolkit that provides parents with clear expectations as to what their child should come into school knowing and assistance in developing those skills with everyday items in an engaging way.

Meanwhile, Xyla won her $5,000 prize in the Technology Startup category, where she presented Parihug, an electronically-connected set of teddy bears that allows loved ones to “hug” each other from a distance.

The Crain’s features offer some great insight into the people behind these two great ideas. For example, you probably didn’t know that Benjamin grew up wanting to be President of the United States, or that Xyla’s childhood love for her teddy bear, Snowball, helped inspire her successful startup idea.

Congratulations to both of these young entrepreneurs on their well-earned recognition!

To read about the other 18 members of Crain’s “Twenty in their 20s,” click here.