Kelsey Davis ’19 G’20 selected for Google for Startups Black Founders Fund

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Kelsey Davis with Dean of the Libraries David Seaman in the LaunchPad on the day that Google announced her selection for its Black Founders Fund. She was in Syracuse from Los Angeles, where CLLCTVE is now based, for ’20 graduation ceremonies. She also spent time on campus visiting Newhouse, Whitman and the LaunchPad and speaking with student founders and creatives.

Congratulations to Newhouse ’19, Whitman G ’20, Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars alum Kelsey Davis on being among a select group of 50 Black startup founders building great companies as part of the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund. The program provides non-dilutive cash awards to Black led startups that have participated in Google programs or have been nominated. Founders selected for the fund receive up to $100,000 in capital along with Google Cloud credits, Ads grants, and hands-on support to help their startup grow.  

Learn more about the program here.

Davis started CLLCTVE with a Syracuse University student team as an undergraduate, winning numerous competitions and seed funding for her idea. She quickly expanded it to a national multi-campus portfolio platform and network that connects GenZ creators.  Davis, who was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, leads CLLCTVE with her co-founder, Syracuse University alum Brendan O’Keeffe.  She has employed numerous Syracuse University students as interns and early employees.

The team recently graduated from the Techstars LA accelerator, which it joined after incubating at the LaunchPad at Syracuse University.  Davis is a virtual Entrepreneur in Residence for the LaunchPad at SU Libraries and continues to mentor Syracuse University startups. She continues to do work with the City of Syracuse focused on youth leadership and talent development.

Read more about CLLCTVE’s participation in the Google for Startup Black Founders Fund on its website here: