Alabama-based Bronze Valley announces its latest round of investments in seven companies

Bronze Valley has announced the latest additions to its growing investment portfolio. The Birmingham-based not-for-profit organization is providing new capital to five early-stage companies while also making “follow-on” investments in two companies already in the Bronze Valley portfolio.

Neill S. Wright, President and CEO of Bronze Valley. (contributed)

“These latest investments are a testament to our continued support for innovation,” said Neill Wright, president and CEO of Bronze Valley. “This diverse group of founders and businesses also reflects and expands the impact of Bronze Valley’s long-standing commitment to our mission of creating opportunities for growth and prosperity for diverse, underrepresented and undervalued companies.”

In the past month or so, Bronze Valley has invested in five new companies:

TurnSignl provides 24/7 access to legal advice from lawyers trained to help drivers protect themselves and their legal rights. Advocates can help service users de-escalate potentially volatile encounters and defend their civil rights during traffic stops, traffic accidents and other communications.

GLOW is a platform that allows users and groups to book in-home hair, makeup and spray services with vetted beauty professionals. Currently available in Birmingham, Atlanta and Nashville, GLOW makes beauty services easier and less time-consuming for users to access while providing professionals with autonomy, business tools and client flow.

WISE-R is an artificial intelligence platform that provides end-to-end solutions for aggregating, analyzing and visualizing data to deliver customized insights in life sciences industries.

Cheers to you is a culturally competent digital treatment that safely and permanently reverses heart disease without drugs or surgery. The company uses a customized assessment form to assess patient risk factors, generic predispositions, and determinants of lifestyle and social health.

Rex’s Academy is a comprehensive computer science teaching solution for K-12 education and workforce development. Rex prepares students for careers in computer science and cybersecurity while training educators to teach computer science.

Along with the new investments – bringing the number of companies added to the portfolio since 2017 to 21 – Bronze Valley is making additional investments in two companies:

Using a platform that protects privacy while leveraging machine learning and predictive analytics, Acline integrates culture and technology to educate and engage diverse individuals to make informed decisions about genomic research and participation in clinical trials. To date, the company has recruited hundreds of users across the country.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, wild wonder is a healthy drink that combines probiotics, prebiotics and functional herbs with all-natural fruit in drinks that support gut health and boost immunity. The startup has built its national retail market with more than 500 stores — including Whole Foods, Sprouts and Amazon — while continuing to expand direct-to-consumer sales.

“That’s the essence of Bronze Valley’s mission,” Wright said of the subsequent investments. “We’re here to be a catalyst for growth and opportunity, which includes supporting companies led by women and people of color who we believe can become a force in technology-related fields.”

Bronze Valley is a non-profit early-stage venture investment platform that supports high-growth innovation and technology companies created by diverse, underrepresented and undervalued founders. It is certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

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