Founder Profile

BE Alink

The Alinker Inventions

For combining mobility and sociability

Company Information
Year Founded
2012
Industry
Consumer Products & Services
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Company Description

BE Alink is CEO of The Alinker Inventions, which makes an alternative mobility bike that allows wheelchair users to walk around with support at eye level. Before that, Alink played bassoon in a band in Amsterdam in the late 80s, led group sessions for drug users at Het Buiten Centrum in the early 90s and was a photographer for the first female member of parliament in Afghanistan, Fawzia Koofi, for a year in 2010. “I’m focused on building the world I want to live in,” Alink says.

To build that world, Alink has oriented the Alinker mission around three pillars the founder sees as the foundation for wellness in society: access to mobility, healthy food, and community. For mobility, there is the Alinker itself—Alink’s walking bike.

This year, Alink launched a farm that employs Alinker users in Grayson County, Kentucky, And through a crowdfunding opportunity to purchase the $1,977 device, an active social media presence, and an online learning platform with Alinker yoga, for example, Alink tries to create community. The founder used crowdfunding to launch the device initially in the Netherlands in 2014 and North America in 2016. Says Alink: “It takes all of us to do this company and to build this community.”-- Gabrielle Bienasz

Beatrice Dixon

The Honey Pot Company

For staring down the social media trolls -- and winning

Company Information
Year Founded
2014
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Industry
Consumer Products & Services
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020

Beatriz Acevedo

Suma Wealth

For using business to advocate for young Latinos

Company Information
Year Founded
2020
Location
Los Angeles, California
Industry
Financial Services
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020

Betty Brennan

Taylor Studios

For creating new worlds that help museums come to life

Company Information
Year Founded
1989
Location
Rantoul, Illinois
Industry
Business Products & Services
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020

Brynn Putnam

Mirror

For understanding how we really want to work out

Company Information
Year Founded
2016
Location
New York, New York
Industry
Health
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Company Description

It’s safe to say that Brynn Putnam, a former professional ballerina and the founder of Refine, a group of three fitness clubs in New York City, knows a thing or two about exercise. But, after having a baby, she found herself in an unthinkable position: she was a gym owner with no time to go to the gym. Putnam also noticed her Refine members loved it when she installed more mirrors, something Putnam had been used to as a ballerina. Putnam hooked up a Raspberry Pi computer to a mirror to create a hacked-together mirror-slash-fitness instructor. Many iterations later, that product became Mirror, which streams fitness classes and is second only to Peloton as the breakout fitness product of the pandemic. Retailing at $1,495 plus subscription fees of $39 a month for on-demand classes, Mirror is not for everyone. In July, though, Lululemon decided it definitely was for them, and purchased the company for $500 million. –Gabrielle Bienasz