In April we featured three amazing African women who were working on fixing the hairstyle problem of black women all over the world by building a social community that is the Tress App. We shared their story, journey, challenges, and dreams.
When I asked the team what their future projections were, they told me that “The big vision for Tress is to become the global dedicated platform for black women’s hairstyle. To grow the community to a point where hundreds of thousands and even millions of black women all over the world are using the app on a daily basis”.
Going by a report on Techcabal, it seems that vision is on its way to actualization as the Tress App has been accepted into the Y Combinator Fellowship Program.
The Y Combinator Fellowship is an eight-week program that equips startups with $20,000 (in the form of a convertible security) and advice from the YC community. It was designed to primarily launch startups currently in their early stage.
Speaking on behalf of the rest of the team — of Esther Olatunde, Cassandra Sarfo and herself, — Priscilla Hazel said,
“Acceptance into the Y Combinator Fellowship is validation of the work we are doing at Tress and the value we strive to provide to black women. We are excited to take full advantage of opportunities available in the Y Combinator Fellowship program to fulfill our mission of helping black women thrive.”
The Tress team will participate in the Kick Off conference during the first week of the program. The subsequent weeks will be conducted remotely with virtual weekly office hours and talks. At the end of the program, they’ll pitch to investors at a Virtual Demo Day.
Nigerian startups raised $17.6m in Q1 2019, 8.5% higher than they did in Q1 2018. Find out more in the latest quarterly edition of the Nigerian Startup Funding Report here.