Last Wednesday night, Five to Nine held its second “Appy Hour” installment at Grind, the latest coworking space in the Loop! We were excited to be featuring Kaeya Majmundar, the CEO of Kaeyos, Inc. in our fireside chat. Kaeya is a recent graduate of Emory University and was featured on Shark Tank for her BZbox collapsible storage boxes. For her idea, she received an investment offer from Lori Greiner. Since then, Kaeya has gone on to launch Ziptank, a wearable cloth bag, and has partnered with celebrities such as D. Rose and Steve Harvey to grow her business. Interviewing Kaeya was Karis Hustad, an experienced reporter at Chicago Inno.
Kaeya shared with us her Shark Tank story and other entrepreneurial experiences, giving advice to the aspiring founders in the audience. The moral of the story? Success can come at unexpected times, so keep persevering! However, the quote of the day from Kaeya has to be: “There’s honestly a very fine line between me and someone who needs mental help. There’s a lunacy that drives me.”
At the event, there were also three other entrepreneurs who pitched their start-ups. Alysia Sargent and Alexandria Willis are two of the founders of Go Dutch Today, an innovative dating app that removes the awkwardness of who’s supposed to be paying for the date. The app will be available for iOS in August, so keep an eye out.
Emily Drake is the founder of The Collective, a career-oriented advisory program that seeks to help professionals unlock their full potential through a series of group learning sessions.
Kelsey Taylor is a civil engineer by trade and is also the founder and president of Engage Civil, Inc., a start-up that is dedicated to providing civil site engineering design services to property developers and architects in the Chicago region.
Five to Nine members also enjoyed chill beverages provided by Love Cork Screw wines (check them out!) and an open networking session.