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Apple Selects 15 Black- and Brown-Owned Businesses for Impact Accelerator

MBE Magazine Staff
Apple accelerator winners

These innovative companies from across the U.S. are working on environmental solutions.

Apple unveiled its first class of 15 Black- and Brown-owned businesses on the cutting edge of green technology and clean energy, who will join the company’s Impact Accelerator to support equity and opportunity in the environmental sector. Part of Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, this program will help to combat systemic barriers to opportunity, while also advancing innovative solutions for communities most impacted by climate change.

The 15 businesses are based across the U.S.—from Silicon Valley in California, to Detroit, Michigan, to tribal nations across the Midwest—and driving innovation in energy efficiency, solar, green chemistry, recycling, and other environmental areas. Many share a specific focus on bringing clean energy, opportunity, and vital services to vulnerable and underserved communities.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first Impact Accelerator class and look forward to seeing how these innovative businesses will expand their work to protect the planet and our communities,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. “On our journey to our 2030 carbon neutral goal for our supply chain and products, we’re determined to help create a greener and more equitable future for all people. The businesses we’re partnering with today are poised to become tomorrow’s diverse and innovative industry leaders, creating ripples of change to help communities everywhere adapt to the urgent challenges posed by climate change.”

Selected companies will participate in customized training and have access to Apple experts and an alumni community. The Impact Accelerator is tailored to support Black-, Brown-, and Native American and Indigenous-owned businesses that share Apple’s focus on innovation and commitment to the environment as they achieve their next stage of development. Following the three-month virtual program, the companies will be considered for opportunities to act as suppliers to Apple as it works to become carbon neutral for its supply chain and products by 2030. 

Meet the Companies 

BlocPower
Founder and CEO: Donnel Baird
Climate Technology Company in Brooklyn

Mosaic Global Transportation
Founder, President, and CEO: Maurice H. Brewster
Transportation Firm in San Jose, California

Volt Energy Utility 
Co-Founder and CEO: Gilbert Campbell III  
Utility-Solar Energy Development Firm in Washington, D.C.

Bench-Tek Solutions
Founder and CEO: Maria Castellon
Manufacturing and Automation Company in Santa Clara, California

GreenTek Solutions 
Founder and CEO: Anuar Garcia
Recycling and Reuse Company in Houston

Diversified Chemical Technologies, Inc.
President and Chief Financial Officer: Karl Johnson
Chemical Safety Firm in Detroit

Oceti Sakowin Power Authority
Chairman and Head of the Board of Directors: Lyle Jack
Clean Energy Developer in Tribal Regions Across the Dakotas

Vericool, Inc.
Founder and CEO: Darrell Jobe
Packaging and Shipment Company in Livermore, California

Dunamis Clean Energy Partners 
Founder and CEO: Natalie King
Environmental Solutions Company in Southfield, Michigan

VMX International 
Founder, President, and CEO: Vickie Lewis
Environmental Services Company in Detroit

Argent Associates
Founder, President, and CEO: Beatriz Manetta
Technology Consultancy in Plano, Texas

Inspectorio 
Co-Founders: Carlos Moncayo and David Klein
Supply Chain Solutions Firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Group O
CEO: Gregg Ontiveros
Supply Chain Solutions Firm in Milan, Illinois

RFG-MPW Environmental & Facility Services
Chairman and CEO: Roderick Rickman
Industrial Cleaning and Environmental Service Firm in Detroit

L2S Engineering, LLC
Founder: Laurie Ann Sibani
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering Design Firm in Leesburg, Virginia and Apollo Beach, Florida

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