by Tamanna Khemani1/18/2022

We’re excited to announce that on February 9, we will be hosting an event for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). If you’re interested in starting or working at a startup, we hope to meet you there.

At this event, you’ll hear from a panel of YC alumni, led by Michael Seibel, Group Partner and Managing Director of YC’s early stage program.

You’ll meet Brandon Hill (Founder of Vori - YC W20), Sean Mitchell (Founder of REZI - YC W17) and James Murray (Founder of Therify - YC S21) who will talk about their founder journey, the YC experience and share advice for starting a company. We want to see even more startups founded by HBCU grads, and hope their stories will inspire you.

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Learn more about our panelists here:

Brandon Hill
Brandon Hill is the co-founder and CEO of Vori, the operating system for the grocery industry. Before Vori, Brandon co-founded Greo: a social media platform for authentic discussion about current events, and Enza Academy (funded by Microsoft and VMware) which provides a free computer science curriculum to low-income high school students. Brandon also worked at YouTube, the White House, UNICEF, and The Huffington Post. He received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University where he served as the Student Body Vice President.

Sean Mitchell
Sean Mitchell is the co-Founder and CEO of REZI, a leading rental technology company. At REZI, Sean sets the vision and strategy for the Company, leading REZI's Executive Committee. Before co-founding REZI, Sean had a career in financial services including roles at Corbin Capital Partners and JP Morgan Chase’s Chief Investment Office. He graduated from Florida A&M University with a BS in Business Administration. He grew up in South Florida, where he is also a real estate investor, before relocating to New York City, where he lives with his wife.

James Murray
James is co-founder and CEO of Therify, an inclusive mental health benefit for companies. Before starting Therify, he worked at Facebook and Instagram, where he led partnerships with digital news organizations in the US. James received a BA from Howard University and MBA from Vanderbilt University.


  • Tamanna Khemani

    Tamanna is YC's Outreach Manager. Previously, she worked on business operations at All Raise.