Age: 29 Cofounder, invisaWear



InvisaWear began with a scary experience. In 2015, Abdelaziz was walking to her car when men in an SUV began catcalling, and one got out. She ran in panic. The University of Massachuse­tts Lowell student was so shaken, she decided to do something about it. Teaming up with best friend and classmate Ray Hamilton, she created jewelry, keychains and fitness bands with a discreet button that, when pressed, would cue a smartphone to send a distress call to friends and 911. InvisaWear launched sales in 2018, with “SOS” products starting at $149. A $20 monthly subscripti­on includes support from ADT security agents, who can watch or listen via cellphone in an emergency. Sales hit $6 million in 2022. So far invisaWear has helped thousands of people, including a woman trapped in a crashed car and another who woke up struggling to breathe. “We’re trying to do our best to convince people to buy the product before they need it, not after a situation has happened,” Abdelaziz says.

Rajia Abdelaziz, 29

Ray Hamilton, 29

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JUDGES: Wemimo Abbey, cofounder, Esusu; Jean Case, chairman, National Geographic Society; Cheryl Dorsey, president, Echoing Green; Randall Lane, chief content officer, Forbes

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