HCC student entrepreneurship alum wins $55,000 in grant funding

Dec 6, 2022

Kanisha Ffriend, a Houston Community College student entrepreneurship program alum, recently took first place at the American Heart Association's Empowered to Serve pitch competition. She also won the fan favorite award and earned a total of $55,000 in grant funding.
Ffriend is the lead doula and founder of HeirBloom, a digital platform connecting healthcare professionals with expectant and postnatal mothers to improve birth experiences and reduce maternal mortality rates.
A graduate of Syracuse University with a master's in science education and a certified, licensed doula, Ffriend developed her vocation from volunteer work with teen mothers-to-be through her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho. Nationally, she’s been recognized for melding Eastern and Western wellness practices about birth. Ffriend is a student at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions, pursuing a dual women's health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner degree.
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