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Jean Brownhill

Founder & CEO, Sweeten

New York City

After earning an Architecture degree at Cooper Union, Jean spent a decade in design and construction, including as Senior Manager of Global Architecture at the fashion brand Coach, where she won the Chairman’s Award for designing web platforms to streamline retail construction worldwide. After a challenging renovation of her own Brooklyn townhouse, she realized the need for a free service to match renovators to the best general contractors, providing support from start to finish.

Sweeten (as in “home, sweet home”) launched in 2011; the concept earned Jean a prestigious Loeb Fellowship from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Today, Sweeten has $350M of projects in the pipeline and has been called a renovation game-changer, bringing trust and transparency to the $300B residential renovation industry by setting new standards for contractors and allowing consumers to renovate with confidence. In 2015, Jean was one of only 11 African-American female entrepreneurs to raise more than $1M in venture capital.

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