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The Road to Success: Stories on Two Portfolio Companies

Author: Ollie Howie
Posted Date: February 8, 2023

The New Community Transformation Fund (NCTF) has invested in BIPOC business leaders in Grand Rapids, bridging diversity and strength into the community. With the resources from NCTF's venture capital fund, incredible minds and business ideas have come to life. BAMF Health and Zil Money are pillars in the Grand Rapids community, with remarkable success stories to show for it.

BAMF Health

BAMF Health focuses on pinpointing cancerous cells and effectively treating them more accurately and precisely than traditional methods. Using AI and precision medicine through molecular imaging and theranostics, BAMF Health is creating ways for "availafordable" health care.

Question: How has working with NCTF changed the trajectory of your organization?"

"Working with NCTF has facilitated our speed to serve our patients. We have been able to bring this life-saving technology to patients in Michigan and around the nation without waiting and this has changed patients and their family’s lives. We have realized the hope. This state-of-the-art technology has put Grand Rapids on the map and is helping the community one step at a time. This is enabled by having strong investors like NCTF“ Anthony Chang, BAMF Health CEO

Zil Money

Zil Money is an all-in-one payment platform that automates payments from start to finish. It is the intermediary, so you can rack up credit card points even when services do not directly accept credit cards or have crazy fees. Using Zil Money means you can spend less time on payment tasks and more time on work that matters.

With NCTF, Zil Money was able to get office space and recruit community talent with partnership opportunities.

Question: How has working with NCTF changed the trajectory of your organization?"

“As this partnership continues to flourish, NCTF has been instrumental in helping Zil Money move to Grand Rapids by introductions to top talent and new partnership opportunities in Grand Rapids. “ Sabeer Nelli, CEO