We’re thrilled to spotlight one of the dazzling victors from our 2023 Women of Color Incubator Pitch Competition. These rising Black women entrepreneurs are set to ignite a flame of inspiration and drive in other aspiring young Black women entrepreneurs—and indeed, in all of us—encouraging the pursuit of their own entrepreneurial dreams with newfound zeal and passion.

Meet Kamyah Pontiflet, CEO of Bio-Cell Cases and 1st Place Awardee from Florida A&M University.

What inspired you to start your business? 

I started Bio-Cell Cases to influence my peers on the importance of a cleaner community. With my understanding of the negative effects of plastic pollution, I was eager to come up with eco-friendly alternatives to sell on campus. As college students, our cell phones are considerably essential to us, so we always have them. Commonly with our cell phones, we wear cell phone cases. With my passion for entrepreneurship, I saw a perfect opportunity to take a commonly owned product (phone cases) and recreate it into something more sustainable.

What has the entrepreneurship journey looked like for you so far? 

So far, my entrepreneurship journey has been rewarding in many ways. Throughout the process, I’m learning a lot about my business as well as about myself. Taking advantage of this type of opportunity has influenced me and my business decisions for the best.

What has been the most rewarding part of being a young female entrepreneur? 

Having the opportunity to share my passion with others in the form of a product is rewarding. As well as gaining the necessary experiences that are meant to prolong my success as a young female entrepreneur is definitely rewarding.

Where do you see yourself in one year? How about 5 years? 

In a year I see myself collaborating with a manufacturing plant and expanding my product line by adding biodegradable AirPod and tablet cases. In 5 years, I see my business being established enough to initiate city-wide cleanups as a contribution to our community.

What advice would you give to other female founders just starting their business? 

  1. Starting a business as a female entrepreneur can be both challenging and rewarding.
  2. Have confidence in your abilities and ideas.
  3. Trust your instincts and stay determined even when facing obstacles.
  4. Persistence is key in entrepreneurship. Keep pushing forward, even when faced with rejections or setbacks.
  5. Learn from setbacks and use them to improve your business.
  6. Lastly, make sure to take care of your physical and mental well-being to maintain balance and resilience.

How did you first learn about the WBENC WOC Incubator?

I learned about the WBENC WOC Incubator through my university email. When reading about the program, it stated how all female students, established businesses or not, were welcomed, so I decided to take my chance and apply.

How would you describe your experience in the WOC Incubator Program? 

My experience in the WOC Incubator program was both inspiring and memorable. Having the opportunity to work alongside mentors who once were in my shoes was a cherishing and great experience. This opportunity allowed me to gain the tools to actually impact the public’s awareness and accept a larger responsibility in the workings of my community.

What did you learn during the WOC Incubator program that will help you grow your business? 

During the program, I learned the importance of embracing change within my business. Adapt to market shifts and customer needs while staying true to my vision.

What’s next for you and your business? 

In the coming months, I’m focusing on expanding my product line to cater to emerging consumer needs. Additionally, I’m actively exploring partnerships to amplify my reach in new markets.


Kamyah Pontiflet
CEO | Bio-Cell Cases

Bio-Cell Cases is a sustainable tech accessory brand dedicated to offering eco-friendly and stylish solutions for protecting your devices. Our focus lies in crafting quality biodegradable phone cases that not only safeguard your phone but also contribute to reducing environmental impact. Made from renewable materials and our phone cases provide exceptional protection while ensuring a guilt-free, eco-conscious choice for consumers. At Bio-Cell Cases, we believe in merging style with sustainability, empowering individuals to make a positive environmental impact with every purchase.