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Donald Boone, is one of 50 founders selected for Google for Startups program focused on high potential startups from underrepresented entrepreneurs based in the U.S.

BoxedUp, the online rental equipment marketplace, today announced it was selected to join the second cohort of the Google for Startups Founders Academy, a nationwide 6 month, equity free program designed to help promising founders and their startups grow revenues and obtain access to capital.

The Founders Academy began on March 3 and consist of hands-on workshops across a range of topics including customer acquisition, hiring, and fundraising. BoxedUp is one of only 50 high potential startups that the Google for Startups team has selected for the first nationwide cohort. The founders Academy model was piloted in Atlanta last year with 45 Georgia based companies.

“After hearing about Google for Startups from a friend, I was beyond excited to be selected to join their 2021 cohort. Not only is it an honor, but as a solo founder, getting the chance to focus on growing my company with such an amazing group of founding teams and promising companies is invaluable.” says Donald T. Boone, founder, BoxedUp. “This support from Google for Startups comes at a critical time and will be used to help focus on the KPI's, strategic partnerships and product enhancements to help BoxedUp scale our early success.”

“85 percent of participants from Google for Startups Founders Academy that we ran in Georgia reported that the program helped grow their startup, whether that be through job creation, fresh pathways to capital, new strategic partnerships, or increased brand and marketing exposure,” says Jewel Burks Solomon, Head of Google for Startups US. “By expanding the program nationally, we’re hopeful that we can continue to level the playing field for underrepresented founders and their startups, like BoxedUp by connecting them to the best Google has to offer.”

BoxedUp is the first online rental marketplace that allows equipment owners to ship their gear to customers instead of relying solely on in-person transactions. They make creating content virtually during COVID cost effective, and most importantly, they make it look great. Over time, BoxedUp will expand into more categories, making renting anything easy, centralizing rentals worldwide.


BoxedUp, founded in 2019, is an online rental equipment marketplace that delivers directly to the consumer’s door. Offering high-quality gear from trusted equipment owners across the country, BoxedUp offers a variety of rentals from premiere cameras, drones to audio devices at just one click of a finger. No more renting stuff from people you don't know or driving across town to the big box rental house. BoxedUp is pushing the needle forward in uncomplicated and simplified content creation.

Google for Startups works to level the playing field for startup founders and communities to succeed by bringing the best of Google’s products, connections, and best practices to startups. Paired with a deep commitment to create diverse startup communities, many of our offerings are designed specifically to provide underrepresented founders with access to resources and opportunities. We support startups everywhere to build something better. Because when startups succeed, we all succeed.

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