With more than 25 years of software development and tech education experience, Aaron Saunders is an award-winning serial tech entrepreneur and author, who has founded and successfully built five startups. His companies include Clearly Innovative (a mobile app agency), Luma Lab (a tech and entrepreneurship education program), In3 (the nation’s first “Inclusive Innovation Incubator”), KissIntel (a dating relationship management and romance enhancement mobile app), and Startup Middle School (a technology-based entrepreneurship training program for youth).

Aaron launched Clearly Innovative in 2009 to develop highly-integrated, cross-platform mobile applications and modules for clients. Clearly Innovative’s work includes building mobile apps for the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Military Family Association and the launch of an innovative Google tablets program for the Queens Library System that won a “Broadband Champion Award.” As the founder of Luma Lab, Aaron has won several prominent grants, including the Mission Main Street Grant from Chase Bank and TDF Foundation grants, to continue his work of training and supporting hundreds of youth and other entrepreneurs in their endeavors. As the co-founder of Startup Middle School, his entrepreneurial instruction and tech training led his students to turning their research into startup companies and their school team winning a “Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge.” As author of “Building Cross-Platform Apps using Titanium, Alloy, and Appcelerator Cloud Services,” Aaron provides readers a detailed guide to quickly developing the skills to build real, native apps and get them to market faster. He most recently opened the doors of In3 in partnership with DC Government and Howard University and is part of the founding team of KissIntel.

Aaron  has received numerous awards acknowledging his community work and commitment to inclusive innovation, including but not limited to

  • “2017 Black Tech Award” by Google, 
  • “2017 Power of Leadership Award” by Alabama Power, 
  • “2017 Entrepreneur of the Year” by National Black MBA Association DC Chapter, 
  • “2017 Tech Titan” by Washingtonian Magazine, 
  • “2016 Entrepreneur of the Year,” Black Data Processing Associates’
  • “2016 Champion of Digital Equality Award” by the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, 
  • "2016 Washington Business Journal’s  Power 100”


Aaron holds an MBA in Information Technology Strategy & Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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