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Anyone who has worked in startups knows that success isn’t a quick and easy thing and that the companies considered overnight successes usually have years of unheralded work preceding the plaudits. Ideas take years to develop and take shape, and the companies we build off those ideas can take just as long to grow into what we want them to become.

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Mary Juetten, Contributor

“Every mother deserves to give her child the best possible start in life,” said Spence. “When parents get into this situation, it takes an average of 10 years between paying and receiving. The entire child support system is broken.”

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Robert Friedman

The success of the conference is also illustrated by Simone Spence, the founder of Athena Collects, a tech company that helps moms collect unpaid child support. Spence won the pitch competition at the conference last year and went on to “raise a ton of money and is building a monster of a business,” says Ighodaro. “Our pitch money was one of her first checks and she [went on] to do $3 million...”

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Selena Hill

Athena Honored as One of Pepperdine's Most Fundable Companies of 2020

"Athena (originally Don't Get Mad Get Paid) enables users to collect back child support in less time and for less money."

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Meet 7 Black Women Entrepreneurs Who Run Successful Businesses You Need To Know About

"Don’t Get Mad, Get Paid CEO Simone Spence shared that her business was born out of her personal experience with trying to collect unpaid child support and was honed after years of helping thousands of others like her..."

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"Founder and CEO of ‘Don’t Get Mad Get Paid’, Simone Spence is an author, activist, business owner and speaker. Her organisation, founded in 2017 was built from personal struggle. Over 25 years ago she found herself with a child support collection problem. Her hunger to do right by her daughter forced her to confront the system, digging deep into its complexities allowing her to eventually collect her arrears."

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4 Female Black Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2020

"Athena Collects (Don't Get Mad Get Paid) now helps countless Black, White, Hispanic women and more get the funds they deserve. They even boast an 87% success rate. Simone is doing such positive things, and we can’t wait to see what she does next...."

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Simone Spence is revolutionizing the fight for unpaid child support.

"OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO qualified for the recent stimulus checks, there’s at least one group that will not be receiving money — those who have been reported to the U.S. Treasury Department for owing back child support...."

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