Microsoft Ventures Accelerator: Diversity in Seattle

January 19, 2015

4:23 pm

We are proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Digital Work Accelerator in Seattle and the information sessions they have scheduled for the month of January! Read the full series of stories here!

Microsoft Ventures is looking to reinvent the way Microsoft works with top entrepreneurs and startups. The Microsoft Ventures Digital Work Accelerator is accepting applications for its second cohort, which will take place on the Microsoft campus in Redmond from March 16 until Demo Day on July 16. The location in Seattle and on the Microsoft campus promises to provide access to CEOs and CTOs of top local startups, Microsoft and their partners, local tech talent and research community, and the diverse local community.

Seattle was ranked as the third best city for female entrepreneurs in a 2014 study conducted by Nerd Wallet, preceded by Washington D.C. and San Francisco. The study also found that Seattle’s population is the most educated of the cities studied, with 58% of adults over the age of 25 possessing a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Diversity across all tech hubs and corporations is slowly improving. Last year, Microsoft appointed John Thompson, an African-American, as its chairman. According to recently released data, Microsoft is slowly closing the gap on diversity in their workforce.

Recently, the industry held a forum to address these concerns. At this forum, called Diversity 2.0, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson brought together representatives from roughly 25 top tech companies to discuss ways to hold companies accountable for promises to make their workforces look more like the overall population.

The City of Seattle has demonstrated myriad forward-thinking methods for bringing STEM, tech, and startup opportunity to its diverse population. Proving a startup during the accelerator phase in a city setting such as Seattle gives entrepreneurs a diverse, educated population for testing and market feedback.

This weekvisit with representatives from the Microsoft Ventures Digital Work Accelerator during information sessions held across the country. Tonight in Austin, meet Ryan Joy and stay for a fireside chat with Utz Baldwin of Austin startup Plum, a Microsoft Accelerator grad, at Capital Factory. Other upcoming sessions include New York City on Tuesday, January 20; Palo Alto on Wednesday, January 21; and Chicago on Friday, January 23.

 

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Previously the Managing Editor at Tech.Co, Ann Diab has a background of launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies.

Empowering and educating entrepreneurs and startups to better productivity and culture is her passion. Growth Manager at WorkingOn to enable folks all over the world to enjoy work and improve communication. Follow me on Twitter.

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