Techstars Foundation Announces Second Round of Grantees for Diversity

December 14, 2016

7:00 pm

Diversity in tech is not only important; it’s imperative to progressing the innovation revolution. Fortunately, The Techstars Foundation has announce their second round of grantees committed to improving the landscape of diversity in tech.

Techstars received hundreds of grant requests. The creative initiatives and thought leadership related to diversity in technology entrepreneurship is truly amazing. The work that these organizations are doing on this important issue is creating real change and building stronger communities around the world.

The Mission

The mission of the Techstars Foundation is to provide grants and resources to organizations making a scalable impact in diversity in tech entrepreneurship. This group of grantees encompasses a wide spectrum of underserved entrepreneurs, including female and minority entrepreneurs from underserved backgrounds, students of color, and immigrant founders.

The Organizations

Coalition for Queens (C4Q) increases economic opportunity through technology and transforms the world’s most diverse community into a leading hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. We believe that people from every community — across gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic backgrounds — should have the opportunity to learn to code, gain jobs in tech, and create the companies of the future.

The Global EIR Coalition expands economic opportunities through partnering international entrepreneurs, universities, and cities to promote job creation, grow local economies, and build their businesses throughout the United States.

Student Dream trains collegiate students of color to start companies. Driven by a vision to create wealth in communities of color, Student Dream runs semester long programs and a membership platform that connects aspiring Black, Hispanic, and Native American student entrepreneurs to training, mentorship, and industry opportunities needed to succeed.

The Pictures

An instructor from Coalition for Queens teaching a class
Student Dream participants during an entrepreneurship event

A Global EIR working with a University of Colorado student during a session

How You Can Help

Along with the financial  support, Techstars will leverage their broad global network of mentors, alumni and investors to provide additional support to these organizations.

If Techstars’ accelerators, staff, mentors, or startup programs like Startup Weekend and Startup Digest have helped you in some small way, please consider a donation of any amount to help improve diversity in tech entrepreneurship.

Techstars is making a difference in diversity in technology entrepreneurship together, through the above partnerships and with your support.

Photo: Flickr / Andrew Hyde

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