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“Black Students Talk Tech “.

“Black Students Talk Tech” (BSTT) is an in-depth experience led by Black tech leaders for HBCU students. “Black Women Talk Tech,” an organization that provides a community for Black female founders and leaders of tech firms, established the program. They founded BSTT to ensure that pupils learn about business at a young age, realizing that information and relationships are typically barriers for Black entrepreneurs. These students can become the innovative professionals we need in the future generation if they have the correct foundation. BSTT was designed as a 6-week program that will take place every Saturday from January 8th to February 12th, 2022, in order to cover enough concepts. To qualify for the program you must be a  undergraduate HBCU student in their second or third year with a 2.5 GPA or above. 

Story Originally covered by “HBCUBUZZ”.

https://hbcubuzz.com/2021/12/black-students-talk-tech-creates-program-for-hbcu-students-interested-in-tech-entrepreneurship/
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“Inpath,” a social media app for the highs and lows of life.

“Inpath,” a new social media app changing the way people interact with social media. Rather than just sharing images that you want to show to the public, the app encourages users to be open and honest about the low points as well.

Ziarekenya Smith, the app’s founder, has spent the last six years designing and developing the software in order to remove negative stigmas and improve comprehension in online interactions. According to Smith, the platform’s goal is to “recreate the human experience” and create a more balanced online environment.

This Black-led social network is being created at a key juncture at which more people are talking about how social media is hurting their mental health. Inpathy seeks to make a difference by encouraging individuals to share both their highs and lows online.

Story originally covered by thegrio

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“Red Alert: Black Creators are in need”.

There is currently a crisis in the U.K. Black IT entrepreneurs believe they have to rely on foreign investors to get their enterprises off the ground.

More than a year after the Black Lives Matter rallies spurred the UK government to examine prejudice against Black business owners, British venture capital firms continue to disregard Black and ethnic minority founders despite a burgeoning startup environment.

“It’s evident that the United Kingdom is not the place to try to secure investment for your startup,” says Rich Serunjogi, creator of Business Score, which connects e-commerce businesses with working capital financing. “Only the best [UK] venture capitalists are interested.” Second-tier funds frequently overlook Black founders, citing reasons such as the company’s market size being insufficient or the idea being too risky.

Originally covered by: https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/16/tech/black-entrepreneurs-uk-racism/index.html

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“You should care”.

After a career transition from RAF fast-jet pilot to software entrepreneur who taught himself to code, Nicholas Kelly hopes to revolutionize UK care with a “Deliveroo-style” app for the industry called Pair My Care.

Nicholas was recently interviewed by Business Live for the #IAmBOB series, which celebrates black-owned businesses throughout the UK. Nicholas introduced Pair My Care to journalist  Hannah Baker, explaining that Nicholas and his mother, Jacquie, have expanded into a collection of four care firms in the last 15 years, with his company Axela Innovations, a smart platform that connects care services, as the newest strand to the business.

Users will be able to hire care-takers for one-time or recurring visits through the app, which will eventually include district nurses and physiotherapists.

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“Edtech and its advancements in empowering Black Coders”.

A fast-growing EdTech company situated in Tennessee. As chief strategy officer, Isaac Y. Addae, an assistant professor at Tennessee State University, has joined the duo

“Black-owned, totally remote technology education hub that promotes minorities interested in technology jobs,” according to the computer training institution. Its goal is to “empower minority students with in-demand technical skills in a sector that has historically lacked racial diversity, while also building a $100 million company.” “We are working with business partners to upskill their talent,” said the company, which trains “minorities to go into tech roles.”

John Mundy,  co-founder founded Pivot Technology School, a fast-growing Tennessee-based EdTech startup added,

  “There are less than 3% of minorities that have tech careers and we want to change that paradigm and create pipelines of highly trained talent to these organizations. We want to expose as many adults as possible to coding and data analytics”.

Originally published by https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2021/12/09/two-young-black-entrepreneurs-started-an-edtech-school-to-help-underserved-groups-pivot-into-fast-growing-well-paying-tech-jobs/?sh=524e8bf44449

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Northwestern Mutual on the forefront of advancing Black Digital Entrepreneurs.

Northwestern Mutual is a lead investor in a $13 million venture capital fund for Black digital entrepreneurs.

After raising a $13 million seed fund headed by Bank of America and Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual, Black Ops Enterprises will invest in Black-driven technology ventures across the United States and Canada.

According to managing partner Heather Hiles, the Miami-based venture capital firm will address the funding gaps that exist among Black-led firms advancing from seed fundraising to series A capital rounds.

Originally published by https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/inno/stories/fundings/2021/12/14/black-ops-ventures-closes-fund-black-tech-founders.html

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Keeping The Streets Safe. One App At A Time.

In a statistic provided by the Office of National Statistics, fifty percent of all women feel unsafe walking alone. Especially at night-time. Emma Kaye has come up with a solution for this problem. She is the founder of the app, WalkSafe.  Its design as well as its unique selling point is a map that uses current crime statistics to help individuals plan the safest way home.

Original story covered by BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-59520815

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Don’t Cut Down Your Companies Potential

With layoffs and losses in 2020-21. Companies are looking to give themselves an edge to compete in the labor market. Keeping diversity in mind will be crucial to a successful hiring process and business, according to Daniel Chait, CEO of applicant monitoring and recruitment software startup Greenhouse. “This isn’t simply about social justice,” adds Chait, “but that is vital.” “It’s about being competitive since human capital is so valuable in today’s economy,” Chait told Benefit News.

The original article was covered by Benefit News. https://www.benefitnews.com/news/ceo-explains-how-to-hire-a-diverse-staff-in-2022

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FIU partners with Break Through Tech to increase equality in Miami’s tech industry.

The Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Science (KFSCIS) at Florida International University (FIU) has teamed with Break Through Tech to build initiatives that will catapult women and other underrepresented groups into technology degrees, and other professions in the tech industry. This initiative, which is part of the Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities Initiative, will also serve to extend the talent pipeline in South Florida’s developing tech economy.

Original Story covered by FIU News

https://news.fiu.edu/2021/fiu-partners-with-break-through-tech-to-increase-diversity-and-gender-equality-in-miamis-tech-ecosystem

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Top Tips for Managing A Small Business Team in 2021.

In 2021 businesses came and went. For those who survived 2021, going into 2022 your business could benefit from some of these tips listed by SMALL BUSINESS TRENDS.

The original story covered by Small Business Trends