First Dollar
June 12, 2020

Support Black and Brown Futures in the Tech and Start-up Industry

Black Lives Matter is way more than a trending topic. 

While we might see timelines going back to “normal” in the coming weeks, life as we knew it is no longer, and that’s a good thing.

As we move into the next phase of this movement, it’s incredibly important to keep up the energy we’ve been seeing across social media. The sharing of resources, the uncomfortable conversations and the calls for change must continue if we want to see a tangible shift in the systems working against Black and Brown people in America.

Below is a list of organizations to support the pipeline of diverse talent in the start-up space. By no means is this comprehensive, but it’s a good place to start if you’re looking for ways to make a difference in this industry.

Black Girls Code 

BGC’s mission is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. 

Black & Brown Founders

This organization provides community, education, and access to Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, allowing them to launch and build tech businesses with modest resources.

Gyrl Wonder

Gyrl Wonder is a professional pipeline 501c3 initiative giving rise to ambitious young women of color between the ages of 17 - 22. The mission is to empower their gyrls through social impact, career exploration and objective alignment.

Code2040

Code2040’s mission is to activate, connect, and mobilize the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy.

NewMe

NewME is an entrepreneurship education program, serving early-stage business founders and their teams through mentorship, specialized curriculums, and for those companies chosen - capital investment.

Black Girl Ventures

BGV is a culturally converging ecosystem igniting economic security, civic engagement, and hyperlocal infrastructure at the intersection of STEM education and entrepreneurship for Black and Brown woman-identifying founders, funders, and veterans.

Backstage Capital

Less than 10 percent of all venture capital deals go to women, POCs and LGBTQ founders. Backstage Capital sees this as the biggest opportunity in investment. BC has invested over $7M in more than 130 companies led by underrepresented founders.

23 Code Street

This organization is a coding school for all women and nonbinary people. For every paying student on their courses, they teach digital skills to a woman in the slums of India.

Consider donating or getting involved with these organizations to be a part of the change in the tech and startup industry. There’s a lot of work to be done, so we hope this launches you into a journey of systemic change.

Related Articles

News
First Dollar secures $5 million investment from Next Coast Ventures and Meridian Street Capital.

Are you ready to save more money on healthcare?