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 Race, Social Justice and Equity Resources

Articles, Podcasts & Reports

The Difference Between First-Degree Racism and Third-Degree Racism

The Atlantic, John Rice

Black Census Project

The largest survey of Black people conducted in the United States since Reconstruction. Over 30,000 Black people from across the country participated in the Black Census Project, providing their views, political beliefs, concerns, and aspirations.

Advancing Racial Equity and Transforming Government: A Resource Guide to Put Ideas into Action

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)

Black Entrepreneurship, Economics and Development Resources

13 Organizations that Support Black Entrepreneurship

SkillhouseU by The Black upStart

The Black upStart trains aspiring African-American entrepreneurs to start successful and profitable businesses. Aspiring business owners are assisted in building, testing, and selling that product.

Forward Cities

Forward Cities is a national capacity-building and learning network working within and between cities and micropolitans to create more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem development. Forward Cities currently works within the Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans, and Durham ecosystems to accelerate inclusive innovation, and foster shared learning and collaboration between cities. 

Code2040

Code2040 is a national nonprofit that seeks 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 technologists. Through events, trainings, early-career programs, and knowledge sharing, Code2040 equips Black and Latinx technologists and their allies with the tools, connections, and the care they need to advocate for and achieve racial equity in the tech industry. 

NewME

NewME is an entrepreneurship education program, serving early stage business founders and their teams through mentorship, specialized curriculums, and capital investment. Their program enables founders to completely re-evaluate product, sales, and marketing strategies, prepare for investment pitches, and connect to a network of partners. As the first underrepresented founder focused program in the United States, NewMe has led founders to more than $47 MM in funding.

Code Fever 

Code Fever is based out of Miami, Florida and focuses on shifting the way Black communities engage and create value within the innovation sector. The organization brings resources, training, networks, funding, and inclusive policies to the Black community to build an asset and talent-filled space where innovation can thrive. Code fever runs the following programs in order to do so. They offer coding, digital literacy and startup bootcamps; monthly office hours with industry professionals; and host Blacktech Week.

Black Girl Ventures

The Black Girl Ventures Foundation is dedicated to offering comprehensive education and advisory services that outline a road map for the growth and success of minority and/or veteran women entrepreneurs. Their vision is to create a society where Black and Brown women founders have equitable access to social and financial capital to grow their businesses.They host crowdfunded pitch competitions in DC, Baltimore, Austin, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, and New York. 

Black Founders

Black Founders is creating an ecosystem that stimulates tech entrepreneurship and fosters economic growth. They develop global programs that equip entrepreneurs, inspire innovation, and share resources. They host networking and educational events in San Francisco as well as cities like Atlanta, New York, and Austin. They also host HBU Hackathons and conferences.

Backstage Capital

Backstage Capital invests in underrepresented founders through funding and accelerator programs. 

BLNDED Media

BLNDED Media’s goal is to change the narrative of who can be, and what it looks like to be, a person of diverse background in business and tech. They were founded on the belief that media should be used as an instrument of change to inform, connect, and empower individuals to make a positive impact on their community. As the leading media platform for diverse founders in Austin, Texas, they work to provide a voice for underrepresented entrepreneurs in tech and highlight organizations that support diversity, in order to build a more inclusive startup ecosystem. 

Techstars Foundation

The mission of Techstars is to develop and support underrepresented entrepreneurs by providing non-profit organizations with grants and access to the Techstars Network. 

MORTAR

MORTAR’s mission is to enable under-served entrepreneurs and businesses in the Cincinnati area by creating opportunities to build communities through entrepreneurship. 

Opportunity Hub

Opportunity Hub (OHUB) is an early stage investment and wealth creating platform to ensure that everyone, everywhere has early exposure to the tech, startup and venture ecosystem; access to in-demand technology education, training and talent placement; an onramp to startup entrepreneurship programming, resources and capital and vetted investment literacy and opportunities for multi-generational wealth creation with no reliance on pre-existing multi-generational wealth.

Verticle404

Vertical404 is an Atlanta-based Accelerator and Pre-Seed Venture Fund – providing the education, mentorship, network, and capital required for Black & Latinx entrepreneurs to lead successful startups. They’ve cultivated an ecosystem suited to address the unique challenges founders of color face – offering programs that successfully guide founders through the sequential process of validation, launch, and scale. 

Upcoming Programs

National Black Economic Conference (Aug 27th)

The National Black Economic Conference (NBEC) is an annual initiative to connect, engage, and inform Black business owners and professionals about opportunities, resources, and programs that will increase the number and scale of Black-owned businesses in the United States and globally. In addition, the forum aims to create dialogue and solutions for creating multi-generational wealth and building sustainable communities.

The State of Durham’s Black Business Ecosystem (Oct. 1) 

A discussion about the impact of systemic racism on economic development and the Black business ecosystem in Durham.

Corporate Statements

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