From the White House’s Tech Inclusion Pledge to Apple’s and Google’s annual diversity reports, players across the tech world have been expressing concern about the industry’s infamous diversity problem. According to CB Insights research in 2010, only one percent of venture capital­funded startup founders were black. Although there have been only minor pockets of progress thus far, several organizations have emerged as leaders in the effort to help minority entrepreneurs start companies, build businesses, secure funding and eventually achieve success. To highlight a few of the most prominent:

1. Techstars Foundation
2. CODE2040
3. 500 Startups
4. NewME Startup Accelerator
5. Black Founders

African American Economics, African American Businesses, Black Businesses, #BuyBlack, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNAngela Benton | Founder & CEO of NewME Accelerator

African American Economics, African American Businesses, Black Businesses, #BuyBlack, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNLaura Weidman Powers | Co-founder and CEO of CODE2040

African American Economics, African American Businesses, Black Businesses, #BuyBlack, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNWayne Sutton | Co-founder of BUILDUP & Tech Inclusion

African American Economics, African American Businesses, Black Businesses, #BuyBlack, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNTristan Walker | Founder & CEO of Walker & Company Brands



Luke Cooper, J.D., MBA, is the CEO and founder of Fixt, a baltimore-based on-demand platform that provides fast, secure and affordable mobile device repair solutions for individuals and corporations. Cooper is also a member of the board of directors at the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO). (Entrepreneur.com)


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