Black-led tech companies are doing their part to shape the digital future, and startup company Centri Tech’s newest launch is continuing that same mission.

Centri Tech — a social venture that mobilizes the full potential of tech to help humanity through digital advancement — has announced a launch in Portland, OR, where the company will continue to function as a leader in revolutionizing tech for the advancement of society.

According to a press release, this hands-on approach intersects real estate, housing, technology, culture and innovation to help overcome the socio-economic disparities we succumb to.

This approach involves three different points of focus for Centri Tech including:

    • A widespread technology policy and practice agenda focused on both public and private sectors
    • A network of like-minded entities from the public sector, technology and corporate industries, philanthropy, as well as the community development and housing sector
    • Digital innovation practices to leverage new technologies with social purpose.

By integrating these three strategies into the platform’s business model, Centri Tech is able to drive the impact for society while centering its mission around improved health, wealth and environment.

According to Centri Tech co-founder and CEO Rey Ramsey, this launch in Portland is crucial to the company’s origin story, and will play a huge role is propelling it forward.

“We are at a moment of historic opportunity and Portland is a key community at the epicenter of great potential impact. The disruption unleashed by the pandemic, alongside widespread calls for transformative change, has opened the way to new possibilities,” he said in a press statement.

He concluded saying, “The city is rich with diverse talent and dedicated policy makers who recognize the importance of leveraging the power of technology to bring affordable, accessible high-speed Internet for all residents. We are excited to engage these innovative minds to reimagine the role of tech to advance digital opportunities that position Americans to thrive in the digital economy.”

Erik Sten — Chief Investment Officer at Blackstar Stability and former Portland City Commissioner — echoed Ramsey’s thoughts and shared his support of the company’s mission to create change at the hands of tech stating:

“Rey has a long and sterling track record in Oregon of driving impact and putting the needs of the community first. What he and his team at Centri Tech are doing to bring broadband and technology to drive impact for society is sorely needed. I applaud their approach and know that he will be an inclusive catalyst for positive change. We look forward to collaborating with Centri Tech to improve the economic stability and opportunity available in our communities.”

In addition to opening its new Portland office, Centri Tech has also been inducted into the 2021 cohort of the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) — a business accelerator that provides mentorship and resources to select startups.

Within this capacity, Centri Tech will have a chance to connect and engage with other exciting start-up organizations in the Portland community as it continues to drive its mission.

For more information about Centri Tech, visit its website.