SoftBank Investment Advisers and WeWork Labs have announced their Emerge Program for diverse entrepreneurs. The program is open to tech startups with at least one founder who is Black, Latinx, Native American, female/non-binary, a veteran, refugee, and/or LGBTQ+. The program aims to enhance the innovation of tech by incorporating founders from all backgrounds thus supporting companies that represent an inclusive world.
The customized eight-week program will provide startups with educational sessions, access to SoftBank’s portfolio companies and professionals as well as WeWork’s global labs.
Startup participation is equity-free and will also provide dedicated desk space and a WeWork Labs manager for the duration of the program. The program will allow founders to showcase their business to key investors and SoftBank Advisors at a showcase event on June 18.
Other requirements for eligible participants include having a working product at Seed or Series A stage, at least one founder who is able and dedicated to attending meetings in the Bay area, and a scalable tech-focused business model.
The program will take place in San Mateo, CA from April 27-June 19.
The application deadline is March 27. Click here to apply.