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AfroTech 2021 Is Bringing Out The Next Wave Of Black Innovators And Changemakers

AfroTech 2021 is almost here, and to get in the spirit, we’re spotlighting the next wave of tech innovators! For years, the conference has been home to fellow founders, entrepreneurs, and engineers looking to take a 360-degree approach to how our culture, innovation and tech truly run the world. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AfroTech ( Ahead of the experience, AfroTech sought out pitches from early-stage startups by allowing them to pitch their businesses in front of their community for a chance to win the AfroTech Cup. Ahead of the November event, The Young Founders Pitch Competition — hosted by Cash App and Square — was open to pre-seed and seed-stage companies taking up space in tech and open to founders between the ages of 18 and 30. Then there’s the second pitch competition, AfroTech World Cup, which didn’t require any stage funding, industry or age requirements that is sponsored by Lexus. Entries included everything from startups backed by science to...

Shanique Yates

Oct 22, 2021

How Silicon Valley Bank Helps Emerging Talent Chart Careers in Tech

SVB’s Access to Innovation program provides educational and workplace experiences to build a more diverse and inclusive tech workforce Silicon Valley Bank is the bank of the innovation economy, helping entrepreneurs and investors invent the future. As part of SVB’s dedication to the success of innovation, the bank recently launched Access to Innovation , a program that expands educational and job opportunities to more minority and female founders, executives and investors, as well as young people who may have never dreamed of a career in tech. “We believe everyone should have equal access to great careers and business success,” Greg Becker, CEO of SVB, said. “The innovation economy, the ecosystem we help fuel, is full of opportunities. Through a range of programs, partnerships, volunteering and financing, we have a companywide goal to increase access to innovation for everyone.” Why is SVB doing this? Tech companies report that it is challenging to find people with the skills needed...


Nov 12, 2019