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These 10 Groundbreaking Black Startups Were Founded by HBCU Grads

These Black startups are groundbreaking on their own — and they have the added benefit of being founded by HBCU graduates. Despite the lack of diversity within the tech industry, Black pioneers continue to set the industry on fire. Innovative approaches and insightful strategies provided by Black leaders in tech widen representation and opportunity for technological advancements. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have showcased great rapport for graduating Black students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They play a great part in the success of Black leaders by providing support systems, opportunities, and resources for them to thrive. And recent studies reveal that HBCUs are incubators for thriving Black talent. A study conducted by Bloomberg (via TurningPoints ) reveals that Howard University produces the lion’s share of Black founders — which is why schools like Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, and Spelman are receiving $1.5 million in...

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 29, 2021

Collab Capital is in the Business of Helping to Produce the Next Black Millionaires

Here at AfroTech, we’re all about building the next generation of Black millionaires, and there’s no better way than having conversations with people who are actively doing the work to make it happen. On the latest episode of the Black Tech Green Money podcast, host Will Lucas is joined by the founders of Collab Capital to discuss not only what’s missing in the venture capital space to meet the needs of Black founders, but what is required beyond capital to fully succeed as a Black Founder. Managing partners, Barry Givens, Jewel Burks and Justin Dawkins have some tips on how and why they’re unapologetically Black when it comes to building up founders and making sure they’re on track to build successful startups. “It is so important right now to be supporting and investing in Black founders because we know that this year alone has been crazy for everyone, but particularly for Black founded businesses,” says Jewel. “There are some scary statistics out there around the fact that 40% of...

Shanique Yates

Jan 12, 2021