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Couple Behind Social App Inpathy Selected For Techstars Detroit

Techstars has launched its latest accelerator program. What’s more, a trailblazing Black-owned company was marked as one of its finalists.

Apr 3, 2023

Here's How Monica Wheat Will Lead Techstars' Equitech Accelerator

Techstars tapped Detroit entrepreneurial leader Monica Wheat to lead its Equitech Accelerator as managing director (MD). Wheat is the co-founder and executive director of Venture Catalysts, a nonprofit ecosystem development group focusing on programming, funding, strategy and business development for entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2016, the nonprofit has been putting on large-scale events and strategic programs. Most notably, Venture Catalysts helped Backstage Capital launch their global accelerator program in Detroit, Los Angeles, and London. Wheat told AfroTech it’s been a challenge running an events nonprofit during the pandemic. While she was grateful for all the new business rolling in, Wheat said her team did get overwhelmed. “We doubled and tripled down on our deal flow and connections and did strategy sessions and programming throughout 2020 and 2021,” Wheat said. “We are mostly a volunteer organization and I must hype the praises for my team who did so much to help...

Jul 31, 2021

African Talent Recruitment Company TalentQL Joins Techstars Toronto to Pursue Global Expansion

TalentQL — a Nigerian talent outsourcing and incubator company — announced today its entry into Techstars Toronto’s class of 2021 to kickstart its operations in East Africa as it eyes plans for global expansion, Techpoint Africa reports. TalentQL will join the accelerator alongside nine other tech startups and also receive $120,000 in funding to support their business. TalentQL — founded by serial entrepreneurs Adewale Yusuf, Opeyemi Awoyemi and Akintunde Sultan — was officially launched last November in an effort to strengthen Africa’s developer talent space to assist international companies in search of new talent. According to the startup, its efforts were fueled by its desire to help democratize opportunity for Africa’s top tech talents to get noticed and offered more prime job opportunities. You heard the news! We’re excited to be part of @techstars Toronto Accelerators 2021 Cohort. More than ever, we are committed to providing innovative companies with top vetted tech talents...

Mar 30, 2021

Pan-African Platform AfriBlocks is the First Zimbabwean Startup Backed By Techstars

The tech industry is increasingly supporting more and more innovative Africa-based startups. Techstars Seattle — a local accelerator a part of Techstars’ worldwide network — is now among the bunch giving these companies a push in the right direction. Back in January, Techstars Seatlle announced its 2021 class of companies joining its programming — including for the first time ever a Zimbabwean startup called AfriBlocks, TechCrunch reports. AfriBlocks is a global pan-african freelance collaboration platform that helps vet African freelance professionals. The startup was founded by entrepreneurs Tongayi Choto and Roger Roman in July of last year in an effort to address the high unemployment rate that plagues many African countries today. “It can be very hard to find African freelancers,” CEO Choto told TechCrunch. “If a customer is lucky enough to get past those hurdles and find a freelancer to work with, they often don’t have the proper collaboration tools to complete the project in...

Mar 5, 2021