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Possip Places EdTech Value on Feedback Parents Give to Schools and Districts

Possip Places EdTech Value on Feedback Parents Give to Schools and Districts

Chasity Cooper January 13, 2020

As education technology expands in the classroom aimed to reduce the chasm between students who need additional instruction, and teachers who have too many pupils to warrant individual support, edtech to foster deeper relationships between parents and schools is on the rise. New tools now offer the ability for educators and administrators to directly connect with parents about everything from classroom grades and upcoming holidays to school emergencies and parent-teacher conferences.

CES 2020 Centers Investment into Underrepresented Entrepreneurs and Investors

CES 2020 Centers Investment into Underrepresented Entrepreneurs and Investors

Sherrell Dorsey January 7, 2020

Just one year after announcing its $10 million commitment to investing in underrepresented founders, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has doubled down on its diversity initiatives by introducing a new programming track at its annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) conference for those looking to see women and founders of color gracing the show’s stages.

Inside Atlanta HBCU’s Fall Data Science Plan and the Quest to Create More Black Data Scientists

Inside Atlanta HBCU’s Fall Data Science Plan and the Quest to Create More Black Data Scientists

Sherrell Dorsey December 16, 2019

Students entering their freshman year at Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Morehouse School of Medicine, will be among the first to get a shot at piloting the Atlanta University Center Consortium’s forthcoming data science program slated to launch in fall of 2020. 

Data Vizualization: Kiva U.S. Loan Deployment to Black Entrepreneurs

Data Vizualization: Kiva U.S. Loan Deployment to Black Entrepreneurs

Semmi December 10, 2019

The top cities where Black entrepreneurs have taken advantage of Kiva loans the most include: New York City, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.

How Kiva Boosts Black Entrepreneurs, One Loan At a Time

How Kiva Boosts Black Entrepreneurs, One Loan At a Time

Julian Wyllie November 25, 2019

The nonprofit crowdfunding platform has high rates of African American borrowers in the East and Midwest, including Baltimore, New York City, and Detroit.

Black Digital Platform Creators Cash in on Connecting Users to Social Capital

Black Digital Platform Creators Cash in on Connecting Users to Social Capital

Sherrell Dorsey November 18, 2019

Within the last year alone, Black tech platform creators have emerged to claim their stake in the multibillion-dollar professional networking scene. As networking offline and online converge, Black founders are developing digital tools to help users access deeper social connections that spill over from online environments into the real world.

Black Lawmakers are in the Fight to Regulate Tech (Part II)

Black Lawmakers are in the Fight to Regulate Tech (Part II)

J.J. McCorvey November 4, 2019

Biometric technology certainly makes a splash in the headlines, but the “fuel” that powers most of its applications—algorithms and artificial intelligence—is also increasingly falling into the crosshairs of Black lawmakers and law enforcers.

Black Lawmakers are in the Fight to Regulate Tech (Part I)

Black Lawmakers are in the Fight to Regulate Tech (Part I)

J.J. McCorvey October 28, 2019

Some Black lawmakers seem to be stepping in as proxy for those without a seat at the corporate table, as well as for those who are most vulnerable to the repercussions of Big Tech’s appetite for market dominance.

NewME Bootcamp Lands $1.2 Million to Train 100 Black Founders in 2020

NewME Bootcamp Lands $1.2 Million to Train 100 Black Founders in 2020

Sherrell Dorsey October 21, 2019

Nearly three years later, after an uphill climb to configuring a program that would effectively build up venture-backable companies and teams from underrepresented groups, the Hillman Accelerator, and its subsequent NewME Bootcamp, picked up a confirmed $1.2 million for its 2020 programming—a near triple increase in funding since Hillman first opened its doors for business. 

Are Black Mayors Adequately Future-Proofing Cities for Black Residents? 

Are Black Mayors Adequately Future-Proofing Cities for Black Residents? 

Sherrell Dorsey October 8, 2019

Today, Black mayors are tasked with two important roles: develop a vision for their cities which may include the adoption of “smart city” initiatives and large-scale tech-sector job growth; and attempt to help Black communities bounce back from decades-long discriminatory policies and disinvestment to ensure their participation in the global economy.

Substantive or Spectacle? Black Entrepreneurs and Investors Weigh in on the Value of Pitch Competitions for Black Founders

Substantive or Spectacle? Black Entrepreneurs and Investors Weigh in on the Value of Pitch Competitions for Black Founders

Sherrell Dorsey September 29, 2019

Though pitch competitions offer access for all types of companies and founders, they are nowhere near an adequate response to what is a national crisis of inequality in funding for Black entrepreneurs.

The Private Group Pushing Black Tech Talent into AI Jobs

The Private Group Pushing Black Tech Talent into AI Jobs

Sherrell Dorsey September 16, 2019

In the crevices of the digital world, the Black in AI community has emerged as a response to the shortage of Black people being represented within the space of AI. In addition to its existence within private digital rooms, the community boasts one of few AI conferences where Black talent is centered at the forefront of research and innovation. 

Black Investors Look to Leverage Opportunity Zones for Sustainability and Development in Communities of Color

Black Investors Look to Leverage Opportunity Zones for Sustainability and Development in Communities of Color

Chasity Cooper September 9, 2019

For Derrick Morgan, becoming an impact investor has proven to be about much more than the return on his investment, but rather a chance to build long-lasting sustainability in communities that need it the most. 

Designing Water: Black Tech Startups Rethink Public Utilities and Social Justice

Designing Water: Black Tech Startups Rethink Public Utilities and Social Justice

Sherrell Dorsey August 26, 2019

Flint might seem like an outlier, but the water that comes to most of our homes in the U.S. is at risk. These Black tech startups are working to change that.

Here's Where and How Black Investors Are Placing Their Bets

Here's Where and How Black Investors Are Placing Their Bets

J.J. McCorvey August 19, 2019

J.J. McCorvey, explores how a few Black investors are thinking about the discovery and support of various niche industries and communities. 

As Black Investment Firms Gain Ground, Gender and Geographic Diversity Still Lacking

As Black Investment Firms Gain Ground, Gender and Geographic Diversity Still Lacking

Sherrell Dorsey August 12, 2019

In 2017, we began documenting the rise of Black-owned firms. Two years later, we’ve added a total of nine new investment firms established by single Black founders or a Black co-founder between 2018 and 2019, taking our scope of evaluated firms from 33 to 46.