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How Entrepreneurs in North Carolina Are Finding Success and Building Community During The Pandemic

As a young girl, Sonja Ebron, a North Carolina native, remembers watching the development of Research Triangle Park and the growth of the local tech scene, and wanting to be a part of the ecosystem. With a PhD in electrical engineering, Ebron spent some time in academia, but she continued to feel a pull towards …

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How Ecosystem Leaders In St. Louis Are Adjusting and Adapting During the Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Jessi Wilcox, program manager of CoderGirl, wanted to make sure students were able to continue their free courses focusing on things like backend web development, data science and user experience, remotely. But, she also recognized a more pressing need amongst students: amid the health pandemic and economic downturn, students were …

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Amid The Pandemic, Community Leaders and Tech Employees Are Working Together To Address The Bay Area’s Digital Divide

Even before being thrust into a nationwide pandemic, lack of internet access was an issue for communities across the country, especially within low-income Black and Brown households. According to data by Pew Research collected in 2019, 44 percent of households with incomes below $30,000 a year don’t have broadband service, 46 percent don’t have a …

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For The Country’s Top Accelerators, New Inclusion Strategies Are On The Horizon

Google for Startups had already launched an accelerator specifically for Black founders when racial uprisings occurred throughout the country in June following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breanna Taylor, but Jewel Burks Solomon, head of Google for Startups, said the company wanted to do more. So, it launched a fund specifically for …

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Protests, Layoffs, and a Pandemic: How Diversity and Inclusion Advocates Are Navigating Tech’s Future

Like most industries, tech has certainly not been immune to the national turmoil of the past seven months. As America continues to grapple simultaneously with COVID-19 and a racial reckoning, many companies are struggling to navigate both pandemics. Even before 2020, there were critiques that little progress had been made in regards to diversity within …

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Weathering COVID-19’s Impact on Their Operations, Black Women Tech Ecosystem Leaders Adapt and Adjust

Even prior to the current global pandemic — which has disproportionately affected minority communities — educational, networking, and funding opportunities in tech were limited for marginalized communities. Now, Black women leading tech ecosystems are working to ensure that the resources and networks they’ve worked to build don’t disappear. 

Black Technologists Create New Virtual Gathering Spaces for Support & Networks Amid Pandemic

College friends and frequent collaborators Scooter Taylor and Tre’von Hill were practicing social distancing on opposite coasts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic when they both decided to attend a digital conference. The event used Hopin, a platform designed for interactive online events, and immediately got the men thinking of ways they could create a …

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