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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. 

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.

3 Black Startups on Why They Failed

3 Black Startups on Why They Failed

Chasity Cooper July 15, 2019

Statistically, most startups don’t last five years before closing up shop. But for Black founders who already find it difficult to raise the capital they need for growth, fighting for survival sometimes no longer makes sense.

For First-Time Black Startup Investors, PopCom’s Crowdequity Campaign Offers Bridge

For First-Time Black Startup Investors, PopCom’s Crowdequity Campaign Offers Bridge

Sherrell Dorsey July 6, 2019

Dickson began a multi-city tour, hosting investor meetups and shaking hands with many of the individuals who took the leap to invest in PopCom.

Atlanta’s 'Godfather of Tech' Has Big Ambitions for the Black Mecca

Atlanta’s 'Godfather of Tech' Has Big Ambitions for the Black Mecca

ThePLUG Staff March 22, 2019

Most non-ATLiens who know the name Paul Judge learned it from his current cameos…

HBCU@SXSW Presented Its Largest Cohort to Date—Here’s What We’ve Learned

HBCU@SXSW Presented Its Largest Cohort to Date—Here’s What We’ve Learned

ThePLUG Staff March 12, 2019

For students of color, South by Southwest (SXSW) serves as a premier destination to…

How Paige & Paxton Uses Identity to Fuel STEM Learning in Elementary Schools

How Paige & Paxton Uses Identity to Fuel STEM Learning in Elementary Schools

ThePLUG Staff February 7, 2019

What began as two puzzle characters created more than 30 years ago by journalist…

Black Innovation Thrives in the UK Despite Low Minority Representation in Tech

Black Innovation Thrives in the UK Despite Low Minority Representation in Tech

ThePLUG Staff January 31, 2019

The United Kingdom tech sector shares common characteristics with its U.S. counterpart: the industry…

This Founder is Developing Wearable Tech for People Suffering from Neuromuscular Disorders

This Founder is Developing Wearable Tech for People Suffering from Neuromuscular Disorders

ThePLUG Staff December 20, 2018

Courtney Williamson, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of AbiliLife, a tech company that engineers products for…

This Former History Teacher Provides VR Field Trips for Children in Low-Income Communities

This Former History Teacher Provides VR Field Trips for Children in Low-Income Communities

ThePLUG Staff November 26, 2018

A year ago, Kai Frazier gave up her home and the life she knew…

The World Needed a New Biodegradable Plastic—We Discovered One at Tuskegee University

The World Needed a New Biodegradable Plastic—We Discovered One at Tuskegee University

ThePLUG Staff November 19, 2018

As summer of 2018 drew to a close, an ambitious sea voyage launched from…

‘Pose’ Star Angelica Ross is Amplifying the Voices of Transgender Tech Workers

‘Pose’ Star Angelica Ross is Amplifying the Voices of Transgender Tech Workers

ThePLUG Staff October 15, 2018

Angelica Ross is determined. You can see her resolve in the groundbreaking FX series Pose, in…

Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry

Black Tech Conferences Offer a Lifeline in a Predominantly White Industry

Sherrell Dorsey September 28, 2018

We took a look at more than 15 annual Black tech conferences to understand…

This Tech Company Is Trying to Help Homeless People Get IDs

This Tech Company Is Trying to Help Homeless People Get IDs

ThePLUG Staff September 27, 2018

For most of us, losing a photo ID is little more than a wasted…

Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

ThePLUG Staff September 21, 2018

Giving birth in the United State can pose a fatal risk. This stark reality…

The Rise of Black-Owned Co-Working Spaces

The Rise of Black-Owned Co-Working Spaces

Sherrell Dorsey August 3, 2018

On February 1, 1960, four students marched to 134 South Elm Street in Greensboro,…