The recent wave of nationwide protests focused on police brutality and Black Lives Matter has helped shine a light on inequality and systematic racism, which has reached a major tipping point. While protesting is one way to make our voices heard, we at Fresh Brewed Tech want to help in our own way, providing equal access to all entrepreneurs, especially those who are underserved. We believe access enables opportunity and levels the playing field. Below is a list of local resources for underrepresented founders:
- Finimpact just wrote a list of ways/tips to support and help black-owned small businesses. Check it out here!
- Hosted by Tech Coast Angels, the Women in Angel Investing features six female angel investors who explain their journeys as angel investors as well as some Q&A. RSVP here.
- Founders First Capital Partners is an accelerator that helps drive growth of small, service-based, $1M+ revenue, B2B businesses run by diverse leaders such as women, minorities, veterans, LGBTQ and those living in low and moderate income areas. Apply here!
- For those interested in starting a company, Arlan Hamilton, an investor in underrepresented founders, has a great course called How To Raise Capital.
- Carlsbad’s Lolita Taub puts out a monthly newsletter of resources for founders of color.
- The new Advancing San Diego initiative will help upskill our local technical talent, creating a bigger homegrown talent pool for our local companies. Sign up for training or to hire talent.
- Connect ALL is the only (let’s change this) SD accelerator for diverse founders with low-to-moderate income. Support the incubated companies by getting to know them here.
- San Diego Code School is now accepting applications for its brand new paid apprentice program. Get paid while learning to code!
- Claude Jones, of our recent HNC Mafia Series spotlight, runs a non-profit called the Elevate Foundation focused on rebuilding our communities.
- The Techstars Foundation is a non-profit created to improve diversity in technology entrepreneurship by providing opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs through grants, scholarships, and sponsorships.
- We Tha Plug is a for-profit organization that advocates in fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem for underrepresented communities, specifically Pan African and Latinx, on a global level. Their team provides mentorship and coaching to founders and startup companies at all levels from ideation, pre-seed, and series A funding.
- Innovations City – Peer-to-peer networking platform helping Entrepreneurs build, pitch and connect with funding opportunities
- Stella Labs – To inspire, equip, and propel female founders to successfully plans, launch, and scale their original businesses, thus positively impacting their local, national and global economies.
- Startup San Diego’s Airtable to San Diego Startup Resources
- Black Girls Code – To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.
- Join their event for ages 8-13 on June 20
Know any other resources available for local underrepresented founders? Drop us a line. And let’s keep this conversation going.