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According to CB Insights data, only one percent of venture capital-backed tech companies are founded by Black American entrepreneurs. This is despite the fact that diverse founding teams have proven to regularly outperform homogenous ones.  

To help Black American entrepreneurs find resources available to help them, we released v1 of the Black American Startup Ecosystem Canvas in February 2020, in celebration of Black History Month. This first release included over 300 startup resources across the U.S., organized by stage.  

Since that time, the racial inequities in our society have come to the forefront, and as a result dozens of new funds, organizations, and resources have been created to push Black American entrepreneurship forward (including the Black American Founder Fellowship, by the Founder Institute).

To keep up with the times we are now releasing an updated 2021 version of the Black American Canvas (v4), with over 742 resources listed. While we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list.

 

Below we have included a text version, for ease of searching & hyperlinking to all resources:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.


1. IDEA-STAGE 

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

  1. Inspire

    1. Startup Media: Centralized information, listings, and news around African American entrepreneurship (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters, etc)

      1. AfroTech

      2. BDPA Today
      3. Blackque247
      4. Black Enterprise - Technology
      5. Black Excellence - Business
      6. Black Founders NewsleTechnologytter
      7. Black Tech Mecca - Reports
      8. Black Tech Unplugged
      9. Black Tech Women
      10. Black Wall Street
      11. Black Women Talk Tech Blog
      12. Blackledstartups.com 
      13. Blacks in Technology - Stories
      14. Blavity
      15. Diversify Tech
      16. For Colored Girls Who Tech Newsletter
      17. Good Black News - Technology
      18. GSVlabs - Passport Scholarship for Black Founders
      19. Mogul Millennial
      20. People of Color in Tech
      21. Startup Digest Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
      22. The Network Journal - Black Entrepreneurs
      23. The Network Journal - Technology
      24. ThePLUG
      25. Urban Trendsetters: Tech News
      26. UrbanGeekz
      27. Wearable Tech Ventures 
  1. Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events specifically for African American entrepreneurs/ aspiring entrepreneurs (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups) 

    1. #blackcomputeHER Conference

    2. A3C Conference and Festival
    3. AfroTech World
    4. A Tribe Called Tech Conference
    5. BDPA National Conference
    6. BITCon
    7. BlackByte
    8. Black Designers Ignite
    9. Black is Tech Conference
    10. Black Tech for Black Lives
    11. Black Tech Master Series
    12. Black Tech NOLA
    13. Black Technology Professionals - BTP NY
    14. BlackTech Meetup
    15. BlackTech Miami
    16. Blacktech Week
    17. Black Wall Street: Homecoming
    18. Black Women Talk Tech
    19. Data 4 Black Lives Conference
    20. Entrepreneur Accelerator Summit
    21. Graveti Summit
    22. MiTECH
    23. MogulCon
    24. NBMBAA Conference
    25. NOVELDAY 
    26. T.H.E. Summit
    27. Tech Inclusion
    28. TechFam
    29. Tech: To Elevate Color in Hiring
    30. Texas Black Expo
    31. The Codette Project
    32. The State of Black Design
    33. Women of Power Tech Conference


  1. Educate

    1. Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events specifically for African American entrepreneurs/ aspiring entrepreneurs (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspirate, like 1 Million Cups, Startup Grind, Startup Founder 101, etc).

      1. #blackcomputeHER

      2. < BLK hack >
      3. 1 Million Cups
      4. ATL Black Tech
      5. bccelerator
      6. Black Blockchain: New York
      7. Black Female Founders
      8. Black Founders
      9. Black in Tech: Food and Hacking
      10. Black Tech Columbus
      11. Black Tech Link
      12. Black Tech Matters
      13. Black Tech Nation
      14. Blacks in Technology
      15. Blacks in Technology: Dallas
      16. Blacks in Technology: Los Angeles
      17. Blacks in Technology: Washington, DC
      18. Blogalicious
      19. Chicago Blacks in Technology
      20. Cincinnati Blacks In Technology Meetup
      21. Crebul
      22. ImBlackInTech
      23. Knox St. Studios
      24. Minority Programmers Association
      25. Novel City Chamber of Innovation 
      26. PDX Blacks in Technology Meetup
      27. Philly Startup Leaders
      28. Startup Founder 101
      29. Startup Grind
      30. TECHQUITY
      31. The Black Mastermind Group
      32. Roxbury Innovation Center


    1. Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development organizations that are either 100% focused on African Americans, or have specific programs geared towards increasing African Americans in entrepreneurship. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)

      1. /dev/color

      2. Ada Developers Academy
      3. Alchemy Code Lab
      4. All Star Code
      5. American Underground
      6. Ayoo Africa Tech DC
      7. Baltimore Black Entrepreneurs & Startup Founders
      8. Bccelerator
      9. Black Ambition
      10. Black and Brown Founders
      11. Black Code Collective
      12. Black Girls Code
      13. Black Men Code
      14. Black Tech Boston
      15. Black Technologist
      16. BLKTECHCLT
      17. BLUE1647
      18. Careers in Code
      19. City Startup Labs
      20. Claim Academy
      21. Code Fellows
      22. Code Success @ NSBE
      23. Code2040
      24. Coding Dojo
      25. Columbia HBCU Fellowship
      26. DevLeague
      27. DevPoint Labs
      28. DigitalCrafts
      29. Founder Institute Black Founder Fellowship
      30. Fullstack Academy
      31. Galvanize
      32. General Assembly
      33. Grand Circus
      34. Hack Reactor
      35. Hackbright Academy
      36. Kal Academy
      37. Launch Academy
      38. Lean Startup Machine
      39. Metis
      40. Millennial Entrepreneurs Redefined
      41. MORTAR
      42. Nation of Makers
      43. National BDPA
      44. National Coalition of 100 Black Women
      45. New Relic Bootcamp Diversity Scholarship
      46. NOLAVATE Black: New Orleans Black Tech Collective
      47. Novel Professionals Accelerator 
      48. Philly Tech Sistas
      49. Pivot Technology School
      50. PowerMoves Bootcamp
      51. SEED SPOT
      52. She Means Business Incubator
      53. StartupBus Advancing Black Entrepreneurs
      54. Startup Institute
      55. Tech Diversified
      56. Tech Elevator
      57. The Black Upstart
      58. The Hidden Genius Project
      59. Trep House
      60. We Build Black
      61. We Can Code IT


  1. Validate

    1. Team Formation: Resources for African American entrepreneurs to team up (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)

      1. Atlanta Minorities in Technology

      2. Bay Area Black Designers
      3. Birmingham Black Techies
      4. Black Business Association
      5. Black Business Women Rock
      6. Black Career Women's lo Network
      7. Black Connect
      8. Atlanta Minorities in Technology
      9. Bay Area Black Designers
      10. Birmingham Black Techies
      11. Black Business Association
      12. Black Business Women Rock
      13. Black Career Women's Network
      14. Black Connect
      15. Black Founders of San Francisco Bay Area
      16. Black in Tech STL
      17. Black Professionals In Tech Network
      18. Black Professionals Network
      19. Black Tech Talent
      20. Black Women in Technology: LA
      21. Blerd – Black Nerds in Colorado
      22. Boston Young Black Professionals
      23. CoFoundersLab
      24. Detroit Black Tech
      25. Founder2be
      26. FounderDating
      27. National Black MBA Association
      28. National Society of Black Engineers
      29. NYC Black Designers
      30. Ohio Black Entrepreneurs Network
      31. Organization of Black Designers
      32. Saint Louis Black Entrepreneurs Meetup
      33. Silicon Beach Diversity
      34. South Florida Black Professionals Network
      35. STL Professionals & Entrepreneurs of African Diaspora Meetup
      36. TechCofounder
      37. Technologists of Color
      38. Tribe Called T.E.C.H.
      39. Valence.community 


    1. Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build, specifically for African American entrepreneurs (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)

      1. BE Smart Hackathon

      2. Black Developers Meetup
      3. Black Girls Code Hackathon
      4. Black Lives Matter Hackathon
      5. Black Orlando Tech
      6. Blackspace
      7. Coding in Color
      8. Columbia DivHacks
      9. Frauvis Low Code Hackathon - Build For Us. Build For The Community.
      10. Hack Excellence: HBCU Hackathon Edition
      11. Hack for Justice Hackathon
      12. Hack the Gap
      13. Hack.Diversity
      14. HBCU Computer Science Department Chairs’ Hackathon
      15. iD8 Hackathon
      16. LA Makerspace
      17. MBKHEALTH Hackathon 
      18. National Day of Civic Hacking


2. LAUNCH-STAGE 

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

  1. Start

    1. Establish: Law firms & banks for startups with programs specifically targeting African Americans and other minorities in startups  

      1. 1st Choice Credit Union

      2. Alamerica Bank
      3. Allgaier Patent Solutions
      4. AXS Law
      5. Broadway Federal Bank
      6. Carver Federal Savings Bank
      7. Carver State Bank
      8. Citizens Bank
      9. Citizens Trust Bank
      10. Columbia Savings & Loan Association
      11. Commonwealth National Bank
      12. Credit Union of Atlanta
      13. Culhane Meadows
      14. Dayna Thomas Law
      15. Edwards Sutarwalla PLLC
      16. Faith Community Credit Union
      17. FAMU Federal Credit Union
      18. Fenwick & West
      19. First Independence Bank
      20. First Legacy Community Credit Union
      21. First Security Bank
      22. FisherBroyles
      23. Foley & Lardner
      24. Franklin Square Law Group
      25. GN Bank
      26. Greater Kinston Credit Union
      27. Greenberg Traurig
      28. Gunderson Dettmer
      29. Hill District Federal Credit Union
      30. Hope Credit Union
      31. Industrial Bank
      32. KMR Law Group
      33. Law For Black Lives
      34. Liberty Bank
      35. Looby Law
      36. M&F Bank
      37. Metro Bank
      38. Miles & Stockbridge
      39. OneUnited Bank
      40. Opportunity Finance Network
      41. Optus Bank
      42. SEED Law
      43. Sirote
      44. SJS Law Firm
      45. South Side Community Federal Credit Union
      46. St. Louis Community Credit Union
      47. The Arthur Firm
      48. The Fairley Firm
      49. The Harbor Bank of Maryland
      50. The Law Offices of Max Elliott
      51. Tolbert & Tolbert
      52. Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union
      53. Tri-State Bank
      54. United Bank of Philadelphia
      55. Unity National Bank
      56. Unity National Bank
      57. Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union
      58. VSU Federal Credit Union
      59. WilmerHale
  1. Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces with programs specifically targeting African Americans and other minorities in startups (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure) 

    1. All In Coworking of Inglewood

    2. Bamboo Detroit
    3. Black Dot Seattle
    4. Black Tech Union
    5. Blackbird House
    6. Blue Lacuna
    7. Business Lounge Dallas
    8. C3 Lab
    9. CAMPspace
    10. Catalyst Spaces
    11. Clout Workspace
    12. Coalition Space
    13. CoWork Street
    14. Creative Colony
    15. Creative Workspace @ HBA
    16. Dream Village
    17. EcoTech Visions
    18. Equal Space
    19. Ethel's Club
    20. Evolve Oakland
    21. Femology
    22. Highlander Accelerator Coworking Space
    23. I/O SPACES
    24. Impact Hub
    25. Inclusive Innovation Incubator Coworking Space
    26. Input Lofts
    27. LA Create Space
    28. Locale Workspace
    29. MLK Center Indy
    30. New Women Space
    31. Oakstop
    32. Opportunity Hub
    33. OSC Tech Lab
    34. Perfect Office
    35. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    36. Second Shift Chicago
    37. Space Called Tribe
    38. SpaceLab Detroit
    39. Station Loft Works
    40. Synergy Coworking
    41. TechSquare Labs
    42. THE COMPOUND COWORK
    43. The Cube Cowork
    44. The Gathering Spot
    45. The Harlem Collective
    46. The Lab Nashville
    47. The Startup Nest
    48. The Urban Collective
    49. TILA Studios
    50. Vector90
    51. WeWork
    52. Work Evolution
    53. Zora's House
  1. Develop

    1. Formalize: Accounting, development and HR for early-stage startups, with programs specifically targeting African Americans and other minorities in startups  

      1. AATC

      2. ActOne Group
      3. Adelson Digital
      4. AMM Bookkeeping
      5. Anew HR Solutions
      6. Banks, Finley, White & Company
      7. Black Tech Jobs
      8. Carrington & Carrington
      9. CEPHR HR Consulting
      10. Creative Juice
      11. DIVERSANT
      12. Grace & Associates CPA
      13. Heyward CPA
      14. Inspire U Apps
      15. Jopwell
      16. Luxurious Web Design
      17. Minority Executive Search
      18. Mitchell Titus
      19. MoTek Technologies
      20. Ronnie L. Darden, CPA
      21. StandBy Talent


    1. Prepare for Seed: Incubators and advanced mentorship with programs specifically targeting African Americans and other minorities in startups (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources for startup TEAMS)

      1. Bantunium Labs

      2. Bayou City Lab
      3. Black Dot
      4. Black Founders Exchange
      5. Catapult
      6. Chicago Urban League Center for Entrepreneurship
      7. City Startup Labs
      8. Code2040
      9. digitalundivided
      10. Early Growth Black Founder Mentorship
      11. Google for Startups
      12. Harbor CDC
      13. Halcyon
      14. Inclusive Innovation Incubator
      15. Incubator Without Walls
      16. Minority Cannabis Incubator
      17. Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
      18. Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
      19. SMAART Incubator
      20. Shaw University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center
      21. StartUP FIU Procurement
      22. The Bronzeville Incubator
      23. The Hood Incubator
      24. The Startup Nest
      25. The Urban Incubator
      26. Youngstown Business Incubator


  1. Launch

    1. Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs with programs specifically targeting African Americans in startups (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)

      1. 500 Startups

      2. 1863 Ventures Pipeline
      3. 1871
      4. Bronze Valley Accelerator
      5. Cincinnati Chamber Minority Business Accelerator
      6. CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center
      7. DivInc
      8. Dreamit
      9. Founder Gym
      10. FundBlackFounders
      11. Greenville Chamber Minority Business Accelerator
      12. Hillman Accelerator
      13. Impact Ventures Startup Accelerator
      14. KiwiTech
      15. MVP Accelerator
      16. MWBE Accelerator
      17. NewME
      18. Nex Cubed, HBCU Founders Program
      19. Opportunity Hub Entrepreneurship Accelerator
      20. Plug and Play Tech Center
      21. PowerMoves
      22. Rocky Mountain MicroFinance (RMMFI)
      23. Sistahbiz Global Network
      24. Smarter in the City
      25. Startup52
      26. Tampa Bay Chamber Minority Business Accelerator
      27. Techstars
      28. The Farm Accelerator
      29. Tumml
      30. Vertical 404 Accelerator
      31. Y Combinator


    1. Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)

      1. $100,000 Pitch Competition

      2. Black Founders Exchange Demo Day
      3. Black Girl Ventures Pitch Competition
      4. Black is Tech Conference Pitch Competition
      5. Black New Venture Competition
      6. digitalundivided Demo Day
      7. DivInc Demo Day
      8. Invest in Black Founders: a Netcapital Virtual Demo Day
      9. KiwiTech Black Entrepreneurs Matter Demo Day
      10. KiwiTech Minority Founders Demo Day
      11. LA Black Investors Club Virtual Black Business Pitch Competition
      12. MVMT50’s $100,000 Pitch Black Competition at SXSW
      13. Pitch For Good: Black Founders Edition
      14. PitchBlack
      15. The NBMBAA Scale-Up Pitch Challenge


3. GROWTH-STAGE 

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

  1. Recognition 

    1. Investor Networking: Connect professional investors with founders, with programs specifically targeting African Americans and other minorities in startups  (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)

      1. Angel Investment Network

      2. Black Angel Tech Fund
      3. Black Angels Miami
      4. BLCK VC
      5. Culture Shift Weekend
      6. Impact America Fund
      7. LA Black Investors Club
      8. Pipeline Angels
      9. Portfolia
      10. Startup Angels
      11. Transparent Collective


  1. Major Media: Mainstream local business press, with features specifically targeting African Americans and other minorities in startups (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion businesses)

    1. Black Business

    2. Black Business Journal

    3. Black Enterprise

    4. Black EOE Journal

    5. Black News Channel

    6. DiversityInc

    7. Insight News

    8. Minority Business Magazine

    9. Minority Business News

    10. Savoy

    11. The Network Journal


  1. Funding

    1. Angels / Micro-VCs: Angel and seed-stage investors  

      1. Prominent African American Angels

        1. Adaora Udoji

        2. Alex Nwaka
        3. Arian Simone
        4. Ati Okelo Williams
        5. Brentt Baltimore
        6. Brian Brackeen
        7. Candice Matthews Brackeen
        8. Charles Hudson
        9. Darius Sankey
        10. Daymond John
        11. Ebony Pope
        12. Eghosa Omoigui
        13. Erica Duignan Minnihan
        14. Erik Moore
        15. Eugene Flood
        16. Hamet Watt
        17. Henri Pierre-Jacques
        18. Jamison Hill
        19. Jarrid Tingle
        20. Jewel Burks Solomon
        21. Joe Hurd
        22. John Henry
        23. Jon Gosier
        24. Kanyi Maqubela
        25. Ken Coleman
        26. Lauren Maillian
        27. Lorine Pendleton
        28. Michael J. Howard
        29. Monique Idlett-Mosley
        30. Monique Woodard
        31. Paul Judge
        32. Rodney Sampson
        33. Simone Castillo
        34. Stephen DeBerry
        35. Sydney Sykes
        36. Timothy Reese
        37. Troy Carter
        38. Uriridiakoghene (Ulili) Onovakpuri
        39. Valerie Mosley
        40. William Crowder
    1. Angel Investors with a focus on African Americans and other minorities in startups 

      1. Alexis Ohanian

      2. Anthony Saleh
      3. Aydin Senkut
      4. Bart Lorang
      5. Ben Lin
      6. Benjamin Ling
      7. Bobby Yazdani
      8. Brad Holden
      9. Bradley C. Harrison
      10. Brett Jackson
      11. Chamath Palihapitiya
      12. Daniel Pomp 
      13. David Lee
      14. David Teten
      15. David Wanek
      16. Dharmesh Shah
      17. Elizabeth Kraus
      18. Felix Shpilman
      19. Garry Tan
      20. Harj Taggar
      21. Jeff Schox
      22. Jerry Yang
      23. Jude Gomila
      24. Kal Vepuri
      25. Lance White
      26. Max Levchin
      27. Michael Arrington
      28. Naval Ravikant
      29. Paul Sethi
      30. Peter Kellner
      31. Ram Shriram
      32. Ryan T. Melohn
      33. Steve Chen
      34. Tony L. Chen

    1. Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond

      1. Prominent African American Venture Capitalists

        1. Aaron Holiday (645 Ventures)

        2. Abyah Nycole Wynn (Twenty65)

        3. Adeyemi Ajao (Base10 Partners)

        4. Adina Tecklu (Khosla Ventures)

        5. AJ Okereke (Amity Ventures)

        6. Allan Jean-Baptiste (KKR & Co.)

        7. Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital)

        8. Brian Dixon (Kapor Capital)

        9. Del Johnson (Backstage Capital)

        10. Diane Henry (Rogue Capital Collective)

        11. Earnest Sweat (GreatPoint Ventures)

        12. Edward Dugger III (Reinventure Capital)

        13. Elliott Robinson (Bessemer Venture Partners)

        14. Frederik Groce (Storm Ventures)

        15. Jacqueline Grant (Abingworth)

        16. Javaughn Lawrence (Eniac Ventures)

        17. Jill Ford (Toyota AI Ventures)

        18. Karen Kerr (GE Ventures)

        19. Kesha Cash (Impact America Fund)

        20. Kwame Anku (Black Star Fund)

        21. Lo Toney (Plexo Capital)

        22. Marlon C. Nichols (MaC Venture Capital)

        23. Megan Maloney (General Catalyst)

        24. Melissa Bradley (1863 Ventures)

        25. Mercedes Bent (Lightspeed Venture Partners)

        26. Nasir Qadree (Pier 70 Ventures)

        27. Nicole J. Walker (Baird Capital)

        28. Peter Boyce II (General Catalyst)

        29. Robert F. Smith (Vista Equity Partners)

        30. Sarah Kunst (Cleo Capital)

        31. Shauntel (Poulson) Garvey (Reach Capital)

        32. Tadia James (GingerBread Capital)

        33. Tyler Dean (Point72 Ventures)

        34. Tyson Clark (GV)

      2. VCs with a focus on African Americans and other minorities in startups (NOTE: See also ‘The Black Founder List’)
        1. 645 Ventures
        2. 1863 Ventures
        3. Accion Venture Lab 
        4. Ascend Ventures
        5. Aspect Ventures
        6. Authentic Ventures
        7. Backstage Capital
        8. BASE
        9. Base10 Partners
        10. Black Angel Tech Fund
        11. Black Founders Matter
        12. Black Girl Ventures
        13. Blue Run Ventures
        14. Bootstrap Capital
        15. Brightpath Capital Partners
        16. Bronze VC
        17. Brown Venture Group
        18. Camelback Ventures
        19. Catalyst Fund
        20. Cleo Capital
        21. Collab Capital
        22. Connectivity Ventures Fund
        23. digitalundivided
        24. DiverseCity Ventures
        25. Dreamit Ventures
        26. EchoVC Partners
        27. Fairview Capital
        28. FEARLESS FUND
        29. Felicis Ventures
        30. Floodgate
        31. Founders First Capital Partners
        32. GenNx360
        33. Gingerbread Capital
        34. GV
        35. Halcyon Angels
        36. Harlem Capital
        37. HBCUvc
        38. Humble Ventures
        39. ICV Partners
        40. ID Ventures
        41. Impact America Fund
        42. Intel Capital
        43. Kapor Capital
        44. KEC Ventures
        45. Lightship Capital
        46. Lowercase Capital
        47. MaC Venture Capital
        48. New Age Capital
        49. New Voices Foundation
        50. Precursor Ventures
        51. PS27 Ventures
        52. Reach Capital
        53. Realist Ventures
        54. Reign Ventures
        55. Reinventure Capital
        56. Resilient Ventures
        57. Ribbit Capital
        58. Rough Draft Ventures
        59. Serena Ventures
        60. Social Capital
        61. SoftTechVC
        62. SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant
        63. The Black Founder List
        64. Upfront Ventures
        65. Valmo Ventures
        66. Vertical 404
        67. Village Capital
        68. Vista Equity Partners
        69. WE Venture


    1. Growth

      1. Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance, with programs specifically targeting African Americans and other minorities in startups  
        1. 42Floors
        2. Allstate
        3. Astron Solutions
        4. Athena Alliance 
        5. Atlanta Life
        6. Breather
        7. Chubb
        8. Cigna Health Insurance
        9. Esurance
        10. Farmers Insurance
        11. Geico
        12. Instant Offices
        13. JER HR Group
        14. Liberty Mutual
        15. LiquidSpace
        16. LoopNet
        17. MetLife
        18. New York Life Insurance Company
        19. OfficeFinder
        20. Out2Enroll
        21. Phillip Rush Center
        22. Progressive
        23. Regus
        24. SF LGBT Center
        25. Sava Insurance Group
        26. Shaw HR Consulting
        27. State Farm
        28. TechSpace
        29. The Hartford
        30. Travelers Insurance
        31. Turnkey Office Space


      1. Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants, with programs specifically targeting African Americans and other minorities in startups  (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
        1. Accenture
        2. Accion
        3. Bain & Company
        4. BearingPoint
        5. Booz Allen Hamilton
        6. Boston Consulting Group
        7. Capgemini
        8. Deloitte
        9. Ernst & Young
        10. FTI Consulting
        11. Gartner
        12. Grant Thornton
        13. Hercorner
        14. IMG Consulting
        15. Kantar
        16. Kearney
        17. KPMG
        18. L.E.K. Consulting
        19. McKinsey & Company
        20. Mercer
        21. North Highland
        22. Oliver Wyman
        23. Protiviti
        24. PwC
        25. Roland Berger
        26. Royal Consulting Firm
        27. Tata Consultancy Services
        28. The Barthwell Group


4. SUCCESS STORIES 

Notable technology companies that were founded by African Americans, or currently have an African American CEO.

    1. 4D Healthware
    2. ActOne Group
    3. Andela
    4. AptDeco
    5. Bandwagon
    6. Beauty Bakerie
    7. Blavity
    8. Blendoor
    9. Cadre
    10. CapWay
    11. Civic Eagle
    12. EnrichHER
    13. Flutterwave
    14. FUBU
    15. Goodr
    16. HireHer
    17. Jobble
    18. LendStreet
    19. LISNR
    20. Mayvenn
    21. Mercaris
    22. Mentor Spaces
    23. Moving Analytics
    24. Ovamba
    25. Pathbrite
    26. Pigeonly
    27. Pindrop
    28. PlayVS
    29. Plum Perfect
    30. PopCom
    31. Quarrio
    32. ReachEdu
    33. Rubitection
    34. Scholly
    35. Shotspotter
    36. Soldsie
    37. Sproxil
    38. Sudu
    39. Sworkit
    40. The Gathering Spot
    41. The Mentor Method
    42. Travel Noire
    43. TruGenomix  
    44. Uncharted Power
    45. Upsie
    46. Urban One
    47. UrbanGeekz
    48. World Wide Technology
    49. Wyzerr

Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. GOVERNMENT

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development  

  1. African American Business Organizations 
    1. African American Chamber
    2. African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, and DE
    3. Black Economic Alliance
    4. Capital Pathways
    5. Cincinnati Minority Business Collaborative
    6. Greater Houston Black Chamber
    7. Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce
    8. Greater Washington Black Chamber of Commerce
    9. Minority Business Development Agency
    10. National Black Business Council
    11. National Black Business Support Corporation
    12. National Black Chamber of Commerce
    13. National Black & Latino Council
    14. National Minority Business Council
    15. National Minority Supplier Development Council
    16. National Urban League Entrepreneurship Center
    17. New York City Black Chamber of Commerce
    18. SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
    19. Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce
    20. U.S. Black Chambers

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