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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 version of the Black American Canvas (v3), with over 700 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. Black Enterprise - Technology

      4. Black Excellence - Business

      5. Black Founders Newsletter

      6. Black Tech Mecca - Reports

      7. Black Tech Unplugged

      8. Black Tech Women

      9. Black Wall Street

      10. Black Women Talk Tech Blog

      11. Blackledstartups.com 

      12. Blacks in Technology - Stories

      13. Blavity

      14. Diversify Tech

      15. For Colored Girls Who Tech Newsletter

      16. Good Black News - Technology

      17. Mogul Millennial

      18. People of Color in Tech

      19. Startup Digest Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

      20. The Network Journal - Black Entrepreneurs

      21. The Network Journal - Technology

      22. ThePLUG

      23. Urban Trendsetters: Tech News

      24. UrbanGeekz


  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. A Tribe Called Tech Conference

    3. A3C Conference and Festival

    4. AfroTech World

    5. BDPA National Conference

    6. BITCon

    7. Black Designers Ignite

    8. Black is Tech Conference

    9. Black Tech for Black Lives

    10. Black Tech Master Series

    11. Black Tech NOLA

    12. Black Technology Professionals - BTP NY

    13. Black Wall Street: Homecoming

    14. Black Women Talk Tech

    15. BlackByte

    16. BlackTech Meetup

    17. BlackTech Miami

    18. Blacktech Week

    19. Data 4 Black Lives Conference

    20. Graveti Summit

    21. MiTECH

    22. MogulCon

    23. NBMBAA Conference

    24. NOVELDAY 

    25. T.H.E. Summit

    26. Tech Inclusion

    27. Tech: To Elevate Color in Hiring

    28. TechFam

    29. Texas Black Expo

    30. The Codette Project

    31. The State of Black Design

    32. 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. Black Blockchain: New York

      6. Black Female Founders

      7. Black Founders

      8. Black in Tech: Food and Hacking

      9. Black Tech Columbus

      10. Black Tech Link

      11. Black Tech Matters

      12. Black Tech Nation

      13. Blacks in Technology

      14. Blacks in Technology: Dallas

      15. Blacks in Technology: Los Angeles

      16. Blacks in Technology: Washington, DC

      17. Blogalicious

      18. Chicago Blacks in Technology

      19. Cincinnati Blacks In Technology Meetup

      20. ImBlackInTech

      21. Knox St. Studios

      22. Minority Programmers Association

      23. Novel City Chamber of Innovation 

      24. PDX Blacks in Technology Meetup

      25. Philly Startup Leaders

      26. Startup Founder 101

      27. Startup Grind

      28. TECHQUITY

      29. The Black Mastermind Group


    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. Black and Brown Founders

      9. Black Code Collective

      10. Black Girls Code

      11. Black Men Code

      12. Black Tech Boston

      13. Black Technologist

      14. BLKTECHCLT

      15. BLUE1647

      16. Careers in Code

      17. City Startup Labs

      18. Claim Academy

      19. Code Fellows

      20. Code Success @ NSBE

      21. Code2040

      22. Coding Dojo

      23. Columbia HBCU Fellowship

      24. DevLeague

      25. DevPoint Labs

      26. DigitalCrafts

      27. Founder Institute Black Founder Fellowship

      28. Fullstack Academy

      29. Galvanize

      30. General Assembly

      31. Grand Circus

      32. Hack Reactor

      33. Hackbright Academy

      34. Kal Academy

      35. Launch Academy

      36. Lean Startup Machine

      37. Metis

      38. Millennial Entrepreneurs Redefined

      39. MORTAR

      40. Nation of Makers

      41. National BDPA

      42. National Coalition of 100 Black Women

      43. NOLAVATE Black: New Orleans Black Tech Collective

      44. Novel Professionals Accelerator 

      45. New Relic Bootcamp Diversity Scholarship

      46. Philly Tech Sistas

      47. Pivot Technology School

      48. PowerMoves Bootcamp

      49. SEED SPOT

      50. Startup Institute

      51. StartupBus Advancing Black Entrepreneurs

      52. Tech Diversified

      53. Tech Elevator

      54. The Black Upstart

      55. The Hidden Genius Project

      56. We Build Black

      57. 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. Optus Bank

      41. SEED Law

      42. Sirote

      43. SJS Law Firm

      44. South Side Community Federal Credit Union

      45. St. Louis Community Credit Union

      46. The Arthur Firm

      47. The Fairley Firm

      48. The Harbor Bank of Maryland

      49. The Law Offices of Max Elliott

      50. Tolbert & Tolbert

      51. Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union

      52. Tri-State Bank

      53. United Bank of Philadelphia

      54. Unity National Bank

      55. Unity National Bank

      56. Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union

      57. VSU Federal Credit Union

      58. 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. Inclusive Innovation Incubator

      14. Incubator Without Walls

      15. Minority Cannabis Incubator

      16. Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

      17. Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

      18. SMAART Incubator

      19. Shaw University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

      20. StartUP FIU Procurement

      21. The Bronzeville Incubator

      22. The Hood Incubator

      23. The Startup Nest

      24. The Urban Incubator

      25. 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. Opportunity Hub Entrepreneurship Accelerator

      19. Plug and Play Tech Center

      20. PowerMoves

      21. Sistahbiz Global Network

      22. Smarter in the City

      23. Startup52

      24. Tampa Bay Chamber Minority Business Accelerator

      25. Techstars

      26. The Farm Accelerator

      27. Tumml

      28. Vertical 404 Accelerator

      29. 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. John Henry

        22. Jon Gosier

        23. Kanyi Maqubela

        24. Ken Coleman

        25. Lauren Maillian

        26. Lorine Pendleton

        27. Michael J. Howard

        28. Monique Idlett-Mosley

        29. Monique Woodard

        30. Paul Judge

        31. Rodney Sampson

        32. Simone Castillo

        33. Stephen DeBerry

        34. Sydney Sykes

        35. Timothy Reese

        36. Troy Carter

        37. Uriridiakoghene (Ulili) Onovakpuri

        38. Valerie Mosley

        39. 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. David Lee

      13. David Teten

      14. David Wanek

      15. Dharmesh Shah

      16. Elizabeth Kraus

      17. Felix Shpilman

      18. Garry Tan

      19. Harj Taggar

      20. Jeff Schox

      21. Jerry Yang

      22. Jude Gomila

      23. Kal Vepuri

      24. Lance White

      25. Max Levchin

      26. Michael Arrington

      27. Naval Ravikant

      28. Paul Sethi

      29. Peter Kellner

      30. Ram Shriram

      31. Ryan T. Melohn

      32. Steve Chen

      33. 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. Ascend Ventures
        4. Aspect Ventures
        5. Authentic Ventures
        6. Backstage Capital
        7. BASE
        8. Base10 Partners
        9. Black Angel Tech Fund
        10. Black Founders Matter
        11. Black Girl Ventures
        12. Blue Run Ventures
        13. Bootstrap Capital
        14. Brightpath Capital Partners
        15. Bronze VC
        16. Brown Venture Group
        17. Camelback Ventures
        18. Catalyst Fund
        19. Cleo Capital
        20. Collab Capital
        21. Connectivity Ventures Fund
        22. digitalundivided
        23. DiverseCity Ventures
        24. Dreamit Ventures
        25. EchoVC Partners
        26. Fairview Capital
        27. FEARLESS FUND
        28. Felicis Ventures
        29. Floodgate
        30. Founders First Capital Partners
        31. GenNx360
        32. Gingerbread Capital
        33. GV
        34. Harlem Capital
        35. HBCUvc
        36. Humble Ventures
        37. ICV Partners
        38. ID Ventures
        39. Impact America Fund
        40. Intel Capital
        41. Kapor Capital
        42. KEC Ventures
        43. Lightship Capital
        44. Lowercase Capital
        45. MaC Venture Capital
        46. New Age Capital
        47. New Voices Foundation
        48. Precursor Ventures
        49. PS27 Ventures
        50. Reach Capital
        51. Realist Ventures
        52. Reign Ventures
        53. Reinventure Capital
        54. Ribbit Capital
        55. Rough Draft Ventures
        56. Serena Ventures
        57. Social Capital
        58. SoftTechVC
        59. SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant
        60. Upfront Ventures
        61. Valmo Ventures
        62. Vertical 404
        63. Village Capital
        64. Vista Equity Partners
        65. 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. NOTE: See also ‘The Black Founder List’
    2. 4D Healthware
    3. ActOne Group
    4. Andela
    5. AptDeco
    6. Bandwagon
    7. Beauty Bakerie
    8. Blavity
    9. Blendoor
    10. Cadre
    11. CapWay
    12. Civic Eagle
    13. EnrichHER
    14. Flutterwave
    15. FUBU
    16. Goodr
    17. HireHer
    18. Jobble
    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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