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Techstars partners with nonprofit to help black and Hispanic students enter the start-up world

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 9th, 2019

Global start-up accelerator Techstars has partnered with HBCUvc, a nonprofit fellowship program that trains black and Hispanic students in the realm of venture capital, to launch a 10-city Startup Weekend tour across the U.S.

The series of events will be hosted at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the country. The goal is to increase the representation of young black and Hispanic entrepreneurs in each start-up community, and to ultimately create jobs and wealth opportunities for people of color.

Minorities are traditionally underrepresented in the VC and start-up landscape. The Startup Weekend tour will allow aspiring black and Hispanic entrepreneurs to connect with like-minded individuals looking to launch new ventures. They will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges and to learn what it takes to start a new company.

“We’re excited to partner with Techstars, a global accelerator, to bring Startup Weekends to HBCUs,” says Hadiyah Mujhid, founder and CEO of HBCUvc. “Our partner HBCUs and their students benefit greatly as Techstars Startup Weekend events bring tech entrepreneurs, corporate partners and investors to the campuses of HBCUs, helping to accelerate our next generation of technology entrepreneurs on our campuses.”

Monica Wheat, liaison for the Techstars Startup Weekend, comments, “This is the vision and promise of an organization like Techstars — opening access and leading the charge in entrepreneurial ecosystem development through collaborating with groups like the HBCUvc.

The program will cover five campuses: Howard University in Washington, DC; Fisk University in Nashville, TN; Prairie View A&M in Prairie View, TX; North Carolina Central University in Chapel Hill, NC; and Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Source: PR Newswire

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