Atlanta-based startups led by Black and Latina women have a life-changing opportunity to apply to the digitalundivided BIG ATL Accelerator Program 2016, which will provide a structured curriculum focused on developing sustainable businesses, mentorship by top leaders, opportunities to pitch directly to investors, and direct access to funding. Applications are due July 31. The first cohort starts September 2016.
Black or Latina women founders and co-founders who have scalable companies are urged to apply. “It’s a full time commitment for 12 weeks. You want to raise $1 million and build the relationship with the right people. We must see that you are serious,” offers Kathryn Finney, digitalundivided’s founder. Finney is on a serious mission to change the face of tech where “there is a void of tech talent.” The void she’s referring to is the lack of Black and Latina women. She says, “We are encouraging businesses that solve a real problem that affects us to apply.”
She continues, “Reporting to the accelerator everyday is your full time work. You must be equal or majority founder. We are teaching you how to play the game.”
BIG is supported by SBA Growth Accelerator Fund, The Surdna Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation and Echoing Green. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the application period ends July 31, 2016. Participants may receive an equity based investment from Harriet Syndicate, which is a separate entity from digitalundivided, LLC and DIDTechnology, Inc.
According to the website, participants in the BIG program receive:
– Ability to receive seed investment from Harriet Angel Syndicate
– Space, including high speed internet and conference rooms, for the duration of the program and up to one year post program
– Mentors who are domain experts and committed to helping you succeed.
– Access to exclusive FOCUS Fellow Network and opportunity to stay in the DID SXSW House
– Speaking Opportunities- including SXSW, FOCUS100, and other major speaking opportunities
– A profile on Inc.com
If you are (or know of) a Black or Latina woman founder or co-founder who has a scalable company, we encourage you to apply via the link below: