Just wanted to share some exciting work that has been happening at the Kapor Center. Last Thursday, ten entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to an audience of venture capitalists, tech types, and other interested onlookers (I belong in the latter category) as well as a camera crew. This was no ordinary pitch session; it was the culminating event of the NewMe Accelerator, an incubator for top quality African American-founded tech startups. Such a forum is a rarity in the mostly white and male world of Silicon Valley and information technology, so much so that CNN is producing a segment on NewMe to include in their Black in America series to air in November (and yes, I did get to meet Soledad O’Brien, who seems wonderfully friendly and very, very smart).
Mitch Kapor is one of the supporters and advisors of NewMe, as are our brother companies Kapor Capital and Bronze Investments. This is part of the Kapors’ larger commitment to leveling the playing field for people of color (particularly those underrepresented in science and tech) and low-income communities.
While NewMe doesn’t directly involve the Foundation, we certainly stand to benefit from the tools and the connections that these entrepreneurs are creating. So don’t sleep on AisleFinder, kloud.co, Fetchmob, BeCouply, Cued, Pencil You In, Playd, Central.ly, Vouch, or Gokit! You heard it here first!
(Shout out to the three entrepreneurs from North Carolina, my home state!)