In partnership with Microsoft for Startups, over a year in the making, Create33 is grateful to launch the Startup Success Program, designed to support and accelerate the progress of tech startups founded by entrepreneurs of color.
“Over the past months, we have experienced the pandemic known as COVID19, but this country has been in the grips of a pandemic for centuries: racism and anti-blackness. These crises have highlighted and exacerbated the existing institutional barriers around access to resources for communities of color. Though it is an incredibly raw moment to launch this effort, with an inspiring cohort of startups and experts engaged in the work, we are thankful to do so,” says Rebecca Lovell, Executive Director at Create33.
The program, which will provide content, connections, coaching and community for 27 BIPOC-led technology startups, launched virtually on June 10. Online programming includes interactive workshops, 1:1 office hours, mentorship, and peer support and accountability groups, and will culminate in a demo day for financial institutions and investors: angel and venture capital, lenders, community capital and credit unions. Featured experts include Claudius Mbemba, Sara Itucas, Kim Vu, Kwame Boler, Aparna Rae, Luis Ceze, Aniyia Williams, Donte Parks, Richelle Parham and Carlos Vega.
The inaugural cohort is a showcase of Pacific Northwest innovation: 2/3 B2B, and 1/3 B2C startups, and verticals represented include fintech, devops, edtech, wellness, e-commerce and the creative economy.
“At Microsoft for Startups, we’re focused on helping to create much greater diversity within the startup ecosystem, in Seattle and around the world. The startups who have been chosen to be a part of Create33’s inaugural cohort have innovative businesses with fantastic potential and we’re excited to contribute support.” said Ian Bergman, Global Managing Director, Microsoft for Startups.
Create33 is a membership organization of over 250 high-growth technology startups, launched in 2018 with the support of Madrona Venture Group and key partners to elevate the technology ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on Create33, visit create33.co.