TechHub, the home of tech startups and scaleups, is taking a direct approach to lack of diversity in the tech industry by launching the TechHub Accelerate business growth support programme. Supported by partners including Google for Startups, the programme is free for underrepresented founders in technology. Applications open today for the initial cohort of 30 diverse startup founders who’ll receive support for one year.
Today sees the launch of the TechHub Accelerate programme that directly supports founders of colour, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ people and others to help their businesses grow and amplify their voices in the tech industry.
TechHub founder and CEO Elizabeth Varley says “access and privilege creates imbalance in the tech industry and while it can feel like a big issue to tackle, we can all take action. There is more work to be done to create an inclusive tech industry, a lot more. We want to engage with this and to support diverse founders and their businesses in a direct way with TechHub Accelerate.”
This support includes access to TechHub’s 200 events a year, drop-in workspace in central London, mentoring sessions, a network of 400+ TechHub member tech companies, promotion of the founders and their products, introductions to investors, and more. All free to the founder through membership grants funded by partners.
Varley says, “as an industry we talk a lot about the problems of a lack of diversity and inclusion. With TechHub Accelerate, we’re focusing on a little less conversation and a little more action to engage with and promote diverse entrepreneurs.”
While TechHub Accelerate creates cohorts of founders who will join TechHub together, founders will be able to access support at their own pace over the year and tailor a programme that works for them from the events, mentoring and introductions on offer.
Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups in the UK, lead partner in this TechHub Accelerate programme said “we’re very proud to help open up the business growth support that TechHub provides to founders underrepresented in the tech industry. As I know from growing my own businesses, having support around you when you’re starting or scaling a business is vital, and is the reason Google for Startups, TechHub and our partner network exist.”
In addition to Google, other partners are also recognisable supporters of high-growth tech businesses: Silicon Valley Bank, Davis Grant accountants, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati law firm, tech hiring platform Talent.io and TechHub itself is also financially supporting places on the programme.
TechHub Accelerate applications open today for the inaugural cohort of 30 memberships that will run from September 2019 to August 2020.
The next programme is accepting partners now for a launch later this year.
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