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Abbianca Makoni

Hospitality and Outreach for Latin Americans, or HOLA, is donating $5,000 to create the “Dream Big Scholarship Fund” for Latino Students at the tech academy. Some of the students have financial needs but may not have access to state and federal aid. The funds for the donation came from the proceeds from the annual HOLA Festival last August. HOLA’s mission is to enhance cultural diversity and ensure the success of Latinos in the areas of education, health, safety, workforce, economic strength, and leadership ”Well we feel it’s important to grow

Afterpay is hiring! Check out their roles on Xin Ge has worked as Afterpay’s Chief Technology and Risk Officer for three and a half years. Throughout his career, Xin has learned the value of professional development in creating successful teams. In this interview, Xin talks about how his experience at big companies like eBay and PayPal prepared him for his role at Afterpay. He also shares what Afterpay is doing to develop diverse teams in the tech industry. Hey, Xin. Could you kindly explain what you do at Afterpay?

Greenwood, a mobile banking platform described as doing it for the culture, seeks to support the Black and brown community in their endeavors to generational wealth. Co-founded by former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, rapper-activist Michael “Killer Mike” Render, and Bounce TV founder Ryan Glover, Greenwood is not a bank itself; instead, it features banking services provided by Coastal Community Bank and will eventually provide financial management services. It reinvests in Black and Latino communities through monthly grants and recently launched a podcast group that specializes in financial literacy and investment

SaLisa Berrien, who recently received a $100,000 Black Founders Fund award from Google for Startups, is expanding COI Energy, a Tampa-based company, across the United States. Recognized by Jason A. Scott last year as one of 30 U.S. black founders to watch in 2021,  Berrien was one of 50 companies to receive a $100,000 Black Founders Fund award from Google for Startups. She participated in Google Startups for Women, which she completed last December, and has raised $2 million-plus in funds. Now her goal is to make her firm a global company. With just

The organization, also known as ASC, said this is the largest single donation since its founding in 2013. The organization plans to use the grant award to scale its web development and leadership training programs for young minority men. ASC runs a free, six-week education program over the summer that’s supported by leading tech companies including Google and AT&T. Its “Summer Intensive” program – held in NYC and Pittsburgh – helps teach students about entrepreneurship, game design, computer science and web development over six weeks — for free.  The donation

Tech companies are leaving in place disinformation in Spanish or failing to flag fake news on social media platforms after they remove or issue warnings about identical posts in English, according to lawmakers and anti-disinformation activists. On Wednesday – dozens of people joined in on discussions about the spread of online disinformation in Spanish and other languages brewing on major tech platforms. It comes months after NBC News first reported on a rise in Spanish-language disinformation online and on the radio amid the surge of the delta variant of Covid-19. It also follows

Cassie Betts was 19-years-old when she became homeless – living from one place to the next and sleeping on bus stop benches and card boxes in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was at times also exposed to “questionable characters at night.” But her drive, love for tech, and supportive mentor helped her come out of that place and get back onto the ladder of success. Although she hasn’t spoken up recently on all she went through during this period of her life – it’s undeniable that she is inspiring dozens of youth

Young people are the future, and one woman, 23-year-old Dazayah Walker, is the epitome of not letting age hold you back. Walker is one of the youngest female venture capitalists, thanks to the impressive investment portfolio she manages and maintains for one of Atlanta’s most prominent entertainment labels, Quality Control. What is Quality Control? Quality Control Music is an American hip hop record label founded by Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas in March 2013. it’s responsible for groundbreaking acts that include Migos, Lil Baby, City Girls, Lil Yachty, and a

According to Inc, Black founders reportedly raised nearly $1.8 billion in the first half of 2021, more than four times the capital raised the same time last year. And stats released by Crunbase showed that Black startup owners raised $400 million in the first six months of 2020 and are already exceeding full-year funding totals for 2020 and 2019 when they raised $1 billion and $1.4 billion. Founders from the community are said to have raised “record amounts of venture capital” in 2021. Still, if we dig a bit deeper, the

Platforms created by Black founders for communities of color continue to blossom. They are providing culturally competent care — acknowledging a patient’s heritage, beliefs, and values during treatment – in ways that other providers aren’t. Racial discrimination in healthcare disadvantages Black and other minority ethnic groups with unequal access to quality healthcare resources. Inspired by their own experiences, these Black entrepreneurs are launching startups that aim to close the cultural gap in health care with technology, create profitable businesses and tackle racism. R.grid Dr. Amber Michelle Hill is considered a force in the

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