1000 Black Voices Launches New Accelerator Program To Support Black Tech Founders

Equitable inclusion platform 1000 Black Voices has partnered with The British Consulate to launch their accelerator program dedicated to helping support the ambitions of Black tech founders. 

The partnership will be focused on breaking down the obstacles faced by Black tech founders, particularly when scaling and growing their business. The program kicks off on September 21 and will run until the end of this year. 

“Ultimately, a lack of venture funding has resulted in a challenging environment for marginalized founders to tackle and get their business off the ground,” said 1000 Black Voices founder, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw.

“We are delighted to launch our newest accelerator to resolve this issue directly and provide Black tech founders with all the support required to overcome such hurdles.” 

“We continue to act for change and help bring diverse perspectives to the tech industry, resulting in increased recognition and funding for diverse founders and innovation that will positively impact the tech industry and all communities.” 

The 12-week accelerator program will focus on helping Black tech founders grow their business in the USA as a part of a broader trade mission to New York City in December. Additionally, participants will be able to receive mentoring sessions and advice from key industry partners, including Microsoft, Barclays Rise, and the British Consulate in New York. 

1000 Black Voices works to facilitate accountable and positive change for eradicating racism. Educating and bringing first-hand understanding of Black culture, racism, and what it means to be Black has helped many Black people amplify their voices and tell their stories. 

The organization first launched its accelerator program in 2020 to help give Black founders the tools needed to succeed within the tech industry. 

Their new partnership with the British Consulate further showcases the platform’s commitment to bridging to eliminate the hurdles Black founders face when scaling their businesses. 

Applications to join the program have now closed.

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpamika is a tech reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.