Black Women At Spelman & Howard Leading In Tech Start-Ups Compared To Those At Ivy League Schools

Spelman College[dropcap]Black[/dropcap] Women at historically black colleges, don’t exactly have a home in the technology space.

But it’s producing just as many black female founders of tech start-ups as Stanford, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and several other top-tier schools, said Yale University graduate and tech project founder Kathryn Finney.

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Finney founded a tech investment initiative for black and Hispanic women dubbed digitalundivided, and in 2015, that initiative launched the research effort Project Diane.

Finney said one of the project’s goals was to put some numbers behind how black women were faring in the entrepreneurial space of technological start-ups compared to their white, male peers.

So, she tracked 88 black women who led start-ups and compared them to wider averages in the same space.

Howard University placed #7 on the list and Spelman College placed 10th for producing black female founders of tech start-ups, Finney said citing the research released earlier in February.

Black women are founding businesses, but they are not breaking into top tech accelerator programs which often lead to them earning funding needed to start tech companies, according to Project Diane research. Read more Digital undivided

 

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