By Jared Karol
Being a change catalyst requires an awareness of the need for change, and an intentionality in how to go about creating that change. At Change Catalyst, one of the ways we’re being intentional in creating change is through the Startup Fellows Program, which supports early stage underrepresented entrepreneurs. Our highly vetted early stage entrepreneurs receive funding opportunities, introductions to key investors, mentorship, curriculum, storytelling, networking opportunities, and more.
2017 Tech Inclusion Startup Showcase
One of the key components of the program is the Startup Showcase, helping underrepresented founders and teams build world changing businesses. And, even though we’re based in the Bay Area where there is plenty of local talent, we know that there are world changing ideas all across the country. So this year Change Catalyst is taking the Startup Showcase on the road to four cities:
Startup Showcase Verticals
Each of these showcases will be part of a larger Tech Inclusion Conference being held in those cities. We need your help in spreading the word. Tech Inclusion Startup Showcase is calling for amazing and diverse startups and entrepreneurs who are building new products and services in the following categories:
- FrontierTech (AI, VR, AR, robotics, etc)
What Startups Get
The top three winners of our Startup Showcases receive cash prizes, technology, coworking offers and other perks from tech companies. All companies who pitch at our Startup Showcase become members of the Change Catalyst Startup Fellows Program. In addition to providing opportunities to entrepreneurs, we also provide deal flow opportunities for investors looking to invest in underrepresented entrepreneurs.
If you or someone you know is interested in being involved — as a participant, judge, or mentor — you can learn more about the criteria and how to apply here. To get a sense of how the Startup Showcase works, check out the details from the Startup Showcase at the San Francisco Tech Inclusion Conference in 2016 — see the companies who made the finals, and meet the judges and mentors.
Change Catalyst is excited to see what new and innovative ideas are out there that are going to change our world for the better. Will you be the next great change maker? Apply today.
Announcing the Change Catalyst Startup Fellows Program