DivInc, an Austin accelerator focused on diverse entrepreneurs, has unveiled the work of its latest founders, who spent the past 12 weeks at work on their startups.
The founders of nine companies took the stage Thursday night at Capital Factory, where they pitched their ideas.
DivInc launched a year ago with the aim of creating a path to tech entrepreneurship for women and ethnically diverse startup founders.
The goal is to give entrepreneurs a chance to catch up with peers who have already had access to mentors, investors and other resources.
The hope is that the program will prepare the entrepreneurs to get accepted into national accelerators such as Techstars or 500 Startups, and give them the pitching skills and investor connections they need to raise seed funding.
The Spring 2017 cohort has already hit some milestones: Xplosion has raised $65,000 and won five pitch competitions around the country, feverfit has 100 paying customers and disruptED has developed relationships with partners including Microsoft and Thrillbox.
DivInc is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2017 program. To be considered, companies must be tech or tech-enabled, and one of the founding members must be a woman or person of color.
Here’s DivInc’s Spring 2017 cohort:
Jamal Wilburn, founder of BigMouff
Kate Peiler, founder of disruptED
Mark Ruvalcaba, Raj Panesar and Joe Ruvalcaba, founders of feverfit
Louis Daily, Malik Djiba and Donté Houston, founders of Hairu
Trisha Locke, founder of InPharm Global
Sophie Kwok, founder of Love Intently
Mira Royz and Brad Gold, founders of MiraLend
Mariam Derin Raji, founder of One2Rule
Isis Ashford and Kehlin Swain, founders of Xplosion Tech
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