If you’ve been meaning to apply to DivInc, the Austin startup accelerator for diverse entrepreneurs, the time is here.
Applications for the Spring 2017 program close on Friday. The cohort will run from April 3rd to June 23rd, ending with a Demo Day where founders will pitch their companies.
Launched last year by former Dell Inc. executive Preston James, DivInc aims to help entrepreneurs who are women and minorities get access to the resources and capital needed to get a startup off the ground.
DivInc serves as a pre-accelerator, James says, giving entrepreneurs an opportunity to catch up with peers who have already had access to mentors, investors and other resources. Nine startups participated in the first class last fall.
The DivInc team has signed on more than a dozen advisers, including Austin tech executives who work with founders on product development, marketing and financial plans. DivInc also collaborates with other groups, including Capital Factory, to help expand its network and connect diverse founders with key players in the Austin startup community.
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.
To apply, go here: divinc.org/apply
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