In a press release, Apple has announced the launch of the company’s inaugural Entrepreneur Camp for Black Founders and Developers. The first camp will include companies from thirteen different apps.
In 2019, Apple held its first-ever Entrepreneur Camp, an immersive tech lab for app-driven companies founded and led by developers from underrepresented backgrounds, with a class of women founders and developers. Program participants have gone on to secure major funding rounds, garner numerous awards and accolades, and significantly expand both their teams and app users worldwide.
The program will pair the companies up with different experts and leaders at Apple in order to help take their apps to new heights for their users.
The program is designed to give developers the opportunity to take their existing app experience to the next level by mastering new technical skills, applying a critical lens to the user experience, and more through hands-on technology labs, one-on-one code-level guidance from Apple experts and engineers, and mentorship, inspiration, and insights from top Apple leaders.
In addition to the Entrepreneur Camp for Black Founders and Developers, Apple is also partnering with Harlem Capital as part of the company’s $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative.
In addition, Apple is partnering with Harlem Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York that invests in diverse founders, to offer guidance and mentorship to the participants. This new partnership is part of Apple’s $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI), which builds on the company’s work to advance racial equity in education, the economy, and the criminal justice system. These commitments aim to expand opportunities for communities of color across the country and to help build the next generation of diverse leaders.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, says that these thirteen app companies “embody the entrepreneurial spirit that runs so deep in the Black community.”
“These incredible app creators and business leaders embody the entrepreneurial spirit that runs so deep in the Black community,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, who leads REJI. “Their work already demonstrates the power of coding to build a better world, and we’re honored to support them as they blaze a trail we know so many more will follow.”
You can read more about all thirteen app companies on the press release.
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