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We are thrilled to announce the inaugural class of the Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars. We kicked off this week and are looking forward to three months of awesomeness, capped off by Demo Day on April 29, 2020. When our team formed in July 2019, we hit the ground running in search of companies making a positive impact on underrepresented groups, underserved communities, and environmental sustainability. Throughout our selection process we attracted companies across six continents, 29 countries, 23 states, and 45 U.S. cities. 

More than 40% of applicants were people of color, and approximately 40% came from female founders, resulting in nearly 65% of applications coming from minority founding teams. This diverse set of applicants addressed some of society’s most pressing issues, including: STEM Education for underserved students, access to healthcare, workplace diversity, accessibility, community support/engagement, financial literacy, college readiness, and health and wellness. 

Over the next three months, our goal is to support and grow the 10 incredible companies selected to help them succeed and make a positive impact. The companies will receive mentorship from subject matter experts, experienced entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and many more. Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and our strong partners and mentors help make this happen. 

I would like to thank our mentors, sponsors and partners in advance for their generous support. Special thanks to theCox Enterprises team for their true commitment to the success of our partnership, the city of Atlanta, and the many Techstars founders they have supported over the last four years.

I present the Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars 2020 companies:

ACT House

ACT House combines affordable housing and innovation amenities in a coliving model to accelerate the creation of minority owned ventures.

https://act.house/

BestFit

BestFit uses storytelling and media to make postsecondary decision-making fun, simple & equitable for historically underrepresented students.

http://best-fit.app

Blue Studios

A livestream and on-demand platform broadcasting the best and most entertaining STEM classes for kids, taught by the best instructors.

https://www.bluestudios.io

Civic Dinners

A community engagement platform that brings people together over food for conversations that matter.

http://www.civicdinners.com

EnMass Energy

EnMass Energy provides a platform for development and fuel procurement for waste-to-energy projects across the globe.

https://www.enmassenergy.com

Forefront

Forefront helps employers attract qualified talent from underrepresented communities for in-demand roles.

https://www.getforefront.co/

Healthy Hip Hop

Healthy Hip Hop is an online platform powered by the arts and social interaction. Creating a fun learning environment in the classroom and at home through cutting edge technology and the hip hop culture. “Sesame Street of the 21st Century”.

https://www.healthy.hiphop

Invincible

Collaboration that inspires kids with chronic health issues.

https://www.invincibleapp.com

Kai XR

Kai XR creates inclusive & accessible mixed reality spaces allowing kids to explore, dream, & create.

https://curatedxkai.com/

Make Music Count

Make Music Count enriches problem solving by combining math concepts with piano playing through our app and curriculum.

https://www.makemusiccount.com


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Barry Givens Barry Givens
Barry Givens is a techie, entrepreneur, and lover of all things helping to add COLOR to the Tech Industry. Based in Atlanta GA, he currently spends his time helping and advising emerging entrepreneurs in his role as Managing Director of the Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars.