January 27th, 2020
Editor’s Note: Due to global circumstances, Demo Day information indicated in this blog post may be inaccurate. As definitive demo day dates and information are determined, updated info will reflect on the main program page.
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. 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 combines affordable housing and innovation amenities in a coliving model to accelerate the creation of minority owned ventures.
BestFit uses storytelling and media to make postsecondary decision-making fun, simple & equitable for historically underrepresented students.
A livestream and on-demand platform broadcasting the best and most entertaining STEM classes for kids, taught by the best instructors.
A community engagement platform that brings people together over food for conversations that matter.
EnMass Energy provides a platform for development and fuel procurement for waste-to-energy projects across the globe.
Forefront helps employers attract qualified talent from underrepresented communities for in-demand roles.
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”.
Collaboration that inspires kids with chronic health issues.
Kai XR is a kid-friendly virtual reality platform where kids can explore VR field trips and improve their tech skills by creating their very own VR adventures.
Make Music Count enriches problem solving by combining math concepts with piano playing through our app and curriculum.