THE INTENTIONALLY GOOD PROJECT #TECHDONERIGHT

CREATING SOCIAL CAPITAL FOR PROMISING DIVERSE-LED STARTUPS, SOCIAL IMPACT STARTUPS, & K-12 TECH TALENT TRAINING PROGRAMS BY ACCELERATING RELATIONSHIPS TO INFLUENCERS, LARGE ORGANIZATIONS, INVESTORS, & FUNDERS.

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WE’RE CREATING A PIPELINE FROM THE NEXT GENERATION OF DIVERSE ENTREPRENEURS + SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
TO THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL.

THE PROBLEM

In Atlanta, we estimate that diverse-led startups (defined here as either Black-led, Latinx-led, or women-led), social impact startups with founders from all backgrounds, and tech talent training programs typically receive funding two (2) levels lower than where their progress indicates. For example, while many of their counterparts are raising $500K, these startups and programs are still being forced to use personal savings or credit cards. Systemic reasons aside, this is primarily due to low social capital caused by a lack of access to well-connected people – particularly those that work for prestigious companies, and/or those that graduated from prestigious colleges.

OVERVIEW

The Intentionally Good Project is a collective impact initiative that creates unfair advantages for diverse-led (Black, Latinx, or Women) startups, social impact startups, and tech talent training programs by accelerating relationships to influencers for endorsements and key advisor roles; to large organizations for paid pilots and strategic partners; and to investors and funders for financial capital. Spurred by a Tech Done Right grant from Kapor Center, an accelerator curriculum + data collection tool grant from Village Capital, and a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, we’re closing racial and gender equity gaps in the technology sector with a bunch of amazing partners.

Augmenting existing accelerators, incubators, and similar entrepreneur support programs, we’re unifying the startup, corporate, social impact, and entertainment ecosystems. We envision a world where skill and relationship-based volunteerism for these startups and programs is an official policy for every person, organization, and company. 

Based on recommendations from local entrepreneur support organizations and tech ecosystem leaders, we select startups and tech talent training programs to start through the pipeline on a rolling admission basis. Other skilled professionals act as mentors, workshop facilitators, and super connectors in an effort to help these companies become influencer, corporate partner, and investment/funder-ready.

We’re helping top startups and tech talent training programs realize their potential, and the impact will be tremendous. This is how tech should be done. Join us.

OUR LEAD ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

DIVISIONS

TECH-DRIVEN STARTUPS

Companies that leverage technology to build their product or service (i.e. software, apps, etc.) or companies that leverage technology to manufacture or distribute their products or services (i.e. e-commerce companies, food & beverage, consumer product companies, and home services apps).

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TECH TALENT TRAINING PROGRAMS: FUTURE OF WORKFORCE

Our education system is badly broken, and is not built for today’s learner nor tomorrow’s economy as it is becoming increasingly apparent that nonhuman competition will require that we adequately train tomorrow’s workforce with skills and abilities that will be harder to automate. Automation and other technological innovations are fundamentally changing the shape and makeup of the labor economy. But how do we prepare the next generation to be competitive? As these shifts set in, we’re looking for organizations, programs, and projects that provide new alternative, accessible and affordable education models are needed that will help navigate that transition.

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KEY DATES + COORDINATED ACTIVITIES

Updated Frequently

June 2020: K12 Tech Talent Training Programs Cohort Applications Open
June 4 2020: The Intentionally Good Summit
July 2020: Future of Tech Workforce Cohort Begins

ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

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BE A FORCE FOR GOOD

We can’t make produce innovative projects without your help! Please consider making a contribution today.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: PARTNERS + SPONSORS

My organization is part of the startup ecosystem. What role can we play?

There’s a bunch of ways to plug in depending on what you want. We can refer startups to your program for training, and/or you can send them our way. You could also provide strategy, product development, marketing, and design mentors.

My company is part of the corporate ecosystem. What role can we play?

In a few different ways. The biggest opportunity is partnering with a startup for a pilot. Also, you could serve as industry expert mentors. And you can always be a sponsor!

My organization is part of the social good ecosystem. What role can we play?

You can really help the impact startups whether it’s with domain-specific advice and connections or assistance with strategizing for funding. And, like the others, sponsors are always welcome.

As a sponsor, what type of role can I play?

Great question! Thanks for asking:) The Tech Done Right and Walton Family Foundation grants are awesome, but to really reach this initiative’s potential, we’re looking for financial, venue, and food/beverage sponsors.