COLLEGE TECH TALENT TRAINING PROGRAMS
THE INTENTIONALLY GOOD PROJECT #TECHDONERIGHT

HELPING PROGRAMS THAT ARE DEVELOPING STUDENTS INTO THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN TECH

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WE’RE CREATING A PIPELINE FROM COLLEGE PROGRAM OPERATORS TO INFLUENCERS, CORPORATIONS, & FUNDERS.

The Intentionally Good Project for College Tech Talent Programs is a relationship and growth accelerator for those that operate the best tech talent training programs for college students. These can be colleges and universities or non-profit/for-profit companies that provide pathways for students in entrepreneurship, computer science, design, product management, and similar areas. The overall objective is to improve their program’s success by fine tuning their program design. Preference is given to tech organizations that creating pathways for students of color, young women, and social entrepreneurs. 

We’re helping top organization leaders realize their potential as well as closing racial and gender equity gaps in the technology sector by unifying the startup, corporate, entertainment, and social good ecosystems.  Relationships matter. This is tech done right. Join us.

WE’VE WORKED WITH THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS

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THESE PROGRAM OPERATORS GOT NEXT

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Legand Burge III, Ph.D
Black Tech Ventures

Grant M. Warner, Ph.D
Black Tech Ventures

Chad Womack, Ph.D
Black Tech Ventures

Ryan Johnson
Cxmmunity

HOW WE ACCELERATE RELATIONSHIPS

IDENTIFY

To find promising college tech talent program leaders, we rely on referrals from higher education leaders, tech ecosystem stakeholders, funders, other programs, and the community. 

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ASSESS + LEVEL UP

Next, we do two things (1) assess the programs’ readiness to take on strategic corporate and influencer partners as well as sponsorships/grants, and (2) help them improve. 

Using a rubric inspired by Village Capital’s award-winning Venture Investment Readiness & Awareness Levels (VIRAL) curriculum, experts grade the programs across eight (8) key business categories. Goals are then set to for each program’s 3 lowest scoring categories, and they are given 60 days to improve. Video workshops featuring guest speakers from prestigious companies and influencer agencies are held on advanced topics such as storytelling, creating demand for strategic partners, and preparing to partner with corporations and influencers. Only the programs that have made the required progress are eligible to move onto the next stage.

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SOCIAL NETWORKS + SOCIAL CAPITAL

Direct personal relationships and indirect relationships through shared connections or experiences heavily influence the ability of tech talent programs to acquire partnerships with large companies as well as grants. According to the Kapor Center’s Leaky Tech Pipeline report, the lack of access to peer, mentor, and social networks from “prestigious” universities and companies prevent underrepresented groups from having access to referrals and introductions to VC firms. We believe the same holds true for tech talent training programs.

This stage improves opportunities, endorsements, and recommendations by connecting these programs to recent Atlanta transplants from areas like Silicon Valley, NYC, and Boston, as well as native Atlantans who are alumni of prestigious universities and companies. Deep connections will be made via progress reporting sessions, coffee meetups, and storytelling events.

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PILOTS + ENDORSEMENTS + FINANCIAL CAPITAL

Having prominent partners and people attached to a program increases perceptions of its quality, and this informal endorsement can substitute for accomplishment and experience as the basis of funding. Foundations are more likely to fund programs they have been introduced to through “warm leads” than companies led by individuals not in their social networks.

Our programming culminates with Pilots + Endorsements + Financial Capital, where the objective is to make connections to corporations for partnerships, influencers for endorsements, and sources of capital through warm leads.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: COLLEGE TECH TRAINING ORGS

Is the program only for tech talent training entities?

Yes.  We define entities as for-profit companies, non-profits, programs within colleges/universities, and unincorporated projects.

How are you defining diverse-led entities?

We define diverse-led entities as they founded by or led-by people from groups underrepresented in tech Black, Latinx, and women (from any background), military veterans, LGBTQ+, etc..

How is this program different from existing support programs?

It is meant to compliment them. Think of it as concierge-level support as we’re providing access to high-powered social networks in an effort to improve your social capital. Essentially, it boils down to making a ton of connections for you. The first part of the program is shoring up your weakest areas so that you are ready for great opportunities. Think of it like a social network + sales/marketing program.

How much does it cost for a program to participate in this program?

Contact us for more details.

Can I be a solo founder/leader?

Yes, but we prefer organizations with at least 2-3 people as it increases the likelihood of success. It takes a lot to be successful, and it is extremely difficult for one person to do by themself. But it is possible.

My team doesn’t have an idea yet. Are we eligible to get helped?

We’re looking for those past the idea stage. However, a few of our community partners have programs that help those with only ideas get it out of your head, and refine it.

Is this initiative only for non-profit companies or can for-profits take part?

As long as you are a tech talent training program, then your tax status doesn’t matter. 

Is funding provided as part of the program?

Nope, but we do provide a ton of free resources. 

Do you or your partners take equity in my company?

Not as part of the official programming. However if a partner wants to make an investment in your org outside of the official program, then those terms are worked out between you and them. 

I’m not in Atlanta. Can my program participate?

Yep. We are fully virtual

Is this a full-time program? What is the time commitment?

Nope. We’ve designed it to not get in your way, but to hold you accountable. Expect to put in 4 hours a month at minimum, and more if you want extra coaching. Main thing is keeping in contact with your mentors as well as the people we put you in touch with.

Can my org participate if we've been a part of an accelerator?

Yep. We’ve designed this program to compliment accelerators, and serve as a support system for accelerator alumni.

Do you think it would still be helpful for us to apply if we don’t need to raise money for a while?

We think so. We only make introductions to funders if it makes sense for you. But potentially getting strategic partnerships from large companies is helpful to most startups, and the process of preparing for funders is great whether you go for it or not. It makes your company better.

What is the application process?

Our application process includes a company application as well as phone and video interviews.

Is the programming in-person or virtual?

During this time of social distancing, everything is virtual.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: PARTNERS + SPONSORS

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

There’s a bunch of ways to plug in depending on what you want. We can refer organizations to your program for training, and/or you can send them our way. You could also provide strategy, curriculum 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 an organization 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 orgs 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 Walton Family Foundation Grant is awesome, but to really reach this initiative’s potential, we’re looking for financial, venue, and food/beverage sponsors.

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