London-based start-up community TechHub has launched a new programme offering support for 30 underrepresented tech founders.
The free programme is supported by Google for Startups, Silicon Valley Bank, Davis Grant, Talent.io and WSGR.
TechHub’s outlines for the underrepresented groups includes but it not limited to people of colour, LGBTQIA+ people, women, disabled people, those suffering chronic illnesses and invisible disabilities, refugees, and veterans.
The winners of the 30 grants will receive free co-working space, promotional support and help meeting investors and corporates.
It will also include mentoring sessions with TechHub’s founder and other mentors.
The successful TechHub Accelerate cohorts will join TechHub, but the firm said founders will be able to access support at their own pace over the year and tailor a programme that works for them from the events, mentoring and introductions on offer.
“TechHub founder and CEO Elizabeth Varley says “access and privilege creates imbalance in the tech industry and while it can feel like a big issue to tackle, we can all take action. There is more work to be done to create an inclusive tech industry, a lot more. We want to engage with this and to support diverse founders and their businesses in a direct way with TechHub Accelerate.”
Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups in the UK, lead partner in this TechHub Accelerate programme added: “we’re very proud to help open up the business growth support that TechHub provides to founders underrepresented in the tech industry.
“As I know from growing my own businesses, having support around you when you’re starting or scaling a business is vital, and is the reason Google for Startups, TechHub and our partner network exist.”
TechHub Accelerate applications for the inaugural cohort of 30 memberships will run from September 2019 to August 2020.