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Austin, TX - July 20, 2016 - Urban Co-Lab is proud to announce the release of our inaugural 2016 Report: Austin Startup Diversity. This report critically examines the current diversity environment in the startup community for underrepresented minorities and women, provides successful examples of programs and accelerators targeting diversity around the country, and ultimately demonstrates why Austin, Texas, is both well-placed to drive this movement, as well as why the city cannot afford to ignore it.
Founded in September 2015 by Natalie Madeira Cofield and Hanna Jamal, the organization is committed to fostering an inclusive and community centric space for entrepreneurs. Over the last ten months, Urban Co-Lab has held a number of programs to help it achieve this objective including Shark Tank Diversity Casting Calls and diversity focused receptions for SXSW, Google and SnapChat, among others.
Further, through its strategic placement in the heart of 12th and Chicon, Urban Co-Lab has endeavored to help change the perception of the corridor by partnering with organizations including Huston-Tillotson University and local business and community organizations.
“Urban Co-Lab was birthed by a communal goal of fostering diversity in Austin. As two women of color, both Hanna and I have personal experiences that have helped shape our interest and passion for this space and we are very excited to add a body of research to this much needed discussion,” stated Natalie Madeira Cofield, Co-Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of Urban Co-Lab Austin.
Earlier this week, Urban Co-Lab and Austin Inno partnered to introduce the first listing of diverse entrepreneurs to watch to advance the visibility of local entrepreneurs and the agenda of inclusion. This list builds on previous listings developed by Austin Inno, including the comprehensive list of women-led startups in Austin.
The release of this report coincides with the Diversity in Tech reception that will be held at Urban Co-Lab on July 21, 2016 from 6:30-8pm in partnership with Austin Inno, featuring remarks by Brian Tippens, Chief Diversity Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprises.