Recognizing that skills in science, technology, math, and business lead to future employment opportunities for today’s children, Charleston Promise Neighborhood (CPN) and DIG SOUTH! have teamed up at this year’s Tech Summit.
Their partnership is aimed at increasing the number of minority entrepreneurs and broadening the diversity of business startups by exposing high school students, particularly those in under-served, yet high potential schools, to tech-savvy entrepreneurs at this year’s summit, April 24-26 at Charleston Gaillard Center. Students from both Military Magnet Academy and North Charleston High School will attend.
According to a recent article in Crunchbase news, minority entrepreneurs are still being largely overlooked, stating that just one percent of venture-backed founders are African American. This collaboration is hoping to change that by providing the opportunity for students to have complete access to workshops, programs, exhibits and experts at the summit. Students will visit with leaders from global brands such as Oracle and IBM, and top tech and investment leaders here in The South.
“Charleston Promise Neighborhood is thrilled to be the non-profit partner of the 2019 DIG SOUTH Tech Summit,” said Sherrie Snipes-Williams, CEO of Charleston Promise Neighborhood. “This collaboration will deliver opportunities for our students to engage with entrepreneurs and tech experts, experiences of which they would otherwise not have. It’s about bringing new partners to our mission through their contributions of time, talents, and treasures.”
“This is an example of business, non-profit and state government creatively partnering to provide opportunities for young entrepreneurs, improve schools and attract new startups to Charleston,” said DIG SOUTH founder Stanfield Gray. “This partnership leverages the best that we have to offer in a way that demystifies and inspires all sectors of our society to pursue their dreams.”