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Announcing the Startups for the Tech Inclusion NY Startup Showcase

June 28, 2016

Change Catalyst empowers diverse, inclusive, and sustainable tech innovation — through education, community engagement, and startup programming.

Our Tech Inclusion programs explore and develop innovative solutions to diversity and inclusion in tech. We partner with the tech community to solve diversity and inclusion together through conferences, career fairs, strategic consulting, and training. Our work spans the full tech ecosystem, including: Education, Workplace, Entrepreneurship, and Policy.

We’re launching Tech Inclusion NY presented by Google for Entrepreneurs at the Metropolitan Pavilion on June 29th — 30th. The first day will be dedicated to a career fair, and the second day will be a two-track conference and startup showcase.

Tech Inclusion NY Startup Showcase is presented by Techstars and features 11 outstanding early stage entrepreneurs who exemplify New York’s vibrant tech community. We are excited to be debuting this showcase to bring more exposure to early stage startups founded by diverse entrepreneurs & teams in edtech, fintech, and saas spaces. These startups will also be included in the Change Catalyst fellows network.

We are thrilled to be announcing the following startups for the Tech Inclusion NY Startup Showcase:

Tanya Van Court, iSow.com -Turning birthday, holiday and everyday gifts into opportunities to start saving for things that matter

Taylor Justice, https://www.uniteus.com -Centralized system of community care for veterans and their families

Melissa Corto, http://www.educationmodified.com -Content & Data Analytics to improve outcomes for students with special learning needs

Natasha Green, http://www.weintervene.com -A referral management system for school personnel, counselors and social workers

Jane Barratt, http://hellogoldbean.com -An online investment platform that helps people start their investment journey with companies and brands they love, know and buy

Margo Wright, www.getyenko.com -Helping college students plan and track academic benchmarks necessary to keep financial aid through graduation

Maya Gat, http://branchingminds.com -A web application that combines learning science + technology to streamline, focus, and personalize intervention

Jason Rosado, https://givkwik.com -SaaS to help companies support causes and empower employees, customers, and communities where to give

Melanie Smith, http://www.kidkaching.com -Mobile app designed to foster investing habits and financial mindfulness in teenagers

Nwamaka Nzeocha, http://gitlinks.com -SaaS platform that enables enterprise companies to use open source software to its full potential

Melissa Halfon, http://www.vidcode.io -Connecting computer science to teen girls’ lives and hobbies, empowering a new generation of coders

PRIZES & AWARDS sponsored by our partners are:

First Place

  • $3,000 in cash prize
  • Techstars Investor Office Hours
  • Techstars Founder Coaching Session
  • Microsoft — $120k of Azure Cloud Services
  • Galvanize — 1 month membership at new office space in New York, for up to 4 team members
  • NameCheap — $250 hosting or domain credits
  • In general bragging rights for winning first place

Second Place

  • $1,500 in cash prize
  • Galvanize — 50% discount for one month membership at new office space in New York
  • NameCheap — $250 hosting or domain credits

Third Place

  • $500 in cash prize
  • Galvanize — 50% discount for one month membership at new office space in New York
  • NameCheap — $250 hosting or domain credits

Ellevate Network Award

Ellevate Network is committed to connecting, empowering, and investing in women. They will be awarding Best Female Entrepreneur with a 1 year entrepreneur membership and gift bag.

Come see them pitch at Tech Inclusion NY on Thursday, June 30th at the Metropolitan Pavilion from 2pm — 5pm. Winners will be announced at closing ceremony from 5–6pm, and then will be setting up demo tables at the ThoughtWorks Happy Hour following the conference!

Look forward to seeing you there!

by Laura Frey


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