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MIAMI – Today, I’m happy to announce Knight Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and Comcast NBCUniversal’s combined $2.1 million investment in the Center for Black Innovation’s missions to increase Black entrepreneurship in Miami and throughout the nation.
The new support includes $1.5 million from Knight, $350,000 from Surdna, and $250,000 from Comcast NBC Universal.
Previously known as Code Fever Miami, the center will provide startup and investor education for Black tech entrepreneurs in cities across the nation. The center will also serve as a research center committed to creating equitable pathways for Black founders to thrive and build capital.
The new investment will enable the Center for Black Innovation to:
focus on supporting Black startups, providing investor education, and conduct ongoing data collection to better understand how Black tech entrepreneurs participate in local startup ecosystems;
launch new programming that includes angel investor training and venture capital investor matchmaking sessions;
and offer a mix of in-person and virtual courses at the center’s headquarters in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, with additional programming and events taking place in cities across the nation.