Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

The American GeniusThe American Genius

Business News

Austin’s first pre-accelerator dedicated to diversity and inclusion

(BUSINESS NEWS) In a sea of pre-accelerators, it’s difficult to find one where you feel like you belong. One pre-accelerator aims to fix this by focusing on diversity and inclusion.

Starting from the top

Pre-accelerators are essentially programs, meetings, or courses, that are geared towards people with ideas (sometimes even towards those in the brainstorming pre-planning phase), who want to join a full-fledged startup accelerator, but aren’t quite ready yet.


Why pre-accelerators?

Typically, first-time entrepreneurs are looking to get three things out of a pre-accelerator: networking, practical know-how, and personal growth. In most typical pre-accelerators, you’ll meet other first-time entrepreneurs, as well as successful startup founders and investors. For many first-time entrepreneurs, however, these networking events leave something to be desired. There is something lacking. One pre-accelerator in Austin wants to change this by focusing on diversity and inclusion.

The need for change

Nothing can pop your “dream big” bubble faster than feeling like you don’t belong at an event. Whether you feel like your ideas aren’t welcome, or you feel the diversity mix doesn’t really represent who you are and what you envision for your business; if you don’t feel included, the pre-accelerator isn’t going to do you any good. DivInc aims to remedy this by offering a 12 week pre-accelerator program to help foster growth and development of ethnically diverse and women-led tech companies.

DivInc’s main goal is to address the lack of diversity in the tech startup ecosystem, specifically, which is something that is desperately needed.

The 12-week program will also “provide teams with top-notch, comprehensive programming and connect them with an extensive network of mentors and investors plus the critical resources they need to turn their idea into high-growth, scalable business.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

What makes this pre-accelerator different

DivInc offers education and mentorship programs in addition to their 12-week program. They offer a weekly “accelerate your growth” workshop led by notable tech founders and investors, pitch coaching, and investment readiness. They also use their community of entrepreneurs and experts to offer one-on-one access to investors and the ability to leverage their onsite “entrepreneur-in-residence” throughout the program.

What makes DivInc is their collaborative, non-competitive environment with weekly networking and volunteer opportunities, team dinners and access to a strong alumni network.

Unlike other pre-accelerators, DivInc is focused on making you feel like you belong while helping you launch your idea or product successfully. To learn more about DivInc, see who the “experts” are, or sign up for their pre-accelerator, take a look at their site.


Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Pingback: Austin knocks San Fran out of the top spot for best startup hub - The American Genius

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


American Genius
news neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for news sent straight to your email inbox.



Business News

Apple is adding nearly a million square feet to their already giant Austin campus, to potentially seat another 15K employees.

Business News

(BUSINESS NEWS) This is a resource list compiled to help any business tackle the various challenges that coincide with a global pandemic like COVID-19.

Business Entrepreneur

(ENTREPRENEUR NEWS) Why would an ice cream shop bother with “30 hours of non-ice cream training” in personal finance and give teens and young...

Opinion Editorials

(OPNION EDITORIAL) Austin has seen mega growth in both population and in job opportunities. That growth has been is coupled with a need of...

The American Genius is a strong news voice in the entrepreneur and tech world, offering meaningful, concise insight into emerging technologies, the digital economy, best practices, and a shifting business culture. We refuse to publish fluff, and our readers rely on us for inspiring action. Copyright © 2005-2022, The American Genius, LLC.