Google Black Founder’s Fund Announces 50 New Recipients

Published On October 13, 2021 | By Tom Huskerson | News and Analysis, Now You Know

One of the most troublesome aspects of the tech word is the lack of diversity. That’s not to say that companies are not trying. Many have made great efforts to recruit or partner with minority tech talent. Success is glacial in coming and sometimes elusive.

Google for Startups announced its next 50 recipients of its second Black Founders Fund in the U.S  Google launched the Startups Black Founders Fund last year as a way to offer much needed financial assistance to Black entrepreneurs. This is the second group to receive the funding. The Google slate of innovators will be receiving $100,000 in non-dilutive funding. Last year, Google for Startups gave 76 Black-led startups up to $100,000 in non-dilutive funding. Non-dillutive funding means that the owners of the company do not surrender ownership in exchange for the money. Google pledged another $5 million this year.

Recipients of the funding come all over of the country.  According to UrbanGeekz  fourteen come from Georgia, ten from Texas, eight from New York, three from Alabama and California, two from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, as well as one each from Florida, Hawaii, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Washington DC.

In addition to the funding this second round of recipients will also receive technical support from various Google tools and teams as well as up to $120,000 in donated Ads from and up to $100,000 in Google Cloud credits.

The startups are all tackling major societal issues ranging from healthcare to homelessness.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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