Atlanta has been chosen by DigitalunDivided – an organization dedicated to closing the digital divide for women of color in America – to be the home for the country’s first ever innovation center dedicated to the marginalized women in technology entrepreneurship. The announcement was made at South by South West Interactive by the the organization’s founder Kathryn Finney, alongside Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and President and CEO of the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce Hala Moddelmog at the ChooseATL House. The BIG Innovation Center will be home to an eponymous accelerator program and will be operational in the summer of 2016.
The speakers praised Atlanta’s recent development wherein the tech industries are being incentivized, making it the perfect place for Digital Undivided to call home. Finney pointed to an alarming statistic that there are only 88 black women-led tech startups in the USA, as revealed by DigitalunDivided’s recent report entitled The Real Unicorns of Tech as the impetus to create the innovation center. Meanwhile, Mayor Reed expressed his pride in DigitalunDivided’s work, thanking the group for choosing Atlanta. “We know that our people have been untapped for years,” said Finney. “We are proud to be a resource for the entire black tech community.”