Inclusive Innovation Incubator founder Aaron Saunders calls for ongoing support for organizations like his supporting technologists, entrepreneurs and creatives from underrepresented backgrounds.
From Guest Post on Technical.ly/dc
“Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us — Black, white, everyone — no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out.” — Michelle Obama
When I started my mobile and software company in 2009, I knew there were only a few Black-owned tech companies able to provide similar services as Clearly Innovative, and also understood the technology gaps in the underserved and underrepresented communities, which is why I hired individuals who demonstrated willingness to learn, to gain tech experience and to commit to the numerous hours working on small projects.
I have always believed that more people can learn to code if given the opportunity. A few years later, in 2017, Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3) was initiated as an extension of my mission, which is to provide a space for education in tech, business and entrepreneurship, purposely designed, developed and managed for underserved and underrepresented communities, especially Black technologists, creatives and entrepreneurs.
What is happening now is about social justice, the right to exist and having our basic human rights protected; but it is also about economic justice, our rig