Black History Month commenced on February 1 in the United States and in celebration of the month, Apple has launched an ‘inaugural Entrepreneur Camp for Black Founders and Developers’. The program offers developers the opportunity to further enhance their existing apps by learning new technical skills, developing critical thinking to improve the users’ experience, giving access to hands-on technology, providing guidance and more.
In 2019, Apple held its first-ever Entrepreneur Camp, an immersive tech lab for app-driven companies founded and led by developers from underrepresented backgrounds, with a class of women founders and developers. Program participants have gone on to secure major funding rounds, garner numerous awards and accolades, and significantly expand both their teams and app users worldwide.
Apple welcomes 13 developers to its inaugural cohort of Entrepreneur Camp for Black Founders and Developers
In the first-ever Entrepreneur Camp for Black founders and developers in 2021, Apple has invited 13 developers and their teams which offer a diverse range of apps like the B3am app to make gym equipment more accessible, Film3D an immersive media app, FormKey app to create music without theory and composition complexities and much more.
Furthermore, Apple has included New-York bases investment firm, Harlem Capital to give guidance and mentorship to the invited developers. In January, the companies launched a set of major new projects as part of its ‘Racial Equity and Justice Initiative’ against systemic racism in the United States of America with a $100 million pledge,
“These incredible app creators and business leaders embody the entrepreneurial spirit that runs so deep in the Black community,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, who leads REJI. “Their work already demonstrates the power of coding to build a better world, and we’re honored to support them as they blaze a trail we know so many more will follow.”- Apple