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The tech industry is under a microscope right now. From privacy breaches to mass misinformation, it’s clear that technology has been a cause for concern in our society. With technology billionaires controlling most of our society’s most important information, it seems as though only a privileged few have a say in the future of technology. Unfortunately, Black women have been routinely left out of these conversations. Though many Black women have tried to get their foot into the tech industry, statistics show that Black women entrepreneurs are less likely to receive funding from venture capitalists for entrepreneurial projects. As a result, we have a technology industry controlled by primarily white men going largely unchecked.

On the bright side, a growing wave of Black women in tech has sparked a new flock of entrepreneurs. By bringing an intersectional approach to technology, Black Alpha Women are making major changes to the technology industry and opening doors for diversity. To help show these positive changes, we’ve gathered eight Black women entrepreneurs who have already made waves in their industry through social causes and the power of technology. Check them out below!

1. Jessica Matthews – Uncharted Power

Jessica Matthews and Uncharted Power

https://www.linkedin.com/company/unchartedinfra/

Jessica Matthews is a Nigerian-American entrepreneur who founded Uncharted Powera renewable energy startup founded in 2011. The award-winning company takes a sustainable approach to provide clean power to communities. Jessica started the company at just 22 years old after graduating from Harvard Business School and with successful funding projects and an innovative approach to sustainability, Jessica proves her incredible business savvy and shows a new face to the tech world.

2. Jasmine Crowe – Goodr

https://goodr.co/

Next up is Jasmine Crowe, founder of Goodr.  As an award-winning entrepreneur and founder, Jasmine turned her passion for feeding the hungry into a business. She started with home-cooked meals in her own kitchen in 2013 and grew into a food-waste management company just a few years later. Through Goodr, Jasmine passionately provides food for underprivileged communities by connecting restaurants with food waste to non-profit organizations. Her business addresses food insecurity while also showing other Black women their amazing potential to improve the world and achieve their goals.

“As long as you’re going after something that you love, you shouldn’t give up on your dreams. That’s the biggest thing.” – Jasmine Crowe

3. Karen Emelu & Valerie Oyiki – Black Girls in Tech

https://www.blackgirlsintech.org/

Karen Emelu and Valerie Oyiki play an important role in the tech industry. As Black Alpha Women Leaders, Karen and Valerie created a one-stop-shop for Black women and girls looking to step into the industry. Black Girls in Tech offers resources and community for aspiring tech entrepreneurs and Black women already in the industry. Through networking, workshops, scholarships and more, Black Girls in Tech gives Black women a fair shot at success in a white, male-dominated industry. Through initiatives like theirs, our Alpha Woman list will only grow longer and longer.

4. Morgan DeBaun – Blavity

https://blavityinc.com/

Morgan DeBuan is a Black women icon in the digital media world. In 2014, she created the multimedia platform Blavity, a site dedicated to Black millennials looking to engage with their community. With a background in tech and a passion for Black culture, DeBuan created six branches of Blavity – including news, politics, Afro tech, travel, entertainment and lifestyle. Through the authentic portrayal of Black culture, Morgan DeBuan has mastered Black media and modern technology and now serves as the CEO at Blavity.

5. Kimberly Bryant – Black Girls CODE

https://www.blackgirlscode.com/

Next up, Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization aimed at getting Black women into computer programming and technology. As a mother and engineer, Bryant felt frustrated with the lack of representation in the tech industry. To combat her frustrations, she started an initiative of her own in 2011 and set up Black Girls Code. Her organization connects Black women and girls with training and resources to open doors in the STEM industries. To date, Kimberly Bryant has helped over 20 thousand young Black women through Black Girls Code.

6. Asmau Ahmed – Plum Perfect

https://www.plumperfect.com/

When Asmau Ahmed had trouble finding the right makeup, she decided to take things into her own hands. In 2014 she created Plum Perfect, a software that scans selfies to match skin tones and recommend products. The app is a groundbreaking technology that helps Women of Color feel more included in the beauty industry. Through technology, Ahmed created an innovative approach to makeup shopping while contributing to the diverse faces of the tech industry.

“Don’t let anyone’s expectation deter you from your goal and your ambition.” – Asmau Ahmed

7. Esosa Ighodaro & Regina Gwynn – Black Women Talk Tech

https://www.blackwomentalktech.com/

As entrepreneurs and technology moguls, Esosa Ighodaro and Regina Gwynn created Black Women Talk Tech, a tech conference created by and from Black women. Black Women Talk Tech aims to better the lives of future entrepreneurs and Black women interested in the tech field. Ighodaro and Gwynn offer resources and programs to help grow the next successful Black women entrepreneur in tech.

8. Dwana Franklin-Davis – Reboot Representation 

https://www.rebootrepresentation.org/

And last but certainly not least, Dwana Franklin-Davis. Dwana is the CEO of Reboot Representation, a tech coalition aimed at increasing the number of racialized women in the tech industry. With a passion for equity and a strong background in technology, Dwana heads the company alongside other women, creating a welcoming gateway into the tech world. The company aims to engage Women of Colour in the tech industry by providing educational tools to thrive in their industry. By creating a more diverse industry, Dwana sees the future of technology as being stronger, and more diverse.

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Gabrielle Samson

Gabrielle is a Ryerson student in the Creative Industries program with a passion for diverse media and women empowerment. As a young, Queer, Woman of Color, Gabrielle is passionate about contributing to the Young Alpha series from a lens of intersectionality. She is also a fitness instructor and personal trainer eager to advocate for physical and mental health for young women.

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