(l. to. r. Brock Kolls, Chief Open Innovation Officer, TechSquare Labs; Rodney Sampson, Partner, Diversity & Inclusion, TechSquare Labs; Paul Judge, Cofounder, TechSquare Labs; Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta; Bridget Beam, Head, Global Partnerships & Google Campuses, Google for Entrepreneurs; Allen Nance, Cofounder, TechSquare Labs; Cassius Butts, Regional Administrator, Small Business Administration)
Google for Entrepreneurs, a global initiative aimed at company building, is coming to Atlanta in partnership with TechSquare Labs.
Founded by Paul Judge and Allen Nance, TechSquare Labs works with corporate clients who may have a spin-off idea, but need help to validate it and build a startup team around it. The $7 million center, which has a strong diversity focus, specializes in financial technology, logistics, information security and health tech.
Google Capital is an investor in Pindrop Security, a cybersecurity startup backed by Judge, who is also the company’s chairman. Google Ventures, meanwhile, is an investor in Ionic Security, another Judge-backed Atlanta tech company.
Sampson is a Partner and Head of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, TechSquare Labs.
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Coding While Black: Hacking The Future Of The Tech Industry
At Tech Square Labs in midtown Atlanta, you’ll find glass walls and high ceilings. It follows the typical design trends of today’s “hip” innovation centers and co-working office spaces. It’s also where 14 low-income African-American students are learning Java as part of the Code Start program.
Code Start is a free, year-long training program for low-income people between the ages of 18 and 24. Participants must have a high school diploma or GED, but not a college degree. Rodney Sampson started the program. He calls Code Start, “an experiment on whether or not we can take ‘disconnected youth,’ who’ve been labeled by the system, and teach them how to be a junior level software engineer or developer.”
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Rodney Sampson joins Huffington Post as a Huffington Business Op-Ed Blogger. Sampson’s first post was on the live date of Title II of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) signed by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012. The title of the post was: Crowdfunding’s Power To Close The Racial Wealth Gap
1,000 high schoolers exposed to coding (software engineering) and entrepreneurship. 100 influencers met to hack poverty and the wealth gap. 450+ participated in the fist ever #SkateHack.
Here’s the official press release.
Read about the Opportunity Hub TechSquare Labs merger.
Read about TechSquare Labs Fund.
@RodneySampson joins @TechSquare Labs as Chief, Diversity + Inclusion Initiatives.
TechSquare Labs is an incubator, seed fund and 25k sf of coworking and corporate innovation space. We are driven to Build Something From Nothing with companies ranging from two guys and a laptop to established enterprises looking to stay ahead of the pack. We do this by combining experience in patents, research, and team building with a network that spans from freshman coders to Fortune 500 CEO’s.
TechSquare Labs is in Atlanta for its incredible density of educational institutions, enterprises, and entertainment. Over 250,000 students call Atlanta home along with 27 Fortune 1000 companies that generate nearly a half a trillion dollars in revenue. The city drew in $6 billion from film production budgets in the last fiscal year alone. We have hung our hat in the middle of it all in Technology Square. In addition to a cluster of corporate innovation labs and startups, the area is swarming with tech talent from Georgia Tech – where more engineers graduate than MIT and Stanford combined.
Dr. Paul Judge and Allen Nance, two technology entrepreneurs with a track record of starting, building, advising and investing in successful technology companies, founded TechSquare Labs. Rodney Sampson joined TechSquare as Chief, Diversity + Inclusion Initiatives, with its merger with Opportunity Hub.
MBDA recognizes the role that minority entrepreneurs play in building the nation’s economy by honoring businesses that are making a significant contribution through the creation of jobs, products and services, in addition to supporting their local communities.
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Both Rodney Sampson and David Cummings could be doing really anything with their time and money, but they are grinding it out building the next generation of Atlanta’s success. Read more….