TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Build in Tulsa is a non-profit organization that created a comprehensive business accelerator that empowers Black women-led startups.
The organization received a $50,000 grant from Google's Global Data Center RISE program, which supports programs, organizations, and nonprofits working to create a robust pipeline of tech talent from underrepresented groups.
Women Entrepreneurs Build, powered by Build in Tulsa, will use this grant money to help launch the first cohort of the W.E. Build accelerator.
This will target emerging Black women entrepreneurs of early-stage, tech-enabled startups in Tulsa by supporting their professional development, and personal growth, while supporting their ability to generate wealth.
As part of the Build in Tulsa ecosystem, and located near the Historic Greenwood District, W.E. Build is a place-based opportunity that positions Black women entrepreneurs at the center of community change and renewal.
“Google understands the importance of providing accessible workforce training and education to underserved groups and the transformative impact it can have within the community,” said Yolanda Washington, GDC Program Manager - Talent Pipeline Development. “Through this grant program, we are able to support organizations that are reaching these underrepresented groups and providing them with the skills and training to succeed in tech and other trades. We are proud to support Women Entrepreneurs Build and their efforts to build the future workforce.”
“Black women are the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs in the country,” said Ashli Sims, Build in Tulsa’s Managing Director. “Build in Tulsa created a program that not only centers Black women, but also helps them overcome the barriers to their success. We’re so excited to work with Google to uplift these female founders."