4 Platforms & communities to check out, led by Black Founders 🙌🏾

Empow(H)er Cybersecurity, founded by Tia Hopkins, is a non-profit organization focused on providing a safe space for women of color interested in or currently working in the field of cybersecurity. The goal of Empow(H)er Cybersecurity is to provide a platform for all women of color to grow their networks, be inspired, and feel empowered. The crowdsourced approach of the organization is aimed at fostering an environment where the activities and events facilitated by the organization are not only created for the member community, but also created by the member community.

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Pigeon Loans is the world’s leading global lending platform dedicated to allowing you to create, manage, and facilitate loans with your friends, family members, and loved ones. By offering an online space where users can negotiate the terms of a loan, Pigeon Loans seeks to empower individuals to borrow and lend money with the people they trust the most.

No longer do lenders have to worry about getting paid back, and better yet, borrowers can leave the awkward conversations of asking for financial help, without a plan, as a thing of the past. With fully integrated payment options, the ability to create and sign a legally binding contract, no credit checks, and a tracking mechanism to set up payment reminders and alerts, their users, spanning across 40 different countries, have a wide variety of choices when it comes to making a loan on the Pigeon Loans platform.

Founded by Brian Bristol, a young African-American thought leader in the tech space, and Anna Matilde Tanga, a fresh female face leading community based innovation through grassroots efforts, Pigeon Loans is on a mission to break down the barriers of finance through the avenue of loans. With Pigeon Loans, minority communities have a vehicle to share and spread wealth amongst each other, entrepreneurial minded folk possess a means for which to raise capital for their business ideas, and those in need of financial help in a crunch have a home to fall back on in a time of crisis. Pigeon Loans is here to support the everyday community, and they’ll be sure to guide and elevate every step of the way.

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Baddies In Tech, founded by Allie Tsahey, is a career development community for Women of Color in tech. They have a global community of WoC in the tech industry, ranging over 8+ countries! Not only do Baddies In Tech provide the best learning resources to jumpstart career journeys in technology, but they’re also a career accelerator that helps their members with salary negotiations, career transitions, and more.

Employers can also engage with Baddies In Tech to connect with some of the best and brightest WoC seeking new opportunities.

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Melanence, founded by Juan Young, is an online learning community for founders of color looking to accelerate their business. We provide a safe space for BIPOC entrepreneurs to learn from industry experts & create meaningful professional connections. 

Why we are focusing on BIPOC business ownership?
Business ownership has long been a path to asset building and economic mobility. Not only does it offer the opportunity to improve the financial security of individual entrepreneurs, but it also serves as a gateway to individual and community wealth building.  Unfortunately, though business ownership is a fundamental engine for wealth creation, entrepreneurs of color face several challenges that make it more difficult to leverage business ownership into an asset that leads to long-term financial security. Melanence exists to promote Black +Brown entrepreneurship, to provide access to educational resources, and to facilitate opportunities for entrepreneurs of color to build a strong melanated support system.

✨ We are currently raising capital via equity crowdfunding, and you can invest in Melanence starting at $99✨ Check out our offering page at: https://netcapital.com/companies/melanence

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