Diversity Talks will be participating in The Lean Lab Incubator Fellowship with a chance to receive up to $35k in seed funding.
"The Lean Lab, a Kansas City-based education tech accelerator, is returning for its fourth year with a new approach that aims to be more community focused and sophisticated.
During a Tuesday event, the Lean Lab announced the five new startups in its 2017 cohort at a breakfast at the recently renovated Corrigan Station.
Katie Boody, co-founder of the Lean Lab, said that this year’s application pool was the most competitive to date. The accelerator received applications from 32 different cities from around the U.S., with demographics representative of the national student population.
Applications were 48 percent men, 52 percent women and 53 percent people of color.
“I hope that means that we’re doing our job well,” Boody said. “It is really important that if our entrepreneurs are creating the future of education, that they are representative of our current student population. We take that very seriously.”
Boody added that she was pleased with the applicants’ passion and accomplishments, which made narrowing down to five firms a difficult decision. It was of utmost importance for the accelerator to select companies that would make area students and teachers a priority, she added."
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