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Ne-Yo Enters Tech Investing in a Coding School

The R&B artist and producer is also joining the school’s board of trustees in order to help attract people from underrepresented groups to learn how to code.

Megan Rose Dickey | Tech Crunch

How This Startup Toy Company Helps Girls Embrace Diversity

A Cincinnati graphic designer and “visual activist” is developing her own company, Healthy Roots, a line of dolls that represent the variety of nationalities, skin tones and natural hair found among African-Americans.

Hillary Copsey | WCPO



The Top 10 Cities for Minority Entrepreneurs in the US

With Houston leading the pack, these cities have many minority-owned firms, a dearth of economic opportunities for minorities, low startup costs, high startup density, impressive opportunity share for new entrepreneurs, and a high rate of new entrepreneurs.

Conor Cawley | Tech.co



Engineering Entrepreneur Finds Home in USF Incubator

SaLisa Berrien operates her energy consulting company, COI Energy, out of the University of South Florida’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator.

Kenya Woodard | Tampa Bay Times



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