Welcome to Tuesday.

A new platform launched this morning using cross-sector data and community engagement to better support community development strategies across the country. Opportunity360 was developed by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit connecting “nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investment to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development.” The platform uses data from a number of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, the IRS, and the EPA to help better serve low-income families. The company made the announcement in D.C. through a Facebook live stream.

Click here to see how Opportunity360 works and how its data is used to start necessary community conversations.

— Tyler

Jopwell Raises $7.5 Million to Further its Mission to Diversify Companies
Megan Rose Dickey | Tech Crunch
The recruiting startup focused on diversity, has raised a $7.5 million Series A round led by Cue Ball Capital, bringing its total funding up to $11.75 million.v




21 Experts are Talking Entrepreneurship at Black & Brown Founders
Roberto Torres | Technical.ly Philly
On Oct. 9 and 10, the Black & Brown Founders conference is happening at Quorum, with Mayor Jim Kenney as headliner and a roster of 21 speakers.





“Shortiez” Digital Library Is Changing How Black Children See Themselves In Stories
Malinda Janay | Blavity

Shortiez is a digital library of culturally relevant short stories. The goal of Shortiez is to build the most robust digital platform of culturally relevant short stories.





NASA Langley’s Katherine Johnson Computational Research Facility Officially Opens
The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility, or CRF, was dedicated Sept. 22 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by family and friends of Johnson and her fellow “human computers,” students from Black Girls Code and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, and special guests from across Virginia.





Why Working With African Engineers Has Made Our Tech Team More Competitive Than Ever
Meetesh Karia | Forbes
The Zebra benefits from talent diversification, and Andela benefits from having partnerships with high-caliber tech companies. The engineers it features are exposed to real-time hot projects, learn from experienced and well-connected leadership teams, and benefit from having big-brand (or soon-to-be big-brand) experience on their resumes.







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