As more minorities decide to venture into technology entrepreneurship, an increasing need arises for accelerator programs—mentorship, education, and community building support for small businesses. To keep African-Americans in the race, Sheffie Robinson, the President of Touco Direct, started Bantunium Labs, a program aiming to stimulate economic growth and close the minority startup gap.
“A large problem we have in the Black American community is the lack of knowledge, says Robinson. We tend to have a mindset that, no one helped me succeed so you have to struggle for it too. That’s the exact opposite mentality we should have. The moment I learned how to navigate in the startup community, that’s the moment I knew Bantunium Labs had to become something. I am solving the lack of mentorship and knowledge issue we have for small businesses in the Black community. No amount of marching and rioting is going to fix our communities but our businesses can and will.”
Before Robinson started her own company, she worked full-time while attending school. She became involved with the 3DS Startup Program, a boot camp weekend for starting a business at …read more