Ensuring equity for every entrepreneur is core to our work at Forward Cities.
Which is why we partner with organizations like Black Orlando Tech who are on the ground and making a difference in the lives and communities in Orange County/Orlando.
Once the hub of Florida's citrus industry, Orange County and the City of Orlando evolved into attractive vacation destinations shifting their economies to tourism-centric sectors in the 20th century. In recent years, leaders have diversified Orange County/Orlando's economy to include high-tech, high-wage careers for residents in advanced industries. Still, the distribution of resources has not always been even.
Our partners at Black Orlando Tech (BOT) and others in the community work to ensure equitable access to resources, capital, and other supports needed by entrepreneurs of color. To date, Black Orlando Tech has assisted over 2,000 underrepresented entrepreneurs, startups, tech, and non-tech professionals to train and pursue pathways in Central Florida’s growing tech industry. BOT is on a mission to connect over 10,000 professionals and entrepreneurs to enter tech by 2025.
With local consultants Rose Lejiste and Tiffany Spencer, we will assess the current health of Orange County/Orlando's entrepreneurial ecosystem and amplify strategies for a more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem that generates prosperity for the community at large. This work confronts the mechanisms and barriers that keep historical inequities alive.