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OHUB.SXSW and its HBCU@SXSW programming, as captured in USA Today, Harvard Business Review and this hiring partner experience video by Facebook, is OHUB’s signature annual capstone university relations, young professionals, seasoned executives and startup entrepreneurs immersive exposure, innovative professional development, go to market and investment experience. Each year, major corporations, tech companies, startups, ecosystem builders, foundations and influencers sponsor top Black and Latinx American technical and non-technical talent from our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI’s), Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s) and Predominantly White Institutions (PWI’s) with intentional diversity and inclusion initiatives to gain the necessary immersive exposure, interactive learning opportunities and direct access to paid summer internships and early career roles that are afforded by attending SXSW. Each year, more than 500,000 attendees experience amazing keynotes, thousands of panels and exclusive networking opportunities that provide buzz-generating exposure and opportunities to engage with decision makers in the innovation economy. In 2016, OHUB sponsored 50 students. In 2017, 100 students from 41 colleges and universities attended. In 2018, 150 students from 60 colleges and universities attended. In 2019, 252 students from 100 colleges and universities attended. Ninety (90%) of the students were placed in paid summer internships or permanent jobs. The total economic output to date is over $10,000,000. You can review our 2019 impact letter here.

In 2020, OHUB is preparing to bring 500 of the nation’s top Black & Latinx college students studying computer science, software engineering, entrepreneurship, business, go-to-market, sales, finance and beyond to SXSW for an immersive exposure, learning, mentoring, networking and hiring experience. The cohort is selected from OHUB’s growing membership of 5,000+ student members and young professionals at nearly 351+ colleges and universities, including the majority of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).

The cost per student scholarship is $5,000* and includes round trip travel, housing for 5 nights and 4 nights, 3 meals per day, a SX interactive badge, access to exclusive events and 12 months of follow on mentorship, webinars, skills enhancement classes and interviews that further increase their placement possibilities. Median salaries are $20,000 and $97,500 for summer internships and full time roles, respectively. This program has a 90% placement into industry. *The cost for Texas students is $2,500. Students do not pay to participate. OHUB covers all expenses.

It is Black History Month and OHUB is on the homestretch to make OHUB.SXSW an overwhelming success. As of February 7th, we’ve signed on corporate partners, foundations and sponsors like Comcast NBC Universal, Deloitte, Accenture, Accenture Federal, Netflix, Coursera, Kauffman Foundation, Twitter, ActOne Group, Kansas City Economic Development Corporation & Uber. We still have room for more hiring partners to join this year to fill you remaining summer internships and full time roles for 2020 while jumpstarting your recruitment strategy for 2021.

We’ve created a “BLACK & HIRED” Campaign & Gofundme to finish raising our $1.5 million budget.

Therefore, we are forming alliances with platforms, ecosystem building organizations, entrepreneurship support programs, investors, corporate ERG’s, entrepreneurs and influencers to sign on as Ecosystem Building Partners and drive us across the finish line.

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