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Opportunity Hub, co-founded in 2013 in Atlanta, GA by Rodney Sampson as a follow up to the highly successful Kingonomics’ conferences grew to become the largest multi-campus entrepreneurship center and technology hub in the United States specifically focused on diversity and inclusion as a business thesis for the development of high demand technical talent and high growth startup companies.
Today, OHUB as it is affectionately known has re-positioned herself as an inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem building platform focused on four proven methodologies as a definitive path to disrupting poverty and the racial wealth gap in socially disadvantaged communities and beyond. These four methodologies are early exposure, education & training, ecosystem building and capital formation. HBCU@SXSW is the company’s flagship event held every year in Austin, TX.
To scale its current work to date, opportunity hub is building a suite of collaborative and interconnected technology products, programs and experiences.
Initiatives, Programs & Products
Licensing & Joint Venture
Over the last seven years, Opportunity Hub has built a national brand as a leader in inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem building. Also understanding that many organizations such as schools, colleges & universities, municipalities, chambers, foundations, faith based organizations and neighborhood organizations may not be in a position to lease or purchase real estate assets to launch their hubs and related programming, we’re prepared to license our brand, playbook, curriculum, business model and platform to them. Depending on scope of opportunity, upfront annual fees will start at $25,000 plus an annual revenue share.
If a joint venture opportunity around a real estate acquisition presents itself, we are prepared to make that decision to acquire and operate as a part of a public private partnership. In this case, funding is provided by municipalities, foundations, companies and private investors.
HBCU@SXSW, an official program of SXSW, is an early exposure and recruitment initiative produced by Opportunity Hub, the leading inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem building platform headquartered in Atlanta, GA. 90% of the students that attend HBCU@SXSW are hired for summer internships or permanent positions at tech or Fortune 1000 companies. 75% of the applicants that don't attend are hired as well. All of the students are fully immersed in the interactive technology on display at SXSW. Going into its 3rd year, HBCU@SXSW promises to be bigger and better than ever. 1,000 students from 200 colleges and universities applied. The initial 100 have already been selected and will bring more as more partners join. Of course, we're excited about lead sponsor, Mailchimp and the #AtlTechRiseUp campaign they've launched with us. We expect other companies to launch similar efforts with us in their respective cities. Other national sponsors include Comcast, Capital One, Chic-fil-A, Spotify, Facebook, Deloitte, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Microsoft, Twitter, Uber and more. Here's more information on sponsorship.
OHUB@Campus allows colleges and universities to license OHUB’s brand, reputation, resources and network of more than 100 technology university relations recruitment programs and startup resources to launch a technology and startup entrepreneurship ecosystem for their school and community. Schools also leverage discounted access to our CodeStart curriculum and priority scholarship consideration for five of their students to attend HBCU@SXSW.
The #YesWeCode Fund, announced at the 2017 HBCU@SXSW Luncheon, will award scholarships for women and minorities with financial need to attend participating code school programs. Interested students can apply here: http://www.yeswecodefund.com
Opportunity Hub is a leader in the inclusive innovation space. We have built our innovation and investment thesis on the McKinsey and Intel data that makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse teams build better products and perform better financially. For instance, The companies in the top quartile of gender diversity were 15 percent more likely to have financial returns that were above their national industry median. Companies in the top quartile of racial/ethnic diversity were 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their national industry median. Our inclusive innovation work includes high level advisory and consulting on the creation and launch of innovative supplier diversity and entrepreneurship ecosystem building programs, diverse talent recruitment (interns and permanent hires) and professional services related to product (minimum viable product) development to solve your company's most pressing challenges. We leverage our talent developed and aggregated from our other initiatives, programs and products to ensure consistency and authenticity across our work.