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This Startup Empowers Youth Of Color To Tackle Social Issues With Technology


Enza Academy, a youth innovation and leadership incubator, recently held a free, five-day residential program at Stanford University for 26 youth of color to brainstorm technology solutions that address issues in their communities.

For five days, these high school students participated in an intensive bootcamp with an emphasis on coding, business development and social justice. The program culminated with a pitch event last Sunday night where teams of five students presented technology-based solutions that could make an impact in justice, health, education, community or inequality.


Judges for the event included Draper Fisher Jurvetson Senior Associate Blair Silverberg, YouTube Scaled Education Lead Sylvia Duran Chen, YouTube Business Lead of Creator Communities Kendra Desrosiers, TechCrunch Head of Product Nicole Wilke, Kapor Center Grant Manager Tiffany Price and Base Ventures Managing Director Erik Moore.

They gave the $1,500 grand prize to the team behind EduText, a digital textbook library for students to read and learn…

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