‘We know everyone has potential’: Inside Canada’s only Black-focused tech incubator

The Black Innovation Programs at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone offers mentorship, support, and training to Black tech professionals and entrepreneurs

Why It Matters

Despite comprising about 3.5 percent of Canada’s population, Black employees are only 2.6 percent of the tech sector’s workforce. Systemic racism in education, industry hiring, and access to capital are all part of the problem, but an incubator focused on holistically supporting Black professionals could make improvements.

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