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Wednesday, January 7, 2015  
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Welcome to the New Year!



2014 has been a GREAT year for us:

  • FOCUS Fellows raised over $10 million dollars in Angel and Venture Funding (including Kellee James (FF '12), who raised a $2.5 million Series A round, Nichelle McCall (FF'13) and Nicole Sanchez (FF '13) who both raised close to 7 figure seed rounds).
  • FOCUS Fellow program expanded to 10 weeks with 7 terrific FOCUS Fellows and their companies successfully completing the program
  • DID startedimportant nationalconversationson issues surrounding tech and diversity
  • The DID community Ignited social media with 250m+ impressions during the #FOCUS100 conference
  • Kathryn and the DID team toured the country's top cities to inspire more urban entrepreneurs to be part of the tech industry.
  • DID was featured in over 60 press hits, including this piece in Wired magazine

So what's happening in 2015? We're going BIG. In February we are announcing an exciting new project. We would love to hear from you and ways we can work together! Please shoot an email to


DID is Coming to SXSW 2015!


For the third year in a row, DID will have a significant presence at SXSW. New for 2015 is the DID HOUSE for FOCUS Fellows and friends of DID. And of course, our 3rd Annual SXSW Party Hosted by Pandora.

Please contact for more information on partnership opportunities.



January Lineup


Join us every Tuesdays at 7pm ET for #DIDTechTalk, our weekly tweetchats with expert voices in tech, entrepreneurship, small biz, and more. Follow us on Twitter: @DigUndiv.



Kellee James (@ksemaj)
Founder and CEO, Mercaris


Kellee is the Founder and CEO of Mercaris, a market data service and trading platform for organic and non-GMO agricultural commodities. Appointed by President Obama as a White House Fellow (2009), she was also named by Black Enterprise and Crain's Chicago Business Magazines as a "40 Under 40" rising leader.


JAN 13

Kanyi Maqubela (@km)
Venture Partner, Collaborative Fund


Kanyi is a Venture Partner at Collaborative Fund, a mission-driven seed fund that has backed companies such as Kickstarter and CodeAcademy. He has invested in Walker & Co. (a health and beauty company for Blacks and Latinos), Hampton Creek Foods, Good Eggs, Alt School, and InVenture. He mentors at Code 2040.


Not able to make it to our weekly tweetdate night? Read our previous tweetchats on Storify.







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