Tech Idea Incubator Fund Submissions

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Digi-Bridge & Dottie Rose

Digi-Bridge and Dottie Rose will launch pop-up technology learning sessions for 3rd-8th grade scholars to master skills related to career-focused and real-world topics such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, health technology and more.

Queen City Robotics Alliance

The Queen City Robotics Alliance will create virtual STEM program that introduces STEM skills and professions to middle school students and helps students better understand STEM jobs.

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Dottie Rose Foundation

Dottie Rose Foundation will build a virtual meeting place for current program participants that engages young women in technology.

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Charlotte Bilingual Preschool

To address learning loss during COVID-19 and technology barriers, CltBP proposes piloting a family component during our 8-week Reading Checkup program this summer. One Family Engagement Specialist will provide a weekly targeted digital literacy workshop for 10 families, focusing on specific areas of need including accessing the internet, computer use, using reading checkup tools, and printer use. At the end of the workshop, each family will receive a computer and a printer and have the skills and confidence to use them.

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She Built This City

She Built This City will teach girls ages 9-17, career choosing women and non-binary individuals how to 3D print and create with software, as well as ignite the use of innovation to solve problems.

Blacks in Technology Foundation

(Charlotte chapter)

This year, Blacks in Technology Charlotte has created a community partnership with YouCanTech, an educational program which gets Charlotte kids ages 7-12 excited about STEM. It is a fully packaged Lego Robotics program: the robot kits themselves, curriculum of activities in story form that kids like, and support from experienced coaches.

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MeckEd

The tech idea is to incorporate a digital app, Gameplan, (currently being piloted at two sites) that enables students to track their involvement in the program and increases efficiencies of program delivery.

Junior League of Charlotte

JLC will utilize grant dollars to help bolster our community partners' impact in priority zip codes of Mecklenburg County. We provide voluntary support to multiple non-profit partners in the area, including elementary schools, who are in need of assisting their children and families with tech-related needs for learning and mental/physical health.

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E2D, Inc.

Through the Tech All-Stars program, E2D proposes to connect hundreds of students to critical IT pathways through a monthly newsletter. The newsletter will contain information sourced from top IT professionals, ranging from trending articles on must-know topics in IT to job postings to certifications opportunities, all designed to open doors of opportunity for under-resourced CMS students.

Hack & Hustle Entrepreneurship Academy, Inc. 

In partnership with the Tech Idea Incubator Fund, the Hack and Hustle Social Entrepreneurship Academy (Hack & Hustle Academy) seeks a one-year grant of $5,000 in support of our work to expand our STEM program for underserved, at-risk youth in Charlotte, North Carolina. This grant award will be applied to expand their Workforce Development Program from a four-week STEM program to a ten-month program serving at-risk, African Americans, ages 15-24, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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UMBA BrightStars

This project will enable Bright Stars to effectively and efficiently improve how we manage and track the comprehensive learning profile of students attending After-School and summer programs. This will enable us to meet the three primary goals of our program to help augment learning for children who are primarily identified as struggling learners within our schools.

First Gen Success

First Gen Success would like to incorporate a web-based mentor training component to their current program to strengthen existing practices. We would like to provide our mentors courses with a breakthrough mentor training program, Mentoring Central.

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ChickTech

ChickTech is bringing chapters together to run virtual programs in order to maintain an ongoing community of support during a time when students, particularly girls and students of color, are more susceptible to educational barriers. As part of a local program with national chapter collaboration, these high school girls will be exposed to technology careers, mentors of diverse backgrounds, and hands-on STEM workshops led by industry professionals from across the country to build confidence, interest, competency, and understanding of STEM careers and concepts. 

Per Scholas

For twenty-five years, Per Scholas has prepared motivated and curious adults who are unemployed or underemployed with the technical and business skills to launch successful careers in technology, creating onramps to businesses in need of their talents. This year, they will enroll more than 1,600 students across fourteen cities and partner with over 500 companies.

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JusCulture

JusCulture

the Polymart: ELEMENTS of cooperative commerce 

jusCULTURE is a cultural movement of the Polymart: a polyopoly. 

jusCULTURE emerged from the overwhelming call and arc towards deeper expressions, information reckoning, and revealing of our collective wisdom, lived experiences, and communal healing deeply rooted in love, justice, and equity for all. 

we are Black Indigenous cultural and somatic storytellers and anthropologists helping to connect the dots of data, evidence, and information modeling, influencing, and impacting equity of the wild [world].

Project Scientist

Project Scientist's mission is to expose a diverse population of young girls to a high-quality STEM academy that inspires confidence in their pursuit of learning throughout the year. Their vision is to originate a diverse STEM talent pool by building confidence for over 20,000 girls by 2022. Their purpose is to ignite and cultivate confidence that a STEM career is attainable for any girl.

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Do Greater Charlotte, Inc.

Do Greater Charlotte’s mission is to address the lack of exposure and access to creative, technological, and entrepreneurial education within underserved communities in Charlotte. Our programs prepare learners for the future with tools and training made possible through partnerships with professional creative community mentors. Our spaces (Mobile, Virtual, and Physical ) are hubs for learning. Each location is equipped with modern digital technology to provide educational opportunities centered around creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship across multiple interests including coding, design, video production, photography, and more.

Raise a Child of the Carolinas

"RACC Science Labs" is coming Summer 2021, Raise a Child of the Carolinas will launch a 10-week series of science learning labs exposing youth K-8 to various fields of Science. Each week will be dedicated to focusing on a different field, and through the integration of lessons in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math, Raise a Child of the Carolinas will use 21st Century project based learning to teach the subject matter, explore careers in the fields, and actively engage students in hands on activities to reinforce the topic.

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Apparo

Apparo would like to place high-quality “unlocked” laptops into the hands of high-achieving, under-resourced, college-bound students in the Charlotte area who do not have access to such equipment. This will allow students to stay connected while studying from home and to engage in and complete both synchronous and asynchronous homework and classwork assignments as well as access online educational resources that are vital to a young person’s educational success and access to higher education.

Do Greater Charlotte

Do Greater Charlotte provides creative technology solutions through a Mobile CRTV (Creative) Lab and soon through the newly proposed 5000sqft CRTV Lab at Shiloh. They propose to create a multi-sided online platform connecting underserved students to the Charlotte creative community. This network would bring together content, community, online courses, and memberships all in one place available on every platform.

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A Better World

Since the onset of COVID-19 A Better World has repackaged their free after school program into a 90-min virtual program for their students. This program includes homework help and academic enrichment lessons from certified instructors, group therapy with licensed counselors, one-on-one reading buddies, and access to our literacy program, i-Ready. They also have additional homework help and tech support for an additional two hours a day. We have seen amazing results from increased reading grade level, success with group therapy and increased participation virtually with our volunteers.