The co-founder of Durham startup RainbowMe is one of three entrepreneurs nationwide who is receiving $40,000 in seed funding and other help from a national nonprofit group that works with minority technology workers.
Talib Graves-Manns has been named an Entrepreneur in Residence by CODE2040, which is working with American Underground, a business incubator with locations in Durham and Raleigh. The CODE2040 program aims to boost the number of technology startups founded by blacks, Latinos and Latinas.
Graves-Manns’ company, RainbowMe, is “an online platform for original content designed to educate and entertain children of color,” according to CODE2040.
In addition to the seed funding, Graves-Manns will receive free space at the American Underground, mentoring from entrepreneurs through Google for Entrepreneurs and a trip to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google has provided funding for the program.
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One of the other Entrepreneurs in Residence named by CODE2040 also has Triangle roots. Riana Lynn, the founder of FoodTrace in Chicago, has a degree in biology and African-American studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.