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.
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.