How to Ensure Tech Economies are as Diverse as their Regions? Focus on Early Talent and Local Funding

Social justice-minded tech stakeholders often wax poetic on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the majority-white industry. But if intentional steps aren’t being taken to ensure a local tech economy’s constituents look like those in the region where it’s based, then it’s not serving that region’s needs, and that feel-good language is just lip service.

But what are the gaps and solutions to building more equitable ecosystems, from technologists to entrepreneurs? And how can stakeholders shift mindsets to prioritize the work it takes to get there?

Focus on early talent