Welcome to TechCrunch Include. Include is an opportunity for social enterprises (both nonprofit and for profit) to join the TechCrunch family. Our mission is to increase the long-term capacity of these organizations by making it easier for them to recruit volunteers, donors, beneficiaries and future press. Basically helping them make tech a more inclusive place.
Include is a one-year program, during which time those that are selected will receive the following:
*Free booth and tickets at TechCrunch Disrupt and Hackathons
*Free attendance to all TechCrunch VIP dinners, August Capital Event, Meetups, etc.
*Assistance on media/press strategy
*TC will donate a total of $50K each year (starting in 2015) to select Include participants.
How to Apply
Applications are now open until Sunday, June 29 at 11 p.m. PDT.
(The boxes are small but please, feel free to elaborate!)
Kate Courteau, Director of Non-Profits, Y Combinator
Kate is the Director of NonProfits at Y Combinator. She joined the YC team in 2005 as its Chief Actual Architect and has been in charge of design and facilities ever since. She has also run her own private architectural practice since 2000. As a part of this practice, she has been active in the nonprofit world leading various projects in North America and Africa.
Charles Hudson, SoftTech VC
Charles is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. He is focusing on mobile and gaming investments, and supporting SoftTech portfolio companies on business/corporate development matters. He was also the Co-Founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games startup based in San Francisco.
Aarthi Ramamurthy, Founder at Lumoid
Aarthi is the founder and CEO of Lumoid, a startup that makes it easy to try and buy consumer electronics. Prior to Lumoid, Aarthi built products at Microsoft, such as Xbox LIVE and Visual Studio, and worked at Netflix on its streaming software. She has the dubious distinction of building one of 2011’s top mobile apps while on her honeymoon.
Also on the selection committee are TechCrunch Co-Editor Alexia Tsotsis, writer Kim-Mai Cutler and Battlefield Editor Samantha O’Keefe.
Who is eligible?
Any organization that aims to increase diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. You do not need to be SF, or even US based. NGOs can be any size, however preference will be given to those for whom participation in Include could make a significant impact on their scale or quality of services.
How long is the Include program?
Organizations will be part of the program for one TechCrunch year. From August 1 2014 to August 1, 2015. The limit is to allow new groups to have the opportunity to benefit from the program.
When will results be announced?
All applicants will be notified by the end of July, 2014.
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