Startup Accelerator 2Gether-International has announced its first tech cohort in partnership with Google for Startups to create advancement opportunities for disabled entrepreneurs.
With over 60 million adults in the United States having some type of disability, 2Gether-International aims to provide an opportunity for this population to learn about management, marketing, sales, financial projections, and more essential skills for entrepreneurship.
The accelerator gathers cohorts of 12 to 15 entrepreneurs who receive virtual classes on such topics while gaining access to world-class speakers and leadership coaches. Founder, CEO & Chief Disabled Officer of 2GI Diego Mariscal referred to the accelerator’s mission by stating:
“Entrepreneurship saved my life. It gave me a platform to use my passion and skillset to make the world a better place. It is an honor to have the support of Google for Startups in the creation of the first 2GI Tech cohort by and for founders with disabilities. Our work together will set a precedent for what inclusion looks like at accelerators worldwide, impacting literally millions of people,”
The next cohort will be focused on founders who are working in the early stage of the tech startups, with the organization planning to launch it in October. The date of the launch is intended to take place during National Disability Awareness Month, a symbolic gesture representative of the accelerator’s mission. Lisa Gevelber, Google’s Vice President, referred to the partnership by stating:
“While there is still so much work to be done, I am proud that Google for Startups is helping to build a more accessible, diverse startup ecosystem. Founders with disabilities have unique insights and value to contribute to the tech sector. I hope this Accelerator program leads to more inclusive solutions, expanded support and programming for disabled founders around the world,”
Entrepreneurs who have participated in past programs ran by the startup accelerator have found the overall experience to be extremely positive and useful, with the 2 cohorts who completed collectively raising more than one million dollars in funding.