Startup Life/Accelerators & Incubators/Analysis/ Google and TechHub offer 30 grants to support diverse founders The new scheme in London is one of a wave of recently launched initiatives across the continent to support underrepresented founders. By Amy Lewin 6 August 2019 \Startup Life Tech Nation shutting down as UK government controversially pulls key funding By Amy Lewin, Freya Pratty and Amy O'Brien 31 January 2023 Startup Life/Accelerators & Incubators/Analysis/ Google and TechHub offer 30 grants to support diverse founders The new scheme in London is one of a wave of recently launched initiatives across the continent to support underrepresented founders. By Amy Lewin 6 August 2019 One of London’s original startup communities, TechHub, has launched a free support programme for 30 underrepresented founders in tech. If that sounds niche, it isn’t. “Underrepresented” is code for female founders, people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBTQ founders and refugees. The scheme is supported by Google for Startups and Silicon Valley Bank — both big supporters of numerous initiatives to improve diversity in London’s tech sector — along with accountants Davis Grant, recruitment firm Talent.io and legal firm WSGR. Each partner has sponsored a number of grants. TechHub, which recently opened a new workspace in London, launched in 2010 The winners of the 30 grants will receive free coworking space, mentoring sessions, promotional support and help meeting investors and corporates. Applications for the scheme open today. Supporting diverse founders across Europe In the past few years, London has seen a flurry of initiatives to support diverse founders. Many have focused on black and minority ethnic founders (see our list of initiatives supporting underrepresented founders across Europe), although there are also many communities and programmes for female founders. Just 4% of the UK’s tech workforce are from ethnic minorities, according to non-profit organisation Colorintech; in London, where the majority of tech companies are based, 41% of the population is non-white. In Paris more focus seems to have been placed on supporting founders from underprivileged parts of the city, notably the suburbs (“banlieue”). La French Tech, a government-backed organisation supporting the tech scene, is launching a new scheme for underrepresented founders across the country later this year. Meanwhile, over in the Nordics, where gender equality is high on the agenda across all industries, female founder initiatives have received most attention. Related Articles Just 8% of UK VCs know what it’s like to work at a startup By Amy Lewin Click here to read more Where are all the UK’s black VCs? By Amy Lewin Click here to read more Two groundbreaking VC internship programmes launch in Europe By Amy Lewin Click here to read more Most Read 1 \Healthtech Is Daniel Ek’s new body scanner worth the hype? Sifted tried it out 2 \Venture Capital VC diversity needs to change — and white men need to take responsibility 3 \Venture Capital New €3.75bn European Investment Fund pot to back late-stage VCs 4 \Sustainability Counteract closes £15m fund for carbon removal solutions 5 \Mobility Was the $5bn that VCs plugged into escooters worth it?