Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes… Austin’s ever-growing tech scene still has room for improvement. Yes, we’re talking about inclusion and diversity. It’s not enough to just acknowledge the problem, we must find ways to solve it.

We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s proven that hiring employees from various backgrounds fosters innovation. That’s a good thing, right?! But where do we start?

Here are five companies who are making headway with diversity and inclusion initiatives in Austin:


1.  Latinitas

Latinitas is a nonprofit organization in Austin giving girls access to media and technology. They offer internships, workshops, summer camps, and more to young Latinas. These offerings cover everything from UX design, pitching business plans, website design, and even making your own Telenovela.

If you want to volunteer, click here.


2.  HackReactor

Not only based in ATX, but also Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. HackReactor made a big announcement today. Facebook donated $250k to their diversity and inclusion program, Telegraph Track.

HackReactor created their Telegraph Track specifically for underrepresented students in the tech and engineering realm.


3.  E4Youth

Another Austin-based nonprofit, their focus is providing experience for underrepresented youth in creative commercial arts careers.

They provide internships, job shadowing, and mentorships. All of their programs are centered around exposing lower-income, minority youth to the arts. Volunteer opportunities include events, hosting tours, job shadow experiences and more. Find out how to get involved.


4.  Levelup Institute

The Levelup Institute is a career accelerator program for first generation college students. It provides better more opportunities within the growing tech industry. Students are trained on how to successfully grow and launch businesses, while learning from tech industry experts.


5.  Urban Co-Lab

Located in East Austin, Urban Co-Lab is building a community of diverse entrepreneurs. Dedicated to low-income entrepreneurs to be job ready and give them more job opportunities.

They will be hosting “Addressing the Technology and Innovation Gap In Austin” on April 27th. Expect to hear from Google, Capital Factory, Dropbox, and Mayor Adler. Find the event here.

Do you know any other organizations in Austin making a social impact? Let us know.