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A Little Of Our Story
How ACT House Began
The ACT House started as an experiment to rethink and redefine how we engage minorities in tech. We saw an obvious problem and wanted to solve it. With a passion for all-things-tech and students attending college across the country, we began a journey to discover how we could increase the success rate of minority-owned startups. We had no idea it would be this awesome!View the Video
Why We ACT
“Not the right team” ranked #3 out of the 20 reasons startups fail. In addition, various outlets still report a staggering low minority representation within executive positions in tech. By organizing our teams by skillsets - business, design, and programming - to reduce team failure, and partnering with minority-serving institutions to shift the pendulum of minority representation in tech we believe instilling leadership training and coaching through the product development process will enable us to chip away at these problems.
Sources: CB Insights “Top 20 Reasons Why Startups Fail”, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “Diversity in High Tech”
Scott LillyChief Programs Officer of Thurgood Marshall College Fund
“Leveraging the ACT model within our OFC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, we have been able to see firsthand how creativity is accelerated. When parts and components of a team are arranged with product development, it enables team cohesion and product development optimization. The ACT model has been a contributing factor in increasing the entrepreneurial mindset of our scholars and the number of prototypes produced by our students.”
Andrew GillumMayor of Tallahassee, FL
“In Tallahassee, we understand the importance of investing in our startup and entrepreneurial communities. Providing a utility credit for the ACT House is just one way that we can help create opportunities for those new businesses to create local jobs.”
Dr. Shawnta Friday-StroudDean of FAMU School of Business & Industry
“I am excited to be partnering in this inaugural relationship with the ACT House. I’m most excited about the opportunities that it will bring from our students, but just as importantly excited about the outcomes that will happen as a result of the program.”