Apple’s first U.S. developer academy to open in Detroit Downtown
Later this year, Apple will open an Apple Developer Academy in Detroit – the first of its kind in the United States. Detroit has a vibrant black entrepreneurial and developer community with over 50,000 black-owned companies, according to U.S. Census data. The academy is designed to enable young black entrepreneurs, creators, and coders to help them cultivate the skills needed for jobs in the fast-growing iOS app economy. Launched in partnership with Michigan State University, Apple Developer Academy courses will be open to all students throughout Detroit, regardless of their academic background or any previous coding experience.
Apple Developer Academy offers two programs in Detroit. A 30-day introductory program is designed for students who are considering a career in app economics and want to better understand what it means to be a developer. The full academy program is an intensive 1
And next month, Apple will host the inaugural cohort of its Black Founders and Entrepreneurship Entrepreneur Camp for a virtual experience that offers code-level, one-on-one guidance from Apple experts and engineers, as well as mentorship, inspiration and insights from the best Apple -leaders.
Strengthening entrepreneurs through new funding partnerships
To address the systemic barriers to entry and financing that Black and Brown entrepreneurs face, Apple today announced two new venture capital and banking investments, both of which are designed to provide capital to minority-owned companies. The company will invest $ 10 million with Harlem Capital – an early-stage New York-based venture capital firm – to support its investments in 1,000 companies with various founders over the next 20 years. In addition to providing capital to colorful entrepreneurs, Harlem Capital will also provide its expertise to Apple’s broader efforts to promote access to financial opportunities. The company will offer guidance and mentorship to students at the Detroit Developer Academy and participants in Apple’s Entrepreneurship Camp for Black Founders and Developers. Apple will also support Harlem Capital’s internship program with a focus on opening doors for aspiring women and minority investors.
The company will also invest $ 25 million in the Siebert Williams Shanks Clear Vision Impact Fund, which provides capital to small and medium-sized businesses with an emphasis on minority-owned businesses. The fund appears to support companies that operate in or serve undercrowded markets and that promote inclusive growth initiatives.
To lift community organizations
As part of its REJI work, Apple continues to build on its contributions to community colleges, nonprofits, and local organizations working to strengthen and expand the opportunities for the next generation.
Apple makes a contribution to The King Center, a living memorial to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to share his teachings and inspire new generations to continue his unfinished work. Next week, Dr. King’s daughter and CEO of The King Center, Dr. Bernice A. King, issue a call for action that encourages young people to give back to their community as part of Apple’s “Challenge for Change” series – a set of conversation guides and learning-based challenges on issues related to race and inequality.
Apple’s contribution to The King Center joins the company’s past donations to nonprofit organizations that promote justice and fairness, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama.