Cohort provides underrepresented founders & CEOs with executive mentorship, partner resources, education, & massive brand recognition.
NJ — September 21, 2021— TechUnited has teamed up with its Women in Tech and Diversity Board Committees, as well as fintech powerhouse Cross River to launch a specialized mentorship cohort focusing on providing underrepresented founders and owners with new advantages, resources and information. The cohort will provide mentorship from executives at Cross River, Amazon, RSM, Deloitte, EY, and more.
“Leveraging the TechUnited community and board, as well as our massive annual festival, Propelify, to truly support women and minority founders via this mentorship cohort is critical to the region’s success,” said TechUnited CEO Aaron Price. “For entrepreneurs who want to build their companies faster and smarter, this program is for you. We encourage anyone looking for guidance to ensure their business thrives to apply.”
TechUnited specifically is working with longtime partner and recent winner of the TechUnited Impact Company of the Year award, Cross River. Community impact & dedication to real change is a key thread in the fabric of this fintech’s mission, and their Founder, CEO and Chairman, Gilles Gade shared: “At Cross River, we know how important mentorship and industry support can be for an aspiring small business trying to change the world. This partnership with TechUnited is another step in fulfilling our mission as we support entrepreneurs in our backyard.”
Within the business community, where startups and small businesses are faced with immeasurable challenges, mentorship, guidance, and community visibility are crucial to provide lasting support. Beyond the 1:1 mentorship, the program also provided four cohort members with grants, subsidized by Cross River, to exhibit at the Propelify Innovation Festival, on October 6, 2021. You can meet the selected four startups as well as the Cross River teams at Propelify by registering to attend at propelify.com.
To apply to mentor or be a mentee in the mentorship program, please visit techunited.co/mentorship.
TechUnited:NJ (techunited.co) is a membership-driven, non-profit organization with over 500,000 innovator members that offers opportunities for tech-enabled companies and entrepreneurs to propel the future of New Jersey and beyond through events, mentorship, content creation, and more. Founded in 1996 as the NJ Technology Council (NJTC), the organization has established itself as the premiere advocate for the technology community in the region. In 2005, the NJTC helped start a successful venture fund in Tech Council Ventures. In 2019, the NJTC acquired the Propelify Innovation Festival to cast a wider net in the region’s startup community. In 2020, the organization rebranded as TechUnited:NJ and redefined its mission to empower innovators and entrepreneurs who build a better future for all.
About Cross River
Cross River is a fast-growing financial services organization that merges the forward-thinking offerings of a technology company with the established expertise and traditional services of a bank. Since its founding in 2008, Cross River has developed strategic partnerships with leading technology companies, marketplace lenders and payment providers, while maintaining a strong focus on regulatory compliance and consumer protection. Cross River provides a highly secure, API-based banking platform and comprehensive suite of products encompassing lending, payments, risk management and Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) offerings to deliver responsible financial solutions that empower businesses and consumers anytime, anywhere. Cross River Bank is a New Jersey state-chartered FDIC insured bank. For more information, please visit Cross River’s website at www.crossriver.com or Twitter @crossriverbank.
In September of 2021, coming off the success of its 2020-2021 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Cross River launched Making Waves with Cross River, a campaign dedicated to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The campaign is specifically focused on supporting diverse small businesses who are serving their communities and creating jobs, and encompasses a number of initiatives in conjunction with community partners including grant programs and small business support. To learn more, and to get involved, please visit www.crossriver.com/making-waves.
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