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Chicago tech startups and activism on the South Side

By DeForest Mapp and Kiara Brantley-Jones
Medill Reports

African Americans make up only one percent of all tech startup founders and another one percent of all US venture capitalists. DeForest Mapp hosts Chicago startup founder Garry Cooper and venture capitalist Yelena Shkolnik as they counter punch on the lack of diversity and myths around investment funding.

New developments on Chicago’s South Side are bringing  more opportunities.  A big victory for local activists is the opening of the the University of Chicago’s Level 1 Trauma Center for Adults.  Medill’s Kiara Brantley-Jones will explain how activism is reshaping Chicago’s South Side.

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