As pioneers in this emerging avenue of research and analysis, our first study introduced a structure for defining the Black tech ecosystem, and a framework for assessing and developing Black tech communities in regions across the U.S. Our latest report examines Chicago through the Black Tech Ecosystem Framework.

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October 2017

This report examines Chicago’s Black tech ecosystem through the lens of the BTE Framework. It evaluates the engagement of local Black communities with the tech sector along three main pillars: academic, corporate, and entrepreneurship. The study includes recommendations for strengthening local data pipelines, removing barriers, and increasing opportunities for Black participation in the local tech sector, thus increasing the region’s overall potential for economic growth.

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Black Tech Ecosystems: A proposed framework for defining, assessing and developing Black tech ecosystems   

February 2017

This report provides data and a framework for assessing the state of Black tech ecosystems (BTE) in regions across the United States. It was produced as part of a collaborative research project between Black Tech Mecca leaders and staff, the State of the Black Tech Ecosystem (SBTE) advisory board, and the research team at the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at the University of Illinois at Chicago.




You value what you measure

Over the past several months, Black Tech Mecca has been working on comprehensive research reports that are intended to provide thought leadership on the current state and future trends of the Black Tech Diaspora in the areas of academia, corporate representation and entrepreneurial innovation. We sat down with a few of the key contributors of this research, so that they could tell us more about their journey.