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2016 Newsmakers of the Year: Blazing A Trail For Women Of Color

Kathryn Finney, founder of Digital Undivided, launched the Big Innovation Center and Big Accelerator program earlier this year. The program and Atlanta-based workspace were designed exclusively for black and Latina women who are founders of high-growth tech companies; at press time, members were readying for their first Demo Day, to be held Jan. 17, where they will pitch their companies and ideas to investors.

In addition to launching these initiatives, Finney was appointed in September to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. She was awarded the Social Impact ABIE Award by the Anita Borg Institute, which “recognizes those who have made a positive impact on women, technology and society.” Finney was also named an Eisenhower fellow and is currently executing her commitment in Southeast Asia to research the women-entrepreneur landscape abroad.

The Big Accelerator program, meanwhile, was deemed a success by Finney and her partners and will be enrolling a new group of participants in 2017. It is also opening itself up to members and is currently accepting applications.

See the rest of the 2016 Newsmakers of the Year.