Remote Year, a travel
platform that helps customers live, work and learn around the world, is
partnering with the nonprofit Venture Noire, which supports founders and
entrepreneurs of color.
Remote Year, a subsidiary of
Selina since October 2020, will help Venture Noire expand its eight-week
accelerator program, In the Black, internationally.
The first international
cohort will bring 15 to 20 U.S.-based founders to Cape Town and Johannesburg,
South Africa in the third quarter of this year. This cohort will focus on Black
and minority founders of startups related to travel and hospitality and the
future of work.
“We believe that the rise in
remote work is here to stay and has already shifted the ways in which
businesses fundamentally operate and adapt. With this partnership, we're
putting the best and brightest minds internationally to creating solutions for
the future of work,” says Keenan Beasley, founder of Venture Noire.
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“By expanding internationally
we're also able to bring even more diverse founders and entrepreneurs into our
community to network, impact and empower.”
Remote Year will coordinate
cultural immersion activities in South Africa including private accommodations,
coworking space, and access to local experiences and social impact projects.
“Remote Year is built on the belief that
travel and remote work leads to innovation, exploration and personal and
professional growth,” said Tue Le, vice president of brand, product and
community at Remote Year.
“Partnering with Venture Noire is a natural fit for us because we share not
only those same beliefs, but also a deep commitment to using our platforms to
solve global inequities and create a tangible benefit for Black and minority
business owners, the local community, and the global economy. We are excited to
launch this program as the first in a series over the next few years and to be
a part of these entrepreneurs' transformational journeys particularly on a
continent that has given birth to so many Black entrepreneurs and businesses.”