CSD Social Venture Fund is proud to announce a significant leap in fostering innovation for the Deaf community. The TechClusion Fund, a groundbreaking initiative, offers a new funding source for tech startups dedicated to inclusion and accessibility for the Deaf.
Revolutionizing Tech for the Deaf
Over the last three decades, technology has transformed our lives, yet accessibility has often been an afterthought. The TechClusion Fund was born to change this narrative, ensuring technology caters to all users from the start. This shift will not only benefit the Deaf but improve the user experience for everyone.
Rosa Lee Timm, Division President of CSD Social Venture Fund, explains, "Accessible technology isn't limited to Deaf communities. When companies consider the needs of Deaf and disabled users, they create a better experience for all."
A Vision for a More Inclusive Future
The TechClusion Fund addresses these systemic issues by encouraging entrepreneurs and developers to design with all end-users in mind. The impact extends beyond accessible products; it promises job creation and economic opportunities for the Deaf.
Greg Bland, Director of Business Development for CSD Social Venture Fund, emphasizes, "By supporting startups aiming to impact Deaf communities positively, we anticipate increased opportunities for economic advancement among Deaf individuals."
Opportunities for All Tech Startups
TechClusion is open to all tech startups in the United States, regardless of Deaf ownership.
Applicants must demonstrate:
Opening Doors for Deaf Entrepreneurs
CSD's Social Venture Fund is a unique venture capital firm and incubator supporting Deaf entrepreneurs and businesses. Their investments aim to enhance Deaf economic power, employment opportunities, and social change. Existing portfolio members include Mozzeria, National Deaf Therapy, DeafTax, Bus Door Films, Hands on Travel, Hotsy Totsy Haus, 4Legz All Natural Dog Treats, and Lochiel Brewing. For more information, visit their website and follow them on social media.
About Communication Service for the Deaf
Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) is the world's largest Deaf-led social impact organization, creating accessible solutions for the Deaf community for over four decades. CSD continues to work towards personal and economic growth within the Deaf community, focusing on leadership and employment opportunities.