March 17, 2016

ANIYIA WILLIAMS SECURES CODE2040 RESIDENCY TO GROW TECH COMMUNITY OF COLOR

Williams represents San Francisco as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence supported by CODE2040 and Google for Entrepreneurs

San Francisco, CA - March 17, 2016 - Aniyia Williams, founder of hardware startup Tinsel, is rewarded the position of Entrepreneur-in-Residence at CODE2040 in San Francisco. Throughout the year-long program, Aniyia will receive significant support from CODE2040, Galvanize and Google for Entrepreneurs.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at CODE2040 as there were many amazing applicants I had the privilege of meeting in this process,” said Aniyia Williams founder of Tinsel. “I look forward to doing my part in growing a more diverse community in tech and representing entrepreneurship as a woman of color.”

CODE2040, a nonprofit that seeks to build a stronger, more inclusive innovation economy by closing the diversity gap in tech, expands the CODE2040 Residency program to seven cities through a three-year partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs.

This support from CODE2040 includes: a $40,000, no equity stipend; tech hub workspace for the Resident and their team; quarterly retreats with CODE2040 for business and diversity initiative support; a trip to the Googleplex in Silicon Valley and mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs and investors in the CODE2040 and Google for Entrepreneurs networks. Using these resources, Residents will build a company of their own. Additionally, they will collaborate to improve diversity and inclusivity in their city, connecting the local entrepreneurial ecosystem with communities and talent underrepresented in tech and entrepreneurship.

Tinsel will use a large portion of the stipend provided toward producing their audio necklace, The Dipper, slated to ship to Spring 2016.

About Tinsel

Tinsel is on a mission to create "tech jewelry" for women so they can enjoy technology without sacrificing their style. Armed with the belief that style and function don't have to be mutually exclusive, their first product is a statement necklace with fully integrated superior sound-quality headphones. Tinsel is based in San Francisco, California. To learn more, please visit:www.tinsel.me.

About CODE2040

CODE2040 is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a specific focus on Blacks and Latino/as. We currently accomplish this through four programs, including our flagship Fellows Program, Technical Applicant Prep, CODE2040 Residency, and the Alumni Program.