We want to hear from Black and Latinx tech founders. Let us support you and your tech venture. We believe your leadership can change your tech community.

Our application is designed to help you stop and think about what you're building and how you are building it. Use this as an opportunity to have a moment of reflection and celebration for what you have created. We are looking for folks who are dedicated to the work of building a startup. 

Before submitting your application, we recommend that you visit your local tech hub and get to know that community, and get feedback from your staff, advisors, and mentors.

The Code2040 Residency is about getting you resources. If there are any questions, please reach out to us at residency@code2040.org.

Key Dates

September 28, 2016: Application opens
October 28, 2016 (11:59 pm PDT): Application closed
March 2017: EIRs announced

Application Materials

The Residency application consists of two components:

  • Written application 
  • Pitch Video (We're not expecting professionally edited videos- this can be filmed from your phone, tablet, etc. We just want to see how you narrate your and your company's story.) 

Be prepared to submit both of these items by October 28 at 11:59 pm PDT. We can't wait to read your application!

Application Stages

Stage 1: Written application and pitch video review by Code2040
Stage 2: Quarter finalists phone interviews with Code2040
Stage 3: Semi finalists phone interviews with tech hubs
Stage 4: Finalists in-person interviews with Code2040 and tech hubs


CODE2040 Residency program eligibility requirements are twofold.

Applicant eligibility:

  • Code2040 EIRs must self-identify as Black or Latinx
  • Must currently live (and have lived for at least one year) in the city in which they will be an EIR
  • Be a founder or co-founder; you must have decision making power
  • Have the intent to work full-time on the venture for the term of the Residency
  • Commit to working full-time at the tech hub for the term of the Residency
  • Be committed to impacting the racial, ethnic, and gender demographics of their local tech community
  • You don't need to know how to code
  • You don't need to be a certain age and we don't have a preference for age
  • You don't need to have a degree

Venture eligibility:

  • Be the original idea of the applicant
  • Be an early stage venture
  • Be a for-profit, or B. Corp (does not need to be incorporated)


Applicant Criteria

Tie to Community

We want to see that you have a relationship with the city you are applying for. Show us the ways in which you have tried to lead within your geography, your racial/ethnic community, gender/sexuality, etc. Do you have a deep understanding of the systemic issues keeping diversity out of your ecosystem?

Passion and drive for something bigger

Show us why you are passionate for entrepreneurship and access for Black and Latinx communities. Why is launching your business and participating in D&I work about more than just you? What about your idea and your personal history make you want to lead? Help us see evidence that you infuse the people around you with this passion. 

Authenticity and Self-Awareness

All leaders are flawed because people are flawed. We want to know that you’ve thought about your own fallibility as a leader and are using the supports around you to help you move and grow, year over year. Have you thought about your own racial identity? What is your relationship to intersectionality? Does your self awareness impact your ability to be truly inclusive to all people?

Be someone that people can count on

How have you demonstrated your accountability to the people around you? We want to see that you can execute, prioritize, communicate, and plan proactively. 

Continuous Learning

The best CEOs and diversity leaders are on a continuous growth arc. How are you seeking the information that will make you better as an entrepreneur and community leader? What feedback have you sought out about your own abilities? Are you able to demonstrate learning about diversity and about communities that are not your own?


Venture Criteria


We want to see how your venture is different. What have you created that is solving for a need that hasn’t been explored? Your idea doesn’t need to be brand new, but it should be creative in its execution and product.

Importance and necessity

What consumer problem is your company solving? Why is your solution indispensable? Why are you uniquely positioned to solve this in a different way? What do you know that others don’t? 

A well thought out hypothesis and plan

Running a business is hard- it takes discipline and enthusiasm. We’d like to know you have spent time laying out your thoughts, considering financials, and creating a roadmap to success. You do not have to have everything solved, but we want to see that you are thinking about your short-term and long-term timelines logically and realistically.

Technology driven

Due to the expertise and focus areas of Code2040, the tech hubs, and Google for Entrepreneurs - all companies must be technology-based ventures. We have no preference between business, consumer, mobile, or social products, but all businesses must use technology as their foundation. This does not include a online store front for a brick and mortar store.