In October, Austin+SocialGood announced its rebranding to SocialGood.us, a national platform for social innovation, impact and entrepreneurship. It also announced the creation of LevelUp Institute, an incubator for low income, first-generation college students.
The first LevelUp cohort to complete the 12 week program unveiled its inaugural company, YOUnite.io, a platform that helps immigrant and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students navigate the college application process.
“By creating an immersive and experiential curriculum and putting people side-by-side with industry experts, we have a recipe for success,” says Koy McDermott, co-founder of the LevelUp Institute. “This is not another entrepreneurial thinking program, these students are creating a company that can compete in a world class level.”
“There is no reason the next Mark Zuckerberg can’t come from East Austin,” says Rubén Cantú, founder of SocialGood.us and the LevelUp Institute.