UK’s first diversity platform for tech sector launches
Colorintech, the UK’s first diversity platform designed to connect talented new recruits from ethnic and gender minority backgrounds to UK tech companies and start-ups, launches today in London.
Colorintech, a non-profit organisation, brings together young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent and the most innovative tech companies, as it sets out to tackle the lack of diversity in the technology sector.
The organisation was founded by Silicon Valley executive Dion McKenzie, along with co-founders Miranda Brawn, Chris Gordon and Ashleigh Ainsley.
Colorintech will be lobbying all home-grown and foreign technology companies with a UK presence.
By calling for disclosure of data on the diversity of tech companies’ workforce, Colorintech aims to become the first organisation in the UK to argue the case for better and more transparent representation of ethnic and gender diverse talent in the nation’s tech industry.
Dion McKenzie, Colorintech chief executive, said, “Our mission is to create pathways of success for underrepresented minorities in the innovation economy. We want to elicit change among companies, making them realise that a more diverse workforce is not just a moral imperative but it makes business sense as it leads to better financial performance.
“Research shows that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. It’s clear therefore that developing and supporting talent from all backgrounds must become a key factor for companies wanting to succeed in the long-term. And Colorintech by connecting companies with BAME talent will help organisations take true action for increasing diversity and inclusion, and build a workforce fully representative of the UK population.”
Miranda Brawn, co-founder of Colorintech, said, "The UK Technology and Innovation economy has a poor representation of BAME individuals across all levels with no real data. Colorintech wants to put the spotlight on this issue of vital importance to help increase diversity. This platform aims to be the nexus between technology companies and diverse talent, encouraging race diversity and inclusion. This will benefit the next generation of BAME leaders, current employees, organisations, the industry as well as the overall UK economy.”