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Located in Colorado, our organization has programming that is available to exceptional tech-driven BIPOC founders who are at the prototype stage. We provide $20,000 in equity-free funding to accepted startups, as well as mentoring that is customized to each company. Startups may be incorporated or not and have revenue or not. They may have raised funding, be currently raising, or not raising funds.

In six months or less, Access Mode delivers scalable impact, focused on propelling companies from the prototype stage to paid customer engagement.

At the end of the program, founders have lifelong membership in an alumni network providing support for the entire entrepreneurial journey.

The founders of Access Mode are entrepreneurs of color who have expertise in both startups and the corporate environment gained through decades of experience in tech, marketing, legal, and finance. Their personal experiences of removing roadblocks in their own careers motivated them to work to open doors of opportunity for Black, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Indigenous tech founders in Colorado and beyond.

Zaneta Kelsey

co-founder & CEO

Kevin Allen

co-founder & COO

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Access Mode is a values-driven organization focused on high-touch mentoring that removes barriers to successful startups for Black, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Indigenous tech founders.

What are our values?

Empowerment: we prioritize anti-racism, counteracting ways that systems have historically failed entrepreneurs of color and affirming the lived experience of BIPOC founders.

Empathy: we listen, understand, and are intentional in the way we engage.

Transparency: we engage all stakeholders with honesty and truth.

Trust: we carefully steward the confidence of our members, investors, and community.

Accretion: we leverage our skills, resources and experience to continuously add value to the tech ecosystem.

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