From California, an HBCU app that connects students to advisors has moved to McKinney

From California, an HBCU app that connects students to advisors has moved to McKinney

Tech Highlights:

  • HBCU Hub and its team of 12 with backgrounds at IBM, Microsoft and HBCU admissions offices recently completed Dallas-based Impact Ventures’ 12-week accelerator program. Founder and CEO Jonathan Swindell started HBCU Hub when he was just 21 and living in a dorm room at Grambling State University. Swindell wanted to remedy what he saw as a lack of centralized data on Black students for admissions recruiters as well as a lack of infrastructure to track Black students’ academic progress.

  • Students can apply for scholarships and connect with coaches and admissions recruiters across the country with the HBCU Hub app. HBCU HUB is now available on iOS and Android smartphones, with plans to expand. HBCU HUB is currently available on iOS and Android devices, with a new version of the programme set to be released on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store on May 10. The company’s headquarters were recently relocated from California to North Texas. From Carson, Calif., to McKinney, an app firm aimed at connecting students with historically Black institutions and universities is relocating.

“We are very excited to make the transition from California to McKinney. There are no HBCUs in California — the closest one to us was in Texas — so this move comes at a great time for our organization as we are now closer to our end users,” Swindell said in a statement. “We look forward to having a positive impact within McKinney as we will be sourcing local talent as we continue to build technology that closes the opportunity gap.”

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The move brings the startup close to Dallas’ Paul Quinn College, which was founded in 1872 and was the first HBCU in Texas. The college’s president, Michael Sorrell, announced recently that he wants Paul Quinn to be the first HBCU in California as he creates a network of urban colleges. Students who use the HBCU Hub app can apply for scholarships and connect with coaches and admissions recruiters at HBCUs across the U.S. They can video chat with recruiters on the app and even share video clips of their high school sports performances with coaches scouting for talent.

“HBCU Hub is a very impressive application, but more importantly, Jonathan and his team are very impressive people,” the McKinney Economic Development Center’s Mike DePaola said. “Jonathan’s technical experience and infectious personality paired with his team and advisers experience and business acumen makes for a great company to add to the McKinney technology ecosystem.” From its new home in North Texas, the company plans to visit client schools to train staff on the updates to its app.

Dom DiFurio. Dom is a staff writer covering business news and consumer-focused companies in North Texas. His work has also been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, ESPN Magazine and others, and has been recognized by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and Columbia University.

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