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Make your donation go further. Donate monthly! If you would prefer to give via check, please make all check payments to The Colorwave Project, Inc. and mail to c/o Colorwave 2400C Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94704

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Colorwave is a Section 501(c) (3) charitable organization, EIN 85-4072043. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.
Help Us Increase Diverse Representation in Startups


For Black History Month, Colorwave is once again teaming up with the black-owned sneaker trading platform, Tradeblock, to help grow our impact in 2023. During February, Tradeblock will donate $1 for every trade made on the platform with the ability to match the month-ending total. For anyone interested in supporting Colorwave directly, you can use this page to show your support via donation. 

What is Colorwave and Its Impact?

Colorwave is a nonprofit whose mission is to make the innovation economy more equitable and inclusive by providing leaders of color access to venture-backed startups.

In 2022, Colorwave experienced tremendous growth in its community and impact, with some highlights listed below.

  • Doubled the size of our fellow community to nearly 300 alumni 
  • Expanding our geographic reach with fellows representing 60 different cities and in 6 different countries
  • More than 110 fellows and counting have transitioned into roles across the innovation economy
  • Helping to close the racial wealth gap by increasing fellows' total compensation by more than $1.6M in 2021, with an average increase of $52K for those transitioning.   
  • 92% quality score from fellow participants, 100% recommend the program

We firmly believe that our work is changing our fellows' personal and professional journeys and will have a reverberating impact in America's innovation economy for years to come. 

Check out our  2022 Impact Report and visit to learn more about our work. 

Where Your Support Goes

Despite our outsized impact, we continue to offer our programming and support to professionals at no cost, understanding they face enough barriers to transitioning and thriving within the innovation economy. It costs Colorwave roughly $2,600 per fellow to provide a world-class, life-altering, eight-week fellowship experience. 

Here's how those costs are distributed: 

  • Coordination of weekly speaker leaders: $1,000
  • Connecting fellows to industry professionals and employers: $800
  • Cross-networking & fellowship amongst community: $400
  • Career coaching and negotiation support: $250
  • Resume/LinkedIn review: $150

Much of our work is made possible by individual donors like yourself. Your donation can help us scale our impact and meet our goal of diversifying America's innovation economy! 

Colorwave is helping build the future of the innovation economy. Please join us in building the future of tech that includes ALL communities.     

Additional Donation Details

Employer Matching Option

If you'd like your employer to match your donation, please follow the instructions in the form or reach out to John Roussel @ [email protected].

Large Donation Guidance

If your donation is $5,000 or more, you can mail a check using the address below. 

Payee Name: The Colorwave Project, Inc. 

Address Information: 

C/O Colorwave

2400 C Bancroft Way 

Berkeley, CA 94704

Overall Campaign Matching

Lastly, if you or someone you know may be interested in matching the donations made to this campaign, please reach out directly to John Roussel. 

We know there are numerous causes to give to, and thank you for your consideration and partnership in making the innovation economy more equitable and inclusive!