GradImpact: Establishing an Equal Playing Field for All People to Succeed

    Garry Johnson, a recent master’s recipient in entrepreneurship & design from the University of Delaware, has a true entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for community leadership, and the drive to make the world a better place. Johnson’s innovative and creative skills have led to several startups focused on increasing diversity in entrepreneurship and the tech industry.


    Johnson’s latest brainchild, TalentPool, draws on earlier ideas from his startup, ColorCoded, which focused primarily on helping young men and women of color be competitive for jobs in the tech industry. Now Johnson also wants to see more diversity in entrepreneurs, and he intends to achieve that through his educational platform, TalentPool. “Before the summer is over, this platform will be ready,” Johnson said. “I believe people want it and need it. The entrepreneurial ecosystem needs it, too, an equal playing field for all people to succeed.”


    Mr. Johnson recently received first place for TalentPool at the Startup Tech Conference and Pitch Competition at Prairie View A&M University. Johnson’s prize is an interview for the DivInc Accelerator Program. In addition, Johnson started the “I Have a Dream Pitch Competition” at the University of Delaware to empower Wilmington’s young men of color by inspiring confidence and improving skills through entrepreneurship. To learn more about Garry’s work visit the University of Delaware website.


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    Photo Credit: University of Delaware


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