Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on innovative solutions to tackle racial bias and discrimination. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, you will discover 5 promising startups tackling racial bias and discrimination.
Heat Map: 5 Top Startups Tackling Racial Bias & Discrimination
Using our StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally, we looked at innovation in the field of social inclusivity and diversity. For this research, we identified 326 relevant solutions and hand-picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & scaleups developing innovative solutions tackling racial bias and discrimination. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 326 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Virtual Bodyworks – Virtual Reality (VR) Based Inclusivity
Racial discrimination is an underserved issue, especially when it comes to workplace culture. Due to systemic racial bias, many deserving candidates miss out on promotions and career advances in the workplace. However, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning now provide unbiased insights from data. Startups develop AI-based solutions that help organizations overcome racial discrimination in the workplace by eliminating bias from decision-making.
Spanish startup Virtual Bodyworks offers virtual reality experiences that enable workers to experience their coworker’s perspectives. The VR experience allows the workforce to better engage in a multi-cultural environment, as well as eliminate unconscious biases gathered over many years. The startup integrates gender, physical ability, and sexual orientation-based perspectives in its VR scenarios.
HUED – Healthcare For People Of Color
Many studies show that African-American citizens have access to considerably lower quality healthcare, stemming from implicit bias and racial disparities embedded in the healthcare system. Patients of color often hesitate to share information as white doctors sometimes dismiss their symptoms due to racial stigmatism. Healthcare startups are working to develop solutions that provide ideal and high-quality medical assistance for people of color.
The US-based startup HUED builds a platform for connecting patients, especially patients of color, to doctors. The startup intends to reduce racial disparity in delivering healthcare by patients to find doctors who better understand them. HUED’s platform considers the patient’s socio-economic, cultural, physical, and mental situation. The solution decreases disparities and improves patient outcomes for people of color.
Knockri – AI-Based Inclusive Assessment
With the spotlight on racial discrimination, many companies are implementing inclusivity programs that utilize AI and machine learning to diversify their workforce. However, technology is capable of both creating and eliminating recruitment bias. Emerging startups are developing AI algorithms that perform a skill-based candidate assessment to eliminate racial bias in hiring decisions.
Canadian startup Knockri develops a skills-based assessment tool for human resources (HR) teams. The tool leverages AI and machine learning algorithms on ethically-curated datasets that incorporate racial bias reduction, verification, and validation to improve overall transparency in the hiring process. The startup’s algorithms use proven psychological concepts to tackle racial discrimination and other unconscious biases.
Legal Equalizer – Legal Support To Counter Racial Profiling
The recent police shootings of African-American people in the US have focused attention on police brutality globally. Mobile applications and social media platforms allow people to communicate and organize to stand in solidarity with the victims of racially-charged incidents. Startups are looking to build mobile applications that help the public understand their rights and duties as citizens.
The US-based startup Legal Equalizer develops a mobile application that allows people to record audio and video while interacting with the police. The Legal Equalizer Legal app then provides a list of legal rights to ensure that users are aware of their legal protections. The app features an SOS button that sends an emergency text to predetermined contacts with the user’s location information. The startup aims to reduce and eventually eliminate racial profiling by police departments.
Dipper – Community Building
In the workplace, people of color often have to blend in with the majority workforce to avoid unnecessary confrontation. This hinders minority communities from expressing themselves at the workplace, which later impacts the opportunities for career growth. This form of racial bias in the workplace pushes people of color to seek jobs within their communities. To this end, startups are working on community building and engagement solutions to support people of color.
The US-based startup Dipper is a community for professionals of color to share their work experiences with other persons of color, both good and bad. The startup aims to bring together people of color to maximize their chance of finding the right job within their community. Dipper is a digital safe-space to foster honest communication about the challenges of working as a person of color.
What About The Other 321 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence and enable you to achieve your goals faster. The 5 solutions tackling racial bias and discrimination showcased above are promising examples out of 326 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.