Jopwell is a startup launching today out of our Summer 2015 class that is looking to help tech companies find and hire more diverse staffers. Jopwell has built an online platform that connects recruiters at technology companies with minority candidates from colleges across the country for both technical and non-technical job roles.

TechCrunch’s Kim-Mai Cutler interviewed Jopwell’s CEO Porter Braswell about the platform in an article published today:

“[Jopwell is] open to all colleges, not just elite schools, and already
have candidates from more than 200 schools across the country. ‘Our
pipeline is incredibly diverse across many spectrums including income,’
Braswell said.

For now they focus on Black, Latino or Native American candidates. ‘We will expand our definition of diversity over time,’ Braswell said.

On the employer side, they’ve partnered with 24 companies, including
AppNexus, BuzzFeed, Etsy, Facebook, McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, Pinterest
and Square. They have a flexible fee structure that ranges from a
subscription model to something that resembles recruiting fees for
placement. So far, the company says it’s been able to place 20
candidates in either full-time or internship positions.”

Read more in-depth about Jopwell and the problem it’s tackling in TechCrunch here, and participate in the related discussion on Hacker News here.