Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator
"Unlocking more than access...The term ‘accessibility’ implies providing access to a world with limits. Together, we can do more—we can unlock opportunity for all." -Verizon-
In 2022, Verizon launched its "Forward for Good Accelerator" program, aimed at championing technological advancements for the disability community. The challenge lay in effectively ensuring people with disabilities are included and developing tailored solutions that address their specific needs. There is a significant gap in digital accessibility, highlighting the need for specialized expertise to guide and mentor startups in this area.
The Resource Key, a leader in digital accessibility marketing, emerged as the ideal partner for this initiative. The partnership focused on three key areas:
- Educational Leadership: The Resource Key was selected to lead a course for the cohort, focusing on digital accessibility and marketing.
- Sharing Expertise: Leaning on their vast network, The Resource Key successfully disseminated information about the program to over 50,000 followers, ensuring widespread and relevant audience engagement.
The collaboration yielded significant benefits for the startups and the broader community:
- Financial and Technical Support: Startups received $50,000 in funding, hands-on technology coaching, and access to a wealth of resources to scale their technology solutions.
- Expert Mentorship: Participants benefited from the insights and advice of industry leaders, including professionals from The Resource Key.
The Resource Key’s involvement in the Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator epitomizes how strategic partnerships can drive significant advancements in technology for the disability community. Their role in education, mentorship, and outreach underlined the power of combining expertise with a shared vision. This collaboration not only empowered startups but also paved the way for a more inclusive and technologically advanced future, aligning with Verizon’s commitment to using technology to unlock opportunities for all.