A ‘win-win:’ U of M, BBA, and Community LIFT join forces to create venture fund for Black tech businesses

For more than a decade, Kurt Kraiger, Ph.D., had worked at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. But the professor desired a change; he wanted to live in a bigger city, and one where he could have more of an impact on the community. So, about four years ago, Kraiger took a position at the University of Memphis — and quickly fell in love with the Bluff City.

Now, he’s channeling that affection into a new project, which could bring significantly more funding to local Black tech businesses.

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