DivInc, the nonprofit accelerator focused on fostering diverse startups, has announced the finalists for its third annual Champions of Change Awards.

The virtual event will take place online on March 4th.

DivInc’s 2021 event has a goal to raise $100,000 for its “2021 Social Justice Innovation Program which supports social justice innovators addressing inequities and disparities caused by institutionalized bias and racism.”

A committee selected this year’s nominees for the following categories: executive, diversity and inclusion, student, champion, investor, rising star, and nonprofit.  There’s also a People’s Choice Award that is accepting nominations.

The event sponsors are Wild Basin Investments LLC, Vela Wood, Downtown Austin Alliance, Capital City Innovation, Baker Botts, RetailMeNot, Indeed, Cirrus Logic, Capital Factory, and Capital Metro. Its community partners include:  Huston Tillotson University, BLNDED MediaNotley Ventures, and Narwhal Media Group

Tickets, which cost $50 to $100, are on sale now.

2021 Champions of Change Awards


Executive of the Year

Derrick Chubbs

Ryan Coaxum

Kirsten Karchmer

Emlyn Lee

Chas Moore

DEI Leader of the Year

Madison Butler

Crystle Johnson

Christine McCarey

Farah Muscadin

TK Tunchez

Student of the Year

Valeria Colunga

Mical J. Devine

Katherine Horton

Rodolfo Martinez

Brianna McBride

Champion of the Year

Emmanuel Acho

Ruben Cantu

Chaka and Qi Dada

Chas Moore

Amanda Zamora & Emily Ramshaw

Investor of the Year

Jessica Gaffney

Harold Hughes

Ethan Monreal Jackson

Lolita Taub

Michael Ward, Jr.

Rising Star of the Year

Rakhi Agrawal

Kyle Ali

Courtney Bailey

Savannah Barker

Madison Butler

Nonprofit Leader

Courtney Robinson

Meme Styles

Steve Wanta

Michael Ward, Jr.

2021 Selection Committee

Nakeenya Wilson

Dana Callender

Rubén Cantú

Clarissa Fuselier

Lisa Graham

Josh Jones-Dillworth

Naji H. Kelley

Roman Gonzalez

Shaquille Gould

Lisa Graham

Mindy Gulati

Grant Loveless

Monique Maley

Chas Moore

Sian Morson

Janice Omadeke

Matt Stephenson

Madge Vasquez

Honorary Chair

Chris Hyams, Indeed CEO