Wiley student Angelique Cooper has been named a 2018 HBCU Innovation Summit Fellow and will travel to Silicon Valley, California, to take part in the HBCU Innovation Summit, which will take place October 10-14. More than 150 students who attend HBCUs were selected to participate in the UNCF program.
Cooper is a junior from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who is majoring in Biology. Her minor is Computer Information Systems. She is excited about being selected to attend the summit, and says everything she plans to learn while there will give her a competitive edge over her peers. “Preparing for my post-graduation life, this opportunity will set me apart from the typical graduate, well suiting me for the workforce,” she said.
UNCF founded the HBCU Innovation Summit program in 2013 to introduce students to the giants of the tech world and to create a pipeline for young black innovators who may not otherwise have the opportunity to connect directly with industry professionals. “Our work is fueled by our fundamental belief that any young person empowered with resources and access is capable of achieving amazing things in changing landscapes,” reads a description of the program on UNCF’s website.
At the 2017 summit, students visited the campuses of companies including YouTube, eBay, Adobe, Net App, Workday and Twitter, where they met with recruiters and tech-industry peers. UNCF says some students even got job offers on the spot.
Cooper, who is the first Wiley student to take part in the program, is a perfect candidate for it. “I aspire to grow as an entrepreneur. My ultimate goal is to understand how to develop a business through the technological realm.” She already owns a digital design business as well as a marketing solutions business. She says her companies are geared toward “ bringing revolutionary change to rural areas.” Cooper counts Marshall, Texas, and her hometown as cities where she know her work will do some good.