WLJ Tech Law has announced a new partnership with ReMix Ideas to help further the company’s mission to remove barriers to Black entrepreneurs in accessing knowledge, capital, opportunities and resources. WLJ Tech Law is a specialized group of Wright Lindsey Jennings attorneys dedicated to educating and advocating for entrepreneurs, tech startups and established technology businesses.
WLJ’s commitment will directly support ReMix Ideas’ efforts to enhance the Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) Entrepreneurship Program. ReMix is working toward a goal of raising at least $25,000 to enhance the ABC Entrepreneurship Program. The company and its donors have raised more than $13,000 for the program at the Little Rock-based historically Black college since its June 12 launch of “Shop Black Live,” its QVC-type virtual platform for Black vendors, fashion designers, artisans and small businesses.
“We are proud to strengthen our partnership with ReMix Ideas at this critical moment,” said Brandon Middleton, WLJ Tech Law’s lead attorney. “In light of COVID-19’s impact on small businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly of color, and with the impact racism has had and continues to have on entrepreneurs of color, it is more important than ever to support Black-owned businesses. It is our hope that collaborating with ReMix Ideas will help to build a more inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
In addition to Shop Black Live, Remix Ideas is offering COVID-19 related grant support and technical assistance for startups faced with pivoting their business models; the “Battle of Ideas” pitch contest; early-stage startup consulting; the Little Rock Night Market where entrepreneurs can test their ideas and products with a built-in audience and mentors; the Africa Day Fest highlighting African arts and culture; and the ReMix Ideas Business Academy, a 12-week entrepreneurship program for which WLJ Tech Law has provided educational programming.
“We are delighted to partner with WLJ Tech Law to build runways for Black entrepreneurs to start and run successful businesses,” said Benito Lubazibwa, CEO of ReMix Ideas. “The racial wealth gap between African Americans and Whites is widening in the U.S. at an alarming pace. According to the study by Prosperity Now and the Institute for Policy Studies, if the racial wealth divide is not quickly remedied, the median household wealth of African Americans is on target to hit zero by year 2053. We must take meaningful action to close the racial wealth gap. The status quo is unsustainable, and we must not level the playing field, but establish a new one.”
Founded by Benito Lubazibwa in 2017, ReMix Ideas is committed to removing barriers Black entrepreneurs face in accessing knowledge, capital, opportunities and resources for them to start, grow, and scale their businesses.