W3 Studio was founded in September 2022 by Brian Zwerner, a venture capital executive with Beyond The Game Network and a champion of diversity in the Atlanta tech market. Zwerner recruited a Board of Directors that have a demonstrated history of supporting underrepresented builders including Asante Bradford, Christy Brown, and Marlon Williams.
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Just like other technology markets, the early winners in web3 have been almost exclusively men, typically White and Asian. We want to build a better future for the industry by supporting Black, Latinx, and Women startup leaders,” said Zwerner. “Access to friends and family capital is toughest for underrepresented founders, so W3 Studio will fill this gap with our grant program. Additionally, we will bring vetted resources and mentors to help these startups win.
Web3 is the cutting edge of technology, and the sector spans metaverse, gaming, social media, art, finance, developer tools, and much more,” added Williams. “If we act now, this emerging market can be one that matures with diversity as a core principle. Alongside the work we do at the Atlanta Blockchain Center, W3 Studio is well positioned to elevate Atlanta to a leadership role in the sector.