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Launch of Morehouse College and leading technology company Sage

ATLANTA, April 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sensiblethe leader in accounting, finance, HR and payroll technology for small and mid-sized businesses, contributed $100,000 to Morehouse College, the nation’s only historically Black liberal arts institution dedicated to educating and developing men. The money will support the launch of a new entrepreneurship course, which will train enterprising students how to succeed as business owners with a focus on technology.

The goal of the initiative is to help increase the number of Black-owned businesses in the technology ecosystem.

The innovative, 15-week “Micropreneurship” course, co-designed by Sage and Morehouse, will immerse students, known as “Sage Fellows,” in many facets of entrepreneurship – from the ideation stage and market research to financial planning and legal considerations. Fellows will receive customized Sage software training and exclusive access to long-term mentoring opportunities with pioneering Morehouse alumni working as tech executives, as well as Sage’s extensive network of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs will be available in fall 2024 as the latest offering from the Morehouse Center for Broadening Participation in Computing.

The expansion of the Sage-Morehouse partnership comes at a critical time only 8% of employees and just 3% of executives in the U.S. tech industry are blackaccording to a year from 2023 study by the Computing Technology Industry Association. Sage and Morehouse want to work together to address this inequality by developing and promoting a diverse talent pool for the technology industry.

“Morehouse College has an unwavering commitment to developing transformative leaders who thrive as innovators, agitators and entrepreneurs in existing and emerging fields,” said Hodan Hassan, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Morehouse. “Our ongoing relationship with Sage is an example of the kind of purposeful partnership Morehouse is creating with bold industry leaders who are willing to collaborate with our valued faculty, invest in our students and equip our classrooms with the tools and networking necessary to advance our academic programs and help emerging Morehouse Men excel in a dynamic business environment.”

The Micropreneurship course is a significant extension of that of Sage and Morehouse continued cooperation to introduce students of color to lucrative careers in technology. In addition to awarding academic credits and providing mentors, the Micropreneurship experience also provides networking and career opportunities for students. The initiative supports Sage’s commitment to advancing economic development and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline through continued investments in Atlanta, the company’s North American headquarters.

“Our goal is not only to educate, but to empower the next generation of business leaders and founders,” explains Mark Hickman, CEO of Sage North America. “By fostering entrepreneurial talent and removing barriers, we stimulate economic growth and prepare emerging entrepreneurs ready to make a meaningful impact on our economy and society.

“This important partnership with Morehouse reinforces our ongoing commitment to supporting the broader Atlanta communities where we live and work.”

In addition to the $100,000 gift to establish the Micropreneurship course, Sage has also established a Student Assistance Fund, which will provide financial assistance to Morehouse students who need resources to ease the burden of the rising costs of higher education.

Sage’s $100,000 gift to Morehouse is the second contribution in two years to the Center for Broadening Participation in Computing’s teaching and learning efforts. Made sage an investment of $80,000 in Morehouse last year during the launch of the Center to expand Morehouse’s software engineering program and provide students with more opportunities to use and study emerging technologies.

“Sage’s initial support had made Morehouse, if not a leading HBCU the leading HBCU – in generative AI,” said Kinnis Gosha, Hortenius I. Chenault Endowed Professor of Computer Science at Morehouse, who directs the Center for Broadening Participation in Computing. “The course is a game changer for Morehouse. Not only are students exposed to the skills they learned in the course, but we also have faculty trained to teach the course. We expect the same kind of impact in the field of entrepreneurship.”

Working with Morehouse academic staff, Sage and Morehouse developed and delivered Morehouse’s first Generative AI course during the Spring 2024 semester. It is supported by Sage executive and technical lectures, in-person events and student competitions. An expanded version of the course will be offered in fall 2024, in addition to the new Micropreneurship curriculum.

“Morehouse students are immersed in the custom Sage GenAI program in their first year,” said Aaron Harris, Chief Technology Officer at Sage. “Sage is one of the few companies with dedicated expert resources working with students, intentionally designed to positively impact their preparation for the technology of the future. We invest in these students and the quality of their education. Through the curriculum we develop, Morehouse students will learn skills to prepare them to become the next generation of leaders in AI-related careers.”

For more information about the expanded partnership and course offerings, visit the Morehouse Center for Broadening Participation in Computing or contact Sage’s website.

About Sage

Sage exists to remove barriers so everyone can thrive, starting with the millions of small and medium businesses served by us, our partners and accountants. Customers rely on our financial, HR and payroll software to drive business flow. By digitizing business processes and relationships with customers, suppliers, employees, banks and governments, our digital network connects SMEs, removing friction and providing insights. Breaking down barriers also means using our time, technology and experience to tackle digital inequality, economic inequality and the climate crisis. More information at www.sage.com/en-us/.

About Morehouse College

Morehouse College is the largest men’s college in the United States and the only college with a mission to educate black men. Morehouse, a private liberal arts institution founded in 1867, is the nation’s largest producer of black men who go on to earn doctorates and the top producer of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs. It was named to the list of U.S. institutions that produced the most Fulbright scholars in 2019-2020, and has the highest-rated core curriculum of any HBCU nationwide, according to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Academic Influence also named Morehouse as one of the two most influential HBCUs of the 21st century. Morehouse ranks among the top five HBCUs nationally, according to U.S. News and World Report, which also ranked the College among the top 20 liberal arts colleges nationally in terms of social mobility and among the top 50 nationally in terms of innovation. Morehouse is also the #1 producer of black male graduates in Georgia in biology, business, engineering, English, foreign languages, history, math, performing arts, philosophy, science, religion and visual arts, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. As an epicenter for civil rights thought leadership, Morehouse is committed to helping the nation address the inequities caused by institutional racism, which has created social and economic inequality for people of African descent. Prominent alumni of Morehouse include: Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Dr. David Satcher, former US Surgeon General; Shelton “Spike” Lee, Academy Award-winning American filmmaker; Maynard H. Jackson, Atlanta’s first African-American mayor; Jeh Johnson, former US Secretary of Homeland Security; Louis W. Sullivan, former US Secretary of Health and Human Services; Bakari Sellers, attorney and CNN political analyst; Randall Woodfin, elected Birmingham’s youngest mayor in 120 years; and U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, Georgia’s first Black U.S. Senator from Georgia. For more information please visit: https://morehouse.edu.

Media contacts:

D. Aileen Dodd, Assoc. Vice President for Advancement Communications and Marketing, Morehouse College, [email protected]; 404-808-5428.

Jordan Kercheval, PR Manager, Sage
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