The Weeknd Links With TD Bank to Create BLACK HXOUSE to Help Empower BIPOC Entrepreneurs
The Weeknd’s think-center HXOUSE has teamed up with TD Bank to launch BLACK HXOUSE, a mentorship program to specifically help BIPOC entrepreneurs.
Back in 2018, The Weeknd announced the creation of HXOUSE, a Toronto-based skills incubator aimed at providing sponsorship and mentorship to creative entrepreneurs. The Weeknd and his creative director and longtime best friend La Mar Taylor founded the program together in an attempt to give the attention, resources, and networking opportunities those in the creative arts field tend to lack.
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HXOUSE Announces @td_canada as a Founding Sponsor of BLACK HXOUSE Focus of Sponsorship Will Be a Long-Term Approach to Helping Create Permanent, Transformational Change at All Levels of the BIPOC Society TORONTO, Canada, August 31, 2020 – Today, HXOUSE, Toronto’s next-generation skills incubator and accelerator, announced that TD Bank Group (TD) has become a founding sponsor of HXOUSE’s specialized leadership and entrepreneurial skills development initiative, BLACK HXOUSE. The initiative aims to empower BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) individuals with mentorship, tools, learning opportunities, networking opportunities, and the freedom they need to activate their talents. BLACK HXOUSE will direct its focus on creating economic opportunities for the BIPOC community through exclusive programs. The program will create foundational change through supporting existing audiences and community groups by providing services and products dedicated to advancing the success and betterment of the lives of BIPOC individuals. “TD has a long-standing commitment to supporting both innovation and diversity and we are excited to collaborate with BLACK HXOUSE as part of our continued investment in our customers, colleagues and communities. We want to help build an economy where everyone can advance their careers and thrive professionally and in their personal lives. With BLACK HXOUSE, we will explore opportunities to elevate and empower people to succeed and grow and focus on building an even more inclusive bank and society,” says Claudette McGowan, Global Executive Officer, Cybersecurity, TD. Since 2018, HXOUSE has been convening public-facing conversations, workshops, and exclusive internal programming for both global and local communities. At the core, HXOUSE supports the development of the economic growth of the most vulnerable communities. HXOUSE continues to trailblaze a new path, building a new disruptive ecosystem that creates a culture that supports BIPOC individuals’ long-term advancement in society.
HXOUSE has been quite successful thus far, and with that success, The Weeknd and Taylor have decided to join forces with TD Bank Group to launch a new sector of HXOUSE, BLACK HXOUSE.
BLACK HXOUSE’s goal is the same as HXOUSE’s, but its goal is to focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) creative entrepreneurs specifically since they often get overlooked as compared to their white counterparts. The program will provide economic opportunities, mentorship, networking opportunities, and more to BIPOC entrepreneurs to provide them with the resources needed to open doors of opportunity and set them up for success.
proud of you my king #AbelDeservesTheWorld
— theweeknd.x_ (@paola_xo_) September 1, 2020
The announcement of BLACK HXOUSE comes after months of The Weeknd speaking up against racial injustice and donating over $2 million to various organizations aimed at combating racism such as Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative and National Bail Out. Fans of the singer are proud to see him using his large platform for good, and they’re happy to hear about his latest venture, BLACK HXOUSE.
Proud of our Toronto son sharing not only his wealth, but experiences.
— Paul Saucier (@PaulSaucier14) September 1, 2020
It’s nice to see The Weeknd using his platform to help the advancement of people of color, and we hope he and other celebrities continue to use their wealth to help out those that are marginalized and underprivileged in our communities.