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Office Depot teams up with Brit + Co

September 21, 2020

Brit + Co and Office Depot announced that Office Depot will be the exclusive sponsor of Selfmade, a new 10-week virtual startup school for women.

The course is hosted by Brit + Co co-founders, Brit Morin and Anjelika Temple, and includes highly personalised skill development to enable each student to start or grow her own business.

To help drive educational change, Office Depot’s sponsorship will enable the course to be made free for up to 200 women, focusing on women of colour, women from underserved and underrepresented communities, and women in need of support to help them trailblaze. Additionally, a portion of proceeds from the course will be donated to digitalundivided, an organisation whose mission is to provide economic empowerment to Black and Latinx women.

“With unemployment at record highs and mental health at record lows, Selfmade just seemed like the right thing to do at this moment,” said Brit Morin, Founder and CEO of Brit + Co. “Knowing the tools, expertise, and network at our disposal, we couldn’t sit around and watch so many women miss the opportunity to change their lives and make money on their own terms.”

As part of the curriculum, students will also hear from over a dozen other notable female founders, experts and investors who have signed on to help teach, including Bozoma Saint John (CMO of Netflix), Julia Hartz (founder and CEO of Eventbrite), Tina Sharkey (former founder and CEO, Brandless), Joy Cho (founder and CEO of Oh Joy) and many more.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Brit + Co to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business,” said Gerry Smith, Chief Executive Officer for Office Depot and The ODP Corporation. “With the new tools and skillsets learned, as well as inspiration from some of the most successful women in business, we hope the students complete the program feeling empowered to build the business of their dreams.”

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