StartUp Box is a social enterprise designed to increase opportunities for underserved community members to be a part of the tech economy, by creating a technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. StartUp Box South Bronx will serve as a blueprint to launch StartUp Boxes in other low-income communities nationwide--but first, we are showing how it’s done in the Boogie Down!
We create accessible on-ramps to tech jobs through Quality Assurance (QA) as a subcontractor to NYC developers. "StartUp Boxers" test games and other software across a range of devices and operating systems from start to finish, using industry protocols for bug reporting, while gaining exposure to a wide range of product failures not normally observed by consumers. Teamwork is essential in tackling error detection challenges across platforms, so communications, record keeping, and related team management skills are reinforced.
The bulk of the work is done at StartUp Box’s facility in the South Bronx, with client visits for exposure to different corporate environments. Many tech service jobs such as QA provide earned income with a relatively short training period, and QA is a demonstrated entry-level position for many other opportunities in tech as well.