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The Plug In South LA Beat: Startup Unites Global Black Talent

Meaningful Gigs has a goal of creating 100,000 jobs over the next decade for Black talent. The startup co-founded by Ronnie Kwesi Coleman launched early last year, and is building a network of Africa’s best digital designers for hire.

“We started off getting talent from Africa because I’m from Ghana, and I knew there were so many incredibly talented Africans that needed job opportunities,” Coleman told’s Michelai Graham. “So we’ve been connecting African tech talent to remote jobs ever since.”

The way Meaningful Gigs works: Designers go through a vetting process before being selected to be featured on the platform. Clients, including entrepreneurs and startups, talk to a design concierge, and within days the company connects them with a new designer for a trial period.

In today’s curation of must-read innovation and tech news, the Plug In South LA Beat, we’re learning about this unique startup, including how the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement are affecting their growth:

Meaningful Gigs Is Connecting Black Designers to Jobs Through its Platform