One of America’s Top Young Entrepreneurs and a Texas Congresswoman Synergize Efforts

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Amos Winbush and U.S Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Partner in Encouraging Minorities to Become Technology Entrepreneurs

Amos Winbush III, 28-year-old entrepreneur and CEO of CyberSynchs, a universal data synchronization company, has teamed up with Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to facilitate new initiatives and programs designed to create national awareness and support increased minority participation in the technology sector.

The two have committed to work together to raise consciousness and leverage resources for minority communities to foster technology entrepreneurship. “With the unemployment rate reaching 9.1%, our focus must be on creating jobs and innovation as well as jump starting tech community's around the country. Any effort can start with just one person; we want to foster a commitment and belief that every citizen has a voice and an opportunity to make a difference in their communities,” said Rep. Jackson Lee. “Technology is a vast and growing sector. It’s a missed opportunity for our communities and our future if we fail to recognize the benefit of minority involvement. This is the focus of my work with Mr. Winbush.”

Jackson Lee and Winbush will direct attention around America’s minority population as a highly-innovative and diverse technology-driven force that creates generational wealth through innovation and imagination. A recent study predicted minorities will constitute 32% of the population by 2020, outnumbering white males (30.1%). A targeted call to action now will insure a strong future, particularly by encouraging tech sector entrepreneurship and education.

Winbush and his company, CyberSynchs have received numerous awards, starting with Entrepreneur’s 100 Brilliant Companies in 2010 and following with Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Black Enterprise’s Innovator of the Year, The Network Journal’s 40 Under 40, 30 Most Influential CEO’s Under 30 from Under30CEO.com and New York Enterprise Report Game Changer Award. Winbush hopes the example and direction he has set is one model of inspiration for others, particularly women and African Americans. The National Science Foundation shows computer and information sciences less popular among women, Black and Hispanic students; Winbush and Congresswoman Jackson Lee hope to change that.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is serving her ninth term as a member of the United States House of Representatives. She represents the 18th Congressional District of Texas, centered in Houston, which is the energy capital of the world. The Congresswoman launched the Dr. Mae C. Jemison Grant Program to work with institutions serving minorities to bring more women of color in the field of space and aeronautics. She actively supports efforts to increase minority participation in the technology sector.

“It’s time to change the way we think, how we learn and teach and prepare as well as view and access technology,” says Winbush. “We’ve got to pull ourselves up from hardships, and demand that WE, the communities, schools, and individuals are held accountable for fully funding and supporting high growth minority owned technology firms.” He adds: “This isn’t about social consciousness or rich versus poor. This is a call to action to get involved. There’s a window of opportunity here that’s mostly being ignored by the vast public, and if we jump on it now and guide the conversation we can see a dramatic shift take place in this country in as little as two or three years.”

Winbush speaks from personal experience, having used his entire live savings in 2008 to start his own multi-million dollar high-tech business, CyberSynchs. He successfully raised 1.6 million dollars in 2009 and an additional 25 million dollars in 2011, enabling CyberSynchs to become a global technology force in less than three years.

“We need a strong middle class,” he says, “and that’s going to require a positive slant on today’s crisis... one in which we introduce technology entrepreneurship as a viable option to minorities around this country and create a new generation of entrepreneurs.”

Winbush is committing a portion of his earnings toward organizations charged with changing communities around the country. He’s challenging other entrepreneurs, especially venture capitalists, to match his passion and action in leading a new generations and communities of technology entrepreneurs.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Mr. Winbush, please call Stefanie Krukowski at 908-684-4332 or e-mail Stefanie(dot)krukowski(at)tallgrasspr(dot)com.

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