Signature Programs are multiyear programmatic initiatives uniquely or primarily supported by the Nielsen Foundation in collaboration with strategic partners. The Nielsen Foundation currently has two signature programs.

The Nielsen Foundation and Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. collaborated to launch the TechDiversity Accelerator in early 2018, a program specifically dedicated to fostering the growth of diverse startups in the central Florida region and across the country.

To be considered as a candidate for the TechDiversity Accelerator program, companies must be in an early development stage and at least 51% owned, controlled and operated by a minority, woman, veteran, or LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) person, or combination thereof. Applicants that are selected participate in a 90-day program designed to help them grow. In addition to having access to the Wave’s new seed fund, companies are provided other invaluable resources including a dedicated entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR), one-on-one mentoring with notable tech founders, pitch coaching, investment readiness programs and investor introductions. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in the Wave’s Demo Day upon the program’s conclusion.

The first cohort of 10 companies was announced by Tampa Bay Wave in May 2018. For more information on the program, visit Tampa Bay Wave.

In summer 2018, the Nielsen Foundation launched Discover Data, a signature education initiative in collaboration with Discovery Education and The Afterschool Alliance. The program provides resources to students ages 11 to 14 that create excitement about the power of data analysis.

Discover Data was designed to increase awareness about the power of data and data science; inspire students to pursue data-driven careers; and connect youth with career role models. Educators and programs can visit the Discover Data website to access resources for classrooms and after-school programs.

The classroom activities support educators and volunteers as they demonstrate how data can be used to answer authentic questions and solve real-world problems. Below are some of the questions that the students can investigate:

  • A Winning Smile: Does an athlete need to win games or have the highest scores to be an effective spokesperson for a brand or product?
  • Premium Products: Is it better to bring a high-price “premium” product into a category with lots of similar goods or fewer similar goods?
  • Millennial Movement: How will the media consumption habits of Millennials change by the year 2050?

Career profiles about data scientists, sales engineers and innovation analysts showcase the responsibilities and diverse opportunities available when pursuing a data-driven career.

To learn more and access the resources, visit the Discover Data website.