Birmingham startup SmartWiz receives $150K from Google

Award is part of company’s Black Founders Fund

The SmartWiz team, including, second from left, founder Tevin Harrell.

Updated to reflect recent company name change from TaxxWiz to SmartWiz.

SmartWiz, a Birmingham-based startup, has received $150,000 from the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund.

SmartWiz CEO and founder Tevin Harrell is among 23 Google Black Founders Fund recipients across the U.S.

“In 2020, we launched our first Google for Startups Black Founders Fund to help Black tech entrepreneurs overcome the disproportionate hurdles they face when raising capital,” said Lisa Gevelber, VP of Google for Startups.  “Over the past three years, we’ve significantly expanded the scope of our work, expanding our Black Founders Fund to Europe, Africa and Brazil, and to Latino founders in the U.S. We’ve now provided $45M in cash awards to 547 promising entrepreneurs through our Black and Latino Founders Funds. We are excited to welcome a new group of diverse founders who are using technology to solve some of society’s biggest problems.”

The award includes the money as well as support to help Black entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses.

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SmartWiz is a tax software company.

“The Google for Startups Black Founders Fund is huge for us,” said Harrell. “The support will be used to continue to develop AI in our product with Google’s AI specialist, get more dominance in the SEO space for tax professional software and advance the product with some of the best engineers in the world at Google.”

Since 2020, Google for Startups has given $600,000 to six startups in Alabama.

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