The Kapor Center Launches “Tech Done Right Challenge” with a $1M Grant Competition

Competition Seeks to Identify U.S. Based Organizations that are Building the Future of Tech

 

Oakland, CA (March 19, 2019) – The Kapor Center announced the launch of the Tech Done Right (TDR) Challenge — a $1M national funding challenge seeking to catalyze diversity in the technology sector.  Through this challenge, the Kapor Center will identify organizations throughout the U.S. that are actively addressing equity and inclusion gaps in their local tech ecosystem. The Tech Done Right Challenge will provide activation grant funding to help start and/or grow opportunities for underrepresented women and people of color in tech. These one-time grants begin at $100,000.   

“We are excited to launch this challenge and encourage organizations putting in the work to collaborate,” remarked Sergio Rosas, Program Lead for the Tech Done Right Challenge. “Experimentation will help us all better understand how to best build a technology sector that’s inclusive by design, not as a mere afterthought.”

Organizations with a strong passion for building an inclusive tech ecosystem are encouraged to apply and answer the question: “What is your innovative solution to build a diverse, inclusive and thriving tech ecosystem within your community?”

Key criteria for organizations applying include:

  • A proven track record broadening inclusion for underrepresented women and people of color
  • Proposed solution(s) that directly tackle(s) barriers of tech inequity across Post-Secondary, Tech Workforce, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital
  • A demonstrated track record of positive public and private partnerships in local tech community

The Tech Done Right Challenge is now open and accepting applications at the following link http://techdoneright.kaporcenter.org. Proposals  will be reviewed by a group of experts in building diverse, tech ecosystems. The submission deadline is Tuesday, May 7, 2019 @12am PST.  The Tech Done Right Challenge is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Background:

In 2018 the Kapor Center released the Leaky Tech Pipeline, a research framework that identifies the systemic barriers which underlie the lack of diversity in tech. While the tech sector has the potential to bring jobs, innovation, and wealth to communities, far too many women and people of color remain excluded from the technology economy– as tech workers, founders or investors. The Tech Done Right Challenges seeks to reverse this trend by supporting trailblazers who have holistic solutions to build inclusive tech economies

About the Kapor Center:

The Kapor Center is a recognized leader in the movement to enhance diversity and inclusion in the technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem through increasing access to tech and STEM education programs, conducting research on access and opportunity in computing, investing in community organizations and gap-closing social ventures, and increasing access to capital among diverse entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.kaporcenter.org.

 

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