About Us

The Kapor Center is building a movement with local leaders 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.

Leaky Tech Pipeline

Increasing diversity in the technology ecosystem is an urgent and national priority that requires ACCESS through programs and services.

Pre-K - 12

Access to STEM Secondary Education:
Low-income students and students of color are 12X less likely to have access to CS courses in their high schools 
 
Strategies for intervention address: Access to Qualified Computer Science Teachers; 
Internet and Technology; Advanced STEM Courses; Access to Computing Courses; Extracurricular Computing Activities; Computing Stereotypes and Stereotype Threat; Role Models and Mentors in Tech

Post-Secondary Education

Access to CS Degree: Men earn 82% of Bachelor degrees in CS while women earn only 18%, and only 20% are Black and Latinx 

Strategies for intervention address: Academic Preparation for tech careers; Tech Curriculum and Offerings; Role Models, Mentors, and Peer Networks in tech; Internships and Workforce Pathways in tech

Post-Secondary Education

Access to CS Degree: Men earn 82% of Bachelor degrees in CS while women earn only 18%, and only 20% are Black and Latinx 

Strategies for intervention address: Academic Preparation for tech careers; Tech Curriculum and Offerings; Role Models, Mentors, and Peer Networks in tech; Internships and Workforce Pathways in tech

Tech Workforce

Access to an Inclusive Tech Economy:
Just 1 in 10 employees across some of the largest and top-grossing tech companies are Black and Latinx 
 
Strategies for intervention address: Bias in Recruitment, Interviewing, and Hiring; Workplace Culture and Harassment; Bias in Promotion and Advancement; Pay Inequality

Entrepreneurship & VC

Access to Capital:
Only 1% of venture backed companies are started by a Black of Latinx founder; Less than 1 in 5 tech companies are founded by women
 
Strategies for intervention address: Entrepreneurship Education and Tech Career Pathways; Social Networks and Social Capital; Incubation of Startups; Venture Capital; Culture and Climate of Venture Capital

Entrepreneurship & VC:

Access to Capital:
Only 1% of venture backed companies are started by a Black of Latinx founder; Less than 1 in 5 tech companies are founded by women
 
Strategies for intervention address: Entrepreneurship Education and Tech Career Pathways; Social Networks and Social Capital; Incubation of Startups; Venture Capital; Culture and Climate of Venture Capital

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