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Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs

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Melinda Gates speaking at the University of Washington in December 2017

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Pivotal Ventures, a philanthropic group founded by Melinda Gates, has announced the Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities initiatives, a $50-million project designed to transform tech hubs into more inclusive places for women. The initiative will focus on increasing the number of women working in tech in three cities over the next five years; Chicago was revealed to be the pioneer city, with the remaining regions to be announced.

The funding will create diversity programs in academia, the private sector, venture capital, and other components of the tech pipeline in each city. In addition, GET Cities will work with other nonprofits and diversity-focused organizations in each region. Said Gates, “As the tech industry continues to expand beyond Silicon Valley to other areas across the country, we have the opportunity to reimagine what the sector could look like."

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