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Chicago Defender: The BOSS Network Presents Launch Summit “Minority Women In Technology” Series

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, The BOSS Network, celebrating 10 years of empowering women of color, presents “The Launch Summit.” The third annual event series meant to educate, empower, and promote minority women in technology. The event will take place during All-Star Weekend at Groupon Corporate Headquarters, in Chicago, IL from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. In the technology industry, less than […]

Chicago Now: Women in Tech: A Conversation With SPR

Recently, philanthropist Melinda Gates pledged $50 million towards “inclusive tech hubs” though Pivotal Venture’s “Gender Equality in Tech Cities” initiative. The initiative seeks to increase the power and influence of women in tech through greater education and hiring, and the UIC College of Engineering received an initial grant towards their computer science program in an effort to eliminate gender disparities in […]

Chicago Defender: Students Build A Brighter Future With ComEd For Black History Month

The future of energy requires fresh perspective and diverse talent to tackle evolving challenges. This Black History Month, ComEd is holding its fifth-annual Solar Spotlight program to help power this future, working with African-American high school students from across the communities ComEd serves to explore STEM fields through hands-on, educational projects. “We use innovation and inclusivity to […]

Chicago Inno: Chicago VC Funding Off To Strong Start In 2020, Topping $164M In January

Chicago tech and startup companies raised at least $164 million in venture capital throughout the month of January, according to data compiled by Chicago Inno. January’s fundings were led by ActiveCampaign’s “mega round” of $100 million. It was followed by Clearcover, which raised $50 million. January’s fundings point to a strong start for venture capital […]

Forbes: Melinda Gates Names Chicago First Gender-Inclusive Tech Hub

Melinda Gates has a vision of how gender-inclusive tech hubs would function, and her new initiative is attempting to create three of them. The first stop is Chicago. Gates announced today that Pivotal Ventures, her investment and incubation company will be launching an initiative, Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities, designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of […]

Crain’s Chicago Business: UIC Gets Grant From Melinda Gates-Backed Effort To Boost Women In Tech

Melinda Gates wants to help increase the number of women in tech, and she’s looking to Chicago to lead the way. The University of Illinois at Chicago’s fast-growing computer-science program is getting a major grant from Break Through Tech, a program that received new funding from Gates and others to help increase the number of women […]