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First-of-its-kind College Program Helps Women Land Jobs in Artificial Intelligence

Break Through Tech AI will provide women—with an intentional focus on reaching women of color—with access to technical training, portfolio development, and the mentorship needed to break into the field of AI.
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How 10 Start-ups Are Transforming Care for Older Adults

The 2021 Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator class is finding creative ways to address the unmet needs of older adults and their caregivers.
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Melinda French Gates in TIME: Congress Must Seize Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Pass Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid leave solves a problem as universal as it gets.
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Awardees Announced for $40 Million Equality Can’t Wait Challenge

Four projects will receive $10 million from the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge, with dozens of other ideas featured on new, online platform called the Idea Lab.
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648 Billion Reasons Why the Care Economy Is Serious Business

New Report From Pivotal Ventures and The Holding Co. Proves Funders and Founders Should Seize Huge Opportunity, Serve the Needs of Caregivers
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Inaction Is Too Costly: Why We Support a National Paid Leave Policy

A national paid leave policy is crucial—and closer than ever because activists and advocates have been laying the groundwork for years.
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Pivotal Ventures and Techstars Launch Year Two of the Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator

Pivotal Ventures and Techstars announce a call for applications for the second class of the accelerator, which provides mentorship and resources to startups serving older Americans and their caregivers.
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Pivotal Ventures and the Ad Council Launch “Sound It Out” to Support Young People’s Emotional Well-being

A new campaign is leveraging the power of music to help young people and their caregivers in the Black and Latinx communities have meaningful conversations on mental health.
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The Upswing Fund announces grants to support young people’s mental health

As mental health needs grow for young people of color and LGBTQ+ youth, The Upswing Fund provides support for organizations delivering care.
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Finalists Announced for Equality Can’t Wait Challenge to Help Expand Women’s Power and Influence

The Challenge will award $40 million to accelerate the pace of progress toward gender equality in America.
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Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities Expands to Washington, D.C. to Diversify the Tech Ecosystem

Supported by Pivotal Ventures, GET Cities will help grow tech ecosystems that have gender equity at the core of how they educate, select, and promote talent.
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Melinda French Gates in TIME: Could this be a moment of lift for women?

To mark the paperback release of her book, The Moment of Lift, Melinda French Gates writes in TIME about how the pandemic makes the work of gender equality more urgent.
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Pivotal Ventures Helps Launch New Fund to Strengthen the Mental Health and Well-being of Young People of Color and LGBTQ+ Youth

In the midst of COVID-19, The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health will provide resources to front-line organizations that reach underserved youth while also supporting efforts to dismantle systemic barriers to care.
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10 Startups to Kick-Off New Accelerator Focused on Solutions for Older Americans

Pivotal Ventures announced the inaugural class for the Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator. 10 companies will join the program to advance creative solutions for older Americans and their caregivers.
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Representation Matters: Closing the Gender Gap in Public Office

Pivotal Ventures is supporting a diverse range of partners working to encourage more women of all backgrounds to run for public office in the U.S.
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Additional $10M Award for Organizations to Win Through the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge

The Equality Can’t Wait Challenge grows to $40 million in awards for the most transformative, equitable, innovative, and feasible ideas to help expand women’s power and influence in the United States.
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Truth Be Told Collection to Highlight the Role of Black Women in the Suffrage Movement

The Truth Be Told collection, a special edition of Evoke, features portraits and artifacts that help tell a more complete story of the history of women’s voting rights, with a focus on Black women’s activism.
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$30 Million Equality Can’t Wait Challenge to Help Expand Women’s Power and Influence in the U.S.

Pivotal Ventures’ new Equality Can’t Wait Challenge is calling for applicants to submit bold, creative ideas to help expand women’s power and influence in the United States by 2030.
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Our Ongoing Commitment to Partners Advancing Racial Equity and Social Progress

Pivotal Ventures is committed to advancing racial equity and working with partners to create a more equal America.
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Black Lives Matter

Pivotal Ventures stands in solidarity with people and organizations advancing progress toward racial equity.
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Resources for Young People Managing Today's Challenges

Many of Pivotal Ventures’ partners are providing mental health and digital well-being resources for young people and their caregivers. Learn more about some of these solutions.
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Advancing Solutions to Care for Seniors, Now and in the Future

Our partners are creating innovative solutions to ensure the health and safety of seniors, now and in the future.
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How our Partners are Serving the Current Needs of Americans

Pivotal partner organizations are finding innovative ways to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and maintain momentum on other critical issues.
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COVID-19: A Note to our Pivotal Community

As a company dedicated to advancing social progress in the United States, we care deeply about ensuring that our country’s response to the COVID-19 crisis leaves no one behind. Here is our commitment to our partners.
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New Cities Initiative to Increase Women in Tech across the U.S.

Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities will develop three inclusive tech hubs across the U.S. over the next five years to build more pathways for women in technology, align local tech and entrepreneurial ecosystems and ensure more representation for all women.
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Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator Brings Fresh Ideas to Care for Aging

Pivotal Ventures is teaming up with Techstars to launch a tech accelerator that will work with startups to build caregiving solutions for people providing and receiving elder care
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Reboot Representation: A Coalition to Close the Gender Gap in Tech

Top tech companies in the U.S. assemble to address the lack of representation of women in the tech industry today.
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Bending the Curve on Women's Power and Influence

Pivotal Ventures sets out to accelerate women’s power and influence by 2030.
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Equality Can't Wait: A Call to Action

Our call for Americans to contribute to making gender equality happen in our lifetimes.

Mental Health support on demand

Pivotal Ventures supports Crisis Text Line, which provides free, 24/7 support to help young people navigate today’s world.
Moment of Lift Book

Melinda Gates releases her first book, The Moment of Lift

In her first book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, Melinda Gates makes a bold claim: when we lift up women, we lift up humanity.
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Put Women at the Center of Economic Recovery

Pivotal Ventures outlines key steps the new administration and new Congress can take to jumpstart economic recovery and advance gender equality.