The Kapor Center is a family of groundbreaking organizations that pursue innovative strategies to leverage capital, talent and technology for positive social impact. The Kapor Center encompasses a private foundation, an investment partnership, a non-profit 501(c)(3), and a corporation providing shared services to all the Kapor focus groups. As a result, the work spans multiple platforms and strategies, and is organized into the following core areas:
Kapor Center -- Diversifying Tech
Through the development of innovative partnerships, programs, and cross-sector forums, the Kapor Center is working to increase the presence and viability of underrepresented people of color and women of all backgrounds in the tech sector as producers, entrepreneurs, financiers, and thought leaders.
In 2016, the Kapor Center moved into a unique, newly renovated community space at 2148 Broadway in Oakland, CA. The new facility includes meeting and event space for mission-aligned organizations and companies, office space for the center’s staff and partners and a restaurant, Agave Uptown. The building allows for close collaboration between the Kapor Center’s many different programs and its community partners, all of which are dedicated to the empowerment of low-income and underrepresented communities.
Kapor Capital -- Venture Capital for Social Impact
Kapor Capital is our venture capital investment arm. We invest in seed stage tech startups that generate both economic returns and positive social impact. We believe investing in a diverse population of entrepreneurs is a strategic advantage for an investor. Examples of our investment portfolio can be seen at www.kaporcapital.com.
SMASH – STEM Education for All
SMASH (https://www.smash.org/) is a signature initiative of the Kapor Center, committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation. SMASH operates as a separate 501(c)(3) and is supported administratively by the Kapor Center, including in the realm of financial management.
The Kapor Center is a family of groundbreaking organizations that pursue innovative strategies to leverage capital, talent and technology for positive social impact. The Kapor Center encompasses a private foundation, an investment…