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February 26, 2016

Diversity-Focused Tech Nonprofit Gets Y Combinator Boost

A nonprofit start-up promoting diversity in the overwhelmingly white and male technology industry has been accepted into influential business incubator Y Combinator, USA Today writes. The group /dev/color, launched last year by software engineer Makinde Adeagbo, is the first organization focused on tech diversity invited into Y Combinator, reflecting growing urgency over the issue in Silicon Valley.

Mr. Adeagbo left a job at Pinterest to focus full-time on /dev/color, a support network for African-American engineers at major tech companies that aims to inspire future generations to enter the field. Y Combinator, which helps new organizations secure capital and shepherded Silicon Valley successes such as Dropbox and Airbnb, began accepting nonprofits in 2013.