500 Startups is a seed fund and accelerator founded in 2010. We’re based in Silicon Valley, but you can find the #500Strong family of mentors, investors, and founders all over the globe. In the last 4 years, we’ve invested in over 700 companies in more than 40 countries. We have offices in Mountain View, San Francisco, New York City, and Mexico City.
The Bayview BOOM is a nonprofit hardware engineering school-of-the-streets. We provide transformative mentoring for disadvantaged teens at-risk for violence, dangerous drugs, criminal activity, incarceration, and truancy. Our youth apprentices hand-fabricate our product: a portable, road-ready bicycle boombox. They are introduced to electronics, embedded systems, soldering, woodworking, and metalworking– and they love it. Over 40 teens have participated, with a waiting list of 50 more. One formerly-incarcerated 15-year-
GirlVentures, the only local nonprofit of its kind, combines outdoor adventure with leadership development and mentoring for girls, at a time in their lives when they need our programs the most. We bring together Bay Area girls from a variety of backgrounds, helping them transition to young adulthood through school-year and summer programs focused on themes of healthy living, relating wisely to themselves, others and the environment, and leading confidently. Two thirds of participants come from low-to-middle income families and receive full or partial scholarships, ensuring all girls can join us regardless of their background.
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is San Francisco’s largest and most vibrant business network. The Chamber is a private, nonprofit 501(c)6 membership organization led by an active Board of Directors. The Chamber also works to create a better San Francisco through our foundation, which includes: the San Francisco Center for Economic Development; ChinaSF; Leadership San Francisco; and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy.
Women Who Code is a non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We provide an avenue into tech, empower women with skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments where networking and mentorship are valued. The organization has executed more than 1,200 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 20,000, and has a presence in 15 countries.