The First Program Offering Free Office Space to Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Silicon Valley Partners With Girls in Tech to Increase Diversity Amongst Tech Companies
Traction Labs, a San Francisco-based marketing technology company, and Girls in Tech, a global non-profit focused on empowering women in technology, today announced the recipients of a program offering free summer office space to minority entrepreneurs. The two recipients include, StandTall Desks, an inexpensive solution to a standing work table, founded by two female high school seniors, and Moti, a positive habit-forming smart device, founded by two Ivy league-educated women with engineering degrees and transformative design experience.
“We’re very excited to share our office space for the summer with such talented and promising entrepreneurs, while helping increase diversity in Silicon Valley and bring attention to this important issue,” said Kenzi Wang, Founder and CEO of Traction Labs. “We had a tremendous amount of applicants for the office space and it was very difficult to make a decision, but it was made based on need and their desire to ‘pay it forward’.”
The program also gives access to valuable resources and mentors to help entrepreneurs connect with other founders and venture capitalists. Since the announcement of the initiative, four other tech startups have also reached out to start similar initiatives. StandTall Desks can already be found in several school districts and tech startups—offering a $50 solution to what can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000. Moti has been been in development for nearly two years, completing a successful beta trial last year amongst 2,000 applicants, and is now readying for institutional investments and an official launch in the Fall.
“These young women are positive role models to women of any age and any color,” said Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “By leveraging the power of the Girls in Tech network, which now counts nearly fifty-thousand members around the world, we look forward to opening up as many doors as possible to these ambitious women and anyone who wants to enter technology.”