We're making an impact.

Since 2019, PledgeLA has connected more than 100 people from underrepresented backgrounds to paid opportunities in tech and venture capital. We’ve awarded $500k to 20 Black and Latinx-led startups, helping them raise more than $2.55 million in follow-on capital. Select a program below to learn more about our impact and how we’re creating access in LA tech.

Program Impact

PledgeLA Founders Fund

The PledgeLA Founders Fund was created to directly address the systemic barriers that Black and Latinx entrepreneurs face when seeking capital for their companies. Each of the 20 selected companies of the fund will receive: a $25k grant, 12-week tailored technical assistance, and one-on-one mentorship from established founders and C-Suite Executives.
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new full-time employees hired, plus 11 part-time, and 3 freelance
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Program Impact

PledgeLA Summer VC Internship

PledgeLA, in collaboration with HBCUvc, launched LA’s first-ever citywide summer venture capital internship in 2019. Our goal? Expand access to this innovative sector, particularly for those not well-represented in tech. Some of our incredible host firms include: Crosscut Ventures, Greycroft, MaC Venture Capital, and Slauson & Co.
Since 2019, PledgeLA has placed
41 interns
from underrepresented backgrounds in paid roles at LA-based firms.
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of alumni now work in VC or tech roles
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of past interns identify as a person of color
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of past interns identify as women
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PledgeLA Mentorship Program

PledgeLA, in partnership with the Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson, launched the PledgeLA Mentorship program in 2020. The program pairs first-generation college students with experienced mentors from LA’s tech sector, with the goal of helping mentees identify internships and full-time work.

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Organizations our mentees have been placed at include