Friday, July 8, 2016

In push to diversify tech, Kapor Center opening in Uptown Oakland - BIZJOURNALS

by Kevin Truong
Originally published: July 6, 2016

The long-awaited Kapor Center for Technology and Social Impact in Uptown Oakland will officially open its doors on July 20.

East Bay power couple Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein originally bought the 45,000-square-foot building at at 2148 Broadway in 2012 with the purpose of housing their three main social welfare initiatives under one roof. The Kapors, who have deep roots in the Oakland tech community, have taken up diversifying the industry as one of their main causes.

The Kapor Center for Social Impact, a nonprofit enterprise that supports social entrepreneurship, will relocate to the building, along with Kapor Capital, the couple’s venture capital arm, and the Level Playing Field Institute, a national educational initiative that is focused on getting underrepresented communities into the STEM fields.