Ubering to Fund my Nonprofit Tech Startup

Yes, I’m a driver-partner with Uber

The past few months since starting my nonprofit web apprenticeship organization The Difference Engine we’ve had major milestones and a few setbacks. One of the most recent and amazing opportunities is our recent inclusion in the 1871 WiSTEM program — this is a great opportunity to grow and gain much needed exposure. It’s a real validation that we are headed in the right direction and that our organization deserves a fighting chance.

Major setback of course being funding. Not one to sit on my laurels in a financial crisis I pivoted looking for opportunities that would allow me the flexibility to continue to fund my dream and continue to work as the Executive Director. In a moment of either inspiration or desperation (not sure yet) I came up with the idea to partner with Uber as a driver. Driving allows me the much needed ability to meet with my team, potential donors/sponsors, break for board meetings, etc. while providing a revenue stream. I am realistic in understanding that driving as an Uber-partner will not fully fund my dream but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

I challenge UBER to take the next leap! Funding a web development apprenticeship program targeted at empowering diverse and nontraditional developers hoping to jump into the tech world ain’t cheap… but it is much needed in truly channeling the much talked about initiative to make tech more “diverse”. We have created a tangible way of delivering on this goal. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

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