Each of the donors is taking on a target demographic,” reported the Observer’s BetaBeat. “Google will provide scholarship money for women, Hirepurpose and Microsoft will fund veterans and Nas’s QueensBridge Venture Partners will sponsor African-Americans and Latinos.”
A glaring issue in engineering and its subcultures is the “like-attracts-like” modus operandi. “This is the start of what hopefully will be a contribution to what will be a more diverse and accessible community worldwide,” said General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz.
Queensbridge veteran, Nas, has been making a lot of big moves over the past couple of years. He has always been one of the most prolific emcees on the microphone, but it seems as of late he's been setting his eye on being a good business man and philanthropist. Google, Microsoft, Hirepurpose and Nas have signed up to become the financial backers for the General Assembly's "Opportunity Fund" that will provide tech scholarships to women, African Americans and Latinos, according to Vibe.com.
This is just another big move on a list of moves Nas has made over the past couple years, including investing in Mass Appeal, opening a sneaker store and partnering with Deacon and White Owl Capital Partners.
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