AnnenbergTech

Born from the premise that visionary communications can improve public well-being, the Annenberg Foundation has created AnnenbergTech to explore how the intersection of technology and philanthropy can benefit our city.

AnnenbergTech is cultivating industry-wide participation from LA’s tech sector to engage in philanthropic activity focused on building equity, civic impact, and highways of collaboration across the region.

Our current work

An initiative of the Annenberg Foundation, AnnenbergTech is focused on increasing access and opportunity for all Angelenos in partnership with LA’s tech sector. Current projects include: 

South Los Angeles Best Buy Teen Center

With support from AnnenbergTech, the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation, the Weingart Foundation, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, we’re building one of the largest Best Buy Teen Tech Centers in the United States, right here in the heart of South Los Angeles.

South Los Angeles Best Buy Teen Center: Construction and virtual opening expected in January 2021

PledgeLA

AnnenbergTech provides core staffing and operating support to PledgeLA, a collective of more than 220 LA-based tech companies and venture capital firms working to measurably increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and community engagement in their own organizations.

Our key initiatives with PledgeLA focus on increasing accountability, access to jobs, and capital:

PledgeLA Tech Mentorship Program – In partnership with the Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson, we’ve helped connect 69 leaders from LA tech to first-generation college students who want to break into the sector. We help mentors identify internships and full-time opportunities for their mentees.

Riordan Program Alumni Mentors are matched with first-generation college students and graduates.

Summer Venture Capital Internship – Hosted with our incredible training partner, HBCUvc, AnnenbergTech provides core funding for PledgeLA’s summer VC internship, covering program support and partial stipend costs to help local firms host exceptional interns from backgrounds not well-represented in VC.

PledgeLA Survey: Shared Commitment to Accountability – We implement one of the largest voluntary regional surveys of diversity, equity, inclusion, and community engagement in the nation. With our platform partner, Pluto, we help PledgeLA members gather anonymous data that generates tailored strategies for their companies, while also creating an anonymous report for the region as a whole.

Fund for South LA Founders – With support from the PledgeLA community and the Acevedo Foundation, we’re raising a $500k non-equity fund to provide funding, tailored training, and mentorship to Black and Latinx entrepreneurs in South LA. Learn more about the Fund for South LA Founders here.

By nearly every measure, Los Angeles’ new tech ecosystem will continue to have a profound effect on our city. The leaders of these companies today are our philanthropists of tomorrow, and we hope AnnenbergTech can serve as a hub for this next generation to convene and create new models of civic leadership that will lift up and inspire all Angelenos.

Wallis Annenberg

Chairman of the Board, President & CEO

Other Partnerships

City of STEM – We’re thrilled to partner with the Columbia Space Center on their annual City of STEM event, a month-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that brings together students, families, scientists, schools, libraries, and museums across LA County.

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti at the City of STEM Science Festival

Urban Tech Connect – AnnenbergTech is proud to support Urban Tech Connect, the annual conference hosted by Plug In South LA. The 2020 conference brought together founders, investors, innovators, and jobseekers from diverse backgrounds to engage around the theme of moving forward from the challenges of 2020.

Hello Future – In the fall of 2019, AnnenbergTech partnered with LA Promise Fund to support their milestone event, Hello Future, which engaged more than 7,500+ young women of color in a two-day event STEM careers and opportunities.

Young women explore virtual reality technology at the 2019 Hello Future launch event.

How we can work together? Let’s talk!

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