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Code.org Raises $12 Million for Education in Computer Science

Code.org Raises 12 Million for Education in Computer Science
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Code.org just raised another $12 million to help students around the world learn more about computer science.

The Seattle-based company announced the new funding earlier this week. The funding comes from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Infosys Foundation USA as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Since its launch in 2013, Code.org has reached 10 percent of all students worldwide with its annual Hour of Code campaign and provides computer science K-12 curriculum for large school districts across the U.S. The organization has raised $80 million to date from big-name donors including Microsoft, Facebook, and the Gates Foundation. Bill Gates has been involved in Code.org since 2013, when he contributed tutorials to the Honor of Code and attended a conference call with students. Other contributors include Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

Along with the funding announcement, Code.org also highlighted a set of new commitments from cities and states that have pledged to increase their investments in computer science education. Many school districts and governors across the U.S. have also pledged to the cause.

Hadi Partovi, CEO of Code.org and a longtime Seattle entrepreneur who founded Code.org with his brother, Ali, noted that the Gates Foundation “is widely respected for the thoroughness of their process when vetting the organizations they fund.”

“It’s a unique privilege to receive such a substantial grant from them,” Partovi told GeekWire.

The fresh funding will primarily help fund professional development and more curriculum. Code.org, which also helps change education policies and train teachers, employs nearly 70 people.

“We’re at the point where most states are coming around to realizing that…computer science is going to need to be part of the education curriculum, and really they’re all trying to figure out what’s the right way to get there,” Partovi told VentureBeat.


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