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Our Ap­proach

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Our mission: to create economic transformation.

The tech industry has created more wealth, more companies, and more jobs than ever before. At the same time, we saw that these opportunities weren’t reaching everyone—further deepening income inequality and increasing the economic divide.

And so we set out in the Pursuit of creating a new model for economic opportunity.

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Creating systemic change

Our goal is to create long-term, systemic change. That's why we've developed innovative solutions to match the complexity of the challenges we are tackling. While each of the programs is beneficial in its own right, our integrated model works together to generate compounding impact.

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Our integrated programs address the structural challenges within workforce development:

Challenge 1A disconnected and fractured workforce system
Our Solution
Community Development

One of the most significant challenges for our community is a lack of awareness of the opportunities available and the lack of belief that such opportunities are possible for them.

We work with our trusted community partners to reach underserved populations, inform them of new career pathways, and begin to instill belief.

Challenge 2A gap in knowledge, trust, network, and skills
Our Solution
Pursuit Fellowship

Low-income and underserved adults without college degrees face structural challenges preventing them from succeeding.

Pursuit invests in our Fellows by providing them with a comprehensive range of services: coding and professional skills training, a sourced job opportunity with company partners, career support, mentorship, and access to a network of tech companies and industry professionals.

Challenge 3A lack of funding for adult workforce training
Our Solution
Pursuit Bond

Training is not the only challenge to workforce development—there’s limited funding for an ever-increasing need.

Our solution: a sustainable financing model called Pursuit Bond that leverages impact investment and capital markets in addition to philanthropy. It is outcomes-based and is tied to Pursuit successfully helping create lasting jobs for the model to work.

Challenge 4Structural barriers to employment
Our Solution
Pursuit Commit

To create long-term systems change, it’s critical to solve the systemic challenges employers face in identifying, hiring, and retaining non-traditional talent from underserved populations.

Our Pursuit Commit employer service offers an important value proposition to companies by helping them solve their pipeline, employment, and retention challenges. At the same time, it also benefits our Fellows by supporting higher salaries, higher retention, faster average time to hire, and higher job satisfaction.

The im­pact

Fellow Impacts
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Life changing transformation: from $18K to $90K+

Pursuit Fellows see a 472% jump in their income at their first job on average, earning an estimated of $2 million over their lives.

  • $90K Average annual starting salary

  • $2M estimated additional lifetime earnings

  • Equity compensation, benefits, and other significant advancements

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Employer Impacts
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Trusted by the Best

We work with best-in-class companies across startups, Fortune 500s, and VCs to offer dedicated three-year on-the-job support to our Fellows. In doing so, Pursuit equips leading businesses with top talent that excel on the job and advances previously excluded talent to mid- to senior-level engineers.

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Community Impacts
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Changing the Future of Tech

We work with the best-in-class companies, offering dedicated 3-years of support to our Fellows on-the-job, and working with our partners to cultivate mid to senior-level engineers.

Additionally, our Fellows have the power to bring change home to their families, to their communities, and to the tech industry itself.

One mission. Two entities.

Since its founding, Pursuit envisioned creating integrated programs that built upon each other to maximize impact. That's why we created a hybrid social enterprise with two related entities—a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a public benefit corporation (PBC)—which share the same mission but operate different activities suited for their structure. This allows us to create lasting economic impact by supporting both Fellows and the companies that employ them, bolstering success for all.

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“Pursuit, according to its donors and to work force experts, stands out for the size of the income gains of its graduates and its experiment with a kind of bond to finance growth."
Steve Lohr The New York Times March 15, 2019
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