July 9, 2024

Girls In Tech Closes Its Doors After 17 Years

Adriana Gascogine

Girls in Tech Inc., a global nonprofit focused on advancing women in technology, has closed due to insufficient funding. 

Founded in 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne, the organization aimed to bridge the gender gap in the tech industry, providing resources and opportunities for women and allies worldwide. 

Despite its significant presence, with 130,000 members in 50 cities and 38 countries, the organization has struggled financially over the past few years.

Relocation and Financial Struggles

In 2022, Girls in Tech moved its headquarters from San Francisco to Nashville, a strategic shift intended to optimize operations and reduce costs. 

However, more than this move was needed to counter the financial challenges. In June, Gascoigne warned that the nonprofit faced imminent closure if it did not raise $100,000. 

Despite concerted efforts, including a fervent fundraising campaign, the necessary funds were not secured.

“The past few years have been immensely challenging for everyone, especially nonprofits and companies in the tech sector,” Gascoigne stated in June. “Our fundraising efforts have been severely impacted.” 

On Monday, an email announcement to the Nashville Business Journal confirmed that without the critical funding for 2023 and 2024, the organization had no choice but to cease operations.

Impact and Legacy

Over its 17 years, Girls in Tech has made significant strides in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech workforce. 

The nonprofit invested in female entrepreneurs through pitch competitions conducted hackathons, and offered boot camps to upskill women in tech. 

“While Girls in Tech bids you farewell, the journey towards equality doesn’t end here. We must persist in breaking barriers, challenging norms, and inspiring the next generation of women in tech,” Gascoigne wrote on LinkedIn.

“Together, we can create a future where diversity and innovation thrive. Stand with us, stay resilient, and keep pushing forward.”

Feature Image Credit: Girls In Tech

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.