Opportunity Fund Partners With Capital One As Part Of $150 Million Initiative

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Today, at our global headquarters in New York City, Capital One announced that we are one of the first recipients of funding from their $150 million Future Edge initiative. This is an exciting milestone for General Assembly’s Opportunity Fund, which helps enable and encourage individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to participate in our Web Development Immersive and User Experience Design Immersive.

Capital One believes that the digital skills gap is one of our nation’s most pressing issues. They join an amazing group of early Opportunity Fund backers including Nas, Microsoft, Google, Hirepurpose, Alexis Ohanian, and PayPal. Their support will help dozens more individuals from low-income backgrounds in NY, SF, and DC find great jobs in tech and design.

Our vision at GA is to build a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love. We have made so much progress over the last four years towards that vision, but we are still just getting started. We’re glad to welcome Capital One to our community, and we’re thrilled to have their commitment of support for the Opportunity Fund.

— Jake

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About Jake Schwartz

Jake Schwartz is the co-founder and chief executive officer of General Assembly. As a specialized educational institution for 21st century skills in data, design, business and technology, General Assembly (GA) is empowering a global community to pursue work they love through best-in-class instruction and access to opportunities. GA works with students online and in person across 25 campuses around the world and hundreds of companies as partners in course development and graduate placement as well as through GA’s corporate training and development business. General Assembly was named as the number one most innovative company in education by Fast Company in 2015. Schwartz was named E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and was recently named one of Crain’s “40 under 40." He earned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale in 2000 and a M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton in 2008.