Stars Who Mean Business: Priyanka Chopra

Opening doors to pave the way for women in tech

Female start-up founders received a mere 2 percent of venture capital dollars in 2017, according to financial data company PitchBook. Priyanka Chopra, the Bollywood superstar actress known for her roles in the movie Baywatch and the ABC television series Quantico, is doing her part to change that.

Chopra is making a name for herself as a tech investor, and she’s most interested in companies that are doing social good and have been founded by women.

One of her first investments is in Holberton School, a school that teaches software coding. Chopra will serve on the school’s board of advisors. “No path to success is linear, but it’s staggering that women make up half the workforce and have held fewer than 25 percent of jobs in tech for the past two decades,” Chopra said in a statement. “At the Holberton School, inclusion and diversity are more than just buzzwords. It is prioritized and infused in their DNA, and I’m looking forward to joining the board of trustees to help further their mission and close the gap.”

Chopra has also invested in Bumble, a dating and social media app developed by another woman entrepreneur in tech, Whitney 
Wolfe Herd.

Shortly after the ventures were announced, Chopra shared her enthusiasm with followers on Twitter: “A new chapter for me! I am so excited to partner with Bumble and Holberton School as an investor. I’m honored to join two companies that strive to expand gender diversity in the tech space, and make a social impact for the greater good.”

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