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Job-training partnership aims to boost diversity in city's tech industry

A collaboration hopes to introduce a new generation of technology leaders from diverse backgrounds to an industry where the workforce is disproportionately white and male. The Future FinTech Leaders program is a partnership between the FinTech Innovation Lab New York and Pursuit, a Queens-based program that provides a free four-year training program in software development. The pilot program will pair four Pursuit graduates with financial technology firms—ranging from startup NPM to global investment firm BlackRock—for a paid three-month on-the-job training program, which includes participating in programming offered by FinTech Innovation Lab. FinTech Innovation Lab, founded in 2010 by the Partnership Fund for New York City and consulting firm Accenture, connects financial technology startups with mentorship from more than 40 financial services companies. Through its first nine years, startups that have graduated from the 12-week program have raised close to $800 million in venture financing.

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