About District Innovation and Venture Center

District Innovation and Venture Center (DIVC), a nonprofit started by District New Haven, creates workforce development and educational programs around technology & talent development and provides entrepreneurial support all to improve the outcome of the region’s business ecosystem.

Board of Directors

Tim Springstead  – Facebook
Ian Akehurst – Route1.io (formerly Kayak)
David Salinas – District New Haven
JoHannah Hamilton – District New Haven (formerly Teach for America)


The Holberton School

With campuses in San Francisco and New Haven, CT, Holberton trains software engineers using a revolutionary teaching method based on project-based and peer learning. The college alternative is free until students find a job. Graduates have earned high-impact engineering positions at companies like Apple, Tesla, Facebook and LinkedIn. Students are supported by mentors and investors who are leaders in technology, sports, and entertainment, including Grammy-award winner NE-YO, New York Jets standout Kelvin Beachum; and technology visionaries Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn CEO), Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang, Docker founder Solomon Hykes and Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel. Go to www.holbertonschool.com to learn more.

Editorial Contact

Allyson McKenney for District Innovation and Venture Center
Joe Eckert for Holberton School


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