Second Annual Gala Raises Community Support for Youth Entrepreneurs

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — BUILD is proud to announce its second annual gala, Igniting Futures, will be held March 23 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

The BUILD Gala celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of students in the BUILD program. The fundraising event brings together BUILD’s students, staff, community leaders and Silicon Valley’s most respected entrepreneurs and tech professionals.

This year the BUILD Gala will celebrate the organization’s achievements and will honor Reid Hoffman, co- founder of LinkedIn & partner at Greylock Partners, with the 2012 Pitch Prize for Entrepreneurship, named for BUILD’s founding supporter Franklin “Pitch” Johnson.

“Over the years, we have invested in many amazing start-ups and I believe BUILD has been one of our finest. I am very proud that we were seed funders, and we continue to support BUILD’s work in education,” Johnson said after the 2011 Gala.

The inaugural, sold-out event raised close to $700,000. In attendance were MC Hammer, Ashton Kutcher (via satellite) and Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and CEO of Square.

Dorsey will reprise his appearance at the 2012 Gala now that he has joined the BUILD National Board of Directors.

Celebrity and special entrepreneurial guests will be announced in the weeks leading up to the gala.

The BUILD Gala is an incredible oportunity for corporations to advance education equity. 2011 sponsors included: Khosla Ventures, Oracle, Asset Management Company, CA Technologies, PLX Technology, Silicon Valley Bank and Triple Point Capital.

Exclusive event sponsorships and individual tickets are now available at

About BUILD Founded in 1999, BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success. BUILD believes that the power of student ideas in action drives youth to reach their fullest potential in school and beyond. The four-year high school program offers a unique blend of entrepreneurship, academics, and personal support that attracts and motivates many students who are otherwise at high risk of failing classes and dropping out of high school.

BUILD currently serves 800 high school students at programs located in East Palo Alto and Oakland, CA; Washington DC; and Boston, MA


Stacey Palevsky Lewis