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Over the course of a 20+ year career in the tech space, Jason Towns has advised and invested in dozens of courageous entrepreneurs, solving problems around the globe. He previously served as Managing Director of the Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator, a partnership with Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates. Jason is passionate about driving capital and resources into under served innovation ecosystems. Prior to his current role, Jason served as Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Code2040 in San Francisco where he launched the Google for Entrepreneurs (now Google for Startups) Residency. He’s also led work with the Uncharted Social Impact Accelerator to support early stage agriculture tech innovation in Durban, South Africa.

Jason has served as a Senior Advisor at the Millennial Policy Initiative’s Commission on the Future of Work. He’s also received numerous professional distinctions such as The Root's list of the 100 Most Influential African Americans, The Digital Diversity Network Change Agent Award, The Registry's 40 Under 40 in Silicon Valley, MIPAD’s 100 Most Influential People in the African Diaspora, and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list.