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Fast-Growing Colorado Software Company Expands Education Partnership to Diversify the Tech Workforce

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, a global leader in service management, announced today
that it is expanding its partnership with,
a nonprofit increasing diversity in tech by transforming college
computer science education for underrepresented minorities and
underserved populations. Through the social impact partnership, Cherwell
will support’s mission through philanthropy, employee
giving, and providing internships to graduates of the
undergraduate computer science courses.

“We are thrilled to continue our support of, which creates
more opportunities for a more diverse talent pool in the technology
field,” said Jean Patrick, chief transformation officer at Cherwell.
“The evidence is clear: a more diverse workforce better serves the
diverse demographics of customers while filling an increasing skills gap
in the technology sector. Michael Ellison and the team at
have developed an extraordinary, scalable system for equipping talented
individuals from all backgrounds to achieve success in the tech

Based in San Francisco, California, collaborates with
students and professors to offer in-person, on-campus courses during the
academic year, and runs remote-classroom courses during the summer,
teaching the technical fundamentals and tools used at the nation’s
preeminent tech companies. Since 2013, has trained more
than 4,000 developers at over 800 technology companies, including
Microsoft, Facebook, and Airbnb.

As part of Cherwell’s growing investment in computer science education,
the company will also welcome two interns to its
engineering team based in Colorado Springs in summer 2019, the first
interns to be placed by the nonprofit in a Colorado company.

Additionally, a team of Cherwell employees will play in the Denver
Startup Games
tournament-style competition on May 18, to raise funds
for The total amount donated will depend on where Cherwell
places relative to other competing corporate teams, including Fastly,
HomeAdvisor and Zoom. Founder and CEO of, Michael Ellison,
will participate with the Cherwell team. Ellison first collaborated with
the company at Cherwell’s global customer conference in the fall of 2018
to speak about’s mission and to announce the partnership.

“We’re excited to participate in the Startup Games alongside my friends
at Cherwell and, especially, to expand our Colorado presence – providing
more opportunity for computer science students to get relevant industry
experience and access the region’s fast-growing tech sector,” Ellison
said. “As we grow our programs nationally and even globally, our hope is
that relationships like this one with Cherwell will move us closer to
eliminating technical educational inequity and enabling more diverse
populations to access technical careers.”

The general public is invited to attend the Denver Startup Games on
Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the EXDO event center in Denver, Colorado.
Tickets are available for purchase. For more information, visit

Cherwell Software was established in 2004 to offer technology that helps
organizations grow and innovate by automating service workflows. The
founders chose four core values – heart, hunger, humility, and honesty –
that have defined the company since its inception and also helped to
create a culture of service.

About partners with colleges and major tech
companies to prepare CS students for careers in technology.
supplements university CS programs with industry-trusted curriculum,
personalized student support, career preparation and jobs placement to
help boost enrollment of underrepresented groups in computer science
programs and lower the attrition rate of those groups. runs
programming courses at more than 20 universities and has taught more
than 1,700 students in the past three years. Please visit to
learn more about the program and its goals.

Startup Games, founded in Austin, Texas in 2012, unites high-growth
startup companies (and startups-at-heart) in friendly competition to
build great cultures that value giving back to their local communities.
The one-day event is currently in Austin, Denver, and Atlanta and
consists of 10 games played in bracket-style, heat or free-for-all
formats. A 501(c) organization, Startup Games is an initiative of
Notley, a platform to energize, enable, and empower purpose-driven
people to scale impact. Notley converges profits and purpose to build an
ecosystem that creates audacious solutions using knowledge, capital, and
collaboration. For more information, visit and

About Cherwell Software: Cherwell (@Cherwell)
empowers organizations to transform their business through the rapid
adoption and easy management of digital services. Cherwell’s adaptable
platform has enabled thousands of organizations to modernize their
business operations with customizable service management, automation,
and reporting across the enterprise. For more information, visit: