Kanarys, a startup aiming to help employees and companies build diverse workplaces, has won a $3 million seed funding round, bringing its total backing to $4.6m.
The Dallas, Texas-headquartered firm, launched in July 2019, received its latest injection from Rise of the Rest fund, Morgan Stanley, Jigsaw Ventures, Segal Ventures and Zeal Capital Partners, all of which have been enthused by Kanarys’ commitment to help reduce inequalities in the tech industry that have come into sharp focus in recent months.
Kanarys, founded by Mandy Price and Star Carter, operates a database of around 1,000 companies based on their commitment to diversity, a little like Glasdoor. Nieman Marcus and the Dallas Mavericks basketball team have already come on board.
“I have had many things happen to me in the workplace that is similar to what many other women and women of color have dealt with, and didn’t want to have my children have to go through similar issues,” Price told TechCrunch.
“Organizations have typically tried to address this with individual interventions. What we’re saying is we have to address it on both fronts,” she added. “So much of the inequities that we see are based off of institutional and systemic policies and practices.”