About us

Who we are, what we do, and how we impact the community.

Our mission

We challenge, inspire, and teach technology skills to students with potential, empowering them to achieve success, garner influence and gain stability in their families and communities.

Our vision

We change lives by creating learning opportunities that expose Pi515 students to coding, innovation, and critical thinking. Our students use real-life skills to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

Our goals

We empower and encourage our students to pursue a lifelong interest in STEM.

Today

We work with over 150 students annually, providing educational, enriching, and challenging after school and summer programs. There is a place for every student, regardless of background, in our curriculum.

Our story


Founder and Executive Director Nancy Mwirotsi has dedicated her life to advocating for underrepresented individuals, including refugees, young women, and people of color. She believes that success comes from opportunity and works to create such opportunities.

She founded Pi515 in 2014 to support high school students who would be the first in their families to graduate high school and attend college. Today, over 130 Pi515 students have graduated high school and continued to postsecondary education. Pi515 is working to increase diversity in STEM careers, close the digital gap, and build a tech pipeline.

Interested in getting involved?

Volunteering at Pi515 is a great way for members of the community to give back and support local students. No prior tech knowledge is necessary.

A variety of backgrounds and skills are greatly appreciated. We are always looking for people willing to share their time and energy with a great group of kids.

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Our team

NANCY MWIROTSI

Founder and Executive Director

MARIE

Program Coordinator- Executive and Operations

ROSALIND

Program Coordinator-Design and Communications

Our board of advisors

Nicholas Gerhart

EVP and Chief Innovation Officer at Homesteaders Life Company

David Hensley

Executive Director at John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Megan Manteaw

Automation Product Owner at Aprio

Nancy Mwirotsi

Founder and Executive Director at Pi515

Vinodh Sankaranthi

Global Fintech Leader at John Deere Financial

Luke Stadtler

Web Developer at Rocket Referrals

Sarah Young

Corporate Strategy at FinOps

Awards and recognitions

Recognition from local, regional, and national organizations.

2021
Entrepreneurial Support Organization of the Year finalist | Startup Iowa Awards
2020
Nation of Neighbors | Royal Neighbors of America
2019
Iowa Affiliate Educator Award | National Center for Women and Information Technology
2019
Catalyst Award | Technology Association of Iowa
2018
Courage Award finalist | Inspiring Women of Iowa
2017-2018
Team Member | Iowa Computer Science Standards Review
2016
Participant | White House Conference on Inclusive STEM Education for Youth of Color
2016
Des Moines Register’s 15 People to Watch
2015
STEM Champion finalist; Diversity Champion finalist; Entrepreneurship Innovation nominee Iowa Women of Innovation