Our mission is to scale and connect organizations to tackle social problems.
We do this in 3 ways:
We take entrepreneurs and resource them with mentors, funders, and customized training to tackle a problem. Accelerating ventures so they can build their business and scale their work will always be a component of what we do.
What differentiates us from other accelerators is we bring together ventures who are all tackling the same problem— so they can share insights and find collaboration opportunities, and we can better measure impact outcomes.
Drawing from our vast network, we build coordinated movements of people—ventures, companies, foundations, governments, policy makers, funders, and more—who are all positioned to make a dent in a problem. Below, you can see hypothetical examples of how we might pull in real members of our network around different issues.
To give you a real-life example, take our Future Cities Accelerator:
1. We identified the need to serve poor and vulnerable populations in U.S. cities, and partnered with The Rockefeller Foundation
2. We built a cohort of 10 startups taking on different sides of urban poverty, including:
- CommonLit, providing literacy training to nearly 1 million low-income children
- mRelief, enabling over 100,000 families to gain access to SNAP Benefits (food stamps)
- Coalition for Queens, improving incomes of low-income adults 4x through programming training
3. We ran a program that resourced them with an army of support, ranging from $100,000 in grant funding to nine months of support from world-class mentors, fundraising coaches, leadership coaches, financial modelers, and access to hundreds of potential funders