How We Operate
We conduct an annual, careful search for the world’s greatest “social entrepreneurs” – particularly those serving the “base of the pyramid” or “Majority World“– people who are marginalized by society today and live in fear, poverty, or unhealthy conditions. To find “game-changing” entrepreneurs, we partner with other firms in venture philanthropy, large humanitarian organizations (who already have the reach into most countries) and universities (who are turning up some of the most innovative new entrepreneurs).
Once we find the entrepreneurs we want to work with, the Gratitude then works closely with its portfolio companies, investing time into these areas:
- Deep guidance from the knowledgeable Strategic Coaches;
- Match-ups to our extensive Mentor Network providing access to global expertise in a wide variety of start-up areas for building/scaling the business, hiring the right team and funding the entity; and
- Connections and introductions to funding sources and sometimes in the form of a Gratitude grant, award, loan or direct investment;
- Membership into a structured peer group that meets regularly