Who We Are

Who We Are

Promise is a nonprofit venture studio that attracts, supports and connects social entrepreneurs focused on early childhood development (ECD). We support nonprofit and for-profit ventures at any stage of development that reach (directly or indirectly) children, prenatal to age 5 in the U.S., and their families and communities who are facing the greatest adversities.

Vision

We envision a world where all children, no matter their background, can fulfill their innate promise.

Mission

Our mission is to spur social entrepreneurship in early childhood development (ECD) in order to catalyze innovation and growth in the field and cultivate a diverse, thriving ECD innovation ecosystem.

Why?

Two main reasons:

  1. Social entrepreneurship will spawn more, higher quality early childhood ventures that will foster a virtuous cycle of innovation and pave the way for the next generation of entrepreneurs for the field.

  2. We, as proven entrepreneurs ourselves with venture-building and social impact expertise, connections and skill are in a unique position to unlock the full potential entrepreneurial talent in this space.

What We Do

We provide programs, content and networks specifically designed to:

  • attract more and more diverse ideas, talent and capital flow to the field

  • support ECD venture creation and accelerate their path to scale and impact

  • connect a diverse set of ECD stakeholders (entrepreneurs, funders, experts, researchers and policy makers) to grow and contribute to a thriving ECD innovation ecosystem

Outcomes and Impact

A thriving ECD innovation ecosystem and healthy, sustainable social venture creation will accelerate the supply of high quality, affordable and accessible solutions — that will drive outcomes for children, families and communities facing the greatest adversities, including:

  • an increase in reach by geography, race, risk factor, low SES

  • an increase in outcomes across ECD domains

  • a decrease in achievement gaps

Team

We are mission-driven entrepreneurs with experience spanning early childhood development, social impact, parent engagement, education, technology and media.

We offer expertise in what it takes to create a successful social venture, including: social impact, organizational leadership, organizational design, board management, product development, product management, go-to-market, customer experience, talent recruitment and talent management.

Partners

Our partners are critical leaders of the ECD innovation ecosystem. They contribute diversity of thought and bring expertise across research, policy, investing and distribution. If you’re interested in partnering with us, please email us.