Who We Are

Promise is a nonprofit venture studio that attracts, supports, and connects promising entrepreneurial talent, capital and stakeholders to pave the way for the sustainable growth and impact of social entrepreneurship in Early Childhood Development (ECD).

We support nonprofit and for-profit ventures and organizations 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 ECD in order to catalyze innovation and growth in the field and cultivate a diverse, thriving ECD innovation ecosystem.

Why?

  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.

  2. As proven social entrepreneurs ourselves, we are in a position to meaningfully support venture growth and impact, and unlock the full potential of promising talent in the 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

For Whom

We serve three core customers who make up the ECD innovation ecosystem:

  • Social entrepreneurs — Whether you’re a serial entrepreneur, an academic, or an experienced field practitioner, you’ll benefit from our venture programs, support, and connections.

  • Funders — Whether you’re a leader in the field or brand new to it, we’ll curate and connect you with the most promising talent, ideas, and ventures.

  • Experts — Whether you’re a researcher, policy maker, educator, health practitioner, advocate, or other field expert, we’ll connect you with promising talent, ideas, and ventures that can help advance your thinking and vice versa.

Outcomes and Impact

A virtuous cycle of social entrepreneurship and venture creation in ECD will accelerate the supply of high quality, affordable, and accessible solutions for the children facing the greatest adversities. As a result, we expect to see:

  • 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.

Interested in joining our team?

We’re hiring! We’re looking for a mission-driven, entrepreneurial Program Manager and Entrepreneur in Residence to join us. If you’re interested in applying , submit your resume, LinkedIn profile, and a note explaining your interest. If you have any leads, please also let us know! Thank you!