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 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?

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.

  2. We, as Promise Venture Studio, are proven entrepreneurs with venture-building and social impact expertise, connections and skill — and are in a unique position to unlock the full potential of 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

For Whom

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

  • Social entrepreneurs — Whether you’re an entrepreneur with an ECD business idea but unsure how to take the next step, an academic trying to figure out how to bring your intervention from the lab into the world, an experienced professional from an established ECD organization eager to test a new idea, you will benefit from our venture programs, support and connections.

  • Funders — Whether you’re an expert in ECD or new to the field, we will help you find the right ventures and organizations to invest in and support — and make it easy and effective for you to connect with them.

  • Experts — Whether you’re a researcher, policy maker, educator, health practitioner, advocate, speaker, author or other expert in ECD, we will also connect you to the right ventures and organizations. Your knowledge, thought leadership, connections and mentorship are critical to the success of our entrepreneurs.

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.

Interested in joining our team?

We’re hiring! We’re looking for a mission-driven, entrepreneurial Program Associate to join us and support our overall program and Studio operations. Check out our Careers page to see the full JD. Please email us if you’re interested or if you have any leads. Thank you!