Our Model & Support
Start Up Funding
Through exhaustive due diligence on hundreds of potential portfolio opportunities, working in close contact with partners, networks and institutions crossing the public, private and non-profit sector, we narrow our focus on a select group of exceptional leaders and organizations. Early on, we recognized two things that drive our funding model: 1) unrestricted capital is the most precious capital that our portfolio companies need to build out their organizations and 2) multi-year funding, as opposed to a one-time grant, is a critical success factor in helping these great organizations achieve scale.
We also have learned that just giving early stage organizations money and checking in periodically isn’t enough. Our approach is materially different. We partner with the leaders of these organizations and provide rigorous and unrelenting on-going support. We take a board seat for three years, often serving as the first outside board member. We work day and night with our grantees, opening our networks and contacts to each of these select organizations, facilitating meetings, convening critical resources and working side by side with each leader to help them reach their full potential and build their organizations to scale.
Network of Entrepreneurs
Our portfolio is an actively expanding array of the brightest stars of the non-profit sector. Our entrepreneurs have a reputation for collaborating and setting a standard of excellence for their sector. The Foundation fosters collaboration through an annual entrepreneur retreat, events throughout the year, and group calls on management techniques and other topics pertinent to the portfolio.
Energy and Passion. These are two closely linked characteristics that seem to fuel one another in the great entrepreneurs and venture capitalists that I’ve met. Energy helps you discover and pursue your passion. Passion gives you more energy, which leads to more discoveries and pursuits.
William H. Draper, III
The Startup Game