Leading Through Crisis: NMV Announces 2020 Groups to Watch
We’re thrilled to recognize the leadership of these inspiring entrepreneurs.
Expanded Open Call Applications More Than Double to 1125
Our Expanded Open Call received a record-smashing 1125 pitches ahead of last week’s soft deadline! We’re glad to see so many entrepreneurs and activists working to move our democracy forward, especially given the innovation required for progressive causes and campaigns to adapt to this pandemic. As Inside Philanthropy recently highlighted, NMV’s role in the movement is to identify the most promising early-stage progressive entrepreneurs, resource them, and validate them to other funders. We’re excited to do just that, and the applications we’ve reviewed so far are incredibly high quality. They’ve included:
We believe the people most affected by the challenges facing our democracy are best positioned to design and implement solutions. That means we need to fund and support entrepreneurs and activists from communities under-represented in startups, investment, and philanthropy. To help track our progress toward that goal, we gave applicants the option to answer a few demographic questions. Here are the statistics from the founders who filled out that section of the application:
We’re eager to fund as many high-impact projects as possible. If you applied, thank you. We’ll be back in touch as soon as we can. If you missed the soft deadline but still want to pitch us, you can! Please apply here. We look forward to learning about your work, and appreciate your patience as it may take us some time to respond.